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Wisdom of Nym: Reviewing Final Fantasy XIV’s new housing rules

I’ve been leery for a long while now of Final Fantasy XIV’s “you get your details just before patch day” stance vis-a-vis the housing situation. Thankfully, that isn’t quite what happened; we got our information, at least in broad strokes, before the patch notes thanks to the live letter. We’re getting six wards in four districts for a grand total of 1,440 new housing plots, which should put a pretty thorough dent in the game’s current shortage; it’s not a doubling of the existing size, but it’s another half increase again.

The new housing rules, though, are probably going to make some bigger changes. And they’re changes that we can analyze and speculate about, even though some of them have some potential impacts we just won’t know about until later. So let’s start in, piece by piece, with the question marks and the known quantities.

And I will also be laughing at the frustration of people who screwed the system and are now sad about it.

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RIFT devs add memorial for fallen player and dimensioneer

The sad and touching saga of a fallen RIFT player continues this week as the game’s developers cement her legacy in the game itself.

You might recall that last month, a long-time RIFT gamer and dimensioneer (a player housing expert, in other words) named Wintercharm was killed in real life in a traffic accident. Even though she was a teenager, Wintercharm had a huge impact on the community and spurred the creation of a massive in-game memorial garden by her friends.

Now, Trion Worlds is making sure that her presence will be remembered as long as RIFT endures. The studio worked hard to add an official memorial to Wintercharm this week, which arrives in the form of a special NPC that gives players “Wintercharm Blossoms” to use in their dimensions.

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Shroud of the Avatar goes nuts for log cabins

With such a strong emphasis on player housing, Shroud of the Avatar has fans guessing as to what other interesting abodes the team is cooking up inside of Lord British’s lab. Turns out the answer to this is “log cabins.”

Over the next two updates, the team will be pushing out three new housing types. There’s a giant, hollowed-out horizontal log (hopefully worm-free), a giant, hollowed-out vertical log, and a very traditional Abraham Lincoln-goes-skiing log cabin. Two of these can be crafted in-game while the other will be a shop purchase.

“Players really liked the witch’s hollow log house that we introduced in South Longfall Wetland in Release 46 so at the suggestion of our players we have turned it into a house!” the team said. “The Hollow Log House is a single story village sized house that will be craftable via a recipe in-game that you will gain from a quest in Release 51.”

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RIFT players build remembrance garden for well-loved teen

Just before Christmas, 17-year-old Nikita Hedingham was biking to a volunteer position when she was struck by a semi and killed. Her death has had a great impact on the RIFT community, where Nikita was known as Wintercharm, a well-known and -loved presence in the player housing sphere.

“She loved this game and you people so much so I wanted to say thank you for being so kind to her,” Nikita’s mother wrote. “One of her goals in life was to see the Trion building, so please remember her.”

RIFT players are doing their best to honor the life of Wintercharm by creating a remembrance garden on the Greybriar server. During the month of January, friends and well-wishers can add to the garden on Sundays. “This garden is to celebrate Wintercharms gorgeous life and give us all another place to visit if we just want to sit a while remembering her,” the garden’s organizer wrote.

Our sympathies to the family and friends of Nikita during this difficult time.

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On the tenth day of Christmas, Warframe gave me ghastly ghouls and personal quarters

Is this Christmas or Halloween?

One can never quite tell with Warframe, which activated its holiday update yesterday with a bounty on ghoul packs. These critters sound like they could move right into Santa’s workshop: “repugnant Ghouls that overrun their victims in a gruesome mass of limbs and toxin.” Ho-ho-ho boy.

This holiday update also contains housing with brand-new personal quarters. Players can customize their quarters with toys, wallpaper, and even fish tanks. Aw. Fishies.

“Tenno can now personalize and decorate their own personal quarters with an assortment of cool items,” Digital Extremes said. “Customize the landing craft with a mini-stage, then select from posable Warframe figures, companion toys and beds, wallpaper, a fish tank and more to create a mini diorama of one’s own making. Plus, players can now invite a friend inside to visit!”

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Revelation Online lets you build a brand-new seaside villa… when you clear the hardest raid

The good news for Revelation Online players is that a new seaside villa is added to the game, and it’s a gorgeous private island with an airy layout that feels like the lap of decadent luxury just looking at it. The bad news? Well, the only way to craft it is to gather materials from the Eternal Chasm raid, also known as the most difficult raid currently in the game. So anyone not taking part in the front edge of content will be straight out of luck.

If you are taking part, though, you can look to this particular villa as a personal goal, and it features plenty of space for new and familiar decorations across the island landscape. Check out screenshots and a video preview just below if you’ve got a heart for real estate, and we can only hope that those of you who will not be able to get this particular house also have characters who don’t like airy seaside mansions in the first place.

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Going clubbing with Trion in Trove’s new update

When you are invited to go to a club with Trove’s devs, you’d best get ready for fun time! Of course, I mean a Trove club: a place where you can design build your own special world with friends. And clubs are getting some serious attention in this week’s update. Earlier in November, I sat down with Trion Art Lead Robin Luera and Animation Lead Ted Sanger for a tour through the voxel’s games upcoming club-errific features. Here are some of the highlights!

