MODs are files that change the way the game runs, whether it be by changing default settings, replacing ships with custom-made ships, etc. In FreeSpace 2, MODs are done mainly by editing the .TBL files. These files store all sorts of information, in a format that is semi-readable by us humans.
For example, in the WEAPONS.TBL, you can find lines like "$LIFETIME: 5.0", which simply defines the time in seconds that a weapon bolt/projectile will travel before reaching it's limit. Along with "$VELOCITY: 150", you can define the range of the weapon in question.
|CapShip Turret Upgrade||
At some point I began paying more attention to the game engine. I noticed things like the pathetic speeds that the ships attain and the general feeling of smallness (do Deimos-class corvettes seem like they're 900 meters/yards long to you?).
Another thing that bothered me was that, what with the beam and flak weapons, the normal laser turrets that were the main FreeSpace 1 capital ship weapon are less than useless in FS2. So I decided to have my first MOD be one that would address the problem.
Looking at various sci-fi universes, I concluded that the Star Wars turbolasers come the closest to what the FS2 laser turrets should be. So I set off to remake the FS2 turrets in the Star Wars image; rapid-fire, high-speed laser bolts.
Now, I could have simply done just that - increased the velocity and fire rate settings - and been done with it. But of course that would have been boring. So I diversified a bit, and made the 3 turrets for each side serve various purposes. Some are great at knocking the heck out of bombers on their bombing runs, some do significant subsystem damage, etc.
In general I did increase the velocity and fire rate, but I tried to keep the danger of the player being totally destroyed by the new turrets fairly low (unless you like flying in straight lines...). They're more of a serious hinderance. So with many of the turrets their shield damage is still quite low. Oh, yeah - I also changed the Fusion Mortar a bit since it was pretty useless (Fusion Mortars are those slow rocket-bombs that the Fenris- and Leviathan-class cruisers shoot from their bottom turret).
Check out all the changes in the readme.