2015 Summer House Decorating Contest

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  1. Chris

    Chris Renaissance Staff
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    Running May 13th to June 25th

    There will be 5 categories to choose from
    • Best Decorated Massive House
      Includes: Fortress, Castle, Small Keep, Large Keep
      Note: Make sure to post a variety of pictures of all decorated areas of the house. Include descriptions for themed areas.
    • Best Decorated Large House
      Includes: Tower, Large Marble Patio, 2 Story House, Large patio, Large Brick
    • Best Decorated Medium House
      Includes: Sandstone, Log Cabin, Villa
    • Best Decorated Small House
      Includes: Marble Shop, Stone Shop, Small Houses, Small Tower, Etc
    • Most Unique Design Element
      Note: Custom Fighting Pit, Hot Tub, Piano, Tree or otherwise illustration of player creativity belongs in this category

    The Rules
    • Post pictures in this thread of your house, make sure to indicate which categories you are entering next to each picture of set of pictures.
    • Make sure to keep all your pictures for each entry in a single post.
      Note: Make sure to check the section below on the best method to attach an image. 1
    • The higher the resolution the better. (Avoid using razor screenshots, as they are low quality)
    • Any pictures posted between now and June 25th, 2015 will be considered for judging.
      Note: Make sure to post a variety of pictures of all decorated areas of the house in the event of larger houses.
    • On June 26th all of the entries will be posted here in a thread for each category.
    • Players will be able to vote once each category for their top 3 entries.
    • For your vote to count you must have an established forum account.
    • Player votes will account for 50% of the score, with staff voting accounting for the other 50%.
    • On July 4th 2015 the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from each category will be announced.
      Note: Should you have trouble taking screenshots of your house post the location of the house here and the staff will assist you.

    The Prizes
    • 1st Place in each category will win a trophy and a sign placed on their house signifying their house as a contest winner.
    • 1st place in each category will also get a 20 charge furniture dye tub and 20 Platinum.
    • 2nd Place in each category will get a 2nd place trophy and a 15 charge furniture dye tub and 15 platinum.
    • 3rd Place in each category will get a trophy a 10 charge furniture dye tub and 10 platinum.
    • Honorable Mentions will receive a 5 charge furniture dye tub.
    • Additional 2nd Anniversary Prizes will be announced at the end of the competition
      Note: Prizes subject to change if I come up with better ideas.

    How to Post a Screenshot
    • While ingame hit alt + printscreen.
    • Open Microsoft Paint
    • Select Paste or hit Control + V
    • Select the game window or the area you wish to include.
    • Select the crop option.
    • Save the images as a .jpg file.
    • Uploading the file to your forum post as an attachment using the "Upload a File Option"
    • Include the file as a thumbnail (not a full image) in your post by clicking the thumbnail button.
    • If you need additional assistance feel free to contact the Renaissance staff.

    Voting Threads
    To get some ideas make sure to check out the 1st and 2nd house decor contests that we have held
    1st Renaissance House Decor Contest
    2nd Renaissance House Decor Contest
    3rd Renaissance House Decor Contest
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  2. Jack of Shadows

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    That's pretty darn cool!
  3. Gideon Jura

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  4. Tuco

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    Nice! I'll have submissions in three categories!! woohoo!!
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  5. Faber

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    I'm so excited for this. My house is almost ready and I'm very excited for the other entries that will be submitted this year!
  6. Russell

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    Unique Design Element

    Some say K2 is the most difficult mountain to climb with the highest fatality rate per summit attempt, they have obviously never tried to summit Mount UOR!

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  7. Vlar

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    BAHAHA! I remember when you were like... "What should I name it?"
  8. Gideon Jura

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    Unique Design Element

    Chess Set


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    Most Unique Design Element

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  10. Faber

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    Medium House Entry: [UPDATED 6/17] Added a new 'sunken treasure chest' to the display! I love this new chest.

    Last year, I had an incredible series of blacksmiths occupying my Yew villa:
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    They enjoyed the work space and made themselves at home:

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    However, they eventually moved out leaving behind an empty void...In their place, a new tenant took over and transformed the house into a virtual color paradise. Sometimes easy to miss, the new tenants created a helpful map to alert color-seekers of the new location for their hoarding endeavors. This building is presently accessible to any willing member of the public, and the new tenants wish to extend an invitation to everyone to come experience the establishment in person.

