HGXIV: Meet the interior designers who spearhead Final Fantasy XIV’s vibrant residential community

buy house in Final Fantasy XIV sometimes feels like a task as insurmountable as buying a house in real life.

Housing was a hot commodity in FFXIV for years, as owning a home gives players room to decorate and build their own. But with demand far exceeding supply, residential construction is one of them that Luxury items in Final Fantasy XIV.

But if you’re lucky enough to get a house, you’ll be happy to check it out HGXIVa fan podcast and community that puts designers in the spotlight and provides essential resources such as design guides, home listings, designer portfolios and more.

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There are two major hurdles to buying a home in FFXIV. The first is the high cost, as the simplest plots start at 3 million gil (the in-game currency) and larger plots can cost up to 50 million gil. What makes buying a home even more difficult is that it’s practically become a gamble, as players have to scour neighborhoods waiting for lots to come up for sale and then hope they can snag it before anyone else. It takes a certain level of commitment to FFXIV to even consider owning a home.

Square Enix has constantly tried to come up with new ways to get homes for more players, but even its most recent attempt at a lottery system ran into a crippling flaw that messed up the way the winners were drawn.

However, despite all the obstacles, a vibrant community has sprung up around the housing market, filled with dozens of virtual interior designers.

“When I first started learning how to decorate, there weren’t many guides or resources online on how to make things. I would look at the FFXIV subreddit and sometimes people post their houses, but where could I find more? Luckily I was able to find a website called Housingsnap. It’s based in Japan (the Japanese share is HUGE) and users can post pictures, and it’s really changed my perspective on decorating,” he says Ashen Bridethe founder of HGXIV, adding that the podcast “was born out of a desire not only to discuss housing and aspects that go into a design, like lighting and themes, but also to provide transparency on how furniture is made.” .

There are tons of listings for housing on Twitter and forums, and at first glance it can all seem incredibly overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start, but that’s the whole reason HGXIV exists. “People joke that ‘Housing Savage’ buys property first and foremost, but I’d say decorating is where the real suffering begins!” says Bride, who also offers a few tips for those just getting started.

An example of custom body decoration in FFXIV. Photo credit: Square Enix.

An example of custom body decoration in FFXIV. Photo credit: Square Enix.

“I’d say if you’re brand new it’s best to work within your confines, just put things down and sit and enjoy your space. Don’t rush yourself and don’t compare yourself to anyone else because everyone has their own skills and ability to do things. You and your friends can enjoy the space you create!”

HGXIV’s Discord has a robust array of options to help everyone of all skill levels, from a massive roster of designers working for gil commissions to stop-motion “Break it Down” videos step-by-step the designs go. Of course, if you just want to hire a professional designer, you can do that with HGXIV’s directory too.

It’s a broad and vibrant community that welcomes newcomers, and Bride herself has no real-world interior design experience. They’ve been playing FFXIV since 2013 but didn’t invest in the shared apartment until they had the opportunity to buy a house after moving to the Famfrit server. That’s when things finally started to make sense.

As Bride says: “I enjoy solving problems and puzzles and sometimes the limitations of the furniture system can inspire a lot of creativity from designers. Something about FFXIV and Lego furniture together just clicks in my brain.”

“I’m not ashamed to say that at this point I have a subscription to log in, talk to my friends and decorate a house.”

While HGXIV creates a fantastic resource for budding designers, Square Enix still has work to do to make housing more accessible to more players. Until recently, buying a home in XIV required a great deal of time and patience, effectively requiring players to camp out in residential areas to try and find lots that would be for sale.

The lottery system should make the whole process a bit fairer and hopefully a crackdown on the bots abusing the system. During the lottery entry period, players were able to follow the neighborhoods and find a plot of land they liked. At this point, they can pay the gil required to enter the lottery, which will randomly select a winner from among all participating players.

This would supposedly make house buying a fairer process across the board and limit a single player’s purchase of multiple residential lots. If you don’t win, you get your gil back. Glitches have taken a toll on the entire lottery system, but Square Enix has been incredibly busy providing new housing stations and servers to open up more options.

There’s no easy answer to the problem, as Bride notes that much of the community has been proposing “instantiation” of shelters, which would essentially provide each player with a self-contained shelter that only they and their friends could enter. However, Bride explains how this could also destroy the illusion of permanence that neighborhoods have. “I also feel like they want to maintain the immersion in a residential unit and hanging around with friends,” they add.

In addition to the core issue of getting a home, there are many minor improvements that could be made to the overall system to streamline the design. “I love decorating, but the Housing Menu system is so outdated and unwieldy to work with.” In many cases, players have to pause the game and “glitch” to get custom themes, e.g. B. if they want to use a lamp for a floating light or put a book on a bed. HGXIV has one entire section on its website, which guides players through the various means of “glitching” and creating custom themes.

It’s amazing to see how XIV’s residential community has exploded in recent years, and Bride believes a large part of that is due to the game targeting a more casual demographic. “I’m not ashamed to say that at this point I have a subscription to log in, talk to my friends and decorate a house. It creates a social aspect while letting players show their creative side. I really enjoy going into someone’s house and seeing parts of their personality and the things they like,” says Bride.

FFXIV has helped create an important social space for so many players who are feeling isolated, whether from their own lives or the pandemic. It’s clear there’s an overwhelming amount of passion that goes into home design and the community, and if HGXIV can help just one other person find their passion, then they’ve succeeded.

“Sometimes I think back to how I started and how I wanted to learn new designs and make friends with similar interests, but I was a bit lonely without a community. I am happy when something I have posted there has made it easier for people on their journey to housing, to feel accepted and to make friends.”

Watch IGN’s Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker review to learn more about Square Enix’s hit MMO.

Hayes Madsen is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Inverse, Fanbyte, PCGamesN, and others. Hayes loves all things JRPGs and cats, especially when they are together. you can reach him @Solfleet on twitter. HGXIV: Meet the interior designers who spearhead Final Fantasy XIV’s vibrant residential community

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