2nd Anniversary House Decor Contest

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  1. Chris

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    !!Voting is now Open!!
    Best Decorated Small House
    Best Decorated Medium House
    Best Decorated Large House
    Best Decorated Massive House
    Most Unique Design Element


    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 Rink, 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 August 17th, 2014 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 August 16th 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 August 25th 2014 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.


    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


    And the winners are!!

    ~~~~~~~ Most Unique Design Element ~~~~~~
    [​IMG]1st Place
    Prizes: 20 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 20 Platinum, 1st Place Trophy, 1 Bonus Choice in the 2nd Anniversary Prize Room (see comment below)
    Dalavar - High Plane

    [​IMG]2nd Place
    Prizes: 15 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 15 Platinum, 2nd Place Trophy
    Ariadne - Chessboard, bloody arena/ritual sacrifice altar, pool table

    [​IMG]3rd Place
    Prizes: 10 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 10 Platinum, 3rd Place Trophy
    Gideon Jura - Yew Bank Nature Preserve

    4th Place Tie
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 5 Platinum, 4th Place Trophy
    Dragkhar - The Hunters Creed and Horse Wagon
    NoNameAllStar - Volcano, lava and a dead man's bridge.

    Honorable Mentions
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, Honorable Mention Trophy
    Boothby - Rooftop Fortress Design
    Dracula - Fireplace and a TV
    Grizz - Sandstone Fence
    Hans, Submitted by Jupiter - Jousting Ring w/ a Noble Archway
    Jupiter - Sapphire Pond
    Landarr - Fighting Pit of The Knights Forge, Standing Suit of Armor, Single Wide Trailer Trash Log Cabin
    Ramhorn - fireplace/aquarium combination
    Zyler - A necromancer's incubators


    ~~~~~~ Best Decorated Medium House ~~~~~~
    [​IMG]1st Place
    Prizes: 20 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 20 Platinum, 1st Place Trophy, House Sign, 1 Bonus Choice in the 2nd Anniversary Prize Room (see comment below)
    Aeritas - Large Brick House - Headwater Lodge

    [​IMG]2nd Place
    Prizes: 15 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 15 Platinum, 2nd Place Trophy
    Faber - Small Villa

    [​IMG]3rd Place
    Prizes: 10 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 10 Platinum, 3rd Place Trophy
    Jupiter - Large Brick

    4th Place Tie
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 5 Platinum, 4th Place Trophy
    Basoosh - Small Villa - Hasslohoff Shipyard
    Landarr - Log Cabin - Why Yew No Buy

    Honorable Mentions
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, Honorable Mention Trophy
    Dragkhar - Large Patio - The Pirate Bay Inn
    Garvey - 2 Story - The Green Door
    Gideon Jura - Sandstone Patio - The Hub
    Grizz - Sandstone Patio


    ~~~~~~ Best Decorated Small House ~~~~~~

    [​IMG]1st Place
    Rezon - Small Stone Tower - ReZon's Tower

    [​IMG]2nd Place
    Prizes: 15 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 15 Platinum, 2nd Place Trophy
    Markos - Small House - The jungle crypt!

    [​IMG]3rd Place
    Prizes: 10 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 10 Platinum, 3rd Place Trophy
    Dragkhar - Small Stone Tower -The Pirate retreat,

    4th Place
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 5 Platinum, 4th Place Trophy
    Dracula - Small Stone Workshop - Transylvania Jungle House!