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    Upon approach, the smell of pine and reindeer dropping flood the nostrils. Not only that, but the new tenants appear to have a fascination with fishing...various trophies of their fishing adventures grace the upper canopy, decorating the reindeers' lounging area.

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    Upon further inspection, the presence of an incredibly dressed doorman brings a welcoming atmosphere to the villa's expansive stoop. It even appears that gift boxes linger following a recent festive gathering.

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    Once inside, the brightness shocks the senses and it takes a moment to let the eyes adjust. The imposing polar bear heads stare into the soul and the immense amount of trophies make one think that these new tenants are not to be taken lightly.

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    While ascending the softly padded stairwell, I thought to myself, "What else could be hidden within these four walls?" Once I reached the last step, my senses were shocked by the clear visual evidence of these new tenants' obsession with fishing. The famed ancient mibs seem to be this fisherman's particular expertise, yet there is an adjoining dedicated to some sort of dark rituals involving fire and the remnants of long decayed corpses. In addition, these corpses seem to be so decayed that they can hide items--likely related to the secret ceremonies performed within the room's tiny recesses--within their crumbling frame.

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    Now months later, it is important to acknowledge that these new tenants are incredibly punctual with their rent, and their neighbors applaud their neighborly manner. I wish them all the best, and I want to extend an immense thank you to them for opening up their eye-destroying abode.

    Unique Design Element:

    Holiday trophy display/barber shop style pillars:

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    Polar bear stairwell to heaven:

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    Special thanks to: @NONAMEALLSTAR @Pirul @El Horno @LesClaypool @Basoosh @Blaise @TrojanCow and all the others who let me purchase their amazing trammel. A lot of this is mine, but most of this has been acquired through generous sellers willing to help me achieve my vision of a holiday haven.

    Final note: Don't forget to visit my house! It's completely accessible if you want to look firsthand before placing your vote!
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  11. NONAMEALLSTAR

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    holy schnikies thats what you did with all of those trophies. hahaha 5 thumbs up!!
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  12. Gideon Jura

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    Massive House Entry:

    Faber really inspired me with his story so I'll try to follow his up with my own!

    A long time ago, on a shard far far away, a very young Gideon Jura attended an IDOC of a castle owned by a legend named Telamon. The IDOC itself was rather uneventful - within moments I was left wondering how people could pick items up so quickly. But I definitely found something that day that was worth more than gold. While waiting patiently for the house to fall I couldn't help but realize how much care he had put into each area of his house. The house itself had become more than a home, it had become a landmark.

    Starting out on UO:R - all the way back in late summer of 2012 - one of the main things I wanted to do was decorate. In the beginning it wasn't anything fancy - house addons, furniture, and maybe a few furniture dye tub charges. But you don't need all the pixel wealth in the world to make a beautiful house in UO. Scouring the internet for screenshots of houses, custom houses, and decor contests, I started creating a library of different things I liked that players had created in game. Still to this day I have a file of screenshots and things I have yet to borrow but hope to one day use myself.

    I am very indebted to the creative people of UO:R who have helped me put this house together - LesClaypool deserves the highest thanks for he sold me the Fortress and I am very in debt to him for that. Telamon, Upgrayyed, LesClaypool again, Markos, Mobolin, Peace, Basoosh, Lutz, AlexCCCP, Faber, ReZon - really the list is too long - but you've all inspired me with decoration ideas, tricks, and themes. I am also very indebted to everybody I've hounded for particular items - thank you very much for helping me out with this project. Huge thanks as well to Descartes, Avery, and Musician for leading OS and PwN, the members of both guilds, and the generosity of Vella. Big thanks to Blaise also for hardly ever complaining about the lag I'm sure he's experiencing as my neighbor. Lastly, I am very thankful and indebted to Telamon, the staff of UO:R, and the volunteers who make this place possible. Logging in here most nights has helped me through some rough times and I appreciate it more than you guys can really know.

    With that all said, here's the top floor.

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    The idea here was to go big. Real big. That waterfall is intended to look like it's coming off the mountain top there and spilling down into the top floor where you can see a Map of Sosaria (credit of course to Dalavar for that idea).

    This part wouldn't have been possible without Peace, Matron, and El Horno. The waterfall, chessboard, and sandal display all use table runner catwalks. Big thanks to their inspiration!

    Close up of the waterfall:


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    Close up of the Map of Sosaria:

    Each city is marked with a Pegasus Statue and Rune.

