Housing F.A.Q.

This housing F.A.Q. contains questions from the official Shroud of the Avatar F.A.Q. page as well as questions we will be adding over time.  As of 2/22/14, the F.A.Q. contains only questions from the main website F.A.Q.

Official Shroud of the Avatar Housing F.A.Q

Can I own land?
Players can own land in Shroud through purchase of a plot of land by purchasing a “Lot Deed”. Player housing will live in the persistent shared world. Land is not instanced and there is a limited number of lots in the world. Once a Lot Deed is purchased a player can choose the lot they want from the open lots still available. Players may own multiple lots.

How can I purchase a Lot Deed?
There are three ways to purchase a Lot Deed. Backers at Citizen level and above receive Lot Deed with their pledge. Players can also purchase a Lot Deed in the game through earned in game currency. Finally players can purchase Village size Lot Deeds from the Add On store.

What sizes do Lots come in?
Lots come in three sizes: Village (smallest), Town, and City (largest). Each Village, Town, or City in the game will have a mix of lot sizes available. The larger the habitation, the larger the number of lots and the greater percentage of bigger lots available. For example Cities will have the greatest number of lots and the highest percentage of City sized lots.

Is there an upkeep cost to Lots?
Lots have an in game currency tax that must be paid monthly or the lot reverts to being for sale and the Lot Deed is returned to the owner. Backers at Citizen level and above receive a tax exempt Lot Deed but the lot can still revert after an extended amount of inactivity (5 months at Citizen level, + one month per tier above that).

What happens to my house (and the contents) if my lot reverts?
Your house (and the contents) will be placed in your inventory. The decoration of your home is maintained, while it is in “storage”. When you deploy your home on a new lot, it will appear just as before.

Can I sell my lot to another player?
You can sell a lot to another player. If the lot currently has a house on it that house will revert to the owner’s inventory. This trade will be taxed by the game.

When can I choose my lot?
First priority will be given to backers for lot choice. The order will be determined by date and amount of pledge with Founders getting priority over Benefactors at each tier. Backers will be given an exclusive window to choose their lots. Each backer can choose exactly one lot during the window. The next window will be given to those who purchase lots from the Add-On Store. After that window, lot choice will be open to all players.

Can I own a house?
Players can purchase houses in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Placement of a house requires ownership of a lot. Players may own more than one house and can swap / upgrade the house on their lot.

How can I purchase a house?
There are three ways to purchase a house. Backers at Citizen level and above receive an exclusive house with their pledge. Players can also purchase houses in the game through earned in game currency. Finally players can purchase houses from the Add On store (some of which are exclusive).

How many houses come with Citizen and above pledges?
Each pledge level comes with an exclusive house. Pledge levels above Citizen get the houses from tiers below as well. For example if you pledge at Knight level you will get three homes: Citizen, Edelmann and Knight.

There are different kinds of houses?
There are a wide variety of houses players can choose from. Style variations include stone keeps, wizard towers, wood and plaster homes, etc. Size variations include Village (smallest), Town, and City (largest). Each house has a minimum lot size requirement, thus all Village size homes can be placed on any lot size but larger size homes can only be placed on larger lots. Some styles come in all three sizes but others only come in one or two sizes.

Can I own multiple houses?
You can own multiple houses but each house requires a lot (one house one lot). You can swap out the house on your lot at any time.

Do houses automatically adjust to the size of lot they are placed on?
Houses do not automatically scale based on the lot they are placed on. Each style and size variation is an individual purchase (ex. Village Wizard Tower, Town Wizard Tower, Village Viking House, etc.). As mentioned above each house has a minimum lot requirement.

Can I decorate my house?
Players can decorate their house with a large variety of decorations including furniture, crafting stations, artwork, and various trophies found on their adventures. Many of the decorative items can also be crafted by players.

Can I sell my house to another player?
You can sell a house to another player. This trade is independent of the lot (i.e. you do not need to sell a lot with the house). This trade will be taxed by the game.

Can other players come to my lot and/or house?
You can flag your lot and/or house to private, friends only, or open to all players.

Can other players interact with my lot and/or house if I grant them access?
Players on your friends list can enter your property and use crafting stations but they cannot modify anything nor take anything. You can also add a limited number of friends to your deed as “kindred” (term not final). Kindred will have access to your house storage and be able to use crafting stations. We are investigating the feasibility for kindred to participate in decorating as well. The number of kindred allowed per deed is based on the size of the lot and/or house, the bigger the property the more kindred you can flag (exact numbers to be determined later).

Are there group ownership options?
Player guilds can own property as a group. The exact details about how this works will be released at a later date.

Can I have an NPC vendor on my lot?
Players can purchase an NPC vendor for their lot to sell goods to other players. These trades will be taxed by the game. Backers at Citizen level and above receive a tax free vendor.

Will there be temporary housing (ex: inns, apartments, etc.)?
Temporary housing is not currently scheduled for Episode 1.

Will there be storage of items outside of player inventory (ex: banks)?
Yes there will be storage for items outside of player inventory.

Will Lot Deeds and Houses work differently for offline characters?
Property will work slightly differently for offline characters in the following ways. Lot Deeds are tax exempt for offline characters. All lots in the game are available to offline characters since they will not be competing with other players for the land. As noted above offline characters cannot interact with online characters in any way.

Can I expand my lot or house?
Lots and houses can be expanded by purchasing a basement. This basement will exist underneath your plot of land.

How do I purchase a basement?
There are three ways to purchase a basement. Backers at Citizen level and above receive a basement with their pledge. Players can also purchase basements in the game through earned in game currency. Finally players can purchase basements from the Add On store (some of which are exclusive).

Are there different size basements?
Basements will come in the three basic sizes, just like the lots: Village, Town, and City. Each size also comes in single or multiple floor options (up to 4 stories) as well as different layouts.

Are there different styles of basements?
Basements will be available in various styles (finished stone, rough stone, cave, mine, etc.).

Can I decorate my basement?
Players can decorate their basement with a large variety of decorations including furniture, crafting stations, artwork, and various trophies found on their adventures. Many of the decorative items can also be crafted by players.