This is a little idea I had in the shower today, and I figured I'd share it with all of you and see what you think. So without further ado... Support CratesSo, what are support crates? Support Crates are little silver chests (shown here) which spawn randomly throughout every map. The general idea is that these support crates will help players who are not as able as the higher-prestiged commanders and generals, by supplying them with items that will help defend them from the infected horde. How would they work? When right clicked, the chest will explode into a red firework, and it will give the person who clicked on it their loot, as well as a message in chat. (ex.) You have looted 3 melons from your Support Crate! Note that the message will not appear to everyone, unless the player gets an especially rare item. Now, I bet you're saying... This idea could cause a lot of problems... like what's stopping commanders from opening the crates? How would this idea work? So basically, each round, 5-10 Support Crates will spawn in random locations, for the humans to run around and look for. The items you can receive in the crate are determined by what rank you are. The lower your level, the better the loot you can receive from these crates. Here is a general loot table to assist this suggestion: --(Blue items are only for players who have never prestiged. Gray items are for everyone who fits into those ranks.) (__%) - percent chance of receiving any number of said item. Orange percentages are announced in chat to the whole server. Rank 1-7 Melons (2-5) (1-3) - 40% Apples (2-3) (1-2) - 25% Porkchop (1-2) - 15% Iron boots - 10% Iron Sword - 15% Iron pants - 15% Rank 7-20 Melons (1-3) (1-2) - 50% Apples (1-2) - 25% Porkchop (1) - 15% Iron Pants - 5% Iron Chestplate - 15% Rank 21-23 Melons (1-3) (1) - 70% Apples (1-3) (1) - 20% Medic Bandage (1) - 10% Rank 24-25 Can't open crates Iron swords and armor? 5 apples? This seems a bit broken. You may be questioning my motives for offering players below prestige 1 the opportunity to get a free iron sword, or loads of food. My reasoning for this goes down to the very core purpose of this idea - to give extra power to lower ranked survivors. Right now, commanders dominate the game. Every round, people complain that everyone is commander tanking. Why? Because being a survivor that can't fight back is no fun. These crates are designed to not only help all players who aren't as able as the commanders and generals, but also is meant to help reel in the new players who are just getting started on MCI. A new player who is rank 5 won't be able to do much except hide and die, but if these crates were implemented, they have a new purpose. Search the map for these elusive crates, and you can loot valuable items to help you fight the infected. 5 apples is big help to a rank 5, prestige 0 survivor, but they aren't quite skilled enough at the game to fully use it to their best benefit and become op over it. The iron gear they can earn for the round, it's a preview of what they can get if they keep playing. Why should this become a thing in MCI? While this may just seem like a content drop idea, in reality the core of this idea is to assist the lower leveled players, mainly new players who are just testing out the game. I feel like this idea adds a whole new element to MCI, because there is a newfound hope for survivors who don't quite have all of their iron gear. Sure, they're still weaker, but if they look hard enough, they can loot chests in the maps and find items to help them get stronger for the round. A few more, rapid fire reasons behind this idea: -less commander camping -more reason to explore the map, less camping in general -mci is less black and white -adds a new element to MCI -more realistic to a zombie survival -could give seasonal items during special events to bring players in, such as Christmas, halloween themed items possibly Cons of your suggestion: Might be hard to program chests, I don't really know how much goes into it. Thanks for reading, I know there's no way it's all totally balanced, but once again this is just the basis of what could be expanded upon and create a wonderful new element to MCI.