Thousand I'm sure. It could be even more if Toady would let a small team of people who care about the game help him out with menial stuff, progress would come a lot faster and he would still have the final say so it would be under his total control in the end. I see so much potential in Dwarf Fortress if it was just opened up a little bit.
You're going to get murdered for this suggestion so let me stop you here. Toady is fiercly independant, and he won't compromise his vision for anything. Seriously, he was offered a huge amount of money in exchange for having to use a team of programmers, did not do it. My Idea is we atach his brain to a machine that will allow him to continue to work after he dies.
Also, people, the guy trying to close this thread has been banned, so please continue your insanity.
Now, If we don't go with test-tubers, A recrutiment program is inevitable. I'm worried about doing this, as it migth dilute the insanity prevalent here, but If we have a screening program we could bypass this. "play DF for a week", and we see what happens. How long does it take to
teach people about the DF world? I suppose its different for everyone.
EDIT: is that what he was talking about?