This game really deserves more players. It's absolutely amazing. OpenTTD owns my heart and soul nowadays.
I've come to understand that most new players struggle to make a profit, and I assume some give up out of frustration and quit early on. When I started some 6-7 months ago I made a loss in my first game, but then read up a bit on how it works. I'm getting pretty good at it now.
The least thrilling part of the game is that time between starting a new game and getting the finances going at a level where you can't feasibly spend money as fast as it's rolling in. I have no idea what the common length of that time is, but when starting in 1950 I usually make between $600k-$1000k in the year 1953. By 1955 I'm guaranteed to make more than a million per year.
Are there any beginners out there who would like me to provide a few save games from 1955 where your company is already making a ton of money and have all debts paid off?
The caveat is that I always play with at least these two NewGRFs:
Of course all NewGRFs are available for free download via the Check Online Content button in the main menu. And I'll provide information about used NewGRFs for each save file.
-- CC0 Björn Wärmedal