Today I was hoping to chat about the new dimension items for the Carnival Of The Ascended. I ran around this morning, looking for vendors and found none. I took my frustration out on pinatas with no luck. We’ll have to wait till the next phase to see what items the carnival brings. So I consoled myself by returning to my current project, the Silky Venom Guild Hall.
Building a dimension for other people to use is a tricksy thing. Often, it’s only one or two people doing the building but, as a guild project, many want to be involved and influence the end result. I asked my guild what they would like in a guild hall via a survey on Survey Gizmo. Survey Gizmo have a free account for less than 50 responses a month, are easy to use and set up. It’s a great way to poll your guild regarding important decisions and do so anonymously.
I asked Silky Venom about many of the decisions we usually make as dimensioneers preparing to build. Silky Venom chose the building materials, complexity of style, genre, types of rooms, and purpose. The results of the survey formed my brief for building the hall.
The guild went for a sophisticated style with a mix of magitech and high fantasy for genre (not surprising since we’re all playing Rift). Emphasis was on a hall for guild use rather than to impress. I’ve interpreted that as ‘if it’s a seat, a toon should be able to sit on it’. Silky Venom would like to entertain their guests by making them explore and find objects.
When asked about spaces to include, Silky Venom wanted, in order of rank from top to bottom: bar, garden, library, meeting hall, hot tub/swimming pool, trophy room, party room, torture chamber, sitting room, dining hall. Other suggestions were sports field or chess game board, squirrel fights or a koi pool. Many of the spaces can be combined; a meeting hall combines well with a bar, library and sitting room and a parlor for fancy meetings can easily be included. A garden, pool, party, BBQ, bar area is also a natural combination. Oh, and since the guild name is Silky Venom, it should include spiders, plenty of spiders.
So before starting the build, I played with bits and pieces, worked out how to build a spider and decided on a more organic style taking inspiration from Art Nouveau. We’ll see how well I match the brief.
If you would like to see the survey, follow this link.