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The Slum Server
Alright so I just have a suggestion for a new type of multiplayer server/map that has been rolling around in my head for a while: The Slum Server. It's a very simple concept and is in many ways similar to the prison servers we have all grow to love, mostly in the sense that the entire map is composed of a small structure. A slum server is, as the name suggests, composed solely of a slum. Ideally it would be set in a pre-build map but I can see slums being built organically but only if the area used was small enough to achieve the desired feel of urban decay and over crowding. Because at its core that's what a Slum Server would be about. In a slightly dystopian fashion it aims to recreate scarcity of resources and social anarchy combined with a densely packed population set in a less then ideal urban environment. There would be building upon building build atop one another. Some would be houses and others would be businesses, All but a few of them would be very small. To keep the populace entertained you can include all the usual tropes found on prison servers such as regen-ing farms (the regen-ing should be kept at a minimum to keep with the theme of scarce resources) and mini-games. But bare in mind, this is practically a city so when it comes to entertainment the sky's the limit! Don't feel the need to stick to prison games. Now there would probably be a class system in place, where in a person could buy their way to the next level. There would probably need to be a limit on those who could reach the highest class or at the very least a very high barrier of entry. If it got annoying to wait for a spot in the upper class to open up a revolt mechanic could be introduced to wash out the top level of players and install new ones. The few top people would probably live in a different section of the slum. Perhaps in a structure above the main slum. Because of this structure is blocking out the sky it is always night in the main slum which would add a nice effect.
So yeah, that's really all my ideas on the matter. I'm kinda hoping this idea gains traction because I'd really like to play on one of these servers. If you would tell me what you think about the idea that would be great. And I'd like to end with this little disclaimer. I have neither the creativity to make one of these maps nor the time or energy to run a server like this. I give this idea out to the void so that perhaps someone else might make it a reality. Now by all means make it your own. Tweak the rules and what not. These concepts are not set in stone. Perhaps give me some credit. But in all seriousness do with it as you will. Laters.