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Last Update: 05-04-14

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April 14, 2005

Wow, it has been almost a year since the last entry. Where has the time gone? In any case there is great news again. We have another winner of the Styria1840 map. It is Gerd C. Heil and he wrote: “after 5 years of battling the grades in the Steiermark it finally worked out! I must admit that I am a bit proud!”. Congratulations Gerd and you have reasons to be proud. There are not many winners, at least not that have come forward and let it be known that they managed a win.

Well, the latest of RT3 was released and it did seem to fix some of the worst issues for some players. Very little was done, in my opinion, to make it a more worthwhile playing experience. However, that has not stopped me from trying to create a new map that is based on the developing of the British Columbia (Canada) southern interior. The first map will be centred mainly on the developing of the mining industry in that area and the map following (I hope) will be a remake of the RT2 KVR map. Both geographically will cover the same area but in terms of time will start in 1898 and 1916 respectively.

One of the main motivations for starting to create the maps was the observation that some maps that I had seen simply were not very good as far as railway operations were concerned. They simply looked bad and I wanted to find out to what degree is it a game issue or a map creator issue. So far I must say it is mostly a game designer issue since it seems to take way too much effort to even just produce a acceptable map. Many of the same issues we had in RT2 simply have been passed on without much effort to correct them. In some areas the 3D environment has created even more issues. In any case this is an interesting experience revealing many of the issues haunting RT3 and I have yet to start working with the writing of events. I expect there is much more fun in store for me. More on that next time.

April 25, 2004

Mxmtech just informed me last week that he had a Gold medal finish on the Styria1840 map. Congratulations!! Details are available on the “Styria1840 Winners” page.

A lot has happened since the last update with RT3 finally showing up in stores here late October. That this new release was a great disappointment to me is an understatement. To this day I still play more RT2 than RT3. Hopefully when the new patch (1.04) is being released I will give it another try and will then in more detail inform you of what my impressions are then.

October 21, 2003

Wow, this is great news. ScottT informed me of his Tycoon Gold win in April 1936 on the V1.00 map. CONGRATULATIONS. This is the first Tycoon Gold winner, as far as I know, since the release of the map. He also indicated that the VV&E bug had minimal effect on his game. Ok now guys how about the rest of you. Please let me know of your experience.

October 13, 2003

Well, I have posted the latest version of the KVR map. This version (V2.00) has some bug fixes and plays a bit different from the original version hence the 2.00 number. Overall it should be a bit easier to play but frankly, it is still a monster. Have not heard of anyone yet that had a Tycoon finish since the map was originally released. Perhaps it is a bit too much of a challenge but hopefully some will take on this challenge and play the map to a rewarding finish. So far I have managed to do this only once but am certain that other players can repeat such win also.

You might very well be asking yourself why so shortly before the release of RT3 am I bothering with this upgrade/fix. All I can say is that it bothered me that some parts of the map did not quite work out the way I envisioned it and I wanted to clean the map up before RT3 robs all of my spare time.

In any case I do hope you have fun with the map and please inform me of any remaining map issues.

July 31, 2003

Have added content to the section "Changes for next Version" on the KVR page.

July 23, 2003

Due to the extended unavailability of the "Terminal" as the sole source of the KVR map download site I have decided to make the map available here at my site also. One of the reasons of having it available at the "Terminal" was, besides it being my favorite download site, the availability of a counter to track the maps download popularity. It is fair to say that the map enjoyed reasonable success by having had in excess of 100 downloads in less than six months.

In any case if you follow the above "The KVR V1.00" link you will be able to find the download and a bit more information.

I am also happy to report that another player reported to have reached the Gold medal level. Ray has also survived the years and managed to keep the KVR going. Hopefully I will be able to provide some more details next time.

May 31, 2003

There is some good news to report (besides RRT3 being around the corner). I have been made aware of a Gold medal winner on the KVR map. It is Gerd Heil from Denmark that hang in it for the win. Congratulations to a job well done. I am somewhat surprised though that with over 120 downloads from "The Terminal" there is only one winner. I would like to hear from you folks what it is that you find is preventing you from reaching a medal.

Till later.

April 01, 2003

Well, it is done. The Kettle Valley Railway map V1.00 "A Second Chance" has been forwarded to "The Terminal" to be added to their map archive. In time I will also offer it here for download. As always please feel free to offer your comments or suggestion by sending me an email via above Feedback button. Would also like to thank MrMathy, Ray, Gwizz and DaveG for their support, encouragement and expert help to make it happen.

Over the next little while I will also make available the most updated Guide and Hint manual under the above KVR heading.

Till later.

March 19, 2003

It most certainly has been a while since the last update. Even though I have spend a lot and I mean a lot of time with the KVR map to get it ready, there is really very little to show for. In any case, the latest version has been forwarded again to a few people for testing and should you be interested in participating in that, please use the feedback button above and let me know where I can send the map to.

Many players, myself included, are expecting an announcement soon from PopTop about (hopefully) RT3. So lets keep our fingers crossed.

Any new Styria1840 medal winners out there? Trop me a line with some information and I will add it to the Medal Winners List.

Till next time.