Friday, January 25, 2008

Home Sweet Home -- A Virtual Tour 1

This was my first post on the Norrathian Homeshow forums. While this Neriak house wasn't my first house, it was the first house I felt I'd created that was good enough to "compete" with the other homes on the forums.

This home was completed before scaling or the layout editor existed.

A Facebook album of this house can be found here. The original post was posted on January 25, 2008.
Now, I'm not quite as professional as a lot of people posting on these forums, so be gentle! SMILEY

And I do have to admit my forte isn't really creating new ideas, it's more in borrowing existing ideas and modifying them. So if things look familiar, they probably are! I'd say thanks to the people who invented the ideas, but with the amount of borrowing that does go on, it's a little hard to know who the idea originated from. So to everyone who contributes their ideas: Thank you!

I finally have a house I feel is decent enough to share in the Norrathian Homeshow. It's already gone through some modifications since I took the screenshots, but most of them are just minor tweaks. (Moving lighting around, etc.)

Jazabelle, at 3 Walk of the Dead, Neriak, on the Antonia Bayle server.

These are thumbnails. If you want to see a bigger version of the image, click the thumbnail! And if anyone wants closeups of particular things, feel free to visit, or ask me, and I'll see about taking a screenshot and posting.

And yes, I know the screenshot quality isn't that great. I had my settings turned down for some obscure reason that I no longer remember, and forgot to turn it back up. But the thought of redoing the post with better screenshots makes me quake in terror at the amount of time it would take. So you'll either have to make do with the lesser quality, or come visit!

To begin with, when entering my home, you encounter my sales area. Yes, the Freeport Wooden Counter doesn't look very good. I'm in the process of obtaining a Long Mahogany Counter (the one that matches the Neriak houses!) but my carpenter hasn't gotten around to turning the raw material into the Counter yet. (On a side note, thank you so much Adeste for putting up with my million and three mails asking for yet another item to be crafted.) One of the few things in my house that I've never seen anywhere else, and that I did think of on my own (although I'm sure other people have done similar, or the same) are the paper doorways I have. I hate the gaping open doorways in most of the houses, so I cover them over with eight "oil painting of a knight." That's the backside of the painting you see -- the doorway is completely useable, you just can't see through it. And let me tell you, positioning those things is a chore and a half.

The lefthand paper doorway leads to my "garden."

A closeup of my waterfall and pool. I adore the stone in the pool. It was simple, cheap, and easy to make, and adds a lot of life to the scene.

Exiting the garden and going through the righthand paper doorway takes you to my bedroom! And what's a necromancer's bedroom without a few skulls? Gotta love those death's head draperies!

The view of my room is being taken from the area where my desk is. As a sage, a crafting table in the house is a must, but I hate that stupid nametag. So, I hid it in the wall (mostly) and replaced it with a vale briarwood desk. Infinitely better, in my opinion.

Now, if you look at my bedroom, there's a paper screen all the way across the room. (that's something like 30 oil paintings!) Behind that screen, I have my bathroom.

Closeup of the tub:

I'm going to skip my downstairs basement, because it's not quite done to my satisfaction. Instead, I'm going to head upstairs, to my kitchen/dining room. Yes, my kitchen is upstairs. Here's my buffet/stove/sink.

A closeup of the sink/stove with a cutting board. The sink was another of the few ideas in the house that is my own creation. I tried to use a keg for the faucet, but the keg wouldn't sink into the wall. So I improvised using Trophies from L&Ls. And finally, a use for that unnecessarily large Mama's Eggnog! I love the xegonite bowl -- it's bubbling, so it looks like the stove is on.

This is a previous version of the sink, using Spiced Eggnog. I'd forgotten about Mama's Eggnog! However, it does show which L&L trophies I used. The corners of the info boxes are touching the L&L trophies:

A view of the "eatery" from the back of the room. Yes, that is a mini stage with a harp. Sometimes, even a necromancer wants relaxing music to go with her dinner.

And next door to the "eatery" -- blocked off by yet another paper doorway -- is my game room/lounge/stage. Why a necromancer has a stage, I don't know. I just wanted one. So I have it! Hanging the curtains (stained tapestry of valor) was a pain. I'm so glad it's done.

The view from the stage:

And the two wings of the stage! There are music boxes back there, so that any "performers" who wish to provide music for others can actually do so.


And with that, the virtual tour of my home comes to an end. Thanks for bearing with an over-talkative, exclamation-loving necromancer! Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.