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    Above the Map of Sosaria is the Chessboard - monsters versus animals. Thank you to Zyler, Jupiter, Mes, and others who competed in many UO:R chess matches for giving me this idea.

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    This is a close up of the sandal collection. This is Frenulum and 555s pre-patch collection - all hues from the dye tubs are represented here and labeled so people can see how they look in game. Thank you again to Frenulum, 555, and ReZon for allowing me to host these here.

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    The rest of the top floor is intended as an event history. Mobolin's castle is the inspiration! Moving clockwise around the upper story...

    Valentine's Day:

    Huge thanks to Deacon - I missed Valentine's Day and he ran a contest with many of these as prizes which was incredibly generous.

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    Pirate Invasions, 1st and 2nd Anniversary, and St. Patrick's Day:

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    Easter:

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    Christmas, Land Rush, and 4th of July:

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    Thanksgiving:

    Big thanks to NoNameAllstar for donating these items.

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    Halloween:

    These have been my favorite events throughout UO:R's history. I know I'm not alone in that feeling either - hopefully The Night of Horrors makes a return this year!!

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    Much of the remainder of the house is rather cluttered. This is where the Servants of Jura have been hard at work producing the goods to go to market. Thank you to everybody who has shopped at my vendors over the years. The servants are currently enjoying a much needed vacation at the beaches of Magincia.

    Bottom floor:

    Boothby provided both the inspiration and items to make this level possible. Thank you sir!

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    To the east you can see the servant quarters which actually look pretty comfortable.

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    There is a game room and a small break room to eat meals.

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    The central room houses the major crafting area.

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    Here you can see a Hype Train on its way to Yew Bank with a load of goods.

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    To the west is where the specialists work.

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    Elite smithing wares are produced here.

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    And lastly,

    This is where I rest after a long day at work...

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  13. Dalavar

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    Great Cave!
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  14. Kermit

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    Thats impressive Gideon!
    How many hours of works and farming?

    See u!
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  15. Pirul

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    So. Much. Trammell.
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  16. Gideon Jura

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    Thanks guys!!

    Oh man lol hard to even say. :p This is almost everything I've collected over three years of playing.. so lots of events, champs, and stocking vendors. :)

    The decorating itself isn't too time consuming. I will post some deco tips for folks that greatly speed things up.
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    Gideon wins.
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  18. Jack of Shadows

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    It's my same old stuff (I need more!) but I started decoing an Lshape below Dalavar's rune library today. It's going to be Ransom Random's house (Treasure Hunter/Library Theme)



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  19. Xegugg

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    Massive House Entry

    Most Unique Design Element : A Theme, Prostitutes, Pillows, Beaded door, Novelties, Pentagrams, Each room is unique. Use of imagination to create this composition with common items.

    Owner: Vivian

    Theme: Red Light Fort
    Red Light Fort is themed after the red light district in Amsterdam. Vivian Sylvar has recently opened her establishment to bring a taste of the red light to the north, west tip of Dagger Island!


    A sex dungeon filled with beds, adult novelties, liquor and more! Here at the Red Light Fort we have many fantasy rooms to choose from, and many fun things you can use your imagination with! All of our staff is very hospitable, and all girls are trained in massage. Most girls are bi-lingual in several languages (a interpreter can be provided with advance notice).

    Safety is a must!
    Behave! or Olaf will see you out!

    It may be cold out there... but stop on in to stay warm at the Red Light Fort. We can host any size party! The orgy room has new fur rugs! Please contact Vivian for special parties of 20+ people.

    In my design I used a lot of pillows, beds, cloth, house add-ons, polar bear rugs, tools, food, 104 vendors were used. This idea was brainstormed one night this past December with Mobolin. I created the vision we made that night. Due to the adult content, I will not go into details on each photo. I want to thank all the polar bear rug makers for all the rugs, Crooks and Canis for some great ideas and suggestions. I want a special thank you to Cynic for making this all possible with his sick massive hoarding, Thank you!

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    Best Decorated Large House
    Theme: Xegugg of Bloodrock - Urk's House
    Most unique design element: Body parts, meat wall, skull altar, shrine to Cynic


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    This is the entry way into the hut, seating for two in the corner.
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    Rib grill just installed and skull alter from dumb humans
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    Shinie room with grog
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    Sleeping quarters with a fire pit for snacks
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    The Shrine to Cynic with my blood red cake, don't bother correcting my hue.
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    Wow Xegugg, that is kinky and awesome.
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