Back when we started Empire Minecraft we didn't expect the overwhelming support and popularity we have today. Together we all have built an outstanding community and a server that has revolutionized Minecraft multiplayer.Along the way we have run into several technical challenges that have kept us from expanding as quickly as we wanted to. One example is the residence system, our most important feature. Currently the server is keeping track of 1,500 residences and due to the technical nature of the Minecraft server we cannot support adding more.Over the past few weeks the staff and I have been discussing what the future of Empire Minecraft will look like. Our number one goal is to provide the Empire to as many players as possible. What we have decided is that we are going to expand the Empire into multiple servers. This will allow us to continually add new servers and new residences to maximize the number of players we can support.However the way we are going to do multiple servers is very unique, something I am calling the "integrated multi-server experience". I have spent the last week in code up to my eyeballs preparing for this. I still have a couple days to go but I am very close to launching our second SMP server (smp2).Here are the details so far:Each new server will be the same experience and configuration as the current server, with names like smp2, smp3, etc. Meaning they will have a Town with residences, and open worlds as well. The guide will apply to all servers.Rupees will be Empire wide, so you have the same "account" no matter what server you are on.A new feature called the "Empire Vault" (name pending) will allow you to move blocks and items between servers. It will operate just like a chest but you can open it on any server!Town addresses will not overlap. So say you are on smp2 and you type /visit 801, you will get a nice message letting you know that the residence is on smp1 (this will be the same for /visit playername).We are working on guidelines to allow players to claim more than one residence (on the same or different servers).The website will have a really nice servers page that shows statistics on each server. Such as who is connected, how many residences are open and claimed, etc.The website will have a nice residences page where you can see a list of all residences on every server and click on them to locate it automatically on the live map.Supporters will of course still be supporters on every Empire Minecraft server Players can only connect to one server at a time.Bans will be Empire wide and apply to every server.You will be able to see who is on other servers with /who servernameYou will be able to locate a friend on any server with /p playernameWhispers (/tell) will be cross server, meaning you can whisper to a player even if they are on a different server. Please note that this will be a feature released at a later date.Player things like your location and your health will be separate on each server (the vault will allow you to move items between servers).Most of these items will be ready for the smp2 launch but some may come at a later date. I plan on being ready to launch smp2 on Wednesday the 9th. This of course is assuming I don't run into any major road blocks. I am sorry I know that new players are waiting patiently to claim their own residence or even connect at all.Thanks Empire!