Player Housing comes to TESO (and I couldn’t be more excited)
Hello Everybody 🙂
I have been playing The Elder Scrolls Online since the release (April 2014). Before that I have had some contact with the world of The Elder Scrolls by playing Skyrim but since I am awful with open world games (I get distracted ALL the time & get nothing done & am constantly overwhelmed) I haven’t played it through up until now.
Since I mostly play MMOs like a normal single player game and only use the multiplayer option to engage in roleplay, I am definitely not writing about TESO as an experienced PvE-gamer who knows all the engine-based mechanics. In fact I hardly know anything about them and just try to skill my characters the way I’d like to so that I survive questing in the game on my own. I don’t really like to be dependent on a group and love to experience the world in my own way and at my own pace.
On the 6th of Febuary there will be a massive update in TESO which brings the player housing. Of course they are changing other stuff as well (like some class skills and overall balancing) but as a roleplayer the ingame housing and the opportunity to actually SIT on chairs is what I have been waiting for since the release. I have been testing it already on the Public Test Server for a couple of weeks now. And let me tell you, it’s HUGE. They created 36 houses in different sizes and styles which the player can buy: either via ingame gold or with crowns in the Crown Store which is the shop where you can buy game related stuff (mostly cosmetics) with real money as seen in most other MMOs at the moment. You get the smallest house for free by doing the introductory quest, but that really is just a cozy (read: tiny) room in the local inn. After that you are able to purchase all the other houses. And yes, you can own all of them (if you can afford it) because they are bound to your account not character. The only restriction for Imperial style houses is that you own the Imperial Edition and certain houses require certain achievements.
The prices ranges from 3000 gold for the other
tiny cozy appartments up to 3,775,000 gold for the largest castle-like mansions. And let me tell you, that is A LOT of money. I currently own around 450k gold and I have been playing since the release. I guess the average player owns around 300k up to 10 mio depending on how active they’re playing and if they are in a trade guild (Unfortunately, there is not one single auction house in TESO but a system of guild traders that can be rented by guilds so that they can sell their stuff there. I really don’t like that system!). So, as you see, everything above a small house kind of is very hard to get for the average casual player and/or roleplayer. But I’m ok with it, that there is a challange and the huge castles are something only a guild when all members put their money together can own. Since you don’t have rent costs or anything like that, it’s ok. And there is the option to buy the house with real money via the crown store if you have the money in rl but don’t want to farm the ingame gold. Up until now the prices of the houses in the crown store aren’t released.
After you buy your new home you can, of course, decorate the hell out of it. There are over 2000 items available at the moment like furniture, plants, food, candles etc.. As far as I can see most of these items already exist in the game as decorative elements but now you can place them yourself. They’ve adjusted the crafting system so that you can craft nearly every item on your own or you can buy them in the crown store. Also you can buy certain low-class things or even rare items at ingame vendors. You are COMPLETELY free to place them in your house. There are no slots you have to adhere to or any other restriction (except a small space where you enter the house. Nobody wants to be teleported into a cupboard). So that’s a roleplayers heaven! And since I love decorating houses in MMOs I will be busy for the next months. You can invite another player to be a “decorator” for your house. Unfortunately, the decorater can only move stuff around and not add things. That is very unfortunate for guild homes and such because perhaps you wanted to share the responsibilty and huge costs (see blow) but that is not really possible at the moment. Since many players already complained about it I hope that they’re going to change it when it goes live.
The downside to everything is, that Furniture Crafting is immensely complicated and highly cost-intensive at the moment. You must collect a recipe or rather blueprint / plan before you are able to craft the item. Those are drops from questing, pickpocketing or murder or could be found in cases, bins, baskets etc. in the whole world of TESO. And you need certain skill levels in the required crafting skill(s). Since there are 5 skill lines that you have to use for Furniture Crafting and one item can require e.g. Level 5 in Woodworking, Level 2 in Provisioning and Level 10 in Clothing (and the respective materials), I am awfully happy that I skilled all my crafting on one character. Everyone who decided to split those skills between more characters now has a huge problem because skilling crafting in TESO is very easy but takes extremely long. So the first thing you have to do is farm blueprints like crazy. And the problem is that there is not one Furniture Crafting Workbench but there are blueprints for EVERY crafting skill and there are seperate Workbenches for each crafting skill, like a Workbench for Woodworking or a Worktable for Clothing and so on. Thus I expect to farm the blueprints like a tractor in the first 1-2 months and then try to learn on what Workbench I can craft what. I have tried the crafting on the Test Server but it’s confusing like hell. But already there are sprouting sites all over the internet with an overview where to craft what or where to buy what so I guess that’ll be very helpful, especially at the beginning.
Also they introduced new crafting materials that are used for the furniture crafting, so you just need the style materials and refiner that already exist but furthermore nothing from your already full crafting bag (if you own Eso+) . They drop as a by-product of all the existing materials. Up until now the drop rate is awfully low so I hope they are going to fix it because the materials you need for crafting one single item are disproportionally high. And since you are totally free to place everything into your house (you only have a max limit of things you put in your house – doubled by Eso+ membership) you need loads and loads of furniture. I mean, even a simple sitting area can consist of 1 carpet, 1 table, 4 chairs, food on the table, bottle on the table, glasses on the table, a lamp. And that is just the table. You can decorate the walls as well, and your garden etc.pp. In the large houses the item limit is 600 (with Eso+) and I think if you really like to decorate with love for detail you’ll reach the 600 pretty quickly. So you rather need tons and tons and tons of crafting materials (or let someone else do the crafting). You can buy most of the items as well in the crown store for real money. Prices there at the moment range between 50 crowns (ca. 32 cent) up to 400 crowns (ca. 2,56 Euro). In my opimion the prices in the crown store aren’t well balanced. You can buy a huge tree for 150 Crowns and a small Redguard pillow for 400 Crowns. But perhaps they are changing prices again. They have been listening to the feedback after the housing came to PTS and updated it a couple of times already so perhaps they’ll adjust the crown prices and the crafting materials again before it goes live.
You can also put your pets in the house or your assisstants. And you can turn the light sources on and off.
In a nutshell I am really looking forward to the update and to have the opportunity to decorate a house and use it for roleplaying. But also I am quite overwhelmed by the complexity and cost of the system and hope that on the one hand they are going to adjust it a little bit and that, on the other hand, I learn quickly.
And of course I have a huge amount of ideas what I am still missing in the housing but perhaps they are going to introduce those kind of things over time. TESO is really good at listening to feedback and they have adjusted and improved the game constantly since 2014.