Today we'd like to present a player designed alternative method to train Construction.
- We have added an UIM specific question regarding the Plank Sack reward to gauge where the consensus is for that particular reward among the UIM community.
Welcome to Mahogany Homes! We are Gielinor's first ever bespoke Construction company. For the first time in our long, storied, and hitherto unheard of history we're accepting applications for journeyman contractors. That's right: we need YOUR help to build stuff!
Our founder Amy runs the business from the Estate Agent Office in Falador, but we have branches all over the world, including the bustling towns of Varrock, Ardougne, and Hosidius. The only market we haven't got our hands on is Prifddinas – apparently we humans just can't comprehend the complexities of elven décor.
So if you're an adventurer with some serious Construction skills, why not pop by and see what jobs are available? There'll be handsome rewards if you do!
Mahogany Homes is an alternative and more interactive way to train Construction. We'd like to thank our fellow carpenter benosthegreat for the suggestion!
Mahogany Homes will be available right from the beginning of your Construction journey.
The only requirement is to have your own Player Owned House – for tax purposes, you understand.
If you haven't put down roots in Gielinor yet, you can purchase a plot of land for just 1,000 GP at any Estate Agent. If you cut down on those cups of tea, you'll be able to afford one in no time.
To get started with Mahogany Homes, you'll need to make your way to an Estate Agent, where Amy and her various assistants will provide you with a Construction job.
The work comes in four tiers, tied to Construction level and quality of materials required:
||Construction Level 1
||Construction Level 20
||Construction Level 50
||Construction Level 70+
Each tier will also be more complex in terms of time spent travelling and supplies required.
All jobs, regardless of tier, will assign you to a random NPC in the same town the Mahogany Home offices are located in. When you arrive at their home, they'll inform you what they'd like doing in their house. This might involve building new furniture or repairing their existing fixtures.
You'll complete jobs using your various Construction supplies, inform the NPC that you've finished, and, assuming they are satisfied with the work, you'll receive a reward in the form of Carpenter Points and Construction XP.
Then it's back to the Mahogany Homes office for your next job! If all that hard work has left you too worn out to walk over there, you can get a direct line to any office using the NPC Contact spell.
In simple terms, Mahogany Homes is a less click-intensive, more engaging, and cheaper method of training Construction. If you're tired of constantly dismantling larders while your horrified butler looks on, then this is the activity for you!
We don't want to lock in specific XP rates in case things need balancing, though we do expect training Construction via this method to be significantly slower than current methods. However, it will also be a less click-intensive and cheaper training method.
The juicy bit!
First of all, you'll get Construction XP for every job you complete.
However, there are plenty of great rewards to make this activity worthwhile. You can exchange the Carpenter Points you receive from jobs on a variety of products in the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop. Just don't tell the union!
See that fancy Carpenter's Outfit Amy and her crew are wearing? Well, it's a brand new skilling outfit, and for a reasonable price, you can wear one too!
Alright, it's not quite the Builder's Outfit – but let's face it, those guys outside the Tower of Life never get anything done, and Mahogany Homes wishes to provide its capable constructors with a uniform they can wear with pride.
Mechanically, the Carpenter's Outfit will work just like the other skilling outfits. Equipping any piece from the set will increase the XP earned from any Construction activity that requires a saw. Equipping more than one piece of the outfit will stack the effect, up to a maximum of 2.5% extra XP.
The outfit will be untradeable, and will be sold piece by piece for a high amount of Carpenter Points.
The plank sack is, unsurprisingly, a sack that stores planks.
While you're out doing jobs you'll need plenty of supplies. Do you really want to be running back and forth from the Bank all day? Why, that's butler work!
Instead, get yourself a Plank Sack, which holds up to 28 planks – a whole Inventory's worth! – at a time. Any and all kinds of planks are welcome, and what's more, you'll be able to use them straight from the sack.
The Plank Sack will be untradeable, and will cost a medium amount of Carpenter Points to unlock.
