Vanilla Contest
Vanilla Contest

Vanilla Contest

Vanilla Contest

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It’s time for a new contest, don’t you think?

Hello decorators,

I’ve teased this contest a few times now on our Discord – now, the time has come to let you all know what a Vanilla Contest is.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

The idea comes from a long time ago, when I started to play on one of the legendary servers. Of course, after reaching level 15, I had to purchase a classic house! Once I did, though, it occurred to me just how few of the decorations that I’d normally use I had access to - they hadn’t come out yet!
Normally, I’d be tempted to wait for some more decorations to be released, but instead I started right away and decided that I would only use items that you can buy from the Housing Furnishers.

The result was pretty impressive, to be honest; it wasn’t anything extravagant, but I was really happy with what I managed to do using only items accessible early in the game.

Thus, the inspiration for the Vanilla Contest!

Your objective can be summed up by one phrase: Decorate a classic house using items from the housing furnishers only!

But let’s take a look at the specific rules I decided to apply this time.

In order to participate, you’ll need to decorate a personal classic house (Bree, Falathlorn, Thorin’s, Shire) using items from the housing furnishers only!

  • Houses allowed: any personal house from Eriador (deluxe or standard), NO kinship houses!
  • You’ll have one month to decorate that house and fill out the participation form (see dates below).

Authorized Deco Items:

  • Bree, Falathlorn, Shire, Thorin’s Housing Furnishers (all items)
  • Belfalas Housing Furnisher (all items)
  • Rohan, Erebor, Lyndelby Housing Furnishers (all items, including items from Ambience Furnishers)
  • Umbar Housing Furnisher (all items minus items that you can only barter for with writs)

Note: when I mean all items, it's all items inclunding crafted ones and decorative structures (walls, stairs, etc).

No other items are allowed during this contest.


From now through April 28th (11:59PM eastern time), you can create your house and fill out the participation form at the end of this post.


On May 6th, I will announce the Final Selection containing up to 10 houses.

Visits & Votes

From May 6th through May 17th, you’ll be able to visit and vote for your favorites.


Results will be announced a few days after the end of the contest. As always, LotRO points and other goodies will be awarded to the winners.

If you have any question, feel free to ask here or on Discord!

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  1. Ether

    Hi! Quick question! When you mention “all items including crafted ones” do you mean reputation items and the likes? And if yes, is it only reputation from Eriador factions?

    I’m really excited about this contest because as a very new player who ONLY has access to these basic/premium Housing vendors I thought I’d never had the opportunity to join a contest in literal years. So for me to be truly “vanilla” (and more accessible to newbies like myself) it’d be better to stick to housing furnishers. Anyway. I don’t have access to Umbar or anything like that, but I’ll do my best!

    1. Heya !

      The only items you can use for this contests are the one that are sold by Housing Furnishers from all neighborhoods and the Umbar one.
      So, no reputation/quest/deeds items.
      The only crafted items you can use are the one where the recipes are available through Housing Furnishers.


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