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June 28th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
Posted By: Kitiara
Posted in: Decor & Architecture,UOCraft News

Happy summer, everybody!

I’ve been playing around with custom carpets in UO. They’re most awesome because they don’t use up any house lockdowns, and you can design them in any shape or size that you need. It’s tough, though, to visualize what you want when there are so many different pieces to consider. I found myself sketching out X’s and O’s and counting up the pieces so that I’d get it right when I went shopping. With those hassles in mind, I created the Custom Carpet Designer tool. You can lay out your carpet on a nice big grid (I hope 12×12 is enough for everybody!), and the tool will calculate how many of each piece you need. When you finish your design, you can hide the grid lines and take a screenshot of your masterpiece and then go shopping for the parts!

There are a few limitations that I may or may not get around to working on. The biggest one is that you can only use one style of center piece per rug design. On the bright side, once you get the layout you want, you can toggle between the different styles to see how that size of rug looks in each style. One trick to making sure the end piece count comes out right: once you pick up a piece, make sure you drop it in the “other” area – don’t drop it into the same area you grabbed it from. (So, if you grab it from the top selection of pieces, make sure you drop it in the bottom grid, or vice versa). If you accidentally grab the wrong piece and don’t want to use that piece, still continue to drop it in the opposite area, then pick it up again and put it in its original spot. Otherwise, if you drop it in the same spot from where it came, the counter will still count it and your end tally will be off. I plan to take a look at this and find a solution, but I’ve run out of time for now and wanted to let people use the tool in the meantime!

I hope this helps all of the deco maniacs of Britannia lay carpets in style!

http://www.uocraft.com/wp-content/themes/UOCraft_WordPress/carpets/carpets.html



December 19th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Posted to UO Herald by Joanne Laroche on 18 Dec 2008 17:34:26.

With the new year, Sosaria’s main bank is in high need of a serious makeover. We are looking for talented designers and decorators to submit their original ideas on a great new look for the West Britain Bank. This is a permanent new look so do not focus on just a winter theme!

Contest Rules:

* You must take a screenshot of Britain Bank and decorate it with existing UO art.
* You can copy/paste existing art from elsewhere in the game on top of the bank area. You may optionally use InsideUO to grab tileart directly from UO.
* Your submission screenshot must be a JPG no bigger than 800×600.
* There will be one winner per shard, you may only win once.
* To qualify, entries must include your name and shard.
* You must have an active Ultima Online account to participate.
* Enter as often as you wish, but only one submission per e-mail.
* Submission for banks other than West Britain Bank will be dismissed.
* All entries become the property of Mythic Entertainment.

Prizes:

One winner per shard.

The winners will have the bank on their respective shard redecorated on both facets according to their design. A plaque will also be placed by the bank identifying the winning designer.

All winning entries will be posted here on the UOHerald once the judging has been finalized.

How to Enter:

When you are ready to submit your entry, you must include the following:

Your Character Name:
Shard:
E-mail address:
Description of your renovation (optional)
Your screenshot:

Send all the above information to: uo-contests@mythic.ea.com

This is open to all active Ultima Online subscribers. Entries must be received by midnight Eastern Time on Sunday January 18th, 2009 to qualify.

Good luck and happy bank renovating!

Additional Notes:

We can accommodate designs that *add* to the structure, but not delete from it. In other words, if you want to add walls, stairs, etc, that’s fine.

Details:
* Cannot change terrain (dirt/grass/basically anything with a texture on the floor)
* Cannot change static objects (existing walls, existing items in the bank that are scenery only/can’t be interacted with)

The Terrain and Statics are global to all shards because they’re part of the map files.

However, in InsideUO, when viewing the tileart, you’ll see a section full of floor tiles. These are not terrain, and can be placed on top of it without problems. If you decide you want to redo the floor of the bank – that’s fine.

The same goes for walls – you can’t *change* the existing walls, but we can easily add walls to the existing bank. All your changes will be local to the shard, and nothing will change on the client.

Keep in mind we’d love to see what you do with the outside as well – that whole area could use some love.

P.S.

All we care about is seeing a final result screenshot and a good description for the design. Don’t get caught up in asking what tools you can use – we only suggest InsideUO for browsing the art because it’s so handy.
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Tim “Draconi” Cotten –
Lead Designer –
Ultima Online – EA Mythic