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    Default Lionel Train Town, anybody remember it?

    Hi guys, so I decided to take a walk down memory lane tonight and stumbled upon this:

    Lionel Train Town. For those who don't know it's a computer game from the late 90's. The core game was a pretty simple concept, use trains to deliver cargo. However in the game they included a level editor so you can build your own layouts, trains, ect.

    (Best vid I could find showing this feature)

    This got me thinking. While it was fun for the knee high to a grasshopper version of me to play around with I think it'd have value as a layout simulator. Decent selection of industries, rolling stock and locomotives. Then I had a thought, could the software be modified into a multiplayer framework variant? It or something that spawns from it would enable people to participate in operating sessions from anywhere in the world with no track cleaning, DCC or shortages of rolling stock.


    I know next to nothing about software design so I'm hoping I can find someone who does to answer this question. I would assume it 'could' be done in some fashion but wether or not it would be realistic to do so is another question.
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    I have no idea how I missed this game, but it looks like something that I would have loved!

    I've had a similar thought percolating in the back of my brain, that a "free to play" type of mobile game could be made out of local switching, wherein you have a yard that accumulates various freight cars throughout the day (similar to how the various farming games have crops to collect that replenish daily) and wait for you to check in and do your deliveries. Game progress can mean unlocking more industries to serve, possibly setting up regular routes to automate some portion (so that you don't get swamped) and the game currencies could go towards buying different engines and even freight cars.

    Online friends could feed cars into your yard, so maybe you've got the power plant, they've got the coal mine, and you're constantly gathering the hoppers they drop off for you while sending back empties. So, basically you're only ever looking at your own stretch of mainline and the industries on it, but you feel connected to the rest of the world via an interchange track of sorts.

    If you don't tend to things, your yard fills up, and maybe then your customers start losing faith, so you really do have to check in regularly. That's what the free-to-play games all want, a compelling reason for you to log in every day, and be the eyeballs in front of the ads they show. There are some railroad/transport themed mobile games out there, but none with the quality of the switching experience shown in those videos. I think game developers might prefer to keep things "dumbed down" for broad popular appeal, but I think that the level of operational realism that this could have would be a stronger selling point.

    I have no experience with game coding, but I have helped to develop gameplay elements for a different train browser game, a few years back. I wouldn't mind offering input if there is a game developer out there who might see the potential that I do.

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    With COVID-19 now being a thing I'm going to revive this thread. Who knows this might actually have a place now
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