One of the Wildstar gimmicks that a lot of people seemed excited about was the player housing. From the beginning, this sounded utterly ridiculous to me. Friends who played MMO's that had housing options could never convey to me what was so cool about it. I just thought, "who's honestly going to hang out in their imaginary house and arrange furniture instead of, you know, playing the actual game?" When my Dominion toon got to level 14 and made her way to the capital city of Illium, I honestly could care less about playing house in an mmo. But I had heard something in chat about a boost to your rest bonus associated with housing so I found the Protostar showroom and got my house. I hate myself for how quickly I got hooked. After spending a couple of hours questing and leveling, I couldn't ever get my ass to bed before tinkering with my house just a little bit more.
There are more than a few things that make this housing cool. First off, the most obvious and expected thing is that there are a lot of neat "decor" items to collect and decorate your house with. Some of them are things you find randomly, others are earned through rep and questing, winning drops in instances, and some are crafted. There are also things players can buy from the housing vendor with gold or an in-game currency called "renown", which is mostly earned by participating in group activities. Throughout the game, players can also collect lore items fragments of stories called "Tales from Beyond the Fringe". Anyone who collects all the fragments for a particular story can buy portrait of the cover to hang on the wall. Finally, some of the coolest decor I saw, came from completing various challenges in the game.
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In addition to decor items, their are FABkits to collect. These fit into landscape slots on the players property. Examples are functional things like gardens which allow you to plant seeds and grow plants used when crafting. There are purely decorative kits like hot springs and kiddie pools. There are others like my moonshine cabin that allow the player and their guests to participate in a challenge. Stomp the grapes and work the controls to make your hooch. The loot rewards for completing it include some nice decor items and small amount of renown. The challenge can be repeated every half hour in order to collect all the items. I also won a FABkit from one of the instances I did called Kel Voreth. Not only does it look incredible on my landscape, it has a portal to the instance!
In the end, housing is definitely a time sink and probably most appealing to casual players and RPers. That being said, I'm sure that there will be a fair amount of hardcore raiders and PvPers spending their time straitening picture frames and shopping for furniture. Mainly, because the housing is really fun, but also because it feels like a worthwhile reward that you can show off to your friends. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.