I don't normally deal with mail if only because not all paks make it easy. But I'm playing again with pak128, and the combined mail/bus stop always makes me think "Why not?"
So I had an idea that I'm trying, but I'm curious to know if anyone else has done this — and if you think it works well or poorly.
This map has cities that have been growing from tiny to requiring 2-3 stops for coverage. I don't want to lose money having a mail van per city; but I don't want a mail line that has to stop at every bus stop for multiple cities, either. So I decided to try having a local van that covers 2-4 cities (I'll explain below) plus a regional truck that picks up from each city hall and takes to a regional mail hub (outside cities - in this case I have three around the map)
Say I have three cities - A, B, C. And each has three bus/mail stops: City hall + two others, each numbered, so:
|A||A-CityHall ("A"), A2, A3|
So my mail van stops at: A → A2 → A3 → A → B → B2 → B3 → B → C → C2 → C3 → C
And my mail truck stops at: Regional → A → B → C → B → A
I figure some mail will travel between cities, but not a whole lot; mostly it should end up sort of splitting the cost of the mail van across the three cities. And the truck can get the mail going to the rest of the map.
Does that make sense? Is it something you do? Curious for feedback/discussion/ideas.
I can post map/savegame if desired, although full disclosure: Instead of playing -freeplay
, in this game I've set the beginning bonus to 5000 instead of 1500.
Actually, I'll post maps now…http://i.imgur.com/Ikh4FpK.png
Three regional mail stops: North is northwest of Coventry, South is west of Cantebury/Oxford, and Central is at the yellow dot that's also my garage
So, for example, at the bottom left are cities from left-to-right: St Albans, Carlisle, Salford. One van circulates these three; and a mail truck goes from Mail South to each of these three's city hall stops, and reverses the route to Mail South.
It's a simple map, but I've been playing it in preparation for trying to set up a much larger map.
Hopefully this is entertaining, at least.