Two years in the making, Sky Diamond Mall on Cephonex Merika was a solo build with the aim to create a mall that was visually pleasing both inside and out. The idea was to build the structure around plots that shop owners could rent out for the price of their footfall, which would go toward expanding further and continual improvements to the decor and infrastructure, while allowing me to retain control over the way the mall looked from the outside (i.e. the ground). A payment of 40,000c would be made up front to the shop owner to go some way toward offsetting this loss, and the lack of footfall would give more of an incentive to price products in a way that sales were likely in order to make profit.
Unfortunately that experiment failed, at least for now. While we have a couple of shops set up inside the mall, the message I was getting from players was that they weren’t happy about forfeiting their footfall to be a part of the mall and wanted to own their plots outright like in other malls.
We therefore started work on Sky Diamond Outlets, an extension outside the main mall which is set up as a more traditional mall with free plots for people to claim and build their shop.
The first phase of this build is now complete, and we’re looking for people to set up shops and get things going. We’re currently offering 25,000c for completed shop builds, and as current spaces fill up we’ll be building additional phases to make more available. The project is no longer a solo effort, with the Sky Diamond guild set up to bring in extra help. As a result building has been much quicker and things are really starting to take shape.
We already have a few shops up and running, and more on the way. But we’d like you to join us and make this one of the best malls in the game.
Sky Diamond Mall has a full portal hub, with connections from Portal Seekers Biitula, Ultima US East, Guardian, Fortune Biitula, Compass Hub Cephonex Merika, TNT Fantasy Tree, Show Room, Gyosha Mall, DK Mall, and others. Player portals are also available to purchase for a low price.
We look forward to welcoming you to the mall, and we’re excited to see what you build. In addition to the current build completion payment of 25,000c, we plan to have contests for the best builds every month with exciting prizes.
Welcome to Sky Diamond Mall!
Edit: Our initial approach of leaving units unplotted has resulted in some issues with people “reserving” plots and not coming back to build. We’ve therefore made some changes and now if you want to open a shop you’ll need to contact us via the post box in front of the vacant unit you want. We’ll then arrange a time when the unit will be unplotted for you to grab for yourself and start building. Thank you to those of you who have actually started building your shops and we look forward to welcoming more of you!