Posted with permission from Miss Echo of Oceania
For those of you who know me, you will know I have a passion for building and deco, so I have decided to put up a few things I have done, or made, or found in my travels through Sosaria that I like. Not all are my creation, and where I know the ‘originator’ I shall give credit. Some things I have seen have inspired me to amend them to ‘my way’ of doing a similar thing or tried to work a ‘better’ way of doing it to use less lockdowns, which all decorators know is the bane of life in UO!
I tend to do my stuff in a ‘whole of building’ approach from start to finish, to form some type of ‘theme’ for the whole house. In a custom design this starts from before the first tile is placed. In any design the first question is ‘what is this going to be used for?’. You must always have that first and foremost in your mind before starting a build. Is it just a house for your characters to live in? Is it going to be a public or private house? If public, what kind of access will you require to keep the crowds of visitors under control? If the building will function as both private space for you and public space for others, how will you control movement? Do you want anything in there of a particular nature, ie a rune library, a guild hall, a tavern or something else? Are you the type who wants rooms designated for a particular use such as a tailor or smith shop? Or do you prefer to have everything at your fingertips for ‘real’ use, however still have ‘rooms’ as display, so keep all your crafting stuff together, but create pure deco rooms for those activities.
I tend to focus most of my ‘deco’ on UO Classic houses, such as Castles and Keeps. These prove to be more of a ‘challenge’ in that you do not have the ability to knock out a wall or make a space bigger, or add things such as water tiles, stairways or teleporters, so to create useful spaces in these areas that go with my ‘themed’ approach tend to require a lot more thought in the purely deco side of things. Castles are a special challenge as a lot of the space in a castle is very narrow so to effectively make items visible without appearing cluttered is a huge challenge. I dislike clutter, so want to be able to run around my whole castle fast without banging into tables or items that impede movement but still want useful decorated spaces!
My other focus has been for player run events, which I have operated on my shard for a few years, first under the banner of ‘Fox-Emporium Events [F-em] and currently under the banner of Emporium Vendors & Events [EVE]. Creating venues for player run events is a challenge in itself as the focus shifts to ‘crowd control’ and ‘use’ and the relationship between space and deco becomes more critical. Also ‘acoustics’ play a much greater role when doing the deco for events as you need to ‘test’ positioning of seating so that the ‘pubic’ can actually hear what they are there for and ‘see’ what they are meant to see, so design and deco for auction halls and arenas and event houses needs to be considered before any build or deco is done to cater for the ‘use’.
As with anything designed or decoration there is a lot of personal taste involved, some things I may like, you may hate and vice versa. So browse these pages as you wish and use whatever you fancy in your designs or deco and modify as you see fit! The beauty of Ultima is that there is scope for everyone’s taste and the ability to change things as and when you like, so for those ‘closet’ architects or interior decorators this is the place for you!
What you need:
|4 black goza mats (2 south, 2 east) to match the placement above
2 regular crafted cloaks, dyed black
1 pre aos cloak (lies the opposite way, dyed black) **
1 fancy shirt, dyed black
13 balls of yarn, dyed black
|2 Wooden Benches
2 Bedrolls (place and lift a few times until they lie the correct way)
Rose in Vase
TamborineOther: music stands, instruments etc
a) Place the gozas as show in the graphic above.
b) On the tiles marked X place single balls of yarn in stacks, the southern stacks have 5 each, the northern stack has 3. Lock down & raise the upper balls by 2 places, and the lowest ball by 1 place with the deco tool, to give you a slight indent on the bottom of the ‘leg’.
c) on the tile marked 1 place the fancy shirt, lock down.
d) on the tile marked 2 place a chessboard, a regular cloak, and the candelabra, lock down. Raise the cloak until it aligns with the fancy shirt, raise the chessboard til it looks as shown above, raise the candelabra to sit on top.
e) on the tile marked 3 place the pre aos cloak, lock down. Raise until it aligns with the fancy shirt.
f) on the tile marked 4 place the other chessboard and regular cloak, lock down. Raise as per the other chessboard and cloak.
g) on the tile marked 5 place the tamborine, lock down. Raise to maximum height.
h) on the tile marked 6 place the rose in vase, lock down. Raise to maximum height.
i) on the tiles marked 7 place your wooden bench and bedroll (1 each on both tiles), lock down. Raise the bedrolls to sit nicely on the benches.
