A friend of mine placed a keep resently, distroying an amazingly beautiful custom house I designed for him. Then today, he asked me to help him decorate this new keep. So, I started thinking… how to manage a totally non-custimizable larger house… something that I havnt even delt with in years. All the houses I have, help friends and so on… all custom designs I dream up. Private space, limit access… no problem. Something doesn’t quite work, go into custom mode and fix it. These old houses are so ridgid, its hard to believe we used never have these options. Well… with exeption of the Castle AND Keep… most houses do have doors that can be set to provide security. No one sits and dreams of finaly being able to place their own small stone tower any more. hehe For years… and I still do, I have always said the OLD staff always do the better job of graphics in the classic client. The new staff clearly doesn’t care much for it, so they do the least they can at times… with some exception, of course. All the plants. All the clothing. All the pets. Everything before EA got control of the game was the best graphics. Then when ML came out, the Asian theme stuff… it was lacking in that same quality. I was greatly disappointed. The basic graphic of clothing is so dark, you can't get any really nice colors with dye tubs or special cloth rewards. That was only the first time I noticed this decline in quality. I consider the gargoyle stuff (SA) to be dreadful. Most all of it. (Sorry staffers.) They don’t even bother putting names on the walls or aspects of buildings, like they forgot and just ran with it. The last blow was the Gothic and Rustic packs… totally incomplete building sets. BEAUTIFUL… the Gothic, but tragically incomplete. Just the same… going back to the old staff and the old designs… and the old thinking, the way they built our game… Why did they design the castles and keeps so amazingly poorly? I’m sure they never foresaw custom house building. Frankly, who wouldn’t want a custom plot the size of a CASTLE when you love designing your own house? I would turn my town of 6 houses into a town of 1 plot, to tell you the truth. Still, the main issue is the gross amount of wasted space. Was the original game world such that they never foresaw house placement shortages? Did they forget buildings should have doors in them like the full tower, the next side down? I know, I loved my full tower before going to a new customized house. Even if we consider these 2 classic designs just outdated and in need of adjustments… why can't they be modified a little? Think about it. Keeps have 2 large rooms of void space on the first level. Nothing can spawn in them, nothing can recall in them (anymore). Why not add a floor and a couple doors and be able to use the space? Same thing goes with castles. Just with castles, being out door court yards… replace the local grassy ground, snow, or sand… with grass floor tiles? This would solve the wasted space issue. Then… some kind of option to add doors… OR just have the doors sit in every doorway as they normally would. That solves the security issue. My friend wants some areas of this keep to be private. Using house-to-house vet teleporters for access and blocking doorways with obstacles, I will solve the problem myself. It just makes me wonder why this hasn’t been asked to the staff. Just thought I would share. I wish the “ask the dev” section actually got answered more then it is. Last post was back in May. Not encouraging.