Happy Birthday Empire Minecraft! One year ago today, a small group of friends with a private server that was growing beyond their control, was formed into the beginning of what you now know as Empire Minecraft! It was an emotional moment for some. We had to destroy our current creations in our residences (that we had to manually set by hand for each one) and go through the teleporter into what is now known as "Town". The next day, We signed into EmpireMinecraft.com for the very first time and opened ourselves up to the public. For the first month, we went NUTS when we had 30 people on at a time. It was amazing and scary. We made our first post on PlanetMinecraft.com and got to deal with and ban our very first griefers. The first griefed creation was a "Slime God Temple" which was made by belchmaster and Beardswell. It was within viewing distance of the spawn, a mistake that at the time we didn't know was a mistake, haha. Today we stand at over 40,000 members strong and still growing at an awesome pace! Make sure to read to the bottom to collect a rupee EMC Birthday Bonus!I'd like to use this post to announce some things and ideas we have going on right now with EMC and some things to look forward to as we continue into year 2 of EMC.1.3 WILD RESETFirst of all, we've decided that there will be NO WILD RESET for the 1.3 update. As it won't be difficult to find some of the new structures with just a little bit of traveling, we don't think it's worth it at this time to destroy things in the wild. Unless it's something that is required technically or the update is SUBSTANTIAL that would require an update, we don't want to do wild resets unless we need to. Shop Feature UpdatesWe took a TON of feedback about our shop system on ways we can add some awesome features and came up with our "Shop Update Thread". You can join in the discussion here if you haven't seen it yet. The foundation is in place, we're just ironing out the details. As the shop is something that isn't 'broken' and we're simply adding features to it, it will take a back seat to a few other features, which I will highlight below. Don't expect the Shop Update for a couple months, most likely.Wild UpdatesOur town feature has been our bread and butter for EMC since launch. We feel like we've perfected the town system when compared to any other server out there and it's clear by the amount of praise it always gets from new players to EMC. *A WILD AIKAR APPEARS!*As most know, Aikar is the "Wild King" when it comes to EMC and has pushed for a long time for us to do some Wild Protection/Updates/Features. Now that he's been added to our programming staff, this is going to be more of a possibility. We'll make more announcements in the near future, but look forward to live map feature updates, protection updates & more unique ways to travel far and wide in the wild!Misc UpdatesAside from the above mentioned, we have a lot of interesting ideas we're toying with as well, including scavenger type hunts, contests and more for some dragon eggs as well as some VERY good reasons you would want to HAVE dragon eggs. I won't go into many more details than that as we're just in SUPER early discussion stages...but the ideas we have will be fun, I promise. EMC Birthday Bonus^^^ Click This ^^^Click the link above for a Birthday Rupee Bonus from EMC!The link will credit your account with 1,000 rupees. It will be active until Sunday at Midnight.