Estates are properties that you can own, and are usually released by MindArk to the public via the auction. They allow you to place things there without other people being allowed to pick them up. In the case of Shops, you are also allowed to set a price on any item that you have placed in the shop, thus allowing people to buy it for that price. A fee of 5% is also charged by Mindark on sales of items in Shops.
There are six types of estates available in Project Entropia.
- Condo, also known as apartments
- House (villas, mansions and farmhouses)
- Land areas, which also come with a small shed that functions similarily to a house
Aquiring a house
In order to become the owner of an estate, you first need to acquire the Estate Deed, and then locate the Estate terminal, located near the Estate in question. When you have accessed the terminal, you need to “Claim” it.
The Estate terminal also shows various data about your estate, for instance the maximum number of items you may store in your estate, the land area, and the number of guests allowed.
With your estate terminal, you may also set your estate to “Public” mode and “Restricted” and “Unrestricted” access.
Note that when you as a new owner claim your estate, you also manually need to set access to unrestricted in order to begin interaction with the property.
Each type of estate has a monthly maintainence fee that the owner must pay before access is allowed to the estate, with the sole exception of Land Areas as owners already have to pay a maintainence fee of sort in the form of Energized Fertilizer. In the event that the maintainence fee is not paid, nobody will be able to access the estate once the previous month has expired.
There are three possible modes of restriction that the owner may put the estate in:
- Public mode – Anyone may visit your estate
- Restricted – The owner may not add or remove items and/or furniture from the property
- Unrestricted – The owner may freely add and remove items and/or furniture from the property
In the case of Land Areas, the owner may change the tax on hunting and mining on their land, as well as mob density and other details.
For more information, please see the article Land areas.