Legends of Aria will let you own land and rent it out for other people’s houses

    
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Good thing this isn't ever predatory or awful in the real world and thus should totally be brought over, huh?

The big selling point for Legends of Aria’s housing is that the system does not actually require you to build a house on your land. You can let someone else build a house there, and then charge them for the right to have that house! Great news for anyone who’s ever had a fantasy of being an in-game landlord, although you’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not you want to dress up in an old-time suit and a top hat before bundling off to collect someone’s rent payment.

For those of you not motivated by being the villain of a Dickens story, you can also use the land to produce other sorts of spaces like open-air markets, tournament grounds, parks, and so forth. It all depends on who gets the land and what the owners decide to do with it, as it is explicitly meant to be limited and therefore valuable. You can see much of it demonstrated in the video just below.

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as it is explicitly meant to be limited and therefore valuable.

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squid

This may sound silly, but I like that I can just go around and randomly build peoples houses for them. Like they put down a foundation, log out for the night and when they log back in they’ve got a house waiting for them.

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Nick Smith

Yeah buddy. It reminds me of Istaria a lot. One of the best crafting MMO’s. You pay for a plot of land, then you set the amount of gold to payout, if someone adds brick or timber to your plot to make the design you’ve chosen. Gradually, you can see your house being built over time. Way fun.

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I know how limited land worked out in AA. And I love that it is instanced in BDO. I have no desire to revert to limited.

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squid

Considering the size of the world, the likely number of players a server could support and the tax system, I don’t really see space for housing being a big issue. Competition for the best spots will be tight, but nobody should have any problems finding somewhere to build.

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…as it is explicitly meant to be limited and therefore valuable.

Taxes did not hold anyone back in AA from owning land, not to mention to ability to grab land in a shady manner.

I am all for others enjoying! Just not ever again for me.

Oh, and I used to finish houses in AA too. But not to be nice. To get the house done so they would have to start paying taxes on the land, instead of just taking the space, not doing anything with it, and not paying taxes.

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Ironwu

Paying rent to other players in a game?

I was typing a really offensive response. Changed my mind.

Will say that this is just one more reason I will avoid this game like it has the plague.

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Minimalistway

As i understand, you don’t have to pay other players, you can have your own house, paying rent is an option for players who want to rent a house, owning a house means you have to pay taxes as the video says, so it’s a choice between rent or tax.

I don’t see the problem here.

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Agreed. It’s a game mechanic. I guess you could always get your own server if you don’t want to do either.

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The land owner pays the tax, which is based on the land claim size and not (afaik) the house or houses built on it. So yeah, a player with land and a house could “rent” it to another player, but all they’d really be doing is adding the renter as a coowner to a house the owner built (and promising not to rob them, I suppose?).

I’m pretty sure there’s no mechanic that allows another player to build a house on your land that you wouldn’t have absolute control over. The whole rental angle here is both entirely trust-based and not particularly necessary.

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I don’t see that happening much. Maybe if someone owns a prime vendor shop claim right outside a town or something and doesn’t actually want to run a shop they could rent it out? But considering the limits on ownership, it’s not like a couple people are just going to own all the land and force players to rent from them.

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camren_rooke

Landlord: You MUST pay the rent!

Woman: But I CAN’T pay the rent!

Landlord: But you MUST pay the rent!

Woman: But I CANT pay the rent!

Hero: I’LL PAY THE RENT!

Landlord: CURSES! Foiled Again!

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I’m having flashbacks to the SWG urban sprawl.