Decorate around your piano with music stands etc to ‘add’ to the theme if desired.** if you do not have or cannot obtain a pre aos clock (generally has some kind of charges on like spell reflection, invis etc) then you will need to have an additional normal crafted cloak and a hakama-shita (SE shirt). Just place these on tile 3 and raise until they look ok and align with the fancy shirt. You can get away with just the additional cloak if you wish. You can mask any ‘rough’ edges with deco.
Before the Heritage Collection gave us suits of Gold and Silver Armour, to have anything similar meant you had to be creative and make your own. Even now these still look great in the right setting and are so easy to make using the trash barrel method (see tips & tricks) that just about anyone with a few ingots and wood spare can make them.
What you need:Carpentry Tool – Tailoring Item
1 x Dressform (front), stand
1 x Plate Helm (or Norse Helm), head
1 x Platemail Do, body
1 x Platemail Hiro Sode, arms
1 x Platemail Haidate (or Suneate), legs
1 x Shield (your choice)
1-2 x Weapon/s (your choice)How to Construct:
Stand on the tile you wish to have your Knight in Armour on.
Place a trash barrel.
Place in all the items (from the Helm to shield as pictured in a clockwise direction).
Chop the trash barrel with an axe, lock down and lift all items with a deco tool until the positions look ‘right’!
While a carpenter can craft a bed in UO for your house, they are inert and unable to be laid on or even sat on. Why have that when you can make your own bed so that you may jump in any time and that has many more ‘rp’ possibilities lol. Just being able to log out in comfort is nice! The above beds are all ‘made’ from easily obtainable items, either purchased cloth, fished up pillows, crafted thrones and benches, etc, very little expense.
In the picture above, the first two beds are a ‘his and hers’ style, one more masculine in color in tans, greens and blacks, the other in more subtle pinks. Both are taken in a KR legacy view screenshot, while the third is a bed taken in 2d. Try some interesting color schemes on the curtains and ‘bedspreads’ and use contrasting colors for the pillows. Try to stick to colors that ‘blend’ well together, even if they are totally different colors, sometimes just a shade lighter or darker can make a huge difference to the overall ‘look’. Remember to accessorise your bed, throw pillows, hats, whips for those inclined *grins*, or perhaps just a stuffy!
How to Construct
Four Poster Curtain Beds
Room needed: BED 3 tiles wide x 4 tiles long, allow 5 wide x 5 long to construct.
Pic 1: Where the actual bed will be placed.
Pic 2: Red crosses indicate where the curtains will need to be targeted to place correctly. It may be easier to place the north and west curtains at this time to avoid problems targeting under the material later. In this instance I have not placed due to demonstration purposes.
Pic 3: Shows tile positioning of the 3 thrones (maybe locked down at this stage), and 3 long pillows. Royal blue gozas are just placed to show pillow placement on the grey tile.
Pic 4 : Shows tile positioning of the 5 square pillows.
Pic 5: Shows tile positioning of the bed decoration pillows, what decorations you place on your bed is up to you! You may prefer a hat, dress, or a stuffy bear!
Pic 6 & 7: Show the actual ‘construction phase’. Start construction on the west side of the bed to allow easy accessing for locking and lifting. I use the ‘Trash Barrel” method to construct. Place a trash barrel on the tile where the items are to be placed. Place the ‘topmost’ item to be viewed in first and the lowest item in last. So in order as shown, 1 piece pale blue cloth, 2 x yellow cloth, 2 x pale blue cloth, 2 x dark blue cloth, yellow square pillow. Once they are in the trash barrel, ‘chop’ the barrel and they will land on the floor in the order they need locking and lifting. Figure 7 shows how they will ‘rise’ when locked and lifted on the front corner of the bed.
