Hard Light Productions
Hard Light Productions (abbreviated HLP) is a fan-operated website and one of the central hubs for FreeSpace-related activities. Its slogan is "Bringing Modders Together". HLP also serves as the host for the FreeSpace Wiki, as well as numerous community projects and FreeSpace mods.
HLP's most used feature is its forums where discussion about the FreeSpace universe, games, and modding takes place. The first thread was posted on March 1, 2001. The notable forums are:
- General FreeSpace Discussion
- Discussion about the FreeSpace universe and the main campaign.
- FreeSpace Modding
- Discussion about new models, textures, or altering tables.
- FRED Discussion
- Discussion related to FRED, the FreeSpace mission editor.
- Missions and Campaigns
- Discussion about fan-made campaigns: most typically releases and troubleshooting
- Discussion and troubleshooting about online play.
- FreeSpace and FreeSpace Open Support
- Troubleshooting for FreeSpace and its open source version, FreeSpace Open.
HLP hosts a number of projects, providing them with an FTP space and a forum. Because of the high frequency of projects stopping development, administrators have severely restricted the hosting requirements, requiring each prospective project to have some release.
Non-FreeSpace-related discussion takes place on the Off-Topic Discussion board, ranging from general discussion about news to discussion about programming and games.
From HLP, users can find a direct link to the FreeSpace Open Installer, and information about acquiring a hard copy of FreeSpace 2.
A HLP-run IRC channel is also available and can be accessed through the toolbar. An official HLP Discord Channel featuring several sub-channels focused on mods, modding and off-topic content can also be accessed via the toolbar.
Furthermore, HLP hosts the FreeSpace Wiki, "a comprehensive source of data for the FreeSpace series of games, including information about the games themselves."
Lastly, HLP maintains a list of external sites that related to FreeSpace, including other FreeSpace forums, project websites, and links to ModDB entries of FreeSpace 2 projects.