I really have no idea where to find players, hence I am working on the mod to bring back more players to the game...I believe if we can do some nice innovations to the game, players can find their way back here. Something like DoTA might do the trick . Bringing players is an advertisement issue, which apparently HoAE had little of...I am glad atleast your group is here.
I have to admit, I have been thinking the same thing... how hard would it be to create a system that has monsters spawn and go down a series of paths? Also, the heroes would need to run quite a bit faster in this mod. Not only that, you'd need to have the AI balance both lanes. You could add a default MAP AI for both sides of the map and allow 4 players per side.. without the AI counting as one.
A lot of ideas for such an addition!