They say that preparation is half the battle, and that definitely applies to Gratuitous Space Battles, where I might go even further by saying that preparation is more than half the game. Seeing how I spend quite a bit of time designing new ship layouts, I've come across the following question:
All ship hulls have a set number of hardpoints where weapons can be mounted. Some hardpoints are "split", and have a pair of white lines connecting them to points on the ship's hull, as can be seen on the lower hardpoint equipped with a weapon in the following screenshot:
Now, these two hardpoint types differ from each at least visually, as the weapons mounted on the split hardpoint will show up in both linked locations:
What I would like to know is if there is an actual difference between the two hardpoint types that is not purely cosmetic. Is there?