All Aboard the Glitch Train!

October 21, 2012

by ennuienta

Despite having played for over a year by now, the Glitch Train badge had eluded me the whole time.  Sure, I participated in hastily put-together Glitch Train wanna-be’s, but people would get dropped, or my screen would freeze and refuse to load.  It just never seemed to work out.

Then one day whilst I was tending to some herb patches on the route, yet another call came on Global:  ”Glitch train leaving soon!  If you want on it, go to Mikah‘s tower, first floor.”  ”Eh,” I thought.  Just another attempt at failure, I thought.  But then I reconsidered.  Harvesting purple was growing tiresome, and my connection that day was actually quite good…. Maybe…

So I decided to chance it.  Upon arriving at Mikah’s street, there was a note pole explaining what to do.  When I entered the tower, there were still more note poles, with many rules and suggestions…. but they were really good suggestions.

 

Yes, sirs!

 

So I wandered up to the first floor where many Glitchen were waiting.  As soon as the elevator doors opened, Mikah said, “Follow me!” and so I did.  Mere minutes later, our pixels were being disassembled as we were whisked off to another home street.

 


Of course, even the most well-prepared Glitch Train machinist can’t account for lag, so people were dropped, but with Mikah’s calm demeanor, encouraging us to stay with it, to re-follow, we’d get the badge, not to worry – we were whisked through several more home streets, then… TA-DAH!

WOW!  I was so impressed by Mikah and his system that I asked him a few questions.

Q: What gave you the idea to start a Glitch train station?
A: I like the Glitch Train A LOT, it’s an excellent way to meet new people and have some fun, but in order to organize a succesful train you have to give a few too many instructions to the participants: Follow that Glitchen, don’t move, you can chat, you can’t jump, don’t panic if you have lag, etc. Imagine having to give those instructions to every Glitchen who participates, it’s a nightmare!

Having a “station” in my tower is an easier way to organize the train, it allows me to have a “lobby” with signs full of detailed instructions, garden gnomes that yell at you continuously to read them so I don’t have to and a whole floor devoted to the Glitch Train with no distractions.

It also helps me reorganize the group if someone drops from the train in the middle of a journey and the train buff breaks, to my followers it’s only a matter of getting back to the station and start again and nobody gets lost.

Q: How often do you host them?
A: One or two days a week (real time), when work and mood agree and I have a good chunk of time to burn, mostly toward the weekend. Sometimes I can squeeze 2 Glitch Trains in an hour the same day if the crowd in Global is up for it.

Q: What’s the biggest obstacle to leading a train?
A: Organizing a Glitch Train can be tricky, you are dealing with Glitchens who are either new and don’t know the ropes of the game yet, or veteran Glitchens who never heard or cared about the Achievement. Biggest two obstacles: People who don’t like to follow instructions, and people with no patience.

If you are a patient Glitchen who really wants to spend 15 / 20 minutes chatting and hanging out, you can do a Glitch Train.

Some final tips from Mikah:  if you want to organize a Glitch Train, learn all the rules of the Glitch Train, you are the machinist and you should know them by heart. Be patient, people will ask the same questions again and again. If your train fails because someone dropped from it mid-teleportation, just calm your followers and get back to the initial point, it should be your street or your tower.

If you want to participate in a Glitch Train: identify who is organizing it and follow his or her instructions, just follow him/her and don’t move, only chat and have a good time.

Oh, and give the machinist of your Glitch Train a gift at the end of it :D

Thanks for a great experience, Mikah!

One Response to All Aboard the Glitch Train!

  1. Mikah on October 21, 2012 at 20:41

    That´s my train :D

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