Customizing your Sosarian home can get very complicated, particularly if you want special architecture, like a split level stair with landings, or a tight spiral stair to save space. Members of our community have tested and tweaked for countless hours and put together these short guides on manipulating the interior stairs of your home. It is still a bit challenging, but soon enough, you will be creating the home of your dreams!
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to EllesarGoddras of Great Lakes for posting this on our forum! With permission, his process is posted here. Some edits have been made for clarity.
I have created this guide because I have seen so many writing that you have to use the classic client to Break (manipulate) Stair cases. This is just not true. I have been breaking stairs since KR and every “3d” or Enhanced Client since. So here is how it goes…
1. the black tiles are where your stairs will be, the teleporter tiles are where the landing is going to be.
2. First you put down the double set of stairs that will be deleting the “anchor” part of the staircase.
3. Hit your transparency button two times so you can see the teleporter tiles to delete them:
4. Select the story you are working on so everything becomes visible again.
5. Place a new double set of stairs, facing north:
6. Now erase the original set of stairs you placed (both of them) so that in doing so you delete the bottom part of the two staircases you just built. Do not directly erase either of the two staircases you built in step 5!
7. Put down four telporters again:
8. Replace the two original staircases that you put down:
9. Repeat step 3 (hitting transparency twice and erasing the teleporters) and step 4 (hitting the floor selection button):
10: Now decide if you want a short wall to go under the landing. If you use the type of stairs that has a matching wall with medium height walls you can use those, or get decorative (or leave the space empty and use for storage, etc):
11. If the stairs you are using don’t have a matching middle height wall type and there is enough room you can use the stairs themselves as a wall. Place four teleporters as shown:
12. Place two stairs to line up on top of the teleporters:
13. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to get rid of the excess staircase:
14. Depending on what you do with the floor above, you may need to put in a support column in the crook of the staircase:
L-shaped Stair Video Tutorial by Cirno
From Desperado, a low-level split that is a classic!
1. Place your backside walls where you want them and then place 9 teleporters 2 tiles back from the walls.
2. Place the lower set of north stairs over these teleporters, then delete the teleporters through the method in the sticky post up top.
3. Lay down three teleporters as shown in the picture.
4. Place a west facing stair over the teleporters and cut the stairs.
5. Place your upper row of north stairs.
6. Delete the west facing single stair so it will remove the lowest steps from your second row of north stairs.
7. Place two rows of teleporters between the north facing stairs.
8 & 9. Place east and west facing stairs and cut as needed.
10. Finished product. Ignore the black gozas, only cloth I had on hand at the moment.
To build against the back wall on the west side you have to allow for 2 free tiles of space. For the east side you *can* build right up to the edge of the east side of the plot, but you can’t get on the stairs this way or build a wall. You can swap the direction the lowest steps are coming from so that you can get on the stairs, but there is still the wall issue.
In order to be able to get on the steps and walk past any wall you need to allow at least 2 free tiles of space from the east side.
Keep in mind that the first level of the stairs cannot be deleted by placing a teleporter underneath it, it must be deleted by removing any other stairs that have been built that fall in it’s path. So you have to build the stairs to remove those parts of the stairs before you build the actual stairs that you want.
Building a spiral staircase on the north-west side:
- Yellow = lowest tier, tier 1
brown = second lowest tier, tier 2
blue = third lowest tier, tier 3
red = highest tier, tier 4 Place three teleporters south of tier 1.
- Place a south facing staircase on top of the yellow tile and all the teleporter pads.
- Click twice on the transparency level for that floor to make the staircase transparent and erase the teleporters. Click the floor level you are on.
- Place 2 teleporter pads to the west of the brown tile.
- Place a west facing staircase so that its first tier is south of the first tier of the stairs to be built.
- Click twice on the transparency level and delete the 2 teleporters. Click the floor level you are on.
- Erase the northern tier 1; this will also remove the southern tier 1.
- Place three teleporter pads in a southern row to the east of the tier 2 stairs.
- Place a south facing staircase so that it covers the teleporter pads except for its first tier.
- Click twice on the transparency level and delete the 3 teleporters. Click the floor level you are on.
- Place teleporter pads 1 north and 2 south of the blue tile, then 2 to the east of the southernmost tile.
- Place a staircase so that all the southern tiles are covered, and the first tier of the staircase is not over a teleporter.
- Click twice on the transparency level and delete the 3 teleporters that this new staircase is covering. Click the floor level you are on.
- Place a staircase so that it covers the 2 remaining teleporter pads and the blue tile, leaving its first tier not over a teleporter.
- Click twice on the transparency level and delete the 2 teleporters that this new staircase is covering. Click the floor level you are on.
- Delete the southeastern most tier 1 staircase in order to remove the westernmost tier 1.
- Click twice on the transparency level and place the five teleporters in the corner to the west of the red tile and south. Click the floor level you are on.
- Place a staircase so that it covers the three westernmost teleporter pads, except with it’s tier one.
- Click twice on the transparency level and delete the three teleporters this new set of stairs is covering. Click the floor level you are on.
- Place a east facing set of stairs so that the two teleporter pads and the red tile are covered by stairs, and the tier 1 of this set of stairs is not covering any teleporters.
- Click twice on the transparency level and delete the two teleporters this new set of stairs is covering. Click the floor level you are on.
- Erase the southwestern most tier 1 in order to get rid of the northwestern most tier 1.
