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Town Squareby: Gargio Armani
Would this be so bad?
Just to be clear. It says house-addons are alowed for staging purposes, and mentions ladders. My question is, are other deeds from the "heritage tokens" such as boiling cauldron, statue, broken bed, apple tree, crystal chair, etc. all allowed as props?
I love all the tiny village designs! Hopefully at least one of them is a winner - there are several phenomenal designs.These are the tiny village designs that I've visited so far (with n.41 & n.154 being my favorites):n.27 "The Retreat" by Ynise Amandiln.41 "Town Square" by Georgio Armanin.50 "The Township of" by Jaronen.104 "The Township" by Christmas Magicn.107 "Vendorton" by Billy Elliotn.154 "Rural Downtown" by Wendy
AmberWitch said:All I can say is wow. I think it's time that we add a village design. It's time for something different. I don't care that the buildings don't connect. We have teleporters for that if we feel we need to do that. It will be a challenge and a blast to deco a village.
I know there are plenty of designs I've missed seeing over the years, but to my eye it seems a number of UO architects have figured ways to, as Merus states above, give a wonderful village appearance to their design but still have open space that can be tailored to the castle owner's wants. It's really mind boggling when you see the exteriors then walk in and see how much space is available. It's like a magic trick! I agree, I hope this is the year of the villages.
"Insanity is a naturally occurring mutation; humanity has just managed to perfect it." -- JMK [[me]]
A nice wide shot showing the full complex. Note the nice grassy area out front for a garden or graveyard or a small player-built structure.
The ground level is the undercroft, accessible by a stairs down from the atrium or via secret doors from the outside. Perfect for a solemn resting place to your fallen heroes or a torture dungeon or somewhere vampires sleep: you decide!
Walking up the steps from the outside leads you to the main knave and side transepts. Lots of rooms for pews, stained glass windows, small shrines, fountains of life, whatever or however you wish to show your devotion.
The upstairs can be a nice attic or crafting space. I've considered sectioning some of it off for rooms but we'll see. Notice the sky bridge connecting it to the outer bell tower. Some hidden doors also open from here the to the flying buttress' outside.
Beyond that, you've already seen the roof.
As I said, this structure probably doesn't appeal to everyone but I'd love to hear some feedback on how to make it more appropriate as a cathedral.
I returned to UO after 10+ years and was very excited about this contest. I've always wanted to build my own castle. If you like my castle, please vote for it. Thank you!
Edit: The stairs that lead the the second level are straight back from the entrance stairs. The stairs are hidden in the small home. The small home can still be decorated, but if you walk through the front door you fall downstairs.
1) set back from front edge of property to allow for deco
2) green space off the side for deco (secret door to access)
3) NOT a huge flat roof, but tiered patio type areas outside
4) teleporters from property edge to inside (for those of us living in fel and that still want vendors)
5) 1st and 2nd floor large rooms (because some folks like to have big open rooms or to create their own layouts with crafted walls and doors)
Good luck to all contestants! Some really great designs out there!
by: Gargio Armani
Never be afraid to challenge the status quo
My question is, are other deeds from the "heritage tokens" such as boiling cauldron, statue, broken bed, apple tree, crystal chair, etc. all allowed as props?
they can be crafted and add back if anyone wants them
So here's my design, trying to not look too much like a borg cube, while maximizing space. Some secret corridors for more hanging wall-space, a decent front patio for Seasonal deco, side garden for sheep or vendors. It kind of maintains the caslte layour we are used to, but walls are longer & more usefull by moving the entrances. East walls use half-height walls as windows to maximize deco visibility. All floors can be reached by stairs but it's got useful teleporters and a couple of fun-RPG-oriented ones. Also comes with not too many doors, but ppl can add them if they need. I think the floor combinations work, but you can always add pavers or carpets to personalize it. And I didn't put any more deco cuz I got no clue how to get it in TC.
From the outside it looks nice imho.
I'd very much appreciate if you share any last minute comments or sugestions, I'd like to read them! Thanks, and hope you like it!
I'd like to invite everyone to see the castle that I spent 4 full days on and give comments. The ranking is nothing compared to the fun I had working on it and I'd love to hear your comments!
Its is sand stone castle on water, named Aquia Fortress and Garden (still unnamed house on the stone) . Currently listed at #23, it can be found by owner name: Castle builder.
1st floor with two original dirt patches from the plot and an escape to the outside
2nd floor: two function rooms and ample space for personalized deco and renovation
3rd floor: a large master bedroom and center space
4th floor: show in the 1st screenshot overview overlap with 3 floor.
See that little hut in NW corner? that is a surprise for the curious ones <span></span>
This is my first year entering the contest and would very like to hear about your comments! Thanks!
These are the tiny village designs that I've visited so far (with n.41 & n.154 being my favorites):
The top 4 that I could see myself using are:
41. Town Square
63. Shadows of Myth
154. Rural Downtown
A few that I think deserve extra mention for their out of the box creativity are:
78. Remote Island Observatory
As a contributor of one of them, I also have to say it was the most fun I’ve had designing a house plan in years!
It's really mind boggling when you see the exteriors then walk in and see how much space is available. It's like a magic trick!
I agree, I hope this is the year of the villages.