Building your custom home
The Age of Shadows has brought one of the nicest features
of housing in Sosaria: the ability to design and build your
own home! At last you can tailor the house design to the
things for which you use your house, in a style that best
suits your taste or fits the surroundings. You can also
opt to live in the biggest eyesore on the block. The choice
Everything in your house will be safe while you work on
the design and even when you commit the design and alter
the house. Vendors, barkeeps, add-ons, secure chests with
their contents, and locked-down items will all be placed
in the moving crate when you change your house. You should
be aware that add-ons such as forges, tapestries etc. will
go into the moving crate when you enter design mode... even
if you do not commit your new design, these items will have
been removed. Locked-down and secure items, vendors, and
barkeeps will remain in place until you actually commit
a new design.
To enter customisation mode, chose Customize this House
from the house menu, in the
Using the Customization
Using the tool is pretty much self-explanatory. Below is
an overview of the menu and the function of various buttons:
- Here you can select the various sets of building elements:
Walls, doors, teleporters, stairs etc. With some items
you will need to further specify the desired set of elements,
by choosing the wall material for instance.
- Use the Eraser to remove elements
- When you use the Eye Dropper tool and subsequently click
on a building element in your house, the indicated element
will be selected both at your cursor and in the customization
- This brings up the customization menu,
which allows you to backup or commit your design.
- Go up one level in the item selection, eg. return to
the wall material selection.
- This toggles between windowless walls, and walls with
windows in them
- Here you select the building element to place into
your design. Use the arrows to the left and right of this
window to see more choices.
- With this you can make the walls, and floor tiles of
each level in your house opaque or (semi) transparent.
This can help you place floor tiles behind a wall, for
- With this you select the floor level in your house
to build upon. You always work on only one floor at a
- This indicates the total value of your design. Note
that when you commit, most of the value of your current
house will be deducted from this amount, and the remainder
is charged or refunded to your account.
- This indicates the number of building elements (the
first number) and the number of doors and teleporters
(the second number).
You can cancel customization and return to your current
design by right-clicking on the Customization Tool window,
thereby closing it and exiting house design mode.
The UO playguide has a more detailed
explanation of the tool if you need it.
The Customization Tool Menu has the following functions:
||This saves your current design. You can cancel any
changes you have made or continue designing, then return
to the saved design at any time by pressing Restore.
||Restores the last design you have backed up.
||Clears everything and leaves you with a bare plot.
||This commits your current design, charging or refunding
the difference between the value of your current house,
and the cost of your new design.
||Synchronizes the housse design you have on your computer
with that on the game server. If you have problems placing
or deleting certain items (especially doors), pressing
this button sometimes fixes the problem.
||This resets the design you are working on to the last
committed design, ie. to how your house currently looks.
or after customization, items in your house will be placed
innto the moving crate. You can bring up this crate by choosing
'relocate moving crate' from the House Sign Menu, which
will make the crate appear at your feet [image]. If you
want to move the crate somewhere else, simply use the relocate
Secure chests and locked-down items will appear as-is inside
the moving crate. Anything that was inside a secured chest
or locked-down container will still be there. House add-ons
such as forges, banners, tapestries and so on, will appear
in the moving crate in deed form.
and barkeeps will not appear inside the moving crate. Instead,
you can replace them by standing in the intended location
for the vendor, bringing up your context menu by clicking
on yourself, and select Get Vendor. You'll be presented
with a list of vendors and barkeeps that were present in
your house before you customized it. Vendors will appear
with all of their merchandise still in their packs.
When you have removed everything from the moving crate,
it will disappear.
A word on costs
When you build on an empty plot or change an existing design,
you will be charged for the total new value of your home,
which is the value of the empty plot and the cost of each
element you have used in your design. You will be reimbursed
90% of the value of your old design, so making many small
changes to your home and committing them eparately is an
Note that the house value shown in the house
menu (under Information) already takes into account
the 10% deduction, so the value shown there is the value
that you will be reimbursed if you demolish the house or
commit a new design.