Granted my situation is probably incredibly lucky, but I managed to find a low pop server and got a bit ahead on the tech curve. I managed to get ahold of a research kit, and now I’m bartering stuff I can build for stuff I don’t yet have (so i can in turn research it, and turn a profit.)
Given my ability to provide for a large group of people (a low pop allows me to remain relatively unharrassed, and I have a couple friends who have helped me get set up), I was thinking about using my “wealth” to try and start a town. Specifically, i would equip fellow players with tools/supplies, and we would build a compund that we can fortify and defend whenever the server pop goes up.
My question is this: has anyone else tried this, and how successful has it been? How do you guys govern yourselves? Do you offer bounties for troublemakers? How did you set up your defenses? Any cool/useful ideas you’d be willing to share to help other people get started?