FFXIV: ARR – No Place Like Home

Hello Everyone!

I recently made a post about the Housing in FFXIV: A Realm Reborn, and if you read the post, you probably realized that housing is quite expensive. It ranges from about 4 million Gil for a small house, to 40 million Gil for a large house. Do the features make up for the price? Let’s find out.

Here is the original post, if you missed it!

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I’m writing this as a member of a two person Free Company in ARR (A Realm Reborn). The other member and I decided we wanted to try buying our own house, after our Free Company had finally made it to Rank 6. We checked the market, and noticed that the cheapest possible house was about 4 million Gil. That didn’t even include the 450,000 Gil needed to actually build your Estate Hall.

[ Here is a look at some of the prices for the larger sizes, and how many homes were already purchased. ]

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We started to think of what the best way to make Gil was, and agreed that crafting items to sell would be a good choice, considering we both had level 50 crafting classes. I was surprised that crafting Glamour Prisms (items used to give one item the appearance of another item, or a vanity system to be specific) was the main form of income for us. They were easy to craft, the ingredients cost barely anything (especially if you gather them instead of purchase them), and the prisms sell for about 3,000 Gil to 6,000 Gil a piece, depending on the market that day. So a lot of my in-game time was spent crafting. At least there are some really nice places to relax and craft in the game. Check out this vista!

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It took about two weeks to finally save up enough to purchase a plot of land, and we snatched up the one affordable plot left. It was hanging out in the 4th ward for awhile, just waiting for someone to buy it. There were people waiting around the empty plot, and they seemed to have been there on and off for awhile. I’m not sure if they were saving up to buy the land themselves, or if they were waiting to see who purchased it, but we got congratulations from a few of them when we made the final purchase. The house we purchased was a Small size, and perfect for two people. The process of actually making the purchase was really exciting!

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The next day or two was spent crafting more prisms, and selling off items we didn’t need, so that we could actually buy the building permit to start placing our house. During this time, our neighbors stopped by a few times. A few of them seemed quite surprised that a two person FC (Free Company) had managed to purchase their own house. One person mentioned that they had a 22 person FC, and still couldn’t save enough Gil for a plot of land. When I checked out our neighbors homes, I realized that I actually recognized a few of the FC names. Some of their placards were really entertaining as well.

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Having a house has been extremely beneficial and fun, so far. There are a decent amount of items to decorate your house with, inside and outside. You can even change the roof and walls to have a different style. You can place an Aetheryte item that allows members of the FC to teleport to the gate of your house (for a cheap price). You can also place a guild bank, merchant and mender NPCs, and furniture that gives your Disciple of the Hand a nice bonus. There is the option to buy Private Chambers if you are a member of the FC. You can name the chambers, and decorate them however you please. Although, this costs the player another 300,000 Gil. I have yet to purchase my own room, since it’s taking up enough energy trying to clutter the two floors of our house right now.

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One of my favorite parts of the housing so far, is the ability to plant a garden and raise Chocobos in your Chocobo stable. You can plant a variety of different seeds in your garden, and you have to water them and fertilize them often to help them grow. The Chocobo raising lets you train your Chocobo’s abilities, and reward them with certain foods. Each food has a different effect on your Chocobo’s stats (and apparently color). You also have to keep the stable clean by using a special broom item, and the quality can go from bad, to fair, to good. If you get it up to the good status, you are awarded with a nice sparkle effect on your stable. Don’t stare too long. The brooms seem to be selling for about 20,000 Gil, so it can actually be quite expensive to keep the choco poop from building up. Maybe we can sell that too?

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All in all, I can say that having a house presents you with a nice relaxing place to craft and hang out. The tools used for decorating it are very simple, and there are enough items to give your place a unique look. You will notice neighbors hanging out in their yards, and sometimes this presents a nice chance to socialize and make friends. Don’t worry, if you prefer to keep the crazies out, you can change the settings on your door. There are more features to come, such as an area to build your own airship, a market board item that can be placed on your property, and the ability to change the music that plays inside your house. I look forward to any new additions, and I’m sure they can only make the housing even more great!

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[ The roof is also an awesome place to watch fireworks from! I think our neighbor had the same idea… lol ]

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Until next time, Game Hard!

FFXIV: ARR – Housing

Hello Everyone!

I have been playing FFXIV: ARR since Beta, and the re-release of the original FFXIV has come a long way since its beginning. I will probably write about a lot of the new features later on, and there are a lot of them to cover. Today, however, I would like to talk about one of the more awesome additions to the game… Housing!

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Housing in ARR is something that Free Companies can buy to create an area where its members can meet up. Players can change many settings including who can enter your estate, who can decorate, and who can change the name and description of your estate. The housing comes in three sizes (small, medium, and large) and is located in three different areas (The Mist, Lavender Beds, and The Goblet). Each area has its own unique feel and style of housing. Players can purchase a plot of land once their Free Company reaches rank 6. Currently the price for a plot of land ranges from about 4 million Gil for a small house, to 40 million Gil for a large house. These are the prices for large servers like Hyperion, and the prices range from server to ward. Players also have to pay 450,000 gil for a building permit to place their house on the land.

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Not only can a FC (Free Company) purchase a house, but a recent addition to the game allows its members to purchase their own private chambers within the house – for 300,000 Gil. They can decorate their private housing however they want to, as well as changing the name and greeting.

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There are a few perks to owning a house in ARR. Players can have a place to really call their own within the game, and a place for FC meetings and parties. There are also some really cool features such as Chocobo Raising, planting your own garden, and the added bonuses that some pieces of furniture give. Certain furnishings can give your disciple of the hand a nice bonus to their Crafting Points, given that they are under level 40. A summoning bell to call retainers (NPCs that work as extra inventory space, sell your items on market, and go on small quests for items) can be placed inside the house. A FC chest, which allows shared access, can be placed, as well as NPC vendors, and repair NPCs that can only be used by members of that FC. An aetheryte (a crystal used for teleporting the player) can also be placed, which allows FC members to quickly and cheaply reach the house.

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The decorating of a house is really easy, and the mechanics are really smooth. It’s almost like FF Minecraft *lol*. It mostly consists clicking and dragging items, as well as rotating them. If a player is not happy with having an empty feeling square room, they can add their own walls in, and create their own rooms. I’m extremely happy with the tools used for decorating.

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There are many new features in store for housing, including a place to build airships, a way to change the music in your house, and probably a lot of new furniture. It’s a big goal to have if you are just starting out, or in a small company, but I would say it is worth the effort. I will definitely post an update when the new features come out!

Until next time – Game On!