Welcome to My Home… or should I say your home? This walk through will go over the basics of owning your own home in Atlantica Online! This special housing system has many features, so let’s get started!
Buying a Home:
So, you’ve finally decided to have your own place of residence! This is wonderful news, but where do you go? On the right-hand of your screen click on the Rome button, you should see an option labeled My Home, click on this option and you will be teleported to where the house vendor can be found. The house vendor is a cat-person by the name of Catsith. From here Catsith will show you the house styles available for purchase.
As you can see, you have the option of the Red European House, Blue European House, and a Green European house. The houses have the same plots and do the exact same things, the only difference is the placement and the styles of the houses are a little different. Once you pick the one you prefer, click on Build My Home, you should then see a notification saying that you have purchased a home.
Congratulations, you are now a homeowner!
Entering My Home:
Unlike the real world, you are not physically tied down to one place to access your home. To enter your home from anywhere in the world, click on the My Home button found on the right hand side of your screen, towards the lower portion of your right hand controls. This button should appear under your notification button and looks like a white house with a dark roof.
Once you click here you will be taken to a screen that appears to have a fence, and an orange colored computer mouse near the gate.
Left –click anywhere on the screen, this will allow you to enter your home!
Basic My Home Menu:
Once inside, your My Home menu can be found on the top-right corner of your screen.
When you click on this you will have the options to select My Home Info, Decorate, Preview, Furnishing Warehouse, Employees and Leave Home. We will go over all of these controls in different sections. For now, click on My Home Info, A window should appear explaining the Basic status of your home.
My Home Info:
My Home Info is an easy to read guide of the basic information of your home. This guide will show you how many employees you have, the amount of furniture in your home, the skill level of your insight, the total value of your home, the popularity of your home, and resident mercenaries in your home. Here is what each term means.
Employee – A mercenary that you hire to work in your home
Furniture – The durability of your furniture
Insight – A life skill that allows you to gather information on higher grade furniture and decor. The higher the level, the better quality furniture you will be able to use.
Total Value – The meaning of total Value will change as my home features are expanded upon
Popularity Ranking – The amount of “Popularity hearts” given to you by visitors. This establishes how popular your home is and will rank you higher on the Home Directory.
Resident Mercenaries – The total number of mercenaries living in your home.
You will also see Facility Status (which shows the status of your facilities such as a garden) and Storage status (which will keep you informed on how much storage space you have in your home and how much of it you are using). If you click on View Master Container you will see all the items that you have in storage.
My Home preview:
Do you suffer from buyer’s remorse? My Home has a feature called Preview that will prevent regrets of wasted time and gold! On your my Home menu, simply click on the Preview option and a list of items will appear on the left side of your screen. From here you can see almost every piece of furniture, decorations, and finishes available in Atlantica. You will be able to preview the items in your home and arrange them in any way that you like. But remember, once you click on End Preview, all of these items will disappear, and your home will go back to looking the way it was before you began the preview.
I’m sure you’re all excited to finally be able to decorate your house! But before this can be done you need to add the furniture into your warehouse. To do this, click on your My Home menu button and then select Furnishing Warehouse. Here you can see all the items available to you to furnish and decorate your home. Any furniture that appears to be red indicates that your Insight level is not high enough to use this piece of furniture or decoration. To increase your Insight level right-click and view the furniture in your home, or you can visit the homes of other players to increase you Insight experience.
Helpful Hint: Viewing items in a home of a player who has a higher level of insight will give you more insight experience.
Decorating your Home:
To begin decorating your home, simply click on your My Home Menu button and select Decorate. Once you do this a small window will appear on the top left-hand side of your screen, as you can see everything is neatly organized into categories for easy navigation. Item indicates furniture, Décor indicates decorations, Wallpaper will show all the wallpaper you have, and Floor will display all the floor tiles you have available.
Decorating your home: Floors and Walls
Let’s start with Wallpaper and floor tiles, select the wallpaper or floor tile you would like to use and mouse over the area you would like to place your floor or wallpaper. You will notice that the area you have selected will highlight in green. Simply click to apply the selected style to your floor or wall.
Helpful Hint: Wallpapers and Floors are one time use only. So choose your placement wisely! But don’t worry; the changes will only become permanent once you click Finish.
Decorating your home: Furniture and Decorations
Time to get to one of the most creative parts of the My Home system, decorating your house! To select a piece of furniture click on Item found in your Decorate menu, then pick the piece of furniture that you would like to work with. You can mouse over your home until you find a suitable spot for your item, then left-click to anchor it to that spot. You will now see a few options appear near your item, they will allow you to rotate your items left and right, apply any changes made to the item, cancel the changes, or remove the item from the anchor point.
If you decide you no longer like you item being displayed in your home, you can right-click on the item and another menu will appear. This menu will allow you to Rearrange or Retrieve your item. Click finish in your decoration window to apply all of your changes to your home. After you’ve mastered these steps there is no limit to what you can create in your home!
With the arrival of My Home there will also be an addition of skills known as Life Skills. Life skills can be raised by using the facility found outside of your house or by visiting the homes of other players. The new life skills are Lumbering, Harvesting, Gardening and Mining. For this tutorial, we will use the Herb Garden. Exit your home and make your way to a town, open up the market and search for an Herb Garden. When you purchase the Herb Garden it will appear in your inventory, now you can return home!
Once you’ve arrived to your home open up your inventory and right click on your Herb Garden, this will automatically apply it to the empty plot of land found in front of your house. Now that you have this facility installed you will be able to Manage and Use it. Right-Click on your facility and a menu will appear, when you use the Herb Garden you will start to pick herbs. When you pick herbs from a garden this will raise your gardening skill. Just like any real garden if you do not take care of it or manage it you will no longer get anything out of it, this is what the Manage function is for. Right click on your facility and select manage.
A window should appear telling you the level, experience and yield of your facility. As you can see, you can Fertilize or Control Pests in a Garden. Click on the Manage button next to the job you would like to perform. Proper maintenance of your facility will ensure that you will always have herbs to gather!
Hiring an Employee
Currently, employees in your home can only be Chefs or Artisans, to hire one of your mercenaries you’ll need to speak with NPC Alfredo. Alfredo can be found in the My Home area located in Rome. When you speak with Alfredo a My Home Hiring Manager window will appear, this window will populate a list of available mercenaries to hire. So far the only mercenaries that can be hired are Archers and Vikings as Chefs, and Gunners and Swordsmen as Artisans.
Once you have selected the mercenary you want to hire, click on employ. A popup will appear confirming the employment and details pertaining to their employment, to finalize this process click hire. You now have your first employee! Now, you’ll have to return home to activate your employee, to do this click on your My Home menu button and select Employees from the menu. A new window will list the available employees to activate, select the mercenary you want to put to work and click on activate. To check on your employees visit the kitchen or the workroom. When you speak to an employee you’ll see that each will have unique crafting skills, you can pick up two 2 crafting skills for each employee. Pick carefully as the skills cannot be altered once the skills are set.
Much like a real employee, a mercenary will not work if they are out of energy. Employees will have an energy bar that slowly degrades over time if they are not doing anything, this energy bar runs out much faster when they are crafting. To replenish the energy of an employee you can give a gift to your employee every hour, or select the rest option when you speak to them. Additionally: You can tell an employee to Stop crafting at any point to give them a gift, this does not cancel the progress or status of a craft.
This may sound like a lot but there is so much to do with your new house! We won’t spoil it all here, so make sure you get in and have some fun and discover what your home can really do!