Hi. I just wanted to show my appreciation for this industry NewGRF. I became aware of it via LugnutsK's current (as of Nov. 2019) let's play series (https://youtu.be/oF1Yvhkz0eo
). I like FIRS Basic (Extreme is just too much) but this has become my new favourite.
Things I like about it:
1. It adds a level of complexity above vanilla without overwhelming a relative novice like me.
2. The power requirement means I have to think strategically about starting locations (towns with steel mill, factories, etc. and
power plants are tough to find on my preferred 512x512 with low towns and industries selected, so you have to trade off).
3. The valuables requirement makes towns and town sizes relevant even if you don't intend to transport passengers. Towns can seem too irrelevant when I play industry-only games otherwise, usually just serving as goods-dumps — now I have to string them together too.
4. The power/banks requirement means industry growth feels organic and it also makes money somewhat more relevant past the early game as you end up having to invest in power stations and sometimes banks in order to "unlock" parts of the map that lack them. (In fact, I may use the BaseCost mod to increase the cost of these industries to $10–20m or so, as $1m is still a little cheap)
It's just a really nice balance for the way I like to play. Are there any current plans to develop it? If so, what might you add?