The next station is...!

adtrainz

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This game is about navigating around the rail network building up a long chain of stations, whilst stopping other players from reaching the end of any lines.

How to play
  1. A 'leg' starts when the winner of the previous leg posts a station. (This shouldn't be the station that ended the previous leg, or a terminal station with fewer than two routes out).
  2. Players now take turns to move to other stations, so that:
    • Each station can be reached by a direct train (see Notes) from the previous station posted, with no intermediate stops.
    • No station may be repeated on a leg.
  3. A leg ends when no more valid moves are possible. The player who made the last valid move wins the leg, and is awarded points based on a tally of the length of the leg. They then start the next leg, and so on.
From September 2019, points will be split so that the player making the last move wins 60% of the leg total, and the player making the penultimate move wins 40%.

Bonus points are added to the tally for a 'long wait' if there are less than three trains a day that make your journey (2 points), or if a move is deemed to made by a 'parliamentary' service (5 points).

Points are deducted from the leg if a deadlock is reached before the penultimate move of a leg - if no-one posts this move within 3 hours then 20 points are deducted, and a further 20 are taken 3 hours after that. (This rule will not be enforced in the early morning from midnight to 9am, and a leg will never score negative points.)

Notes
  • Only stations on the National Rail network are allowed
  • A direct train is a passenger service run by a National Rail TOC. The current timetable is used, and amendments for things like Engineering Work are ignored unless they are noted in the "Red List" of amendments in the next post, usually reserved for changes lasting longer than a month. You can ignore any pick up/set down only restrictions.
  • You cannot use any freight lines, but you can use any line that has a passenger service at least weekly (not every 3rd Monday etc).
  • Moves must continue from the station last posted - you can't "walk" between adjacent stations, e.g. from West Hampstead to West Hampstead Thameslink.
Example move:
If we are at East Grinstead, there are valid moves to Dormans, and also to Oxted. Only one train a day makes this latter move (the 2254 in the current timetable), so this move accrues 2 bonus points to the leg tally.
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Invalid moves and legibility
The game depends heavily on the order of moves being correct. Occasionally invalid posts are made, for instance when lots of posts are made in quick succession. To avoid problems arising from this:
  • You may never edit a move, other than to strike it out using [s][/s] tags if it is invalid.
  • If you then need to make a new move, do so by posting again and not by editing.
The thread has adjudicators (currently @A Challenge, @clagmonster and @FelixtheCat) who keep track of the score and help work out what to do when mistakes are discovered. They might ask you to strike out your post if one before yours was invalid.

If you are caught breaking the rules about editing, the adjudicators can dock 25 points from the leg. If someone has started a new leg after incorrectly deciding they have won the previous leg then the adjudicators award them no points for that leg, so be careful!

By convention the full English names of stations are used - the name as given by National Rail Enquires is considered to be definitive. It is requested that moves are made using bold text.
 
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COVID-19 Amendments:

Due to the large number of changes brought about by the current COVID-19 situation, any alterations to timetables will be detailed in this post.

Temporary Line Closures/amendments:

The following may be regarded as 'out-of-bounds:'

  • Dolgarrog station is closed until further notice.
  • Hubbarts Bridge closed westbound until further notice - platform demolished due to subsidence
  • The Conwy Valley line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog is shut until further notice.
  • Knottingley to Goole is closed until futher notice due to flooding at Snaith.

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Track Basher

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Could I just have slight clarification on the double back rule.

It is no double backs at all or no passing through the same station again that you arrive through. at the end of a line e.g. Penzance there is no issue. Consider these scanarios.

Two different examples:

Example 1:

If you select Neath then Swansea can you then select Gowerton even though there is a slight double back between Landore and Swansea and back.

Example 2:

Rugby is selected then the next choice is Milton Keynes then can you select Northampton as you double back through Wolverton?

Thoughts.....
 

adtrainz

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Some answers...

Example 1:

If you select Neath then Swansea can you then select Gowerton even though there is a slight double back between Landore and Swansea and back.
I would consider this to be valid, so long as you do not return to the same station. It is more the stations used that I am concerned with, for that is how the points are awarded!

Example 2:

Rugby is selected then the next choice is Milton Keynes then can you select Northampton as you double back through Wolverton?

Thoughts.....
Yes, because the service from Rugby to MK did not stop at Wolverton.


@transportphoto

Sorry about that, I just didn't want to make a long winded post!

@ Class172

Yes, you are correct, we are therefore now at Wolverhampton.
 
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No choice. Hednesford on the same train.

Being as New St's already gone, the only way out of this is all stops to Aston, then all stops to Lichfield :roll:
 
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Following on from Bloxwich North we are at Bloxwich, after the illegal move so therefore I shall continue to Walsall on a LM 323.
 

Xenophon PCDGS

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Illegal move. There's no train that goes straight from Bloxwich North to Walsall; they all stop at Bloxwich in between. (There are quite a few nonstop between Cannock and Walsall, but that's an opportunity that's been tactically avoided...)
I cannot believe that I actually prefixed my wrong answer by saying "Ignoring the obvious being Bloxwich"....when this was a correct answer.... My apologies to all concerned.
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To Bescot Stadium by London Midland on the Chase Line.
 

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