Pic 8: work your way tile by tile from the north west corner to the south east corner. Deco pillows go into the bin ‘first’ the yellow square pillows where used go ‘last’ the material for the bedspread lies in the middle. I generally place all the items by bin first then go back around and lock and lift. However you may prefer to raise each pile as placed.
Pic 9: The completed bed.
Pic 10: add the curtains by targeting the tiles indicated in pic 2. If you didn’t place the north and west curtain at the beginning you may find it easier to stand on the tile that needs to be targeted, place a trash barrel which will go ‘under’ the cloth or throne, hold down ‘ctrl-shift’, double click the curtains and target the ‘trash barrel’ when the object handles appear. This will place the curtains on that tile without the ‘need’ to actually ‘see’ the floor to target. Hold ‘ctrl-shift’ again and target the trash barrel object handle with your axe to remove the bin.
Pic 11, 12 & 13: The same bed viewed with three different curtain colors. Note how a different look can be gained with just a simple dye tub. A footlocker at the end of the bed is just one accessory you can add to individualise your bed.
Pic 14 (KR legacy view) & 15 (2d view): Don’t have any curtains? Well instead of curtains make a bedhead. The above bedhead is made using 4 benches and 4 red armoires dyed with a furniture dye tub to compliment the bed color scheme. The ‘x’ indicates where you start the bedhead with a wooden bench & 2 armoires on the east side, then a throne and bench on the next three tiles to the west, ending with 2 armoires on the west edge. Lock and lift to the desired height, remembering if you wish to ‘sit’ in the bed (on the throne) to raise them higher than your head!
Pic 16, 17 (KR legacy view) & 18 (2d view): show a combination curtain/headboard. These are a mix and match between both styles. The choice is up to you which you prefer. If you construct and find you don’t ‘like’ the colors you picked, or just wish for a change of deco at some time, unlocking any cloth will allow it to be ‘re-dyed’ any color you like without the need to remove it from place, furniture such as benches will dye on the spot locked down. For demonstration I dyed the top ‘blue’ piece of cloth a plumb color and changed the timber and curtain/pillow colors for a ‘new look’ on the same bed. Don’t forget to relock down the materials if you unlock them to re-dye.
Adding a pergola to your house is a way to pretty it up without blocking movement and adding a touch of ‘interest’ to a corner, roof-space or entry way. Used as an entry for your friends to walk under to get to your door makes your house appear friendly and welcoming. It adds an interest to any garden space and can be decorated in many different ways. Even in the non custom houses such as Castles and Keeps, you can always add a pergola to those areas of dull grey stone to brighten them up. If you are able to customise you can put in ‘permanent’ poles to hold it up, either log or brick, for those who don’t wish to customise again or can’t there are other options for your ‘poles’ to give the same effect.
There are many variations you may use from full height pergolas to small rows of ‘vineyard’ type placing. It is up to your imagination! I like to use grapes on mine for the color contrast, however you may use whatever you like to add that touch of color.
Note: in all the following graphics, the pergola is made from gnarled staffs, these may be crafted in one direction, however the other direction only comes as ‘loot’ off monsters, demons seem to be a good monster to score the opposite direction staffs from. You may use anything you like for the trellis part of the pergola, however it is difficult to find anything that will lie north/south or east/west correctly. Black staffs may also be used as these you can find in both directions, purchased off the weapon NPC’s or as loot off monsters.
Here is a classic styled pergola, using brick posts from the customise menu with the vines on the wall spilling onto the pergola with a nice display of grapes.
The ‘vines’ are made from nightshade on the pergola, vines on the walls and grapes in bunches of 2 or singly placed. The fruit basket has a few extra grapes added to the top to keep in theme.
Classic Pergola II:
Here is a classic styled pergola, that has no posts as such to hold it up. It is suspended from the castle roof and goes over the edge of the west battlements. The Flowering cherries at each end mask the edge of the pergola. Torches are added for a touch of ‘light’ at night and the table and loveseats under add a nice place to ‘rest’ and put up your feet. Again the pergola has nightshade and grape bunches to dangle over the top.
