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Slots and Containers
By Robert Basler on 2019-12-12 17:56:13
Homepage: email:one at onemanmmo dot com

I started replaying The Elder Scrolls Online last weekend, and after an hour or so I noticed something strange: when I killed an NPC, I'd walk away. If I saw a harvesting node, I walked right past. I realized I have some sort of PTSD when it comes to the inventory system in that game because when I played before my inventory was forever full, constantly needing attention, and I could never get fair market value for what I did collect.

The Combat Update introduces consumable crates to The Imperial Realm::Miranda which can be used to expand the inventory size. Originally, players could get 5, 10 and 20 inventory item size increments but only four could ever be applied, so if a player redeemed four 5-item increments, their inventory could grow by a maximum of 20. There were plans for additional expansion possibilities, but that was as far as I got.

[The Unit Design screen with new Slots and Inventory Containers/Design Cases.]

After my ESO experience, I decided players needed a better system. Now each player receives 5 Inventory Container slots and a single inventory container which can store however many inventory items come with the edition of The Imperial Realm::Miranda they choose (40-70 items.) Players can find or buy from Vendors 4, 8, 10, 15, 18, 20, 24, 28, and 32 item Inventory Container Crates. When a player uses an Inventory Container Crate it will either fill an empty slot, or replace a container that is smaller. If there are no empty slots and no smaller containers, it will not be redeemed. Players do not get the replaced containers back, these are a one-time use item. Players can also obtain Inventory Container Slot Crates to expand the number of container slots to a maximum of 10, although these are very pricey.

Design storage works the same way now except they are called Design Cases and Design Case Slots.

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