Black Desert Final CBT: Housing & Crafting System
Black Desert Online features many unique sandbox contents aside from the non-targeting action combat system. One of the key sandbox elements for Black Desert Online is the housing & crafting system.
Many towns in Black Desert Online offer room or house for players to buy. The housing system consists of nodes and links between them as well, similar to the node linkage in the world map (refer to my previous review on the node system).
I will demonstrate the house link system with an example. Initially, only the houses colored with white color can be purchased with contribution points; for this example here, House 7-1 of Heidel City(see picture below). If you want to buy House 7-4 further down the link, you will have to buy House 7-1, 7-2, and 7-3. Take note that some houses have 2 storey; to activate the node, you only need to buy the ground floor. Each house can be upgraded with both contribution and money for specific purposes.
After you buy the first house, it will be a warehouse (storage room) by default and takes about 2 minute to be completed. Each warehouse increases the inventory or vault space in that town by 3 slots. The vault slots for each town are independent, i.e. buying a warehouse in Heidel Town does not increase your vault slots in Velia Village.
Certain warehouses can be further upgraded for better functions. For example, the 2nd floor of House 7-4 can be upgrade to level 2 or level 3 to give 5 vault slots and 8 vault slots respectively. Upgrading the house requires not just contributions point but money as well. When you sell the house, the contribution will be return to you, but not the money. Therefore, careful planning is required for upgrading.
Asides from storage place, one can convert the house to perform specific functions. For example, House 7-1 can be turned into a Refinery or Residental House. Refinery can be used to turn Rough Stone into Blackstone Powder which the raw ingredient for various crafts. Residental House allows you to put furniture (provide buff with fixed durations) and life skill tools such as alchemy set, kitchen or anvil. The anvil allows you to repair your own gear, provided that you have the knowledge (learn from blacksmith of Velia Village) to do it (see video below).