Ah, the noble saw. Elegant. Bendy. Tragically unequippable. But what if you were able to equip the carpenter's tool of choice? Think about it. Imagine how many innocent goblins you could bop on the head with one of those.
Well, those dreams have become a reality with the Equippable Saw! Goblin-bopping aside, the chief advantage of this item is that you'll get all the benefits of your regular saw without using up an Inventory slot to carry it around.
We know that dual wielding this bad boy would be awesome, but for now, the Saw is only going in the main hand slot.
The saw would be untradeable and would cost a medium amount of Carpenter Points to unlock.
Hosidius Wall Kit
Why can't you give a carpenter a ride? Because they prefer to WALL KIT!
Ahem. Just a little Construction joke. Where were we? Ah yes, the Hosidius Wall Kit!
This homely wall kit will transform your home into a pastoral paradise straight from the fields of Hosidius House. It's a one-time unlock, so if you decide that country life is not for you, you can switch it off and on again whenever you wish.
The Hosidius Wall Kit will be untradeable and will cost a high amount of Carpenter Points.
Construction Supply Crate
While we do expect Mahogany Homes to be a cheaper way to train Construction in terms of XP per plank used, the other supplies you'll need are still plenty expensive.
With this in mind, we'd like to introduce the Construction Supply Crate, which will be filled with random amounts of all kinds of materials, including:
- Oak Planks
- Teak Planks
- Mahogany Planks
- Bolt of cloth
- Limestone Bricks
- Steel bars
- Soft Clay
These crates are not intended as GP-per-hour money making methods, but simply as a way to help alleviate some of the costs of Construction. Should this content pass the poll, the amount of supplies provided in the crates will be monitored carefully and adjusted if necessary.
Each crate would cost a medium amount of Carpenter Points and the supplies inside would be tradeable.
Now that you've heard all about Mahogany Homes, the time has come for you to decide whether this is something you'd like to see in the game.
The following questions are not final. As with any blog that contains prospective poll questions, we'll be making amendments as your feedback comes in. Check the changelist at the top of this blog for the latest updates!
|Poll Question #1
|Should we add Mahogany Homes, a slower and cheaper way to train Construction which provides Carpenter Points and Construction XP? Carpenter Points would be exchangeable for rewards in the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop.
|Poll Question #2
|If Question #1 passes, should the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop offer the Carpenter's Outfit? Like other skilling outfits, each piece will boost Construction XP to a maximum 2.5% when the full set is worn.
|Poll Question #3
|If Question #1 passes, should the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop offer the Plank Sack? This is a new Inventory item that would be able to store a maximum of 28 planks of any type.
We're aware that the ability to store planks in a Plank Sack will make a difference for Ultimate Iron accounts in the way they train Construction. Perhaps you feel that your mode should change in turn with the rest of the game – or perhaps you feel that this update would make Construction too easy. We'll use the following question to see if the UIM are comfortable accepting the Plank Sack alongside the Mahogany Homes update.
Only Ultimate Iron accounts are eligible to vote on the following question. Others will be forced to skip.
|Poll Question #4
|If Question #3 passes, should Ultimate Iron players be allowed to purchase the Plank Sack from the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop?
|Poll Question #5
|If Question #1 passes, should the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop offer an Equippable Saw? This item would perform all the functions of the regular saw but could be wielded in the main hand slot.
|Poll Question #6
|If Question #1 passes, should the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop offer the Hosidius Wall Kit for your Player Owned House?
|Poll Question #7
|If Question #1 passes, should the Mahogany Homes Reward Shop offer Construction Supply Crates? Each crate would contain various Construction materials.
That's all, folks! We hope you're as enthused as we are to expand the Construction skill beyond the traditional click-and-build method. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the community, especially benosthegreat, for all your wonderful suggestions. As always, we welcome all feedback on this project – you can tell us your thoughts on Twitter, Discord, Reddit, or the Official Forums.
Well, if you'll excuse us – we've got some building to do!
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