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        sparkyflamefire is online now Magus Wizard

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      Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      With next week's event being the Spiral Scene (At least, according to the Monthly Calendar):

      If you are still trying to get your Decorator Badges for the various categories of houses, here's a tip:

      Enter a house in that category early in the morning the first day of the event.

      Not the day before, or earlier, because there seems to be a bias towards houses which were entered that day in deciding which house is randomly selected to be rated. And that is the key - your house needs to be randomly selected to be visited the most in order to get the badge. And the Spiral Scene event is the only time a lot of players go around rating houses. (I am working on the house rating badge, so I rate 10 houses a day, every day. I'm up to 2580 houses rated.) So if you enter it early you miss out on that bump in number of times your house was rated.

      I entered two houses, in two different categories, in the morning of the first day of a recent event. They both earned the decorator badge for that category of house.

      Not only that, but I removed one of them from the tour and entered it in a different category early the second day of the event, and it earned the decorator badge for that category house too. Without me having changed a single decoration in the house.

      As far as I can tell, just visiting a house doesn't count towards the badge. I had the wizards in my second account visit my main wizard's house (visit friend's house) and when I checked they didn't even count as a visit to that house.

      It also doesn't seem to matter how well, or appropriately, the house has been decorated. I mentioned above how one of my houses got the decorator badge in two different categories without changing a thing. We can't even see what kind of rating our houses have been getting. I'll be honest here: something has to really catch my eye to get any rating other than '1.' I'm just out to get it done as fast as I can and move on to the next house.

      I have been asked to rate houses, dorm rooms at any rate, that were filled with nothing but pets. Even dorm rooms that were completely empty.

      I'll never understand why some people enter a 2-part house and block everything off so that you can't get to the other part to be able to rate it. Don't they know that they'll never get the badge that way? Why even enter it if wizards can't investigate anything?

      I know some people put a lot of time and effort into house decorating. But it's just a game, and house decorating doesn't do anything to advance you in the game. And I have been in a few houses where I've had to just sit and watch some cut-scene. Maybe the owners just want to show off what they can do, but like I said, I just want to be in-and-out as fast as I can.

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      Totally agree, I don't understand owners that block stuff and make it difficult to move around in their castle. You can't even rate a castle until you visited all the parts of it.

      I'm too lazy to decorate my house, apparently. I've only tried to enter a castle a couple of times but I usually get a warning that I don't have enough items in my castle.
      Account 1: Death 88, Fire 57, Storm 51, Myth 50, Life 49, Balance 47.
      Account 2: Balance 88, Life 55, Fire 46, Ice 44, Storm 44, Death 44.

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        Sierra SeaSong is offline Transcendent Wizard

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      Blocking and pets running around willy nilly are my decorating pet peeves.

      I do have all the badges, and the event is your best bet, just clean up a bit lol.

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      Just enter Dorms only. Since there's one area, you don't need to worry about being blocked off from rating the house. In fact, you don't even need to look at the house. Just stand there until they let you rate it.

      Most of these houses are just item/pet warehouses anyway. No actual effort went into decorating them. So why should I bother looking at them?

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      Even though my Wysteria House is not completed, I just have an "Under Construction" sign in the entrance. It doesn't block anybody from exploring the place and while I haven't put the house in tours yet because the interior needs some fixing up, I wouldn't mind doing later even if it's not completed. I think players could get some really good insight from what's already placed and there's no need to be embarrassed. Hoping that my Wysteria house catches your eye lol

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        sparkyflamefire is online now Magus Wizard

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      Quote Originally Posted by Torpzun26 View Post
      Just enter Dorms only. Since there's one area, you don't need to worry about being blocked off from rating the house. In fact, you don't even need to look at the house. Just stand there until they let you rate it.

      Most of these houses are just item/pet warehouses anyway. No actual effort went into decorating them. So why should I bother looking at them?
      I agree. I prefer doing dorms, because I have serious lag in anything to do with houses. Don't want to wait for it to load a second part. Especially when sometimes its hard to find the second part. But I have rated so many dorms that sometimes I get a lot of re-rates.

      Note, there is one apartment/dorm that does have a backyard that counts as a second part. The castle tours (Old Town) apartment.

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      To rate a house you must be able to go inside. That's it. You don't have to look at every nook and cranny, unless you want to. Here is how I rate house/dorms.

      If I can't get inside, or it's been made difficult to get inside, I leave.

      1 - no effort was put in at all
      2- If they visibly tried, kinda like E for effort.
      3 - Hey I like what they did here
      4- Oh My Gosh my houses will never be this good.

      I have all the badges except the Maze House one. I'm working on it just haven't been in the mood lately.

      I also seen houses/dorms rated high on the list that I scratch my head and wonder why?

      -Mary

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      Quote Originally Posted by mss101 View Post
      To rate a house you must be able to go inside. That's it. You don't have to look at every nook and cranny, unless you want to. Here is how I rate house/dorms.

      If I can't get inside, or it's been made difficult to get inside, I leave.

      1 - no effort was put in at all
      2- If they visibly tried, kinda like E for effort.
      3 - Hey I like what they did here
      4- Oh My Gosh my houses will never be this good.

      I have all the badges except the Maze House one. I'm working on it just haven't been in the mood lately.

      I also seen houses/dorms rated high on the list that I scratch my head and wonder why?

      -Mary
      I got the maze badge by entering a random house in the category, never built a maze. Castle tours is broken I got all the badges just using the houses I already had. Even got top 10 for collection for my fish house, to be fair, it is a great collection.

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        sparkyflamefire is online now Magus Wizard

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      Quote Originally Posted by mss101 View Post
      To rate a house you must be able to go inside. That's it. You don't have to look at every nook and cranny, unless you want to. Here is how I rate house/dorms.

      If I can't get inside, or it's been made difficult to get inside, I leave.

      1 - no effort was put in at all
      2- If they visibly tried, kinda like E for effort.
      3 - Hey I like what they did here
      4- Oh My Gosh my houses will never be this good.

      I have all the badges except the Maze House one. I'm working on it just haven't been in the mood lately.

      I also seen houses/dorms rated high on the list that I scratch my head and wonder why?

      -Mary
      Kudos to you. To be honest, I'm probably like most people doing this event: Port to a Dorm, wait for the timer to expire, Rate it a '1', and port to the next house. If I'm waiting for the timer to expire, I just stand there, and check to see if it looks familiar (Re-rate). If, while I'm standing there, something catches my eye, I might do an item identifier. It's got to have a real, well-thought-out scheme, to get higher than a '1'. Just want to get my scroll points points as fast as possible. It's not like the event rewards are worth anything, but I do want to get the 200 lunari reward from the SoF, and the scroll tapestry.

      I rate a lot of dorms (working on rating badge, 2620 down, 2380 to go), and some days I'll get more re-rates than first time rares, and that's when I might do another category house.

      I agree with someone else - the whole badge, and event, are broken. Whatever they were trying to do, its pure random whether your house gets visited the most to earn a badge, and people who are just doing it to earn points for the scroll, well, y'know.
      Last edited by sparkyflamefire; 7-26-22 at 9:52:34 PM.

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      Re: Spiral Scene and the Housing Decorator Badges

      This is my least favorite event, the rewards are pretty crap. I just happen to be rating houses anyway for the 5k badge, 230 days to go lol.

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