Espaliered Lemons Pergola:
This pergola is free standing, using clock frames as the ‘posts’. It uses ‘parasitic plants’ available from the lumberjack trade as the ‘vines’ and lemons in singles and bunches of 2. A flower pot holds the lemon ‘tree’ which has been let grow up and espaliered across the pergola.
2 elegant low tables and 4 ornate elven chairs provide a nice place to sit, and the basket with extra lemons adds to the ‘theme’.
The same can be done for melons and pumpkins and if used by the wall of a house, as in the classic above, vines may be used to continue the theme across to the brickwork or walls. Tribal berries or Grapes of Wrath may also be used as ‘blueberries’ to add to your theme.
Small Farmyard/Vege Garden Pergola:
This pergola is free standing, using training dummies as the ‘posts’. On this one only vines have been used to provide the greenery with grapes added for color. The training dummies also double up as scarecrows for the garden!
The parasitic plants as used in the Espaliered Lemon above look great when used on a lower vineyard type set up with grapes as they form a nice neat edge along the staffs. You may also used diseased bark, a Melisande peerless ingredient, to form some nice vegetation on your pergolas. Another type of plant that looks ‘great’ over a pergola if you have any available are the ‘rubble’ morning glories that were available with the Magincia event.There are many, many themes you can create with a pergola such as:
Christmas theme: add stockings, candy canes and the dragon sect badges, available from the Citadel peerless monsters, look great as Christmas baubles.
Bridal Pergola: use the parasitic plants and snow, on the pergola, with white and plain snowdrop plants surrounding the outside edge underneath. Also add an alter or podium with white goza mats on the floor.
It is all up to the imagination!
Wagon & Cart
The introduction of Phillip’s wooden steed as a mini artifact drop from paragons gave the ability to to make pretty authentic looking carts and wagons with a correctly scaled horse achievable. There are heaps of varieties of wagon and cart themes that can be constructed for your deco, from beer wagons to funeral carts, royal carts and tinkers wagons. The types of wagons are really just up to your imagination! The only real limitation is that these horses are unable to be ‘turned’ with a deco tool, so if you want the horse pulling the cart you are basically limited to the one direction. However, if you just want the cart without the horse then either direction may be constructed in the same fashion. The above graphic is taken in full KR graphic mode, and is the beer wagon as shown below. As you can see horses in the full KR graphics are really great to look at. The construction graphics below are in KR legacy graphic mode. Further down there are some 2d shots as well of the same wagons.
How to Construct
Room Needed: 5 tiles wide by 8 tiles long. (additional space for other deco around)
Pic 1: If wanting a horse to pull the wagon use 4 x Spinning Wheels [south] for your wheels. Place them where you think you want the wagon part to be located and check you will have room for your horses in front of them.
Pic 2: Remove the two wheels on the east side to enable placing the tables and until you have finished decorating the cart. Place 3 x Yew-wood tables on the tile row next to the remaining wheels and turn as in the picture. Place two gnarled staffs on the ground as shown and lock down.
Pic 3: Raise both gnarled staffs to the maximum height with the deco tool.
Pic 4: If using 1 horse you can put it in position and put the wheels on until you wish to finish the deco.
Pic 5: If wanting 2 horses then place another gnarled staff on the tile in front of the other staff on the eastern tile and raise to extend the rail an additional one or two tiles to your preference.
That is the ‘basic’ 4 wheel wagon that may be built for all types of ‘themes’ The width of the wagon may be made wider by adding additional tables or longer as you require.
Pic 6: Taking the wagon used in the construction phase add barrels, kegs, crates, bottles of ale, a bench seat with a bedroll as padding, a whip and a couple of coach lanterns to dress it up. All are placed just by dropping and lifting with the deco tool, you may need to use ctrl-shift to find some things, it is just a matter of fiddling with it til you get it looking how you like.
Pic 7: Once your wagon is done, add some around deco to blend it into the overall ‘theme’. Rocks, plants, the odd barrel and tub with barrel staves and hoops all add to the atmosphere and assist to ‘hide’ the bases of the spinning wheels.