One important and awesome change is that clubs will now have six different permission levels. And there are tons of permissions! This will allow leaders to customize who can do what in the club, which will really come in handy with the new building and adventure features. Leaderboards have been also changed up. The top 50 average power rank and level will be displayed (the PR will be calculated of each member’s highest pr character, not add them all together). Mechanics like using or destroying the most blocks, however, have been removed.

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Naoki Yoshida confirms that housing purchase changes are coming to Final Fantasy XIV

There is definitely a problem with how housing is handled in Final Fantasy XIV. The good news is that something is definitely being done about it, according to a recent interview with producer and director Naoki Yoshida. Bad news? We do not yet know what that something is, aside from the rather vague “planning to introduce new processes to the plot purchase specifications” that he offers. So we’ll just have to wait until we get a bit closer to patch 4.2 to find out all of the details.

Yoshida has more to say about 4.2’s upcoming content as well, including the fact that there are no real plans for more Disciples of the Hand or Disciples of the Land to be added in the future as well as the hope to use the upcoming Eureka to produce battles different than what we see in the field or in dungeons presently. Check out the full interview to get an idea of what the team is working on for the next major patch, even if that’s a few months away now.

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Rend is changing up its base system to offer more personal ownership

Your home base in Rend is important; defending it is one of the central parts of the game, after all. However, the structure of the game meant that you probably didn’t build your faction’s main base, and quite possibly didn’t do a whole lot to make it feel like your own. That’s why the team is changing up how base-building works in the game, starting by giving players seeds to drop where they will to build their desired structures.

Building is also faster now; rather than having to construct individual pieces, players just select the material type and structure and then automatically put the walls and such together whilst building a structure. The seeds are there to prevent having a landscape littered with half-built structures, although the discussion is still ongoing about how players can get a second seed after the first. Read through the full development diary to see how you’ll have more options to make your own keeps throughout the game world, and then take a peek at our lengthy conversation with the team on the state of the game last month.

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Final Fantasy XIV launches patch 4.1 (and no, you can’t get a house)

Yes, Final Fantasy XIV has dropped patch 4.1; if you were trying to get a house, you both already knew that and are already out of luck. To the surprise of absolutely no one who has seen this happen before, housing sold out within moments of the servers coming up, something that has been joked about on the game’s subreddit for months now (there’s a reason they call it Shirogane Savage). This is, of course, not a new problem. Further analysis on that problem can wait until… oh, let’s say tomorrow; this system isn’t becoming less messy before that.

On the other hand, there’s still plenty of other content in the patch to enjoy, with an expanded main scenario, new Beast Tribe quests, the Royal City of Rabanastre, and so forth. You can check out the full patch notes on the official site (although some of the items are still not listed in the notes) and check out the trailer for the patch down below.

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Ultima Online’s F2P mode launches spring 2018, limits housing, boats, and banks

Two decades after launch, Ultima Online is still going strong, and as we reported over the weekend, soon – spring 2018, to be exact – it’ll be letting players jump in with a new free option. Of course, the new “Endless Journey” approach will have restrictions on it, hence a new FAQ detailing what players with free access can and cannot do.

Broadsword notes that the freebie option will include all expansions except for the most recent one, Time of Legends, and the High Seas booster pack. Bank storage is a big deal, too.

“Previous veteran accounts have access to remove a limited amount of items from their bank box,” the studio says. “Endless Journey accounts have access to a vault for secure storage that can be rented for in-game gold. Additional vault storage can be rented using tokens purchased from the Ultima Store. Vaults that become delinquent in their rent payments will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.” Fortunately, your “real” bank “will remain waiting for you until you decide to resubscribe or return as an Endless Journey account. The contents of your bank box will never be auctioned off. Remember though, Endless Journey accounts only have access to a limited number of items from their bank and may not add new items to it.”

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Final Fantasy XIV prepares for Shirogane housing while halting house demolitions

Looking forward to picking up a house in Final Fantasy XIV’s Shirogane housing district? The houses are planned to open up with the release of the upcoming patch 4.1, and the latest article on the official site details how players can move into a new plot from their old ones with a discount equal to 30% of the old plot’s price. All of your housing items will be deposited into the new Storehouse feature, allowing you to retain access to furnishings that otherwise cannot be removed from an estate.

Of course, if you’re a player in the regions affected by the recent hurricanes, your concerns are probably more focused on your real-world house than a house in FFXIV. The good news there is that the game is also temporarily halting house demolition timers, so you needn’t worry about anything happening to your house while dealing with the real-world crisis around you. It doesn’t help make the recovery easier, but it’s still a good thing.

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Revelation Online offers tips on battling carp and laying carpets

Has Revelation Online’s fishing system reeled you in yet? Does it captivate your life hook, line, and sinker? Do you live for that moment when you can shout, “Oh my cod, I caught the big one!” Are you wishing that there was a minimum sentencing of three years hard time for dad jokes?

The fantasy MMO recently published a pair of guides to its various leisure systems, starting with fishing. There’s a little more to fishing than waiting for your line to bob, so understanding the fundamentals is the difference between tasty success and stinky failure. Also, you could be sucked into a “fish battle” and find yourself floundering in the moment.

Perhaps you’re looking at putting the final, perfect touches on your in-game apartment and could use a few pointers. There’s a very small guide for that as well with a helpful tip if you accidentally mess up so badly that you need to replace a furnishing from the start.

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