Masher. Not necessarily. At Old Cossacks at first we exclusivity played baddogs mod 1 and later OC mod. We played within the clan only (because we know our members would honor the rules such as No Diplo, No Baloon, no cheating, etc.) Of course we kept expanding the clan when we met serious and honest players who were interested just in fun of playing instead of points or winning at any price. With about 150 members on four continents, at any given time of the day you could find OC partners for play in the shell. Players had different strengths and weaknesses, skill sets, styles and that was good. Similar story was with HAWKS and their European Wars mod for AC/FB. The clan was so big that they always found enough players within their old ranks - they also set the games communicating via MSN. So creating strong communities around mods can be an answer. Plus you will always have an option to play the mainstream version of the game. Personally I did not do it often. As Old Cossacks we are usually older people and it does not give me a pleasure to be called obscenities and be exposed to all kind of cheating by teens. That is why OC worked so well for me for almost 10 years. And the mainstream version of the game (although i did not play it much) despite all its flaws was good enough to find millions of players who occupied game-spy shell also for almost 10 years.