I asked in the Noob thread and I scoured Google, but none of the answers I could find were satisfactory, so here goes. Could somebody explain to me hardmods, how they work, and the benefits and risks involved? All I understand for sure is that four pins are soldered into the 3DS, letting the user flash the firmware at will with a specially modified SD card. What I DON'T understand is everything after that. What's the difference between Sysnand and Emunand? Will I be able to use my 3DS for both homebrew and the services offered by Nintendo? What about CIAs? Is there any risk involved in installing them, and does it offer access to homebrew straight from the home screen rather than the Homebrew Browser? All of this is probably stupidly elementary for those in the scene, but I've only softmodded my 3DS and have little experience beyond soft mods. I added a mod chip to my Sega Saturn and clipped the 10NES pin off my NES, and that's about it. If you could give me an easy to understand outline for the hardmod process and what I could expect from it, I would be extremely grateful. I don't savor the thought of spending fifty dollars and losing my 3DS for a month to have a procedure done that I might regret later. Anything you could do to soothe my worries (or convince me not to do this) would be appreciated. Thanks!