    Honorable Mentions
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, Honorable Mention Trophy
    Grizz - Small Stone Workshop on Ocllo
    Jupiter - Small Marble Workshop - Ossuary of Paws
    Landarr - Small Stone Workshop - Destard Entrance House
    Wodan - Small Plaster House - Wodan's Provo House


    ~~~~~~ Best Decorated Large House ~~~~~~
    [​IMG]1st Place
    Prizes: 20 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 20 Platinum, 1st Place Trophy, House Sign, 1 Bonus Choice in the 2nd Anniversary Prize Room (see comment below)
    Basoosh - Large Tower - The 4 Seasons

    [​IMG]2nd Place Tie
    Prizes: 15 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 15 Platinum, 2nd Place Trophy
    Les Claypool - Large Tower - The Mage Tower
    Gideon Jura - Marble Patio - Gideon's Tavern

    [​IMG]3rd Place Tie
    Prizes: 10 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 10 Platinum, 3rd Place Trophy
    Markos - Marble Patio - The Yew Emporium!
    Landarr - Large Tower - WYNB Vendor House HQ and Sweatshop

    4th Place Tie
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 5 Platinum, 4th Place Trophy
    Hans, Submitted by Jupiter - Large Tower - Tower of Valor
    Jupiter - Large Tower - Tower of Paws
    Xegugg - Large Tower - Bloodrock Clan

    Honorable Mentions
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, Honorable Mention Trophy
    Ramhorn - Large Tower

    ~~~~~~ Best Decorated Massive House ~~~~~~

    [​IMG]1st Place
    Prizes: 20 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 20 Platinum, 1st Place Trophy, House Sign, 1 Bonus Choice in the 2nd Anniversary Prize Room (see comment below)
    Ariadne - Fortress

    [​IMG]2nd Place
    Prizes: 15 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 15 Platinum, 2nd Place Trophy
    Dalavar - Fortress - The Three Planes

    [​IMG]3rd Place
    Prizes: 10 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 10 Platinum, 3rd Place Trophy
    Gideon Jura - Large Keep - Gideons Tavern

    4th Place
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, 5 Platinum, 4th Place Trophy
    Dragkhar - Large Keep - House of Pain

    Honorable Mentions
    Prizes: 5 Charge Furniture Dye Tub, Honorable Mention Trophy
    Xegugg - Large Keep - Succubus Sanctuary
    Pork Fried Rice - Large Keep - Panda House
    NoNameAllStar - Large Keep
    Arnold Lutz - Castle
    Boothyby - Fortress
    Ervin - Large Keep
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  2. The Babadook

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    I will win this next year.
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  3. Deacon

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    Definitely looking forward to all the new deco ideas available with all the new items added and the more available furny tubs!
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  4. Dalavar

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    This is what I said... last year.

    Time for me to step up!
  5. dracula

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    yayyy Transylvania will be ready
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  6. Arnold Lutz

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    Quick question, does the home have to be open to the public? or and it be a well decorated personal home with use + deco?
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  7. Chris

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    Private houses are welcome. All you need is screenshots.
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  8. Pork Fried Rice

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    Are small towers not allowed to enter or do they fall under 'small houses'?
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  10. Chris

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    Yes, They were just missing from the list.
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  11. Grizz

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    Glad I came across this post, but regret I don't have the time to play any more to finish my other projects. I'll post the two houses that are more or less complete to get this show rolling!

    What initially drew me to UO was the selection of furniture in the game, however I was never a fan of "custom furniture". Layering cloth to make it look like water, for example, really bugged me, as I knew what it really was haha. So from the two houses below, you will find that I basically used furniture and items as they were intended to be used, except for a few minor customizations. I posted screenshots with and without transparency, as some elements are better seen with one view rather than the other.

    For the small house category I submit my Stone Shop from Occlo:
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    This is a vendor house, decorated with realism in mind, with basic furniture. On the first floor is the shop with each vendor selling a different category of items according to what is laid out in front of them on the table. On the second floor is the workshop with the forge, tools, and some core materials

    What drew me to the stone workshop was the stone furniture, specifically the fence. I just love the look of the fences in general, and wanted to use them in an appropriate building. I was able to place the north and south fences quite easily, however I found it impossible to place a fence on the east side of the main floor. Every which way I tried, the fence just didn't look natural, so I didn't include it.

