Real estate decoration

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Decorating surfaces

Rooms generally have six surfaces to customize: a floor, a ceiling, and four walls (the north wall, east wall, south wall, and west wall). They can be covered in a variety of materials, and further customized with some items. Surface coverings cannot be "undone": you can't scrape paint off to reveal the previous surface underneath (for example) so you'll have to use new materials/pay every time you want to change a surface.


Category:Contractor npcs are NPCs who can be hired to decorate surfaces with different coverings. Most of them will only work in specific areas, and several will only install flooring.

They are:


There are a few ways to decorate surfaces yourself, as well.


The description of the surfaces comes after the sentence stating the type of room, and looks something like this:

The ceiling is finished with carved panels of grey driftwood panelling, the floor is fitted with mahogany boards and the other surfaces are lined with rough granite.

If you make all the surfaces the same, you get something like this:

The surfaces are all laid with dark red brick.

You get a "multicoloured" result in the room description if you have four or more differently-decorated surfaces (although you can still see the individual coverings if you look at the walls, ceiling, or floor specifically):

The walls, floor and ceiling are multicoloured.

Adding furniture

Furniture of many different types can be placed around the room.

Placing furniture and its appearance in the room

After being "place"d in a room, furniture is part of it permanently and cannot be moved until it is "displace"d. To place or displace furniture in a room you must be "allow"ed by the owner.

When furniture has been placed in a room, it shows up in the room description after the description of the surfaces. The exact appearance will depend on its position and the other furniture in the room--it may appear in relation to the wall or corner it was placed against or in, in relation to the centre of the room, or in relation to another item. For example:

  • Putting something in a specific spot (such as in the centre of the room or against a wall) and then putting other things near that spot will make them appear around the item in the specific spot.
  • Putting identical items in opposite corners or on opposite walls will make them "face each other across the room".
  • Non-identical items across the room from each other may end up "facing" or "opposite" each other.
  • Several identical items may be condensed into "many <items> are positioned around the room". Two identical items may be likewise condensed, but will have an additional sentence specifying where they are.
  • Putting an item in a corner and another against an adjacent wall may result in something like, "Against the east wall is a newspaper box on the left side of which stands a low bamboo table," or "In the southeast corner is a black textile covered sofa to the right of which sits an elegant chaise longue."
  • If a piece of surface furniture (such as a table) has one thing, or several identical things, on it, this will show up in the room description as well. However, it may not show up immediately after you put the thing on the furniture (displacing the furniture and placing it again will make it show up).
  • Certain items of furniture, such as mounting plaques and picture frames are used for displaying other things. The things they're displaying show up in the room description, like so:
    • "Hanging from the west wall is a stone kite mounted on a mounting plaque."
    • "Hanging on the north wall is a blue picture frame displaying a sheet of vellum." (Papers in picture frames may be read, as well.)

This works the same way whether the furniture is purely decorative (artwork, potted plants), or functional (containers, surfaces, fireplaces).

You can only have one item in each specific spot (so you can't have two things "beside the west wall"), but you can have multiple items "near" a spot.

Many items of furniture have specific verbs that can be used in their placement, so that they can be "sitting near the west wall" (for example) instead of just "near the west wall". The syntax "place help <furniture>" will show you any verbs that can be used with a particular item of furniture. Common ones are sitting, standing, and squatting.

> syntax place
Forms of syntax available for the command 'place':
place <furniture> {near|at|from|on|beside|against|in} the <location> [wall|corner] 
place <furniture> so it is <verb> {near|at|from|on|beside|against|in} the <location> [wall|corner] 
place help 
place help <furniture> 
> place help
The place command requires a furniture object, an optional verb, a preposition and a location.  Which verbs are available depends on the furniture.  Hanging furniture can use hanging, suspended and dangling.  The prepositions for hanging things are from and on, while items may be placed beside and against walls, in corners, or near and at other objects.  The ceiling, floor, centre, north, south, east, west, northeast, southeast, northwest and southwest may be used as locations.

If you're after a specific effect, be aware that the sentences describing furniture will be shuffled around as soon as you add another item of furniture (and possibly the next time the room loads, as well), so you can't count on things being mentioned in any particular order.

Rooms seem to be able to have up to ten items of furniture of any size placed in themresearch.

Moving furniture

Most furniture, aside from small decorative items, is quite heavy (and appears to be harder to pick up for its weight than other things). You may therefore need to drag it to your destination--luckily, it can be dragged through portals and onto carriages. Gryntard's Feathery Reliever and Fyodor's Nimbus of Porterage may however help if this is too awkward (or if it's too heavy to drag). Have a plan for getting your furniture to your house or shop quickly before you buy it, since taking too long can result in losing it to a crash or reboot (or even someone else dragging it away, if it's on the ground).

See also