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A House Filled with Bears?! Oh My...

Posted by FreeRealms Monday June 7 2010 at 7:07PM
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Hey guys! Referee Ruby here again to share the latest installment of my Free Realms Game Guide Series... Housing! For even more awesome housing information, keep reading after the link!
So, you think you’ve got what it takes to become a top decorator? Think you can create the best and most exciting space in Free Realms? Well, let’s see what you’ve got then!
I’m gonna warn you now though, you’ve got some pretty tough competition. Oh yeah.

First you’ll need something to decorate, obviously. We’ve got plenty of options though, so you can feel free to pursue your artistic vision in whatever space you choose!
Currently there are three types of houses available: The Apartment, The Small Wilds House and The Large Wilds House. The Apartment has one bedroom and is free for all players, both Members and Non-Members alike. The Small Wilds House has two rooms and a small yard. This house is free for Members, so if you are a Free Realms Member you will get both an apartment and a small house! Sweet deal right? If you aren’t a Member, you can always purchase the Small Wilds House from the Marketplace. The Large Wilds House has three huge rooms and an enormous yard for your decorating pleasure. I hope you have one of those riding lawnmowers handy. This house is only available through the Marketplace. 
If a house doesn’t suit your fancy, check out our Empty Lots. These are flat, empty spaces for you to build anything you can imagine. There’s the Snowhill Lot for a light and fluffy feel, or the Briarwood lot if your tastes are a bit darker.  I filled mine with launch pads... seemed like the right thing to do.
To get to your houses, click the house icon at the bottom of your screen. Then just select the house you want to go to and BAM… you’re there.

Now, down to business... to decorate your house, click the big "Decorate" button. It's in the middle of your screen - you can't miss it.

The Decorate menu will pop up on your screen. This gives you all the info you’ll need to make a fantastic house.
On the left you will see a number. This number shows how many items you have in your house out of the max number allowed. The max number of items for the Apartment is 100 items, the Small Wilds House is set for 500 items, and the Large Wilds House max is 1,000 items. Not enough for you? The empty lots have a whopping 1,500 item allowance! I wonder what that would look like filled with chickens…hmm…

Now look on the right side of the window. The first option here is “Lock House.” This makes it so that other players cannot enter your home unless you invite them... for if you need some quiet time. Under that is the “Snap to Grid” option. This allows you to align items differently, depending on whether you want to place your items in a straight line or move them freely.

In the center you will see your housing items. Click the item you want to add and you will be able to place it in your home or yard. Just move it around and click again when the item is placed where you want it to be. Once you place the item, you can click it again for more options. This is only available when you have the Decorate menu up. Removing an item does not delete it, it puts it back into your inventory so you can get it back whenever you want. Items can only be placed in certain locations. If an item cannot be placed somewhere, it will turn a fantastic shade of red (the best color ever) when you are trying to place it. If you insist on trying to drop it there anyway, you will get an error message.

You can place interior items outside and vice versa. Items can also be placed along the walls or ceiling, and you can even stack items on top of each other to create interesting results. There are some cool things to note when decorating your pad: Some items, like this rockin’ dance floor, do special things when you click on them!

Housing items can be obtained through the Marketplace, Coin Shop, quests and the Daily Spin wheel. Most Marketplace and Coin Shop items are even tintable, which means you can pick a color to match your décor.

If you want to check out one of your friend’s pads, select their name from your Friends List and click the "Go To House" icon. A popup will appear with the player's houses that are available for visiting.

Decorating a house isn’t just about making a cozy kitchen space…far from it! There are tons of creative things you can do with your house, like build a theme park, hoverboard race course, maze, or any number of things! Personally, I filled my house with bears. Red bears.
So I kind of don’t have space to sleep or anything. Does uh…anyone want a bear or two hundred? Maybe? ...Anyone?

See you in game!
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