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Ideas/themes

StabbityDoom
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I think the hardest part for me in building something is coming up with a theme or an idea I want to work off of. What usually do you do for inspiration on that?

[trying to come up with something now]
PC/NA
EHT zealot
  • Elara_Northwind
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    I have a few things that I do when I am stuck for ideas and need inspiration! I shall list them, hopefully one may come in handy for you :smile:

    Watch a movie or play another game for a bit, there have been many times that I have been watching movies or playing a different game and ideas have grown in my mind!

    Visit other peoples houses, or get a group together and do a house tour. So much inspiration can be had from looking at what others have created!

    Have a walk around and look at buildings already in the game, there may be aspects of a building that already exists that you like, but things you would want to change about it!

    Have a little read online about different types of medieval businesses and/or home styles!

    Do a google image search on particular types of things, if you already have a general theme in mind, or just general fantasy images. An in game friend reccomended in Discord just a couple of days ago, that if you type 'Wallpaper' after searching for fantasy images, it seems to come up with better results, for example 'Fantasy Tavern Wallpaper'.
    Edited by Elara_Northwind on July 30, 2019 8:20PM
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  • bayushi2005
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    @StabbityDoom For me it's usually music. Especially from games and films: Zimmer, Bergersen. Fever Ray and Wardruna recently. Put it on, close your eyes. Follow. Observe. Then find the means to build it.
    For some of my creations: ESO by Bayu
  • bluebird
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    Visit other peoples houses, or get a group together and do a house tour. So much inspiration can be had from looking at what others have created!

    Have a walk around and look at buildings already in the game, there may be aspects of a building that already exists that you like, but things you would want to change about it!
    Agree with Elara, and with those two especially; it really helps to broaden your perspective that way, I often find completely new ways to look at the ingame houses or furniture afterwards! Seeing the creative usage of items in unexpected ways, or a house with a completely different layout and vibe from what you're used to can really get your creative juices flowing :smiley:

    I also often get inspiration from ingame items that I normally neglect, or just never really saw before. Browse through the furnishing catalogue and see if some interesting furniture or colour or style catches your eye. And then build your theme around that, like, that thing looks interesting, what kind of build would use that, what else could I combine it with, etc. You would be surprised by all sorts of furnishings you can find that help set the tone for an entire build!

    Another way to look at it is to consider function instead of form. This is a bit more RP-oriented, but anything goes and it's all up to you so that's cool! What sort of functions would people use a house for? Is it a business - a bakery, flower shop, magical emporium, a crafter's corner with a smithy, etc? Is it a place of worship or learning or government - an academy, a chapel, a museum, a graveyard, a Jarls' Moot chamber? Is it residential and who would live there - a cozy house for a family of limited wealth, barracks for a squad of soldiers, an isolated hermit's abode for a magical researcher?

    So get inspired, experiment, let your imagination run wild! :smile:
  • Shadow_Akula
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    Elara has pretty much covered the major points of inspiration, there’s one thing I do sometimes and that is just to randomly start placing things until an idea comes to mind of what I actually want to do (not the best and sometimes the most time consuming and mind numbing inspiration route)

    Sometimes just looking through the furnishing purchase tab and looking at what is available can get me going (e.g. when I saw the sand coloured rubble piles and the rock debris field, it gave me my inspiration for my current dawnlight palace project, which is basically the palace defences falling to pieces and barricades etc.)

    Otherwise I prefer to watch/visit other people’s houses, or places in game (as in non-house places).

    S.A.96
    Edited by Shadow_Akula on July 31, 2019 5:26PM
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    Also heads up white knights. Public forum. Everyone has opinions. We are allowed to share our opinions regardless of “it’s free” or whatever excuse you wanna use. Public. Forum. Public.
  • mayasunrising
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    I think inspiration for me comes more from just tinkering - especially with EHT. I play around to see what kind of potential there is with arrangements of furniture items, or triggers and such in EHT and usually an idea pops up from there. then I'll usually come up with an idea for a build centered around that idea.

    Like my Pretty Deadly Arena (https://youtu.be/RfSojXJDp54 Now sadly defunct). It started as me playing around with switches, triggers, and animations in EHT, but once it was completed I started thinking it would be great to have this home that's super pretty and sweet looking, but when you throw some switches it transformed into a pvper's training ground. So my Villa still contains secret areas, hidden combat dummies, etc.

    What I really want to do is create a build centered around the T.A.R.D.I.S. device (https://youtu.be/EY6XppNqDFc) I've built. Sort of like a transportation hub that really takes advantage of EHT's portal and trigger systems.

    I've got Gnome cred yo. lol

    Note to self: Need to work on that bi-directional, multi-floor elevator! :smiley:
    Edited by mayasunrising on August 5, 2019 4:17AM
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