When hosting a game, players joining are not announced to the world and it is not always clear when they are ready. Prematurely starting the game can prevent new players from getting to join, but most noteworthy would perhaps be that a player who has joined yet not chosen a character class yet, will start the game as a "blank spot" character. This only further brings issues for the game.
Perhaps a wait function can be added to not allow the game to be started until everyone has chosen a class, or a "ready" command/button be added that players must all toggle to allow the host to use the "start the game" command.
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