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From the first version of Transport Tycoon for MS-DOS, there are some issues with the french town names.
I'm not sure about the other countries town names, thought.
The first bug it about the town "Beaujolais".
I'm living myself in the Beaujolais province, and I can say there is no city with this name. Historically, the capital of beaujolais was Beaujeu, and now it's Villefranche-sur-Saône.
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaujolais (more complete, but in french)
The second bug is about the town "Marseille".
This is the second city by size in France. And in TT it's misspelled "Marseilles".
There are two Marseilles in the USA, but none in France...
I didn't took time to check all the names, but many of them sound actually very strange (misspelled or unknown).
Also, the choice of the city names is strange, as there are many small cities, mostly from north west of France, and most of the big cities are not present.
I know a GRF can do the job to replace the cities.
But for people discovering OpenTTD now, it's quite confusing to see a game with "real" town names... that are not real.
Is there a chance for the cities shipped with the standard game could be fixed (at least only existing cities and correctly spelled) ?
I could check for the entire list of french cities.
I think the proper thing would be to release a NewGRF with proper real city names in French.
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- we can't really make changes to the existing townname generators, as they are needed for loading older savegames
- many of the old town name generators are inadequate, like having too few possible names for large maps
the next question would be whether all new townname sets should be NewGRF-based, or do we also keep the possibility to include "internal" generators with the game.
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