Two things will distract you immediately, the mana and health globes now look flat and boring. No one that I talked to liked those new mana and health globes. /shrug I think (I hope) we all can agree on that.
This next part, I know this will cause friendly disagreement, but here are my rankings:
-Tied for first place are the Myth and Ice houses
First up, is ICE! (You can click those pictures below to make them bigger.) Dear designer/artist/team who put a gobbler frozen in ice in this house: That'll do, pig. That'll do. Very very happy with everything that is the ice house. Seriously, it's epic in there. You win.
Next up is Myth. Once again, designer who built this masterpiece of floating bricks, rainbow bridges, coliseum, and general awesomeness, well freaking done.
-Tied for second place are Life and Storm!
First up, Life. KI, you guys made my daughter very happy with her house. I was kicked off the computer as she ran around the amazing space. The butterflies and play of light here are excellent touches. The ramps of levels between the floors in the tree make the place seem huge. Nicely done.
Next is storm. Seriously, this place is epic. EPIC! The inside is full of built in aquariums from the raging sea outside. The master bedroom is beautifully done, complete with a storm shark pet swimming anxiously outside. Designers/Artists/Team give yourselves a round of applause for this house.
Taking Third Place is the Balance House.
I can't describe this house as good as Tipa does. (Actually, Tipa really breaks into character on her post and describes them all very well . . . you should read her post.) I do believe this was her #1 favorite house out of them all. The judgment statue cracking out of the ground below is VERY Very stinking cool. The inside reminds me a lot of the temple of storms in Krokotopia. Once again well done.
- Tied for last place IMHO are the Fire House and the Death House. (Winces from the thrown shoes and tomatoes) SORRY! They are all awesome, but after walking through the amazing designs of all the other houses, these don't hold a candle to them.
The fire house is just amazingly hot! Everywhere is fire on the outside. The outside is energetic and beautiful. It's the inside that feels lacking. It's just a tower and a few HUGE rooms. It's the designs of furniture from players that will make this house awesome.
The death house is really fun on the outside, just like the fire house. You have the haunted angry furnace, eerie mist, the old broken down pool, the mausoleum entryway . . . but where's the graveyard? Yes, I know I just said mausoleum entryway, but where's the graveyard? Player built will work here i guess. The inside? Well, there certainly is a great staircase and a lot of square rooms around the two floors. /scratches head.
As I said on Twitter when I was kindly reprimanded by Mythspent Youth for my ranking choice (she's sure to have something good up on her blog in the next two days about the death house--you'll want a second opinion here), I guess I was just expecting something more like The Winchester Mystery House. You know, stairways that lead nowhere, rooms inside rooms, maze-like qualities, i.e., CHAOS! When I step inside the death house, do I want a Victorian or do I want an alternate dimension of wood and nails . . . I'm reminded a lot of a less epic Luigi's mansion. Sorry. This is going to be another one of those houses that the players will make great with their designs.
Here's a video walkthrough that our good friend Stephanie Morrow loaded to Youtube last night.
Sorry if my expectations are too high here! /ducks
. . . and now I'm late to work . . . EEP!