Dear Lord Vader:
I am so thrilled by your mod. Although I haven't had many play hours, the new excitements infused into the game by the unprecedented cornucopia of features you so ingeniously crafted are as eye-opening as they are breathe-taking and mind-blowing.
In as much as I love the game, However; I was compelled to replace it with other mods after a short while, all because of one insurmountable hard-coded handicap: TOO MUCH SMOKE.
I know this issue has been discussed here for quite a while, and the focus seems to lean more on nicety and realism of visual effects. Unfortunately, all games are played by machines; if machine can't handle, visual singularity could be more a burden than an asset.
I can't help but recall the feature of Darthmod 7.0 for Empire Total War. I was and am still playing it, thanks to the option-button that allows smoke density to be customized. Based upon my personal experiences, it occurs to me that the primary brilliance of Darthmod that tugs the heartstrings of so man fans lies in its formidable AI and numerous other improvements on game mechanism. In other words, it is the scope and depth of the GAME, instead of scope and depth of SMOKE, that remains its main source of attraction.
Understandable and praiseworthy as the attempt at promoting battlefield visual verisimilitude truly is, wouldn't it be better to make additional smoke effect optional (as has been the case of Darthmod ETW), so even those who stymied by their PCs' visual constrains can still have the opportunity of enjoying your outstanding work, the value and charm of which are no more compromised by the dropping of smoke feature than a diamond shredding off its package paper?
Thank you for your attention and best wish for your mod's future development!