Hello, lovely Maplers! I figured I might as well redact a housing guide for GMS2!
The housing system is absolutely an obligatory feature in Maplestory2. Whether it'd be to decorate for yourself, use for life skills, or to even aim for the highly sought-after position of a "Star Architect", housing offers features that are too good to pass up.
Housing is pretty simple once you get to it. I'll start with the basics.
1. Housing Intro
Houses can be accessed by clicking the bottom right housing icon on the screen:
Once in your home there are multiple options you can choose:
If you meet certain criteria there will be rewards for each threshold met. You can reach higher Interior Designer rank by the daily reward that you claim (the one that is x/1'100). It is important to obtain that every day. If you can at least temporarily reach 1'100 to claim the highest reward, that is ideal. Here is an example of rewards/criteria.
This allows you to expand your house size by up to a dimension of 25x25 base and a 15 height. They have recently affirmed the expanding your house is now completely free, no need to pay Mesos! If you're interested in what it used to cost before the change, look below:
This allows you to view your house at any angle you please:
Saves a screenshot without UI in your documents->maplestory2->screenshots.
Can make a greeting on the top right when people enter.
Shows the house name when searched and shown in Star Architects.
Not available in GMS2.
You can make a budget for yourself or your friends (friends can help edit your house with your permission). The Furnishing Budget gives people that you right-click their meret budget and Allow Furnishing Permissions allows them to open the furnishing interface in your house. The Budget Setting allocates them a specific amount of funds that deducts as they purchase new blocks you don't already own. It won't deduct from your balance until they start buying blocks. Furnishing permissions disappear when they leave the home and must be re-assigned, and the person must be on your friend list. They cannot build blocks that you have not already yet unlocked due to Interior Designer rank.
This allows you to get the debuff off from dying.
Storage for from your housing.
2. Start Furnishing
It should be noted that any blocks purchased are yours permanently. This is crucial for people who enjoy constructing a lot. If you buy 150 of a certain kind of block, you pay that fee only once, and will always be able to place 150 of that block, for no extra charge. The 151st block you buy of it will start costing money again. This is especially important for cash blocks since it means you don't have to repeatedly spend premium currency to re-buy them if you're building a new home. This will be your bread and butter. Once you enter this menu there will be the options shown below:
Start Decor Planning:
This allows you to prepare your house with no cost of anything. You'll enter a zone where everything is free and you can practice making your house before having to buy it. Once made, "Save" the template then you can try and "Load" the house and buy it once you're out of Decor Planning.
Save and Load:
This allows you to save up to 3 different houses you made. Only one can be used/shown at a time.
This allows you to set your background, lighting, restrictions, house view, etc:
Here are the examples of the backgrounds:
3. Plots of Land
Prices of these houses vary but the general ranges are:
1x2 = 7m/6.7m monthly upkeep
2x2 = 14m/13.5m monthly upkeep
3x3 = 35m/34m monthly upkeep
4x4=70m/67m monthly upkeep
5x5 = 100m+/100m+ monthly upkeep
Keep in mind these prices are prone to change based on the market. I believe location is also a factor in pricing. Here's an example of a 2x2 house in a pristine spot in Queenstown:
4. Housing Features:
Once a month, they rank your house based on how many nominations you have gotten. Nominations are like fame in Maplestory 1. You are allowed to nominate one house, once per day. You can nominate a house when you visit it on the top right feature:
It shows 8/336. The 8 represents how many nominations it got this month, the 336 shows the total nominations throughout its life.
Here is the Star Architect ranking:
Activation: How you use the portal. Interact means you must hit your interact key to travel through it. Walk Into means you only need to walk into it for it to work.
Destination: Where it goes. In-Home leads to another portal inside your home. Map goes to any map you have already unlocked. The options are on a per character basis. As housing is shared (all characters on the account share one house) you can re-log to a different character if a character you're currently using doesn't have a map unlocked. Lastly, Friend allows your portal to teleport you to a friend's home. This is useful for creating an effect where houses are connected.
Portal: Once you choose your Destination type, this menu gives your options for each respective one.
For the testing period, portals are free of charge and can be placed any number of times.
States can support up to three conditional actions at a time. Meaning a trigger can activate up to three mechanisms at any given time.
Here is a detailed guide from Shimaeko: Trigger guide!
Trophies and Unlockable furniture:
Certain housing furniture is locked behind achievements. Some are just cosmetics while others can actually be used for buffs:
Maids are bought with merets but require a monthly meret upkeep to keep using them.
Custom UGC Housing:
There are set templates you can draw on for a custom furniture. Some even have features that make them rotate. Here is an example of a drawn on the template
Once you buy this house furniture:
You will be able to turn PVP on and off. Here's an example of a PvP house.
Housing-Specific Chat Commands
As the owner of your house, you'll have a few special chat commands to help your guests have a ball!
Anyone up for a game of super-power football (or soccer)? Typing "/hostball", followed by a whole number between 1 and 10, will summon a ball for you and your guests to play with and send flying with your attacks and abilities. The bigger the number, the bigger the ball, and if you're done with it, just type in "/hostball" again to get rid of it.
Even gravity is under your command in your house! Type in "/hostgravity" followed by a number and watch your friends get some real hang time on their jumps! "/hostgravity .5" will halve the speed people in your house fall at, while "/hostgravity 2" will get them back on the ground twice as fast!
If you've got a gathering of friends, what's better than playing a game of cards? The /card commands allow you to play a game of cards with your fellow players! Play some Poker, play Go Fish, or make up your own rules; the power is in your hands with these commands!
/card add [CardName] [X]: Adds X cards with the noted name to the deck (Home Owner only)
/card deal: Deals a random card to each of your guests (Home Owner only)
/card deal [CharName]: Deals a random card to the named guest (Home Owner only)
/card open_all: Reveals all cards in your guests' hands (Home Owner only)
/card: Shows what cards are in your hand and how many cards are left in the deck
/card discard [CardName]: Discards the named card in your hand
/card handover [CardName] [CharName]: Gives the named card in your hand to the named player
/card open: Show your cards to other players
/card open [CardName]: Show the noted card to other players
/card reset: Clears everyone's hands and empties the deck
If cards are in play, then so are dice! Typing "/roll" into chat will automatically generate a random number between 1 and 100, and display it to other players. You can also add in a number, such as "/roll 20", to generate a number between 1 and the noted number. This can be used on any map.
Want to get the opinions of your guests in the house? Use the "/survey" command to generate a multiple-choice poll for them to answer with the following commands:
/survey open [Topic]: Initiates an Open survey, which will report the results to all guests when complete
/survey secret [Topic]: Initiates a Secret survey, which will report the results only to you when complete
/survey add [Option]: Adds the noted option to the survey
/survey start: Sends the survey to your guests
/survey end: Ends the survey and reports the results. When all guests answer the survey, it automatically ends and reports the results
/survey: If there is an active survey, see the current results of it
/hostalarm [Message]: Displays the noted message to everyone in your house
/hosttombstone [CharName]: Kill the named player and bury them under a tombstone (incurs no revival penalty)
/hostrevive [CharName]: Instantly revive the named player
/hostkick [CharName]: Kick the named player from your house
/randomuser: Selects a player in your house at random
/randomgroup [Number]: Randomly sorts players into the noted number of groups (does not create a party).