Thanks for your comments.
RahjIII, you are more optimistic than I; I’d like to think of families and friends getting together to play a game, that would be wonderful. But these days does that really happen much? I mean even when they are “gaming together” doesn’t that really mean they are on Discord, and their bodies are in separate locations? I would still like to have that “knob” though. Because one of the MUDs I was referring to has one. I don’t know if the limit is hard fixed or switchable, but that mud is limited to 8 IP logins, hence the term “8-pack”. I wrote to the guy who wrote the code asking if he would share it. He never wrote back.
One of my friends on said MUD was one of the people who would play 10 or 15 characters at a time. When they limited it to 8, he got all in a huff and left. Either he was not aware of how to get around the limit or he was too lazy to do it. Most people didn’t leave. So in that example, the policy worked.
One of the things I really enjoyed was when my Guild would do a “guild run” and get a large number of people together to go slay a big monster for desirable prizes. Limiting the size of a group might have put a damper on that. As it was, most people did not have more than 2-4 characters on and would log off the extras before a fight, because we knew that mobs would hand you your head on a platter if you tried to fight them in multi mode. Now that I am building my own areas an writing my own “mud programs” (scripts, not actual code) I know how to do that too. There is probably no solution that doesn’t have some problems, but that was what they did: set an IP limit plus programs to make mobs do extra damage to multiplayers, and it seemed to work. I just disagree that 8 is a reasonable number. I think that is too high. I have nothing against a little bit of multi-playing, just not to the extent that I have seen. Mainly what I don’t like is people who are not even there and have their groups running totally on automated scripts. There is at least one way to determine this and it has nothing to do with technology: it’s psychology. Just walk up to them and ask them. If they totally ignore you, well, what acts like a robot might be a robot.
At any rate, I’d like to see that IP limiting code to some number bigger than 1 and smaller than 8. There can’t be only one C programmer out there who has implemented such a thing. I wish I could, but I am barely able to stick snippets in the right place and type “make all”.