FFXIV: Moving my Home to Shirogane

What’s the fastest way to burn through millions of gil in FFXIV? Housing, of course!

It’s kinda ironic that it was just little over three years ago when I scrounged up enough gil to buy my personal house in FFXIV. It was one of the last open spots in The Goblet, a forgotten, rather isolated place that overlooked the canyon.

I was really proud of this accomplishment, even though I bought it when the lots were as cheap as they were ever going to get… and it seems like this was an unwanted, left-over spot.

It was perfect for me. It was quiet. Though there was a large FC mansion next to me, they were almost never there. I had the run of the area around my house to myself.

Then came yesterday’s controversial housing release. Many new wards were opened, but there’s a catch: You could only purchase a new house as a Free Company. This was to ensure FCs got first pick and were finally able to dip into all the features that were tied to housing.

Also, if you already owned a house, you could relocate.

Relocation to Shirogane

It really hadn’t crossed my mind to move. I’ve always been happy with the lot I had, even if I hadn’t been overly creative with it the three years I’ve owned it. But something happened yesterday.

I logged in before work, just curious to see how many housing spots were taken with the release. I wasn’t surprised to see all of the Larges gone in every city. But I was very surprised to see there were still Medium houses open… and tons of Smalls.

Back before Shirogane (Savage) hit, I’d taken some time to stroll through the neighborhood and see what plots there were. I became fond of this little group of small houses that were right up on the beach.

I  like how Shirogane is laid out, but a lot of it feels busy to me. The houses on the beach have a bit more space and open area, which I really like. I remember thinking if I was going to relocate, it would be to one of these spots.

So, yesterday, when I logged in and saw sooooo much housing open… I did the unthinkable. I went to Shirogane Ward 15 and relocated to lot 22. So, now I have a nice spot on the Shirogane Shores.

The only problem was… the Small Outfitters Walls that looked just fine in The Goblet didn’t really match up with the aesthetics of Shirogane. So, I spent a lot of last night gathering and crafting to replace the individual pieces of the exterior.

I wanted to mix and match some of the designs. But when I got it done, it felt like the roof and the wall were super colorful when I tried to die it anything but a duller tone.

It felt like I was living in a bright Lego house or something!

So, I ended up switching out the roof style for one that was more toned down, and dying all of it Soot Black, which matches the roof of the Hingan Hot Spring better.

Looking at it, I’m still not sure I’m sold on this yet. Thankfully, when you pull out exterior fixtures, they don’t auto-destroy now. So I can keep mixing and matching until I get something I do like.

I’m going to craft the Hingan Stone Fence tonight and see what that looks like.

Oh, and I also completely glamoured my retainer, who is standing dutifully outside. I’d always had a retainer standing around in my yard, but I never really spent much time on his looks. I mean, I used to be located at the end of the road nowhere, where no one would ever come. But now that things have changed, I went in and Fantasia-ed my retainer, and glamoured him up to look like Ben!

Much better!

I still have a lot of work to do because when you relocate your house, the game strips all of the decorations out and sticks them in storage. So I walked into this:

When it used to look like this:

I’m thinking about completely reworking the whole place, especially since there are lots of housing glitches you can use with decorating that I’ve never tried. This is probably going to take a while, though, since I’m almost broke from just decorating the outside!

Time to make some gil!