There are, what, 20+ million people playing MMOs? And some 90% of those players are in various refinements of MUD? I think we all owe Richard Bartle a dollar. Is that cool with everyone? Just a buck, from each and every one of us, for getting the ball rolling. Considering how much you have spent on MMOs, it is not a lot. He can work out how to divide the cash with Roy Trubshaw, the less visible co-creator.
Maybe fan faires and whatnot could start that. Have a Bartle Box. We keep doing that until he has $20,000,000. These days, he would probably prefer that in pounds or Euros, but we can start with the Americans. Actually handing him a dollar whenever you see him feels a bit crass, but he would always have cash for cab fare while he was in the US.
Shall we brainstorm?