I am trying to think of a way for players to have persistent items without having a login/account system. The main reason for not wanting an account system is because there would be no developer run servers, and managing accounts between multiple servers would be a pain for players.
What I've come up with so far is to let players bury their items in the game world. The buried items would have a dig protection through magic or something that would last a certain amount of time which could be set by the player. Dig protected items can't be dug up until the dig protection time expires. There would be a minimum dig protection time of maybe an hour. Minimum dig protection is to lessen effect of possible MitM setting dig protection very low so they can go dig up the buried items immediately.
If a player gets disconnected their items would be automatically buried.
Does anyone have ways to improve this? Any ideas of alternatives for persistent items without accounts?