In almost every game that is being played on one of our servers there is a terraforming, TF for short, rule in place. However it is up to debate on what is considered to be low, medium or high terraforming. Via this blog I want to give you some insights in the various types of terraforming that we use.
The way the network looks is more important then the overall speed of trains or network throughput in general. Instead of flattening the sides of the mountain, bridges are constructed to keep tracks as level as possible. This type is often chosen in eye-candy games and is recommended to keep in mind during any game.
The most used terraforming style and also the most unclear one in ways of what exactly is medium. With medium terraforming you don’t flatten mountains to suit your building needs, but you terraform those tiles that are needed to obtain fluent networks that will not slow down trains.
In the above image several tiles have been lifted or lowered to have a fluent rail road.
For the exit of the station several tiles have been raised so that trains travel at the same height and can easily merge on the outgoing tracks.
By far the most easy rule that is around. Also known as “free terraforming” and it allows you to terraform to your needs or pleasure. So you are free to flatten that mountain in order to build your station or network.
Not really to be a terraforming rule, though it distinguishes itself that for mainline tracks steps are created to climb a mountain. We don’t go around or make a steep climb, but we make steps so that trains have to climb only a single tile at once. Every step should be around 4-5 tiles long before the next rise comes. The rest of the landscape is left untouched as much as possible.
So now you have a general picture of the different terraforming styles we use on our servers. Remember it is not a rule cut out in stone, but a rough guideline to terraforming.
More info: Wiki: Terraforming