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How do I play an online multiplayer game of Sid Meier's Railroads! using Game Ranger?

Before you play an online multiplayer game of Sid Meier's Railroads!, you must download and install GameRanger. The GameRanger application can be downloaded from http://www.gameranger.com/.

You must ensure that GameRanger is able to find the Sid Meier's Railroads! application. For information on how to do this, see the How do I make sure GameRanger can find Sid Meier's Railroads!? in these FAQs.

When playing an online multiplayer game, we recommend that you choose the most powerful computer among those playing to host the game.

To host a game:

  1. Double-click on the GameRanger application icon.

  2. The GameRanger application will open.

  3. Click on the Host button in the GameRanger window.

  4. The Host Game window will appear. When you are happy with your settings, click the OK button.

  5. Wait for at least one other player to join the game. When you are ready to begin, click the Start button.

  6. The GameRanger application will launch the Sid Meier's Railroads! application. When the Sid Meier's Railroads! pre-game Options window appears, click the Play button.

  7. The Host Game panel will appear. Here, you can select a game type. The first time you play an online game, select Scenario from the Game Type drop-down menu and then click the OK button.

  8. The Scenario Setup screen will appear (this is similar to the Scenario Setup screen for a single player game). Here, you can adjust the gameplay options. When you are happy with them, click the OK button.

  9. The player lobby will appear, where you can adjust your character and difficulty level. When you are happy with these, check the READY? checkbox to the right of your player details.

  10. When all the players in the lobby have checked their READY? checkboxes, the Launch button will activate. Click it to start the game.

To join a game:

  1. Double-click on the GameRanger application icon.

  2. The GameRanger application will open.

  3. From the list of available games, double-click on a Sid Meier's Railroads! game.

  4. When the host starts the game, the Sid Meier's Railroads! pre-game Options window will appear. Click the Play button.

  5. The player lobby will appear, where you can adjust your character and difficulty level. When you are happy with these, check the READY? checkbox to the right of your player details.

  6. When all the players in the lobby have checked their READY? checkboxes, the host will be able to launch the game.