I felt like it was time for another one of these "where are we at" post!Where are we at?We have now just finished the 1.6 Horse update, and I believe we are finally good on bugs and immediate improvement needs to the horse update.We have started progression into our next development goal: Tutorial.We are working on revamping the join experience to the Empire, making it less confusing and more fun.Goals:Remove the registration requirement on the forums, and move that to be in game instead with a /register command. This will greatly improve the experience as many people will simply not come to the website just to join. It also will let people see some previews of content before registering (tutorial) and give them an idea on why they should join the Empire!Brand new Tutorial Maxarias has been working hard on a new Tutorial to completely replace the existing one. The maze has served us well for a long time, but it is time to bring it to a rest! The new tutorial will focus on delivering information on what is special about EMC right at the initial join of the server, a "set the hook" you can call it. The quiz portion of the tutorial will have variety of appearance at each question and be much more visually appealing.The new tutorial will give information about what we provide, and even offer interactive tutorials such as Residence claiming. It will also be designed in a more expandable way so that we can add to it as the Empire grows."Preview Mode" A spectator based mode that will let users explore the town before registering/finishing the tutorial, but not able to chat or do ANYTHING but explore around. They will be able to SEE the chat, but not chat themselves. This will let new players see the Empire and make them more likely to finish the tutorial.Dragon Tombs....?We were really hoping to get right back to Dragon Tombs as soon as 1.6 was over, but we talked about it and made the choice to focus on Tutorial first. We are basing this decision on our real world experience in business and the priorities that matter.We are trying to ramp up Marketing and premium server list spots, however a large percentage of the money spent doing this is wasted and lost because those people we pay to try to join EMC quit due to our join experience.We need to fix this problem so the money is not wasted, and EMC will be back to growing at a steady pace as it did before.Once we finish this new on boarding experience, we will be back to active development on Dragon Tombs!