As I acquire higher level recipes, decorate more spaces and view what veteran players have created, my enthusiasm for EQ2's player housing and carpentry profession grows. The long standing Norrathian Home Show which now has an EQ2 Extended version and EQ2 Trading Corner's (EQ2TC) Furniture Showcase, are must visit resources for serious interior space designers. *Smile* I enjoy peaking at the recipes I'll be getting when I hit the next level. It helps to start planning new showroom displays for the shop.
Request for Custom Cabinets & Counters
One of the features requested by my newest customer was to have custom cabinetry added in at least one of his rooms. It was something he'd seen done on EQ2 Live that he wanted incorporated into his new home in Kelethin. I'd seen examples on the Norrathian Home Show and had an idea about how it was done. His overall design wishes were for the place to stay earthy - he didn't want anything too flashy. He also wanted some of the color schemes to remain intact, like the master bedroom suite, in order match treasured items he wanted to remain on display.
Whatever, he had the platinum required for my services and I was keen for a new decorating challenge. Even though I wasn't looking to do another whole house right away, the idea of trying something new immediately piqued my interest. We priced out a moderate project where I'd concentrate using Master Crafted items primarily in the Library and War Room. The rest of the house would be completely furnished as well but I'd use moderately priced furnishings.
You have to Start Somewhere
I decided to use his kitchen as my first attempt at creating custom cabinets. I don't possess a lot of items that match nicely with the Qeynos Stove. I figured encasing it in custom built counters would be a nice effect for the room and it would give me a chance to flex the idea on a small scale. The hardest thing about the project was the dreaded, and I do mean dreaded, irregularly shaped acorn simulated rooms of Kelethin. Another aspect of carpentry I find somewhat annoying, is that items made using the same exact wood, often don't share the same grain or coloring.
The hardest thing about building the custom counters/cabinets for the stove was having the patience to align items. There are spatial differential difficulties encountered when trying to precisely align or place items in close proximity that would make a nun curse. However, the end result is worth it and far surpasses anything I've seen available in other MMOs.
I'm only a mid level carpenter. I don't have many of the cooler items. I have no rare recipes. I don't have special reward, event or faction recipes. Yet what I'm able to achieve with the little I do have, as an amateur EQ2 crafter and decorator, amazes me.
Debut of EQ2 Home Decorating DIY
Have I told you before that I'm a bit insane, especially when I fall in love with something in a game? I'm sure I've mentioned that once or twice. My adventure doing this kitchen make-over has inspired a new type of content for my RP and blogging in EQ2 Extended.
Welcome to the premiere issue of EQ2 Home Decorating DIY. I’m no veteran, my content is focused on other players like me - new to this whole open-ended player housing experience in EQ2 / EQ2 Ex. I hope you enjoy!