Here is a general question, that might help out this pak. The graphics are the only thing stoping the pak from being open, right?
If we had the source files stored in a SVN repository, with access limited to a select number of maintainers, would we need to worry about copyrights of the graphics still?
I assume that the graphic authors for 96c provided/licensed their art for use in simutrans (obvious, no?). If this is true, trusted sources should be allowed to recompile the graphics into paks as long as it is for use in simutrans. So as long as the access to graphics were restricted to a few pak maintainers, the pak could start growing faster as more maintainers have the ability to generate a new version. Maybe even have a nightly pak build?!
Sojo gets busy with other things, just like everyone else. More maintainers of the pak seems like a good foundation to keep it moving forward.
Personally, I want to see 96c progress. I think the comic style BEST FITS
Simutrans the game
. The actual limitations of the game are forgivable when the graphics are trying to be realistic (like rendered).
...also, I attached a sample of the industry chain I'm working on. Hopefully it will inspire some more progress in the pak. The industry is parking lots, auto shops and an auto crusher. A new road vehicle is part of this set also.