Its well known that starting PBEM games with more than 8 players isn't doable. Was it ever tried to use the detach command? This causes the game to autosave once for each non-computer player. Trying to open one of these saves, causes some weird behaviour, the turns auto end. But, supposing you get the weird behaviour to stop maybe with some sort of command or slic code. Then you could just email the saves to each other. Anyone know if this might be possible?
Maybe its possible to LAN a game by starting a large 31 player game, detaching some computers and then saving the game, moving the save over to the mp file then loading in a lan game.