Distant Stars is a collection of changes that Skyline_HUN made to the game to become more enjoyable even on huge maps. He found the research tree too short for a 4x game. So the first thing the MOD does is greatly increase the research levels. Now most of the weapons, shield, armor and HP research have 6-10 levels per-technology each. Now, a technological advantage really becomes major factor in the game. Also he tried to increase the differences between the three races by research. The MOD also increases the differences between the three races by increasing the advantage the research grants.
This actually means, the Trader Emergency Coalition (TEC) have more levels for trade and defense, Advent have more research available in beam weapon technology and fighters/bombers, Vasari can now increase their phase missiles to really pass through shields and have more weaponry research. Some default researches have been tweaked to help improve the the differences between the three races.
Since 2002 we have explored, played and enjoyed mods of all shapes and sizes just like Distant Stars. We love games like Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy that have opened themselves up to modding. Because of communities like Steam Workshop, Nexus, Curse, RTSL, GameBanana and Mod DB, more games support modding today than ever before.
Bigger and better
Whether it is for fun, for laughs or for the challenge, modding is what sets PC gaming apart from our closed off friends in the console and mobile gaming worlds. And based on the recent outpouring of support for mods after the concept of paid modding was explored, we are not alone in our love for mods and open platforms that embrace them.
Let's celebrate modding
As mods play a bigger role in the future of gaming, we believe it is important to recognize the effort the teams behind the work put in, giving us countless hours of enjoyment while asking nothing in return. We have the power to change our games and that needs to be celebrated to ensure it remains a big part of PC gaming's future.
Introducing Mod Appreciation Week
Nothing is more motivating than knowing something you've built kicks-ass. So this week if there is a mod you love on Mod DB (or anywhere else), make the effort to shout out to them, mention and link their mod in a tweet, blog, forum or facebook post with the hashtag #modlove2015 (or click the icons above for a pre-built post).