Pic 8: This wagon is longer than the beer wagon above. In its construction use 8 tables, turned the opposite way as to the ones in the beer wagon, (4 in 2 rows of tiles) and space your wheels further apart. This wagon places a Coffin ‘add-on’ on top of the tables. To do this, as with a lot of add-ons you need to use the goza trick to raise them. Remove the front east wheel so that you can see the tiles just under the tables and place 3 single tile gozas as show in the position below. A coffin covers 3 tiles, hence three gozas.
Pic 9: Raise these gozas with your deco tool until they are centred on the tables as shown.
Pic 10: Target the middle goza to place your coffin, then being careful not to chop your coffin, chop the ‘visible’ gozas with an axe to remove. One will stay under the coffin. When using gozas in this way, if your add-on splits in two due to one side dropping make sure you raise that side to be perfectly matched to the other side before you chop it. If you chop it while the parts are mismatched you will destroy the add-on.
Pic 11: Now decorate your wagon however you like. I have used, 2 torches, two snowdrops, 3 diseased bark pieces, 2 ornate elven chairs, a fishing pole (pretend whip) and 3 roses in a vase with the flowers dyed yellow.
Pic 12 & 13: No wagon is really complete until the rest of the ‘theme’ is established around it. Here I have used a fountain, an apple tree some o’hii rubble trees, and morning glory rubble plants as well as 4 types of tombstones to add that cemetery feel. Pic 12 is taken in a 2d screenshot, pic 13 is a pure KR graphic screenshot. Personally I love the look of that particular KR shot as the horses and fountain look so much more ‘real’ although the perspective on the fountain seems a touch odd, still it looks so much more real with the ‘drops’ of water hitting the pond than the 2d or the KR legacy view fountains. The coffin also seems much more ‘substantial’ to me as well.
Traveling Minstrel Wagon
Pic 14: This shows the beginning of the Minstrel wagon. Place the east spinning wheels as shown and the barrels and staffs. There are 4 tables in the first row and behind, where shown, place 4 gozas to allow lifting of the curtains to on top of the tables.
Pic 15. Lock all down and raise the staffs to maximum height, raise the front spinning wheels x 10 to bring them level with the position of the ones behind, raise the gozas to the top of the table and place your curtains. Target the second goza in from the east side. Once the curtains are placed remove the gozas and place a second row of tables behind the first. You may wish to place with a trash barrel as in curtain making, to make it easier to get them in on the correct tile.
Pic 16: Decorate your Minstrel wagon with whatever you like, the one depicted is Silverlocks and the Three Bears :).
Pic 17: Again decorate around your wagon in ‘theme’ to set it off. Pic 17 is in 2d, Pic 18 is in KR Legacy View.
Pic 19: is a small flower cart made from 2 spinning wheels and two plain low tables. Decorate with flowers of your choice, ideal for small spaces.
Pic 20: the same cart in a decorated area. The pergola is made from 4 pick pocket dips and gnarled staffs in both directions. W/E staffs are only available as loot off monsters. N/S staffs may be crafted. Vines and grapes adorn the pergola, a small bird bath made from a Christmas statue of Julia, a bowl of purification and a heating stand in valorite.
1. Trash Barrel Deco
This method is the way I tend to do all my deco. It is a way of placing any item or group of items onto a particular tile. It is the easiest way to stack a bunch of chests or place a painting on a wall in the exact position you want first time, everytime. The only condition is you need to be able to ‘stand’ on the tile to place the barrel. In the case of a painting stand on the tile in front of the part of the wall you wish to place it on.
You will find the items will generally stack in the order you place them in the barrel. So first item in is the one on top of the stack when the barrel is chopped. In the picture above I have placed the rose, butterfly, bowl and table in the barrel, chopped the barrel so all items fall to the one tile, and then lock, lifted and turned the items to the desired positions. The barrel method is sometimes the only way you may place two ‘blessed’ items on the same tile, without getting a ‘blocking’ message, ie two vet reward statuettes that you want one above the other.
