Welcome Aboard Florian!
Long time RT3 fan/modder .
Started tinkering with RT3 again about a month ago after building a new computer a year ago and then getting 8gb of some fast new RAM a month ago and have been putting RT3 into a RAM Disk for working on maps & mods. WOW! The game will fire up from map select in around 3 seconds!!
The endless starting/reloading into editor of maps that used to take me about 3 minutes loading each way on my old Celeron/40 mbs HDD has ben reduced to a blink. I used to get up and grab some coffee or go feed the chickens in the time it took to load RT3. It only takes about 30 seconds to load the whole 3 gb RT3 folder (from 500 mbs/s SSD
) The game will actually fire up in about 15 seconds from the SSD alone, but the RAM Disk load speeds are a thing of beauty after years of waiting for maps to load to check each programming step when working on maps. I have a new Colorado Railroad Boom circa 1869 map coming along the line on the near future. It is pretty elaborate, having 10 established companies. The player can select any of the established companies, or start his own. Each company (D&RG,UP,SanteFE. Coors, etc etc) has distinct attributes and it's own Medal conditions. Map is currently around 90% (Needs trees and a new paint job basically) and about half of the programming is up and running for the Companies. This obviously means dozens of command pages for each company, requiring about as many test runs to verify programming and find bugs, using the RAM Disk to check things really makes things a lot quicker.
Enjoy your ride here, if you are in to mapping or modding, you will find lots of help from the community. If you just like to play RT3, then that's fine too! You will find the biggest best collection of scenarios and Mods for RT3 anywhere right here at Hawk's site.