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What are the different ways to balance an online multiplayer game where user spend different amounts of time online?

Let's consider a game where every player is building his own medieval town. To make this question simple, let's assume that, on this persistent world, some people will play an hour every day (heavy ...
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Who does the AI calculations in an MMO?

I am building an MMO and want to add NPCs. The thing is I don't know the basic design. What does the calculations, the clients or the server? I would understand the server calculating events and ...
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What are the Elements of an MMO Game?

I would really appreciate it if there aren't any answers like "Making MMOs is too expensive", "Don't even try making an MMO!" etc. I'm trying to point out the elements/jobs that establish an MMO ...
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is it possible to make a MMO starting with scalable hosting?

I made a really basic 2D RPG. I want to know whether I can turn it into a free to play MMO. I cannot afford to rent a server with enough capacity to serve a big number of players but I'm wondering ...
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Java or Flash for MMO Game?

I hope this question hasn't been asked before. I'm thinking of creating an MMO game, perhaps for Facebook. I've investigated the options of using Java or Flash/Flex. But I'm still not sure which to ...
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Amateur / Independent (m)MORPG Team management

I would like to ask you all a question about how I should be going about creating and especially maintaining an Amateur/Independent team for quite a big project. I'm specially interested about common ...
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MMO architecture - Highly Scalable with Reporting capabilities

A friend of mine is asking me to help out on a project of his, I have done a small amount of game development before, but mainly do application and enterprise development these days. He is asking me ...
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How to manage requests for a MMOG?

I read that most servers handle more than 50 requests per second. Is this true? how many requests can a normal server handle? How do MMOG manage requests having to update player actions instantly?
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What is the growth rate of MMORPG programmers? [closed]

I am wondering if anyone has an estimate of what the growth rate is for developers (programmers) with knowledge of how to build AAA MMOs1? Thanks
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Writing a minimalistic server for vanilla WoW [closed]

This is about a personal project I've been longing to do for some time now. Since a while now I have stopped playing WoW, but as I'm quite experienced in C++ I thought I'd try the following: Write a ...
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What are some typical server/vps/colo hosting costs for deployed MMOs?

From my estimates the MMO I'm designing can support 500000 concurrently connected non-idle users (and still be able to you know, do stuff) for about $1700/month in total hosting costs (includes ...
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Pub/Sub or message passing in multiplayer server backend?

For my masters thesis I'm going to develop a scalable multiplayer server for locationbased games. It's going to be a "service oriented architecture" e.g. one dedicated service for positions, one for ...
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What does it really take to make an MMORPG/Where should I go from here? [closed]

Foreword: I am posting this on answers.onstartups and gamedev.stackexchange because the expertise from each area will likely contribute useful information. Also, I saw similar questions to this, but I ...
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Are there alternatives to ChatBlade similar in features?

ChatBlade is an MMO middleware for handling client side chat in (massively) multiplayer environments. I am looking for a royalty-free, cheaper (<1k) alternative (C++ or dll preferred) that would do ...
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How to manage all the NPC/AI objects on the server?

I'm writing a simple MMO, and currently have the the server-client architecture in place for multiple users to see each other and be able to move around together...now its time to add enemies. Was ...
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Job title for a roleplaying event gamemaster in an online RPG?

I'm considering creating a position in an online RPG where the responsibilities would mainly involve conceiving roleplaying-oriented events and plotlines and executing on them using developer tools ...
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How to test a network game on a mobile device

I am looking to test a network game with say, 10 or more users, on a mobile device. Think of it like an MMO with a lot less users. (Assuming I can get 10 running, I'd test for more users later) The ...
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Efficient player state architecture in Google App Engine

I am investigating Google App Engine for use in a browser based MMO. The player will make a server request when ever they build, buy or do any other action that the server needs to process. Therefore ...
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Information on seamless MMO server architecture

I'm looking for any material on seamless MMO servers! I do have a few articles in the "Massively Multiplayer Game Development" books and "Game Programming Gems 5." Has anyone experience on that topic ...
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Mouse-driven Movement

I'm trying to write a game where player picks where they are going by just mouse-clicking on that position and it goes there (just like RuneScape's point-and-click mouse interface). I'm trying to get ...
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MMO techniques, algorithms and resources for keeping bandwidth low?

Are there any resources and documentation on how current MMOs handle the action and movement data from the compression to the handling on the client? Any resources for movement prediction algorithms? ...
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Networking and movement in MMORPG's UNITY

I'm programming a dedicated server in C# using BeamServer2 DLL's. At first I wanted to be able to see other players move on our already made Omuni map. This I did by just sending your position to the ...
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how do I make flash mmorpg? [closed]

I want to make games like this. http://www.fantasy-mmorpg.com/ simple 2d graphics but using Red Dwarf server on the background. what flash game engine should I use ?
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Should I keep login server apart from game server?

