Curious, my main network guy is bogged down with school work. Anybody have any ballparks on what it might cost to get a network backend coded? I know there is a classifieds section that I can post to ( and i plan to when i get this hammered down ) but I am no expect on cost estimates. I would expect the work to take anywhere from 2 - 6 weeks to complete. Anyway, thanks for the help with this!
Well, anywhere from a few thousand to a few hundred thousand, depending on what you mean by "network backend" and how willing you are to compromise on requirements.
There are also sites like elance and vworker (formerly rentacoder) which can do various kinds of work, but the important part is that you have to have a very clearly defined specification. If you can write up "here are the interfaces you have to implement, and here's what they have to do, and this is the amount of resources (time, memory, CPU, networking bandwidth, etc) that you may use" then you'll be in a much better place to outsource a particular component like this.
You might also want to look at existing back-ends. There are free ones, like Enet, and indie-free ones, like RakNet. Both of those are C/C++. I forget what language you're using -- C#/.NET has Lidgren, while Java doesn't have as much that's game-oriented that I can think of.
We are on a C# setup and I will take a look at some free libraries for such. I will also take a look at the the vworker that you suggested and see what we could do there. This might not be an issue if my main guy can just manage his time but, he is very busy and while I understand I am not certain waiting 3 - 5 weeks is the best possible answer. Thanks for helping me out as usual hplus.