Here is a scenario for OpenTTD which is a realistic reproduction of the "great South-West" of France, from La Rochelle to Montpellier and from Clermont-Ferrand to Biarritz. This map also includes Andorra and the Spanish side of the Pyrenees mountains.
Main characteristics :
- Title : South West France
- Difficulty : normal
- Size : 512 x 512
- Climate : temperate
- Relief : mixed
- Towns : lots (253)
- Industries : average (97)
- Real world : yes
- OpenTTD Version : 0.7.0
- Used GRFs : none
- Author : Piccolo
- v1.1 (2009.05.28) : modified industries' productions and some settings, fixed some bugs.
- v1.0 (2009.05.10) : added a few peaks and fixed some bugs.
- v0.9c (2009.05.08) : added lighthouses, peaks and national boundaries ; fixed some bugs.
- v0.9b (2009.05.05) : map terrestrial edges fixed.
- v0.9a (2009.05.04) : first posted version.
The map terrain has been generated from a heightmap I created using this tutorial
The relief of this region is mixed :
- flat from the west (Charente, Limousin, Aquitaine and Midi Toulousain regions) to the south-east (Languedoc-Roussillon region, near Montpellier and Perpignan), following the Bordeaux-Toulouse-Narbonne axis.
- mountainous in the south (Pyrenees mountains) and in the north-east (Massif Central mountains).
17 rivers have been drawn, and also the "Canal du Midi", the canal that links the two seas (Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean). The rivers' estuaries are marked with a sign.
Remarkable places :
- 22 lighthouses have been placed. Even if they all exist, some of them are not used anymore.
- 36 mountain peaks are represented with antennas and signs specifying their name and atlitude.
- National boundaries between France, Spain and Andorra have been drawn using rock tiles.
253 towns are represented. The towns' population is approximatively proportional to their real population (100 real inhabitants = 1 inhabitant in OpenTTD).
Main cities are Toulouse, Bordeaux, Pamplona (in Spain), Montpellier, Limoges, Clermont-Ferrand and Perpignan.
Most of the 97 industries have been placed according to the French current or past economic reality :
- The 11 Coal Mines are located in the Pyrenees and the Massif Central mountains. Those mines had an intense activity until the middle of the 20th century, but they are now all closed.
- The location of the 5 Power Stations has been chosen according to gameplay issues, not to the reality (only the one near Albi really exists) because the real ones are too far from the coal mines. Nowadays the coal-based power stations are abandoned in France (80% of electricity is provided by nuclear power).
- Half of the 14 Forests are found in the Landes area (from Bordeaux to Dax), which represent in the real world the greatest forest in Europe (12650 km²).
- The 7 Sawmills have been placed according to gameplay issues.
- The 4 Oil Wheels and the unique Oil Refinery, in the south-west of the map, are the only oil exploitation units known in this region. Oil production is very weak in France.
- The 16 Iron Ore Mines are located in the Limousin (around Limoges), the Languedoc (around Montpellier), and in the mountains (Pyrenees and Massif Central). They correspond to real mines (supplying iron or other metals) in the reality.
- Among the 8 Steel Mills, some have been placed after real metal transforming factories, while others have been placed for gameplay issues.
- The 18 Farms correspond to real agricultural zones : cereals (around Toulouse, La Rochelle or Vichy), cattle (in the Massif Central mountains) or wine (around Narbonne). There could be farms everywhere : France is the 2nd world agricultural producer after the United States.
- The 13 Factories have been placed for gameplay issues (according to the position of Farms and Steel Mills).
- Google Earth - to import relief data.
- TT-Forums Tutorial - to create the heightmap.
- Géoportail - to locate towns, rivers and some peaks
- Guy Seret and Louis Swysen, Atlas géographique, Erasme, 1988 (book) - to locate industries, boundaries and some peaks.
- Wikipedia (French and Spanish languages) - for information about town populations, industries, lighthouses and peaks.
- Google Maps - to locate lighthouses and peaks.
This scenario can be downloaded using :
- the .scn file attached to this post ;
- the scenario's page on the OpenTTD Wiki ;
- the Online Content feature included in OpenTTD's GUI.
P.S. : A French description of this scenario can be found either on TTFF Forums or on my blog.