"Modding" is short for game modification. In modding a game, the data files of the game such as sound, graphics, unit attributes etc. are changed. A file containing modified data is called a modification pack, often shortened to mod pack.
Age of Empires II modding
Several mods have been made for Age of Empires II, the most famous of which are:
- Rome at War by WildFire Studios (which changes the Mesoamerican civilisations' graphics into "Roman" graphics, and the Aztec and Mayan voices to Byzantine voices),
- Age of Chivalry by kor and Mechstra (a basely statistics-changing mod that changes all or most civs into West European civs; made by Kor and Mechstra),
- Middle Earth Total Conversion (commonly known as METC) by Shadowflare (it modifys every civilisation into some civilisation, tribe, or group from Lord of the Rings, and many - if not all - graphics have been changed into something from LoTR.)