Another use for the trash barrel in deco is raising deeded items that you cannot normally lock and lift, or that fall under particular floor tiles, such as gozas on front steps or banner deeds
that sit too low down, etc.
In this case I have demonstrated the difference with a stag deed, in the first picture both stag heads are targeted directly on the tile in front of each door, in the second the first is targeted on the barrel placed on the tile in front of the door and the second is as per its original placement. As you can see in the second pic the stag head targeted on the barrel is higher in its placement. Using the barrel as a targeting tool means that placing gozas on steps, especially those inside a castle or keep at the top of the stairs may be done without the goza disappearing under the stairs. Place the barrel where you want the goza and target it with the goza and it will sit nicely on the tile you want. Just chop the barrel away after placement.
The only real ‘caution’ you need to take if using the trash barrel method to place, is to understand that if you place something in the barrel and lose connection for whatever reason, you need to get back in before the item is deleted in the barrel. This is a risk you take using this method to place. You may use wooden crates or boxes to do the same thing by placing items in them and then chopping the crate with an axe, however you need a large supply of them if you are doing a lot of deco as each time you chop a crate you will need to get another for the next placement. The beauty of the trash barrel is you can use it over and over without wasting materials on building and then destroying crates or boxes.
2. The Beauty of Gozas
The use of gozas in deco is a must. They may be used in all manner of ways and have allowed a lot of additional deco tricks to be used to get some great affects and to put things in places where they have never before been able to be put. The following are some tips and tricks with using gozas in your deco.
2a. Flipping Gozas
When gozas (made by tailors) first came in as a deco item, I, like many thought wow, finally something to put on the floor of my Castle to take away the boring stone look. So having carpeted a few rooms and placing a few bear and polar rugs, I left home to return to find those rugs had ‘flipped’ under the gozas so it became every second ‘log-in’ that I could see my rugs, the alternate days they were ‘under’ the gozas. This was aggravating to say the least, but having persisted with various attempts at getting them to ‘rise’ and to stay above the gozas permanently I finally figured it out. The trick works for anything such as bear rugs, abbatoirs, arcane circles etc that do this ‘flipping’ business if placed directly on goza carpeting.
Firstly, using any colour single gozas place them 3 x 3 across/down. Then raise them all with 2 lifts with the deco tool. (not more than 2 if you still wish to walk on them, as above 2 lifts they will block movement). Place the rug, arcane or abbatoir on the raised gozas, chop out the gozas you can see, and to get the other one out from under the middle either mount and dismount, or leave house and return to force it to ‘flip’. Chop this last one away. Place the ‘real’ goza carpet under the rug, in this case I used black gozas as my ‘carpet’. The bonus of raising them like this is you also do away with the unsightly ‘lines’ you tend to get even when placing directly on some floor surfaces.
You may use gozas to place these items higher if you do not wish to walk on them. In the picture below, the arcane circle is placed above black goza and may be walked over and used as a circle for gaining a spellweaving focus, but the abbatoirs which are on the corner roofs of my castle have been raised, about 7 lifts on each goza, so that they are dead centre of the squares instead of to one side, or ‘offset’ to square, if they were placed normally.
Remember, when using gozas this way if a ‘piece’ of your rug or circle etc drops at any point to raise it level with the other pieces before attempting to chop it out with an axe back to deed form or it will be destroyed. When re-deeding, all the parts of the deeded item need to be on the same level.
2b. Raising & Stacking Deeded Addons with Gozas
Another really useful deco trick using gozas is to ‘stack’ or ‘raise’ deeded items so that you can maximise your floor space, or ‘see’ those hidden placements behind walls, thus also saving space.
To stack aquariums, place 2 gozas on the tiles you wish your aquariums to be. Raise them 10 times each with the deco tool and place your first aquarium by targeting the western side goza, then place the other aquarium on the tiles where your gozas sat initially before lifting.
