While I love this game, I have had some really bad experiences when trying to run multiple ships. The software is allegedly able to handle up to 36 people, but anytime I try to get more than about 10 going (which means not more than 2 ships, or 3 if you stretch people thin), I get lag, bugs, and lots of disconnects and crashes, pretty much constantly. I am using a nearly brand-new very nice windows 7 gaming machine for the server, and a pretty good wireless router. I've tried using different machines for the server as well as different routers and always get the same or nearly the same result. Any tips from people who run multiple ships would be greatly appreciated, as I'm taking off today to head to a retreat where I'll be running a game with a bunch of gifted kids who have not generally played this game before.
I did something similar at a retreat last weekend, and it was a huge hit, but the whole thing nearly crashed and burned due to the number of bugs we experienced. Eventually got it working, but had to limit it to ten people. I'd like for things to go more smoothly (and with a larger number of players) this weekend if possible.
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