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Finding A New Home

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With the new claim system on the horizon, a familiar problem will be coming in its wake: Finding an island to call home.

The success of this new system is highly dependent on players finding the right island with the right land owner. Someone who just wants to build big beautiful structures and become part of a community will not feel at home on an island where anarchy rules and everyone is allowed to do whatever they want with no restrictions. Similarly, a person who wants total freedom will not feel at home on an island where land plots and structures are heavily regulated by the land owner. That's not even to mention the islands where the land owner doesn't want any new tenants building there. As we saw with the first go at the claim system, new players will only sail to so many islands before deciding that there's no land for them to build on and give up.

There needs to be a way for people to find other like-minded players to live with. There's already a company recruitment section on the forums for exactly this purpose, but there should also be a real estate section of the forums for people to post information about their lands for prospective tenants, and it should have four subforums - one for each official server network.

Currently, the place people have been posting information like this has been in the Marketplace section of the forums. With player markets also coming up, this will increase the clutter in that area and both people looking for trade deals and for real estate will have trouble finding what they want. A separate solution is required.

Ideally, this would be available via an in-game UI, with options for searching, tagging and filtering. However, I don't see that happening before the patch goes live so perhaps that's something that can make it into a future patch. For now, a forum section will suffice. As a way to help point new players in the right direction (they're not likely to be browsing the forums on a regular basis), maybe a simple UI button can open up that forum section much like the button that opens up the Atlas wiki.

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I can see utility in this, but on the other hand, it takes away from immersion somewhat, by robbing us of the joy of exploration by ourselves.

It would be like reading a pamphlet, with pictures and included tourist guide. Not quite fitting into renaissance world eh?

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Agreed that it breaks immersion a little, but in this particular case seems like it's worthwhile. It would be nice if sailing around from island to island was more feasible, but we've already seen that most players - especially new players - will only sail to so many before deciding to give up.

A forum section is the easiest, lowest-cost solution to that possible. A UI button opening up that forum section is, again, the easiest and lowest-cost solution they could implement. The UI button isn't even technically necessary but will make it easier for new players to find what they're looking for.

Make it easier for people to be happier with their living arrangements and it will help player retention. Not too shabby for ~2 minutes work.

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