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Run 8 Basics - Installation, Registration, Single-Player, Dispatcher Screen, and Multi-Player

Welcome to our Run 8 Basics page. Here we will walk you through the installation and registration process (which is mandatory for using multi-player), and how you can have some fun in Run 8 single-player sessions we provided, using the dispatcher screen and finding and joing a multi-player session. We won't lie to you, Run 8 is a technical simulation that features accurate physics and operations on a wide range of levels and the learning curve is very steep at first. With that said though, if you are willing to learn we are here and willing to help you.

Downloading and Installing the Program and Updates: When you recieve our email with the download link you may need to disable any popup blocker programs you are running and you may also have to disable your antivirus software as many antivirus programs do not reconise some of the new file formats we had to create for the Run8 program. You can turn these back on after you get everything setup. Also if the link does not work it may be because your email program has it's security settings set to high and is blocking or changing the URL link that we sent you.

Before you start up the Run8 program: Here are the requirements that are needed to use Run 8 the first time so the first thing you need to do after installing Run 8 is to install the XNA 3.1 Redistributable which we provide and can be found in the Run 8 Train Simulator folder after installation. Here is what the default pathway looks like in Windows7 and Windows8;

Computer > C: > Program Files (x86) > Run 8 Studios > Run 8 Train Simulator > xnafx31_redist.msi

Just click on the "xnafx31_redist.msi" file to start the windows installer to install it. Please make sure you have it installed before actually starting up Run 8 for the first time.

Run 8 also uses Microsoft .Net 3.5 (or better) for managing memory resources in the program so you want to make sure you have that as well. Most Windows 7 installations have it already installed but if you are running Windows XP you may want to check to see if you need it, if so, you can find it on the Microsoft website. Also, due to the multi-player features in Run 8 some users may have to run the program as "Administrator".

IMPORTANT: Due to the multi-player features in Run 8 some users may have to run the program as "Administrator".

There are also several updates that we have put out since the program's release so here is the order of how the current updates should be installed;

Run8/BNSF_MojaveSub

12.23.2013 Upgrade (Needed so install after installing the BNSF MojaveSub)

11.14.2014 Upgrade (Needed so install after installing the 12.23.2013 Upgrade)

All of the updates, routes, and trainsets are available on the following pages: Updates Page : Routes Page : Trainsets Page

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CSX_ALine (This is a route addon for Run8 and requires the BNSF Mojave Sub)

BNSF_CajonSub (This is a route addon for Run8 and requires the BNSF Mojave Sub)

BNSF_NeedlesSub (This is a route addon for Run8 and requires the BNSF Mojave Sub)

BNSF Needles Sub Upgrade 11.08.2014 (This update requires the BNSF Needles Sub)

Run8 Amtrak01 Trainsets (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 Autoracks01 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 Piggybacks01 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 Free 57ft Mechanical Refrigerator Cars (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 OpenHopper01 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 Refrigerator01 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 SD40-2_01 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 SD40-2_02 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 SD40-2_03 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 SD40-2_04 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

Run8 2BayCoveredHopper01 (free Run8 default versions are also available)

All of the updates, routes, and trainsets are available on the following pages: Updates Page : Routes Page : Trainsets Page

 

Okay, if you followed all of the instructions listed above and installed the latest updates then we are ready to start Run 8 and register it. Have your 10 digit "transaction ID#" from your BNSF Mojave Sub purchase receipt handy because you will need it to register Run8.

Registering Run 8

RUN8 MAIN MENU START

After starting up Run 8 the main menu will come up and from here move your cursor over the "SelectRoute\Train" and left click your mouse. This will open a couple of selection windows in the menu. Now use your mouse to highlight the "BarstowYermo" in the window under Select Routes and then find the "Extra Board - BNSF Barstow " in the Select Extra Board tab of the window.

Now highlight it and then click on the "Run Simulator" button at the top of the menu. This will start the session to load and once it does you will find yourself at BNSF Barstow next to the admin building where we will now open the Shift+F1 Other Options menu and select the "Other" tab which should look like the image below.

 

Near the bottom of the menu you will notice the registration window and this is where you will enter your 10 digit transaction ID# that is on the reciept that we sent you after you purchased Run8. So enter that number and click on the "Register" button. Now you are ready to Hiball into a multi-player session or host your own session if you want. For now though we will concentrate on Run 8 single-player mode. We will cover the multi-player stuff later.

To continue to the Single-Player Operations page CLICK HERE

For the Run 8 Manual click here (opens in a new window)

Registration - Single-Player - Dispatcher Screen - Multi-Player

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