I know it means no playing for a while, but why not just go whole hog and do just that. Hire, learn or use some coding skills. Learn about how to program and run a MMORPG, draw up a plan and get legal permissions from Brandon for Mistborn: The House Wars, an MMORPG set several hundred years before the books.
Ok, that would be cool =) I have *some* coding experience and a desire to end up in games development. But its a bit too ambitious for me at the moment. After I finished Uni it might be worth the attempt.
What I really want to know is: how in the world did you manage to get FOUR separate crews going? I'm struggling to get enough of my friends together to get ONE up and running.
Thanks for the ideas, I'll look into them and see if any will work better.
how? um, I really don't know. I currently have roughly 17 players involved. We had got the game and done one testrun. Had enjoyed it and thought, wait, wouldn't it be awesome to have a couple of crews running in the same universe? Haha, yeah, but we could never get that many people. But we started talking to pretty much everyone we knew who might be interested and quickly had the numbers 0_o. Organization-wise it is hard, and some crews are a lot easier to find times with than others. I've had a couple of drop-outs, unsurprisingly, but also drop-ins =).
Basically, ask everyone, and get them to ask everyone (and then hope you haven't taken on more than you can handle XD)
Edit: Actually all you need is a resources score of 6 or more