Now “New Maginica” is set… and the epic greed breaks house sale records left and right… and we wait for the next round of SPRING CLEANING… I thought I would pose a question based on some chatter going on right now. Is the classic castle design an outdated and impractical house design? In other words… should the design be taken off the house placement tool? Atlantic shard still has some house placement issues for younger players as well as those returning from a few years back. Castles never seam to fall… super rich players buy up entire areas and then place a brand new castle taking up houses that 4 or more people could have had. At least on Atlantic… there doesn’t seam to be any shortage of house area, yet 99% of it is packed and only the small or mid-size spot can be open to a player in need of cheap housing. Some areas… you get clusters of castles. Massive obstacles void of any personality. As far as I see it… castles are a huge waist of space. I really love the artwork and designs of classic UO. Still, we are talking about a massive building with huge amounts of un-used space. Castles and keeps… both have these unused grass areas inside the 4 walls of the house. If you wish to have a public house with limited access for visitors so you can have private workspace? Forget it! You can't. Not like the classic full tower that has 4 internal doors. Now… if you could customize a castle… NOW you would be talking!!! I love our custom house system. I see this aspect of our game as one of the top 10 best improvements of the game since EA took over. Luna, #1 worst. Never the less… owning a town of 6 houses, all tricked out all cute and functional… I could so easily place a castle in the spot. Trouble is… my town is for the community, not just for myself. If I could customize the castle… I could easily rebuild the town almost exactly to what it looks like right now. Disclaimer: I’m not suggesting our staff actually do this. This is only a topic for discussion. If I had a vote, it would be to discontinue castles. 18x18 big boxes are bad enough without the lands being littered with castle size boxes for lack of creativity from some players. So… what does our community think?