Very true. However: 1- amateurs are often more directly accessible to gamers. You, personally, can exact influence over an amateur mod, but not a professional addition 2 - many of the "amateurs" here are professionals in "real life" (they just don't work for Firaxis...necessarily ) 3 - amateur products are free. The risk is non-zero. Sure, it could cause problems with your game (but shouldn't if you install it to the right location), but it's free to use and, generally, easy to dispose of 4 - professional companies are accountable, but not to you or me. Sure, they are accountable to gamers insofar as they need sales. But every corporation on the planet - mine included - are accountable to shareholders Having said all that, I will still buy 'Warlords' gladly. I still would agree that the professional product is generally more polished and balanced (although some mods here are very professional, by any definition).