Hey guys!This suggestion isn't exactly perfect, and I expect a lot of negative feedback, but I think it could be very helpful for some people and not really take away from the point of Dragon Eggs.The idea is pretty simple: People creating / who have outposts can request land to be protected.Here's what I think should be qualifications for it:- Been here for over 200 days- Has explained how people join the outpost- Explains why it should be "funded" by EMC- Show a basic idea of how it will work, what it will look like, etc. (Images from SP possibly)- Have an area already chosen- Constant EMC activity.- Easy but hidden access to get thereHere is my reasoning for each:- Been here for over 200 days.I know this one is going to get a lot of negativity, but I'm including it for a reason. If new members come and show an amazing idea for it then that's great, but there's no guarantee they are really *dedicated* to EMC. They could stop showing up at one point and nobody would know what happened. If you've been here for over 200 days then you are showing a continued interest in EMC. This means your outpost is more likely to not crash and burn in a week.- Has explained how people join the outpostYou need to have this there so people don't just claim the land for themselves. Without a staff approved way for admission the outpost, you could make it very difficult, and since it would be protected land you'd have it to yourself.- Explains why is should be "funded" by EMCYou would basically be getting free land from the staff here. What makes it worth their time? How can it help EMC grow?- Show a basic idea of how it will work, what it will look like, etc. (Images from SP possibly)Anyone can do all of the above and still have no idea how to create an outpost. For a good outpost it can't just be a wooden shack floating above jungle with a dirt stairway leading down. If the staff are going to protect it, it should be WORTH protection. It should take a while to set it up, not just a couple minutes.- Have an area already chosenYou could have this beautiful place made on single player and have it all worked out in your head, but if you don't actually have the location.... well... that's pointless.- Constant EMC activity.This one is a little harder to monitor, but it is the same as the first. If you are given free land, you should USE the land, not just have it there and never log in again. Stuff comes up and everybody- knows that, but if you are only on sporadically, you shouldn't make an outpost in the first place.- Easy but hidden accessYou don't want people constantly dying on their way there. The most effective way is a railway in the nether. You get out further faster, and safer. I personally don't like railways because of A) Constant maintenance, and B) they attract a lot of attention if found.Those are the qualifications I think are necessary before even being CONSIDERED for it. A dragon egg / claimed land is expensive and the staff should be guaranteed they won't regret it.How I think this could work.I think it can work in certain levels. You want to apply so you message a MODERATOR. If the moderator finds it sufficient, they pass it on to the Administrators and then they make a final decision. This allows the moderators to weed out the less appealing outposts, making it easier for the admins to continue what they do.Staff members should be updated on how the outpost is going. Admins could "assign" a staff member to your outpost (1 outpost per moderator - limiting the total amount) and if it becomes inactive you receive a 1 week warning. If activity isn't picked up then you lose your protected land. Simple as that. Keeping the staff updated will also prevent it from being shut down if you are gone for an unexpected absence. (Family issues, work, injury, etc.) You can just message the staff. They understand that stuff pops up.After getting it cleared by the admins, you are given a set amount of time to set everything up. If it looks how you said it would, then you receive your protection.How would this benefit EMC?Not everyone will be capable of getting a dragon egg. Finding a tomb alone will be difficult for some. This gives players a CHANCE at an egg.This gives players more of a reason to go to the wild. Protected land can't be griefed, which is a major deterrent for some people.I've seen plenty of people who ONLY stay in town leave EMC because it's "boring." They don't even leave town.Here's how an application COULD look.Name: Crazy1800Joined: Dec 20, 2011Why should you get this land: I hope to bring more people out into the wild.Increasing activity will make it more enjoyable for people.*Insert pictures of Farm, storage, mine, housing, etc. Made in SP**Insert pictures of path that leads there**Insert picture of area chosen*Insert that into a conversation with any staff member and the process can progress from there. It won't take away from the "earning a dragon egg" experience because there is a lot of people who can benefit from this, but few who can actually make it happen. How the exact process would work is up to the staff, but this would be very nice for getting more people out into the wild.