I'm thinking of making a MMO server, and I've been looking at how other games structure their network. One of the things I've noticed is that there's always a Login server and then the game server(s). ...
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Python or C server hosting for indie development

I've written a lot of the game, but it's singleplayer. Now we want to join up and play together. I want to host it like an MMO, but haven't got any personal ability to host (no static IPs or direct ...
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Using Google App Engine to Perform World Updates vs an Authoritative Server

I am considering different game server architectures that use GAE. The types of games I am considering are turn-based where the world status would need to be updated about once per minute. I am ...
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Looking for architectures to develop massive multiplayer game server

Hello all Where can I find architectures and examples of building massive multiplayer game server Does the does the concept of building it on top of libenevt is right ? or I need to think more on ...
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Good books for MMORPG design?

What is the recommended reading list for a very experienced s/w developer, with no MMORPG experience, who wants to design an MMORPG?
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Visual Programming tool for creating game quests

I've found a question for visual script editing software tool for creating game behavior logic, but I am looking for something more flexible. I would like to configure such visual script editing ...
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Do you fill all your game data in huge excel tables? Are there any better method?

I really want to know how many game designers prefer to work with a huge table for all items, another table for all skills, and even another table for all mobs in a MMORPG. And these tables may grow ...
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How can I implement Offline Skilling

An example of offline skilling would be EvE Online. Your character (pilot) does not gain skills by getting experience. Instead, your character gains skillpoints towards a skill you are training ...
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How do you design a record/replay system for a frequently changing game?

I'm working in a free MMORPG and I have a problem. I'm (with other people) developing a video recording system for the game. The idea is basically: we record all the packages sent & received with ...
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What languages are used to develop MMORPGs like EVE Online and WOW?

As I understand it, MMORPGs are games that run on your computer like any other normal 3d video game but, with each action that happens with in the game, changes are made to the universe via HTTP calls ...
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Game log format for MMO servers

A log of game events (as opposed to error / debug logs) for an entire cluster/shard is very useful for a commercial MMO that is in a live production environment, providing vital support for customer ...
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How is load balancing achieved in MMOs?

I believe it's a common requirement of MMOs that processing for a single shard or realm can be done over several servers to ease the load. I'm curious as to how this can be done whilst maintaining a ...
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World of Warcraft servers [closed]

Does anybody knows or have any info about the OS of the servers of World of Warcraft? I have a "debate" with some friends about the OS behind WoW. They say it could be Win, which is very strange for ...
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How many people are needed for making a good (MMO)RPG? [closed]

1) RPG? 2) MMORPG? I'm talking more about good content here. Update: Because it is said here that volume of information is low in my question, and because there was too much to say, I created an ...
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Could this MMORPG project-model work?

This is an extension of my previous question. Recently I had an idea of making an, as I could describe it, agile open-source player-financial-profitable MMORPG, which has an interesting (from my POV) ...
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How do we attract more developers and other Volunteers to our Open Source MMO Emulation Project?

I am on a small development team that is tasked with completing the server side programming for an Open Source MMO project that has been in progress for about 5 years now. Approximately a year ago we ...
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Client-side login and password save

I'm wondering what would be the best way to store password and login in the client. Many people complain that they need to re-enter this every time they log in and they want me to make a way to save ...
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Accurately record and play back game sessions in an MMO - timing issues?

In order to detect and reproduce bugs in an MMO, recording game sessions on the server can help. How can such recording and replay of the data be implemented to be accurate, i.e. be 100% ...
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Would using Lua scripts to define game logic for an MMO server be a lot slower than compiled in C++?

I am using an entity system for my MMO server and I was thinking about defining the behavior of "actions" using Lua scripts. The server is written in C++. I am not very familiar with the speed/memory ...
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Methods of player retention and conversion in MMO games?

What are other retention and conversion (free to play to paying to spender) strategies in MMOs? I know some like promotions, social viral, content generation, intentional imbalance, perks and ...
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How do/should MMOs handle disconnection during PvP?

In an MMO (not even necessarily an MMORPG) what are some techniques for dealing with players disconnecting in the middle of PvP? In particular - how do you avoid adversely affecting people who get ...
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Tips for implementing MMO quest mechanics?

What tools, patterns, or best practices would you recommend to implement the quest mechanics given below listed requirements? I am talking about software architecture (how generic should you be) and ...
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MMO Performance

To give a bit of background, I'm developing an MMO in the web browser. Crazy? Yes, but it certainly isn't impossible. The server sends updates to the client by means of long-polling JSONp tags which ...
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XNA for multiplayer game?

I've made a few games without using XNA and recently started to see some documents and samples around and took an interest on it but i have a few doubts for going into it or not. What limitations do ...