So here's the latest!
First, thanks so much again, that finally worked! This game has the absolute best community anywhere, hands down.
I actually ended up having an interesting learning experience from this which leads me to ask another question. Axem's comment about opening up the vp made me think, "Hmm, you can open up a .vp?" So a little research introduced me to vpview32, and I opened up the bta_core.vp. Cool! I thought. This is how you build a Freespace campaign! Anyway, I tried blowing up the text size in Def's file but I got an error saying that font size has to be between 1 and 4. My knowledge of how the code works isn't enough to know in what script that error was occurring- so my question is, can I modify that script so I can make the text even larger? Which file in the .vp would that be? (and would I break anything else doing that?)