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enrico fermi
enrico fermi

May-3-2009 08:30

i think the basement should be rentable to any subscriber without having to open an agency. this would allow inexpensive storage for 4 extra items and might stop the increase in agency setup that might be developing in order to get someplace to store extra items since the apartments and their furnishings are so expensive. with fewer agencies opened just for access for storage the true agencies might obtain these detectives.

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Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

May-3-2009 17:24

Ideas are just ideas I don't care who has them. So if we could stick to the topic that would be super.

There are already 3 tiers of gear storage. What you are wearing. What you can store in an apartment, and what you can store in your agency. A fourth tier for people who SUBSCRIBE but can't make enough to rent a warehouse? (if you're not in an agency) or save up for an apartment & one piece of furniture (which is a once off payment) seems fairly pointless to me.

Joseph Zeo
Joseph Zeo
Tale Spinner

May-3-2009 17:38

I agree. The apartment system is sufficient already. I think enrico is just worried about the price.

Enrico, once you get to a certain point in the game, the money issue is not too much of a problem (as long as you avoid Shady and don't squander your wealth). You can aim for buying the smallest flat and a pine trunk. That should get you started.

However, I do feel that it'd be great if we can own more than one apartment (one in each city, may be?). The moving cost is about 15% of your unit cost, and therefore some of us are not purchasing the bigger units so to keep the moving cost low, for hunts purposes. What do you all think?

Sara Buxton
Sara Buxton

May-3-2009 17:49

That is basically a suitcase! ;) I think Ben made the apartments that way to discourage people from bringing everything with everywhere, but made it so people could still change their minds. But maybe a suitcase option? Costs $1000 per travel that could be stolen by the pirates if they attack and everything? That would be kinda cool.

But as far as a basement... I think I would suffocate in one. There wouldn't be any windows!!! Life is not worth living if you don't have windows. And it would be cold and damp... yuck. No, better to stick with the apartments.

Huglover
Huglover
Old Shoe

May-3-2009 19:01

Is there any place as easy to rent, if you are subscribed and not in an agency, as a Whiskey Cellar?
You will have room for the 4 items you asked for in the locker, and you are even allowed to store 2 case files, and if that's not enough, you may even invite one or two of your friends over to stay.

All this wonderful luxery can be yours for the small amount of $3000 as a one-off cost and a daily rent of $100.

You will even have a separate message board, and the feeling of being in a basement added. And, as an added gest, you will have a separate name for your luxery.

Compared to a one-room apartment which cost $80 000 without any furniture, you could be renting this luxery-basement for 750 days for the same price. Now, ain't that cheap???

To get the same luxury and storage possibilities in an apartment, you would have to upgrade to at least 2 rooms, and buy some furniture in addition to it, and those who have tried, know that the furniture is the most expensive part...

Joey
Joey "Bulldog" Bane
Washed Up Punter

May-4-2009 12:55

Well, since we're at real estate purchasing/renting suggestions, I'd kinda' like the idea of being able to rent hotel rooms in each city. The rooms can have also a safe deposit box or something where we could store an item or 2, items that we can ship when making the reservation from another city. This would be useful during VHs, for being able to carry around one or 2 smart items or the compact travel kit.

Sleuth Sindy
Sleuth Sindy
Bounty Hunter

May-4-2009 13:10

While I realize it's a natural tendency to want things to be "easier," especially after you've done something several times and have it "down pat," I think the allure of Villain Hunts is that they are a challenge - or they're supposed to be. Having an apartment in every city or being able to rent a hotel room to change smart and/or tough gear to make solving cases easier just defeats that purpose. A Villain Hunt, to me, is supposed to be a case of just you and your wits and the clothes on your back against the villains of the cities of Sleuth.

Having said that, I realize that if Ben did give us hotel rooms or apartments in every city, everyone has the choice to buy/rent or not.

Joey
Joey "Bulldog" Bane
Washed Up Punter

May-4-2009 14:22

Heh...I have to agree I do like my life easy :)

But speaking to the subject, having the possibility to carry 1-2 smart items gives a lower chance than being able to equip full smart gear. Also, considering you can have now 2 cityes covered from this point of view - agency city and apartment city, provided they are not in same town - this possibility would only have to cover only the other 2 cityes. Of course, all cityes should have the possibility for renting open in order to evoid the concentration of all agencies in only 2 towns.

In any case, I think VHs are a challange with or without the aid of smart gear.

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

May-4-2009 15:52

I agree with Sindy! Whenever I VH I always use a travel kit and I always have Zero smarts. It works well for me and I like it :D

Joseph Zeo
Joseph Zeo
Tale Spinner

May-5-2009 02:41

Both suitcase or hotel idea sounds great. True though, that we really don't need to bring our gears around. For my first VH (just done one so far 'cuz im very busy lately), i didn't lug my apartment around but still managed to finish it under 3 days, and the lack of facility does help to speed things up. I now is into the habit of not changing gears often, i guess i'm just lazy :)

InTheShadows
InTheShadows
Old Shoe

May-5-2009 03:02

I second that laziness Zeo...

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