- Place the shortest walls next to tier 1 and 2, the medium height walls in between tier 2 and 3, and the tallest walls next to tier 3 and 4.
- It can also be made into a corner. Remember when you put the goza mat down between tier 2 and 3 it will need to be raised high enough to allow you to walk on it, which will leave a gap. Placing an additional goza mat that is one level (in the housing tool) lower than the first mat will cover this gap.
“While in all custom houses you have the ability to use teleporters to move from floor to floor, there is still nothing for a more authentic house feel than the good old staircase. Not only that, they can be made to look really fantastic and add interest to any home. They are fun to build and there are heaps of variations in materials and deco etc that can make each staircase an individual masterpiece!. I take no credit for the following ‘step by step’ as the original instructions were posted on the Stratics UO Homes & Castles Forum. Desperado, has credit for the platform stairs, and I am not sure who first posted the spirals. Other ideas are all basically using the same premise. However, no deco site is complete without this so, here we go!” ~Miss Echo of Oceania
Three-way Platform & Staircase
1. Decide where you want your stairs, and allow at least one tile behind for a landing on the top floor. Place teleporters as shown.
2. Place 3 staircases as shown over the teleporters with the front of stairs on the ground tiles.
3. Using the “visibility tool” click twice to see the flooring. The pic shows the first click, note the stairs start to become transparent. After the second click, the stairs will disappear and you will be at the floor view.
4. Using the ‘erase’ tool, erase the teleporters.
5. Now click on the ‘Go to 1st Story’ view, as shown.
6. The back portion of the stairs will disappear, leaving the front row.
7. Next place teleporters as shown behind the single row of steps visible.
8. Place a staircase with the front of stairs n the ground tile.
9. As per steps 3/4/5 erase the teleporters from under the stairs to leave the front portion as shown.
10. Next place your three staircases to reach your landing.
11. Using the erase tool, erase the piece of stair you positioned in steps 8 & 9.
12. This will remove the front portion of the staircases placed in step 10 as shown.
13. Now place teleporters between the two sets of stairs.
14. Place two staircases with the front to the west ground tiles.
15. As per steps 3/4/5 remove the teleporters to leave the front west section of the staircase.
16. As per step 14, place staircases for the east set with the front on the ground tile.
17. As per steps 3/4/5 remove the teleporters to leave the front east section of the staircase.
18. You now have the basis of your three way stair platform. Using 6 gozas in any color you prefer to match your deco, place on the tiles inside the platform, and raise each 4 times with the deco tool. Your stairs are now ready to climb.
The same staircase with columns added to the base section, new tile-set for the floors, and the upper floor showing the view to ground. Remember with altered stairs the amount of tiles unable to be built on are going to take up larger floor area on the floor above than a regular staircase.
1. Decide where you want your stairs, and allow at least two tiles to the western edge before constructing. Spiral stairs may go anywhere as long as the west edge has two tiles free and the east edge one. Place teleporters as shown.
2. Place your first staircase with the front on the cream tile, as shown.
3. Using the step in 3/4/5 above, use the visibility tool to remove the teleporters, leaving the first part of the steps in place.
4. Place two teleporters as shown.
5. Place staircase as shown.
6. Delete the teleporters as per 3 above. Leaving the first two sections of the staircase.
7. Delete the front portion of the stairs as shown which were formed in steps 2/3.
8. This will leave the second part of the staircase.
9. Place three teleporters as shown.
10. Place staircase with the front of stair on ground tile.
11. Erase the teleporters from under the staircase as per 3 above.
12. Place five teleporters as shown in the picture, one either side for dk grey tile and three down the edge.
13. Place a staircase with the front tile on the flooring in front of the teleporter.
14. Erase the teleporters from under the staircase as per 3 above.
15. Place a staircase as shown.
16. Again delete the teleporters from under the staircase, leaving two sections of stair.
17. Delete the front step as created in 13/14. This will remove the front of the step placed in 15/16.
18. View of what you should have at this point.
19. Using the ‘visibility tool’ click twice to obtain ‘floor level’ and place five teleporters along the back corner as shown.
20. Place staircase on western wall.
21. Erase the teleporters from under the stairs, leaving the first part of the step.
22. Place staircase on the northern wall, with the front in the corner.
23. Again, using the visibility tool, delete the two teleporters remaining under the stairs.
24. View of what you should have at this point.
25. Delete the front of the step created in 20/21, which will take out the front piece left in 22/23.
26. Your staircase is now ‘technically’ complete.
27. Tidy up by replacing the floor tiles with your chosen tile.
28. So you don’t ‘fall’ off your stairs, add a ‘back’ wall, a half side wall, and corner pieces at the front and center, as shown.
29. On the floor above, place flooring and remove the illegal tiles above stairs, ensure your floor looks like the picture, as while some tiles are legal you need them removed so that a person climbing the staircase has headroom.
30. Using circle of transparency, place gozas and raise them until the edge of the goza is clear and you can walk up the staircase.
31. Added modification (optional) is to place walls around the stairwell and an arch.
32. Added modification, if you place a goza in the center and lift you may place plants, lights, single tile deeds, such as the suit of armor shown, or other decorations as you like.
33. Using a half wall around allows you to put a ‘row’ of plants which may look nice. In this case there is one rose of trinsic, as the test center didn’t have 3 dark blue campions to use!
Don’t forget to use some type of wall above to stop you falling down the hole!