My Housing Neighborhood revamp proposal
I think alot can be done with housing neighborhoods using mostly existing tech or small tweaks.
First, I think most players would like to see exising houses that are not being used, be put back into the market. The tech is already there to do this. I think since the housing market is so mature the best way to start out would be for houses that have been in delinquency longer then 12 months. These should be treated as abandoned and go back on the market. To prevent this from being exploitable as a use of extra storage, once your items go into escrow, you can only pull them out all at once using the same tech as when you complete a quest. For example, if there are 5 quest rewards given and you don't have 5 inventory spaces available, you can't complete and finish that quest. This prevents players from pulling items out 1 at a time and using the escrow as free storage. And to free up space all items in escrow longer then a year could be deleted. The game is free to play now, there is no reason why someone can't log into the game over the course of 18 months to take care of their items.
Second, Neighborhoods should have the same functionality as Kins. There should be neighborhood mailings and we should be able to decorate our neighborhoods and make modifications. Once you have lived in a neighborhood for longer then a year you would be granted the ability to generate neighborhood mailings for events or neighborhood revamps.
Third, which ties into the Second. Every neighborhood should have dedicated spaces that can be upgraded. For example, since there are an abundant number of Kin spaces, they can be converted to a park areas, statues, theatres or any number of premade structures that can be put in its place. This will give each neighborhood its own unique feel. Using the same tech from Asheron's Call 2, when you would add say 1000 pieces of wood to a forge, the structure would change. It would become an improved forge and provide better benefits to crafters. So if you apply the same idea, if you have statues in neighborhoods, then every 100,000 pieces of ore donated take it up an extra tier.
Fourth, players should be able to buy and sell existing houses through the Auction House. Create a section in the Auction House for houses listing neighborhood and location. Once the house is sold, all items immediately transfer into the seller's escrow account. All the existing tech with minor tweaks is there to to do this.
I think by implement some of these ideas or others from the community, we can make neighborhoods an important part of the game again. Housing and neighborhoods is one part of the game that has a lot of fun content that is being completely underused, and can be improved substantially with very effecient and existing dev time.
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