Housing in World of Warcraft
I recently re-activated one of my old account of an old MMO (gasp, I know!) I used to play. It was a game I was highly addicted to back in my college days that rhymes with “sminal smantasy smeleven”. Anyways, playing the game for a few hours, it got me wondering about Player Housing, and how it would work in the World of Warcraft.
Who would use it? A lot of players would use it. From the casual player, to the hardcore raider, to the arena masters. There is a demand for player housing. There are threads about housing in the WoW Forums. It isn’t something we NEED, but it would be something nice that could be implemented.
Where to put Housing?
There could be a number of places you could put player housing. If Blizzard wants to make them race specific, then we can visit each capital. For Humans, we have the new Stormwind Harbor area that looks to be a great place where you can add housing. They can make like a small road that goes off into an instance- much like going to Old Stratholme in the Caverns of Time.
For Ironforge, the Dwarves still have the yet unexplored Old Ironforge area beneath the capital they could expand upon. There’s that mysterious vault door in the King’s room…
For Gnomes… maybe they should fight their way back into Gnomeregan and retake their city already. I mean, c’mon- you’re level 80 already, and the lepper Gnomes are like lvl 35 elites. Do something about it.
Nighelves can expand their homes up into the trees on Darnasus. For the Draenei race, I’ve seen areas in Exodar where they’re digging in caves with crystals and stuff. Maybe dig an area so your heroes have a place to stay?
For the Horde? Sorry buddies, I don’t know much about your capitals except that I got lost as hell trying to sneak in to douse your flames.
What would having your own house do for you? I don’t know about you, but for me, it would give me a place to free up a lot of my inventory. Instead of storing some of those unused gear you are keeping for sentimental value in the bank, you can instead store it in your own home- in your own dresser. Player housing should be accessible account-wide.
Each piece of furniture could add more Housing Inventory Slots depending on the furnishing. For example, small dressers gives 4 extra slots, big dressers gives 6 extra slots. Heck if you don’t care how your house looks, fill it up with dressers and give yourself a lot of extra storage space!
Speaking of furniture, you would have your own bed! Think of how you get rested XP while leveling up. Now imaging how much more rested XP you would have if you slept in your own bed instead of at an inn. The better quality the bed, the more rested XP you get. Or even better yet, some bed could give you a buff (increase Attack/Spell Power) for a certain amount of time.
Also having access to your bank would be nice to have, but wouldn’t make sense- but having your own mailbox sounds good.
Guild Halls would work similar to Player Housing, except it would be accessible by all Guild Members. The extra storage space will just add onto the Guild Bank space, and you should be able to access the Guild Bank from the Guild Hall.
The Guild Hall will also keep track of your PvE progression. Which bosses were killed and when. Did you ever notice the book of records outside of the Vault of Archivon instance? Maybe have a book of records for each Guild.
Killed Onyxia? Have her head hanging in your Guild Hall as display for your victory! Have someone in your guild with the Twin Blades of Azzinoth? Have it displayed for all to see. Recruiting for the Guild would be easier with all the Guild accomplishments are there to bee seen.
With the introduction of Housing in the World of Warcraft, a new crafting profession would be needed. Carpenters would be able to craft furniture out of lumber. They would be able to create beds, chairs, dressers, bookshelves- the possibilities are endless!
You could craft and nice broom, then have an enchanter, well enchant it, and you have yourself a flying broom mount!! Wait, Tailors didn’t need Enchanters to make their magic carpet did they?
Make a mannequin, and use it to show off some of your gear. My 8 piece Netherwind Set won’t be wasting space in my Bank anymore! Now that I think of it, a lot of my bank space is wasted on old tier sets.
Ooh a weapon rack too, to show off all your weapons. I know a bunch of you Warriors out there have a ton of weapons saved up because they look cool. Yes you with the Thunderfury.
What about for PvE or PvP? Well you could craft weapons in the form of Bows, or Polearms. Then there could be Shields and Arrows you could make. Instead of the small Basic Campfire, you could make a huge bonfire that would give you more than just 4 Spirit. How does 40 Spirit sound?
I’ll take that for a raid or for PvP. Maybe it can also increase your Frost Resistance too! Wait… I wouldn’t like that… scratch that idea.
You can’t have the Woodworking profession without a gathering profession to go along with it. From the starting zones, to the newest areas in Northrend, there are all sorts of trees founds. Let’s cut them down to make new beds!
Gathering them would be like any other gathering profession. Find tree on your mini-map, walk up to tree with your ax, and chop away. It will be similar to the repeatable Argent Crusade daily, Jack Me Some Lumber. You will then be able to cut them at a Lumber Mill for Woodworkers to use.
You could tie in achievements to stuff you can unlock for your house. Got the achievement for collecting 25 tabards? You get an furnishing which displays your tabards in your house. Read all the books for Well Read and Higher Learning? You get a special bookshelf which allows you to re-read each book whenever you please!
Obtain the Gladiator title in arena? Show off your accomplishment in the form of a trophy or banner. Were you the one on your server to open the Gates of AQ? You’ll have your very own gong to go along with that title!
This would give players something a bit more rewarding for completing these achievements, don’t you think?
So Why Don’t We Have Housing?
Well I’m sure Blizzard is very busy doing work on more important things like improving Frost Mage DPS in PvE, so cut them some slack. Plus this would be a feature that the fans WANT, not NEED. It would be something cool that would add to our WoW experience.
How awesome would it be if you were a Hunter and you find your other 2 pets waiting for you when you get home? More stuff for Roleplayers out there too! You can invite players over, and… show off your Wizard Hat!
Ooh I just thought of something cool. They should have a world event where the Mages of the server can all gather on Dalaran to start some power ritual. Upon completion (enough Mages channeling), it would instantly teleport all non-Mages off of Dalaran, and put up a barrier preventing any access to the city unless you are a Mage. Forget player housing, we got Class Housing!