So we need a few servers if you wanna do it right.
Yah yah, authentication, chat, game, database, web, meh.
If we can get a couple hundred thousand people to give us one dollar a month for an account in the Soon To Be Formerly Known As the Nailgun Monkey Online Universe, Where Players Matter, that's ten grand a piece per month for a team of twenty, man.
Or five grand a month each for a team of forty.
Convert a few of those "guys" on the team into servers and bandwidth (or people willing to host all that crap for a cut of the profits) and I'll still have way more cigarettes and drinks than I need on the tropical island.
And that's with a free client.
And if we charged two dollars a month... I doubt my liver would last long enough to really enjoy it.
Dude, with that kinda money, I could hire Richard Bartle to haul me around in a wheelbarrow.
Let alone ten bucks a month, where you'd only need to get twenty thousand people who were into it to be back at where I was at the beginning of this with two hundred thousand people.
And two hundred thousand people is like, a sucky game, man, we could do way better than that, our game has zero barrier to entry, lower machine specs than WoW, and its like, way the hell more in touch with the masses of Planet Earth than that Night Elf crap, our game is the masses.
Plus we can have Night Elfs innit, if we want *cha-ching*
With a scandalously delicious Nude Mode Pay-to-Activate Toggle *cha-ching* and a Jiggly Torso Sexpansion Pack *cha-ching cha-ching* made in Germany *cha-ching cha-ching cha-ching*
And if we take a chunk of our change and do random "golden ticket" Lucky Looter Lotteries (which is okay to do as long as we're located on a tropical island, right?) and give out prize money (or jobs) to the users who created the highest rated content every month, we're talking about a license to print money, baby.
Its like a Dread Pirate Roberts Online pyramid scheme or something heh.
Dude we better find a HUGE-ass tropical island for this, we're gonna have to take turns standing on dry land and treading water, there ain't gonna be no room to have any fun ahaha.
All we need is somebody we can all trust like Sunsword to write up some kinda contract that'll make sure you bastards don't screw me out of my Nailgun Monkey Online t-shirt, action figure, pet sweater, electric blanket, and collectible pewter pencil sharpener merchandizing money and I'll get to work putting the thing together.
Oh, we don't need Dundee, man, I'm just gonna steal his whole thing, he didn't sign nothing, sucker.
Oh, okay, maybe I'll hire him as a playtester and let him add his stupid little superhero photoshop thingies to my game, we need some "starter" content so people don't feel like they just wasted a dollar or something.
But I get to punch him in the back while he's trying to work whenever I want.