TriadCity Message of the Day
A limited number of player houses will be made available soon in the
Unlike the other Thirds, NorthWest doesn't allow private ownership of
real estate. In NW, player houses are never strictly bought or sold:
final title to the property always remains with the Third as a whole.
Instead, individuals are able to buy long-term leases, typically of
100 years. Leases are transferable to heirs, and, in practice, are
indistinguishable from outright ownership. This practice is similar to
that of Polynesia in the real world, where law forbids transfer of
ownership of land to foreigners. The motives, though, are different.
In Polynesia the goal is to prevent real estate being gobbled-up by wealthy
non-Polynesians. In NorthWest, it's to prevent emergence of any private
property in land. The mechanism though is similar.
The first batch of NW player houses will be unusual in another sense as
well. They're actually apartments inside larger collective homes.
Residents of the collectives are expected to share chores with the others,
and perhaps take part in common activities. Residents must be
Good-aligned - no exceptions. These apartments are small - single room.
But, they're far more inexpensive than is typical in TC, and the collectives
of which they're a part are likely to be attractive to the right Good-aligned
Future player houses in NW will be more traditional, including bungalows
beneath the City walls; Mediterranean-style houses on the hillsides of the
Pnyx and elsewhere; and working-class flats in several places. These'll be
around eventually, but not this week.
If you're interested, see Poobah or Mark. NOTE that these initial units
will not be available via the web site, as other player houses are. You'll
have to talk to Pooh or Mark if you want one.
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