Hardware boxing isn't dead, though. There are a few stalwarts, and their setups provide the most high-tech pictures. "Visitors have dubbed my set up 'the NASA Control Room' because I have 10 monitors with 10 keyboards and 10 mice," says Paul Howell, an engineer from Houston. Paul uses a sort of jury-rigged keyclone: one wireless keyboard sending commands to 10 USB receivers plugged into 10 computers. So much hardware belies a major drawback to multiboxing: It costs real money. "At around $400 per [computer], $100 per monitor, $10 per wireless receiver, that's about $5500 for the hardware alone. The game itself runs about $65, so that's $650 more right there. So that would be $6,150 to start up, give or take," Paul says. With the cost of keeping 10 account subscriptions active and electricity costs, Paul estimates he spends about $200/month in order to 10-box. Even multiboxing on one computer requires an investment, as running multiple windows requires an above-average graphics card and CPU - and the monthly subscriptions add up.
After Rob wrote Keyclone in 2006, he rolled up a group of six mage assassins, the proverbial glass cannons of Shadowbane. He came upon a player who was mining and dealt so much damage to him in so short a time that the warrior was unable to close the distance. Keyclone worked, and Rob quickly distributed it to some in his guild so that they could roll multiple characters to fight against the incoming CN hordes. The gambit was a huge success: CN's bid was defeated, and Rob's town was never taken while he was an active player.