This can also be done with any ‘deeded’ item such as water troughs and stone tables. If you cant ‘see’ a goza to chop out after placement, it doesn’t matter it will stay hidden, and doesn’t take a up a lockdown.
One of the real benefits to this trick is it allows you to place deeded item on the tiles closest to an eastern wall and have them raised so that you can actually see the item, most things placed on those tiles end up being ‘behind’ the wall so can only be seen with circle of transparency on. While this is ok if you don’t actually want to see the item, if you do, until now you have been forced to move it out a tile to make it visible. Gozas allow you to raise these items allowing you to use those tiles. Examples of this benefit are shown below.
1. This water trough used as a display case would be hidden behind the wall if not raised with gozas. Raise gozas to the maximum height then drop them back down by 2-3 with the tool before placing the trough, this allows placing of items on top of the troughs.
2. This water trough has been raised and then had the royal blue gozas and sword placed on before under placing with the rest of the display cases.
3. In Castles where there are only 3 tiles in width in the wings, a table placed on the tile closest to the eastern wall would only show the very edge if not lifted. In this pic the tables have been raised as per the trough in  to allow the tabletop to be used for display, while allowing you to walk up the centre tile to ‘view’ the display.
2c. Splitting Deeded Addons with Gozas
Another useful thing about being able to raise addons this way, is by then dropping the gozas with the deco tool, once the item is positioned, you can ‘split’ the addon into parts. Below shows the process for splitting a 3 tile table, also shown is the southern three pieces of an abbatoir, once the remaining pieces were chopped away and then the height raised to match two tables forming a ‘lip’. Basically, place gozas, raise, place the addon, then lower the gozas to force the ‘split’ then chop away the gozas and bits of the addon you don’t wish to use.
This works for nearly all multi-tile addons (ie: that sit on more than one tile) such
as tables, abbatoirs, arcane circles, pentagrams etc. You must remember when doing this that once you ‘chop’ out a bit of an addon it is gone for good and the addon cannot be re-deeded so there is a lot of
‘waste’ when trying to get things right! (Unless all parts are still there and the parts are on the same level when ‘chopping’ to re-deed it will be destroyed.) This is handy for when you want to make ‘special’ items such as long tables etc. Examples below:
In the above pictures you have two ‘altered’ tables, one in plain stone which forms a cross, the other in shadow which forms a T shape. In the first case the ‘long’ part of the tables have had the ‘ends’ removed so you don’t have multiple ‘table legs’ showing, nor gaps in the cross pieces. The beauty of this is that your table tops form one united slab, the drawback is obviously if you try to ‘move’ the tables they will be destroyed as parts are ‘missing’. Luckily stone is an item which any miner/stonemason can replace for nil cost other than ‘time’.
2d. Using Gozas to place deeded items or furniture on tiles not normally able to be placed on.
You can also place deeded items on tiles you can’t normally place on like the the stair handrails or battlement edges in castles, keeps and towers or any ‘fixed’ structure in a custom house. Examples below:
Top: The two gozas placed against the stairwell are not normally able to be walked on. You can place items of a single tile nature by dropping the item on them, however to place a two tile deeded item you will always get an ‘unable to be constructed message’ unless you use gozas. As shown, place the gozas, raise them to above the level of the handrail. Place your water trough. Targeting the very edge of the goza that you can ‘just’ see, use your deco tool to drop the west side as shown. Once the item is ‘split’ each piece maybe lowered to the desired position is obtained. Here I have lowered both sides to the ground. These unusable tiles are now useable by the trough and don’t block movement as you couldn’t walk there anyway!
Bottom: Placing deeded addons on the castle battlements as indicated by the two white crosses. Firstly put on circle of transparency (circ) and place two gozas directly behind the part of wall you wish to place the items, you can see a ‘1/4′ tile against the wall with circ on. Raise the gozas until they are above the height of the wall and turn circ off to check that the whole goza is visible. Place your deeded item and then chop the gozas away. You may then lower the item to the correct position. The ability to place deeded items like this, especially on the narrow parts of castles, allows you to deco without taking up all your floor space with ‘blocking’ items.