I’ve owned more than my fair share of deeds in Wurm Online over the years, and there are some very specific things I look for when it comes to setting up a new one. Some things you want to keep in mind for a generic deed include how far away clay is, what about tar, or peat. Clay is typically the more important of those three, but if you can be in proximity to all the natural resources you might need, that’s obviously better. What about mining, is your deed low to water? That could create an issue with mines being under water once you open one. You’ll want to make sure that you can mine above the water level. How much work do you want to put into your deed? This will depend on your play style. Some of my alliance members are incredibly ambitious and have designed a deed right into the face of a mountain side, where as others (like myself) prefer a less intensive design.
What interests do you have? This will help decide what sort of deed you’ll want to create. Do you want to spend a lot of time working on your farm fields? Tending to animals? Maybe you want to be a hermit who lives inside of a mountain most days – or maybe you want to spend the majority of your time exploring, so becoming a villager in another town is best, that way you have a bed to come home to but you don’t have to worry about building a deed from scratch.
How is your fight skill? Are you going to need to hire a guard for those first few days or can you hold your own? What about a guard tower? How close do you want to be to other players, or to an active market? Do you want to start building ships? Thanks to ship transports being near to water isn’t quite as important as it once was, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Some of these things you may not even realize you’re taking into consideration when placing a deed, but you do on a subconscious level. Of course how the area looks is pretty important too. Do you want to live in the middle of a forest, or way up on a mountain cliff? Take the time to find the right deed for you, there’s so many areas to explore and there’s no need to settle down at the first place you tumble into (unless of course it is the perfect spot for you).
As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!