An Idea for Our Packed Shard

So, I'm fine with the auto refresh on our homes and castles and I understand the need for it. The down side of this, however, is that there is no land being freed up for new players or those who wish to move to another area.

I have an idea to solve the overcrowding issue and it comes from another game I played for a while, "Lord of the Rings" and it's a pretty good system. Their homes are static and you rent them at varying rates, depending on size, location and such. If you fail to pay the rent for a while (3 months maybe?) everything gets packed up into escrow and you are informed that you need to contact the escrow person at a bank to retrieve your items.

I wonder if there could be a way to implement this in UO. The deed for the home could also be included in the escrow account so it's a win-win. The only penalty, really, would be that of trying to find a new plot to put the home on and get set up again.

I wonder if this has been discussed and if there is a way to implement this in Ultima Online.
"If you ain't the lead dog, the view never changes."

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  • IvenorIvenor Posts: 835
    The problem in this idea is, IMO, that LoTR is, correct me if I'm wrong, a totally F2P MMORPG, whereas people that have Houses in UO pay a Sub, and frequently they pay that Sub exactly to be able to have a House...
  • CityKittyCityKitty Posts: 50
    edited February 10
    Yes there is a F2P aspect but you need a paid sub to access and retrieve items from escrow or rent a new house, etc, even to access certain areas in the game.In the case of this game, the sub would have to be paid up to access escrow or replace your deed. Rule would be, if the house has not been accessed by a character on the account, from a paid sub within (insert length of  time here), then escrow it is. Think of it as the moving crate, it's the same principle.
    "If you ain't the lead dog, the view never changes."
  • BilboBilbo Posts: 1,985
    All those houses belong to paid accounts.  Please do not mess with housing
  • jelinidasjelinidas Posts: 142
    Bilbo said:
    All those houses belong to paid accounts.  Please do not mess with housing
    See, we can agree on something!  +1
  • IvenorIvenor Posts: 835
    jelinidas said:
    Bilbo said:
    All those houses belong to paid accounts.  Please do not mess with housing
    See, we can agree on something!  +1
    +100
    Jup, strangely enough, sometime IT IS POSSIBLE to agree with Mr. B.! :D ;)
  • Ok, if they're all paid and active, great. I am only referring to those who have left their homes behind when they left the game. That would mean no paid account. Just an idea to free up space on some of the servers.
    "If you ain't the lead dog, the view never changes."
  • MariahMariah Posts: 1,093Moderator
    Are you saying you want a change to the current rule? Where houses become IDOC (in danger of collapse) after the account has been unpaid for 90 days and are then deleted from the server? 
  • DanpalDanpal Posts: 45
    So I pay my accounts but sometimes cant log in for months. If I dont pay the rent I lose my place I have had for 5 years and 11 years. This would be just like the property tax someone came up with years ago. Just because someone owns a castle does not mean there rich. I keep about 20 million gold on my accounts. If I dont log in and my gold goes to 0 I would lose my place. 

    Because if we have to pay rent it would be based on size.  with the princes the they come up with 20 ish mil would be the rent on a castle. 

    Keep it how it is. Pay accounts to keep house. Dont pay accounts dont keep house.CityKitty said:
    So, I'm fine with the auto refresh on our homes and castles and I understand the need for it. The down side of this, however, is that there is no land being freed up for new players or those who wish to move to another area.

    I have an idea to solve the overcrowding issue and it comes from another game I played for a while, "Lord of the Rings" and it's a pretty good system. Their homes are static and you rent them at varying rates, depending on size, location and such. If you fail to pay the rent for a while (3 months maybe?) everything gets packed up into escrow and you are informed that you need to contact the escrow person at a bank to retrieve your items.

    I wonder if there could be a way to implement this in UO. The deed for the home could also be included in the escrow account so it's a win-win. The only penalty, really, would be that of trying to find a new plot to put the home on and get set up again.

    I wonder if this has been discussed and if there is a way to implement this in Ultima Online.

  • DashDash Posts: 8
    The easiest way to solve the housing issue (even though to UO it's probably not an issue) is to expand new lands and allow new housing there. There are entire large areas of maps on every shard that have several (sometimes a dozen or more) houses clustered into a region that are owned by one person and have been owned by that one person for almost 20 years. It's tough to ask them to remove them, but it does hurt gameplay for new or returning players looking for their own little slice of heaven.  I don't think its possible that people left the game and their houses are still up and taking up space.  They drop after the account becomes inactive (60 day window)?
  • But there largely unexplored lands for housing even on Atlantic, it's called fel.  Tis a quiet peaceful place devoid of life where the neighbors are few and traffic is light.
  • KirthagKirthag Posts: 503
    ^^^^^^
    What he said.
  • MakasouleaterMakasouleater Posts: 28
    edited March 2
    But there largely unexplored lands for housing even on Atlantic, it's called fel.  Tis a quiet peaceful place devoid of life where the neighbors are few and traffic is light.
    That isn't ture, I spent a hour yesterday going through some of the spots, and none of them are open. Even in bad spots like the trinsic swamp. I have seen 3 people looking to buy houses in fell or tram with no hits. The only one I saw was 1p for 2 18 by18 in tram. 

    Your right I guess if you are talking about 7 by 7 houses. The problem with houses is the fact that a few RMT people have 100s of accounts and keep the entire thing locked down, but I guess it is how uo is. If they changed it to 1 house per person that would fix it, but as it stands, these people make cash off of locking down all the house market.

    The example of this is in vesper along the coast there is a tower I have wanted for 3 years, it is owned by one of the RMT people. The sign gives his name, and it is for sale. He just keeps it on lock so no one else can get it, driving up the prices so he can make more money.


  • Not exactly 7x7, placed another tower for a friend last night in fel.  Took about 10 minutes to find the spot. *Shrug*, housing situation increases sub count and keeps the game alive at its core, good or bad seems like one of the only reasons we're still here to talk about this.
  • GlorfindelGlorfindel Posts: 32
    I would like to see malas opened up to keeps and castles. With most shards it’s pretty empty 
  • DanpalDanpal Posts: 45
    I would like to see malas opened up to keeps and castles. With most shards it’s pretty empty 
    Wont happen. The people with the castle there will lose the vaule of theres. 

  • XrisXris Posts: 67
    You can place a large tower in fel on atl. It takes time and effort to find big house spots, but they are there. Malas/tram you could still find 3 story house spots. 
  • RonFellowsRonFellows Posts: 1
    Terrible idea
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