Hello everyone, wanted to give everyone a status update on where things are with EmpireMinecraft!Recently, we launchd the new TutorialThis was step 1 on a major push to rebuilding the Empire's numbers!The next step is nearly done, which is changing how players are able to join the server. You know that wall you hit on your first connect telling you to go to the website? Well many people hate that... so we're tearing it down! Players will be able to immediately connect, and then simply register for the forums in game. This will allow them to see some of the tutorial first, so that we can better 'set the hook'.Once this is in place, we will begin launching massive campaigns to drive new players to EMC, as well as campaigns to bring back old players. We lost quite a few members due to the 1.3 bugs, and we are aiming to let them know everything is stable now and they should return!We are optimizing how our incoming traffic arrives at EMC, currently working on a new landing page: [wiki]why-empireminecraft[/wiki]This will help give the new visitor a reason to join EMC, instead of just seeing the home page, telling them what makes EMC awesome!What's next?We are hoping to slip in 1 or 2 small things quickly after the new join experience, namely Mail! Also, some improvements to voting including better rewards! A Daily Raffle system including some nice rewards! We hope these small things won't take longer than a week.Then... It's what you've all been waiting for: [wiki]dragon-tombs[/wiki].Dragon Tombs will then be the next major development, and we will hopefully be able to launch it within the next 3 months. Note that this will be a major piece of work so it will take some time, and we are also going to handle this a bit different, in that there will be a supporter based beta testing program, but the goal is to get it out to everyone by end of year (hopefully earlier!)Of course 1.7 is likely to rear its head somewhere in between... but I'm really hoping we won't have to do as much for 1.7.But, onwards to growing the Empire!