    On a side note, what I don't like about the stone fences is the way that the boards are oriented. To be at a somewhat appropriate height in relation to the stone pillars, the boards had to be placed on the inside of the house, instead of the outside - which would have made more sense. This was not a problem with the sandstone because the stone fence does not have a "pillar with railing" as one of the furniture pieces, but only detached pillars and railings.


    For the medium house category I submit my Sandstone from Yew:

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    This is also a vendor house, and again decorated with realism in mind. Outside, under the balcony, is the stable, or more accurately a fence to tie your horse to while shopping. Items you would typically associate with a barn can be found here, including a steaming pile of dung. One custom element outside, if you can even call it that, is the keg tap attached to the wall, with water dripping into the trough.

    Inside the building, on the first floor is the vendor area, with stone vendors (I forgot to mention, this shop only sells stone, sandstone, and marble, and thats why I felt the sandstone was the most appropriate building type). Apparently the marble vendor packed up and moved on haha. What I like about this room are the shelves on the west wall, which are just benches raised up, but look very in place. Also the flickering candle is pretty cool, however not original. What is missing from this room is the green carpet inside the entrance; running low on platinum coins at the time of the decorating resulted in the empty void.

    The rooftop contains the workshop and the staff lounge, with a pile of ores ready to be smelted, a rack of shelves for the different ore types, and a staff table where one can enjoy some wine and a game of checkers. To me the coolest element of this house is the sandstone fence going around the roof. Hard to imagine that the fence alone took over 1000 sandstone to make, and yet looks like it came with the deed. This is what really appealed to me, and was the main reason I wanted to decorate a sandstone in the first place.

    Fence side note number two: The gap in the fence on the south west corner cannot be completed; because the entire west side of the fence is actually placed much further to the east, and raised to give the illusion of it being on the edge of the roof, there was nowhere to place the SW corner of the fence which would give the same effect. So instead I placed the pile of ore there, and the gap in the fence acts like a chute to dump discarded ore.


    Well, that was a walk down memory lane. I'm sure I missed some elements of these houses which I thought were just amazing when I was decorating, but this write-up will have to do.

    Cheers, and good luck to all the other contestants.
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  12. Dalavar

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    Fence on the back row of the stone workshop looks great.
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  13. dracula

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    Entering Small House Category.

    Transylvania Jungle House!

    As you approach this small stone workshop surrounded by coconut palms in the middle of the jungle (south of Trinsic), you can see that someone evil and fashionable lives there. None other than Dracula, aka Vlad the Impaler. At the entrance you can see 2 marble pedistals with 2 heads on top of it. Also you can see a polar bear rug with a heart on top of it, some bone piles, candles, torches, an harp and marble benches where you can sit down, relax and appreciate the wilderness of this unique place.

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    If you climb up the stairs, you will find a very fashionable bedroom in the second floor. Dracula has a hanging wall shield, a beautiful marble table, dried herbs, paintings, an outstanding stone chair where he can sit down and read/write his book, a pentagram and a gorgeous large bed where he can rest after a long night of blood sucking.

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    Entering Most Unique Design Element.

    A Fireplace.

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    And a TV.

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  14. Ramhorn

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    I am submitting my Tower for the Large House Category:

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    This is the main floor of the tower. Nice entry way and bedroom in the back. Unique design elements on this level would be the neat hanging weapons and the potted hanging wall flowers.

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    This is the second floor. Here you will find all of your crafting needs! A workshop and a training area outside.

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    This is the third floor of the tower. Here you will find the dining hall, complete with a fireplace and aquarium in one unit! Enjoy dinner with a little music as well. The unique design elements here would be the fireplace/aquarium combination.

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    This is the top and final level of the tower. This is a ceremonial themed rooftop. There is a tub of ritual blood, music, thrones and more! The unique design element here would have to be the bubbling pond.
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    amazing tower!!!!
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  17. Ramhorn

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    I like the jam area Basoosh!
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  18. The Babadook

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    Bash has a pretty good eye for color
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    4 seasons.. Awesome! Clever how you changed outfits as you move through the tower.
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    It's mobile deco!

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