Supergroup Bases allow for a supergroup to congregate, pool resources, travel easier, and more. Bases were introduced with the release of City of Villains, and were initially restricted to those who had purchased the expansion. Individuals who did not own CoV received a message stating that a City of Villains purchase was required to enter when they tried to enter a base. Base access was expanded to all players on July 16, 2008, when City of Heroes and City of Villains were merged into a single game.
Registering a Base
Before building a supergroup base, you must first register the base. Registering a base does not cost anything. This is done by speaking to the Super Group Registrar. Once the base has been registered, a supergroup may then begin construction.
- Main Article: Prestige
All modification to supergroup bases and rent are paid for in prestige. Prestige is earned by supergroup members for staying in super group mode while defeating enemies and completing missions. If a member leaves or is kicked, the prestige that they earned stays with the supergroup, instead of taking it with them.
In addition, to provide a decent boost to smaller supergroups, the group will receive a 20,000 prestige bonus for their first 15 recruits. Should the membership of the supergroup ever drop below 15, however, the bonuses will be deducted for each member under 15. It is possible to achieve a negative prestige total this way. If the supergroup recruits again, the bonuses will return.
- Main Article: Rent
Rent is calculated every four weeks for each base. Rent is an in-game charge to supergroups based on certain items they posses in their bases.
In order to pay the rent for your base, simply visit the Super Group Registrar and inform him that you would like to pay the rent. He will ask you to confirm the transaction. When the transaction is confirmed, the rent will be deducted from your super group's current prestige total.
Using the Base Editor
- Main Article: Base Editing
If you have base editing Privileges, you are given three options:
- Upgrade Plot which allows you to change your plot size-and-type, or to simply move where your entrance room is.
- Edit Base which allows you to do most of what you would expect: create, move and delete rooms; change Ceiling, Wall, and Floor patterns and colors; and add, move, and delete most rooms.
Currently, everyone (whether they have base editing privileges or not) is also given the option
- Add Personal Item which allows you to add an item that you have crafted from salvage, or have earned via Veteran Rewards to the base.
This option does not allow you to move an item once placed, but does permit you to place an item.
The golden rule in editing bases is:
- any prestige cost you pay for something (other than rent) is 100% refundable by selling or deleting that item.
Making a Functional Base
- Main Article: Base Plots
Your plot determines how big your base can get, and how many items it may have in those rooms. Larger plot sizes allow more, and larger, rooms. Secure plots allow more functional items in particular categories than Hidden plots.
Energy and Control
Energy and Control are the only two 'attributes' a base has that affect the function of items within the base.
Energy is simply that: power generation, by means Technological or Arcane. Control is the ability to monitor and control the various devices in the base.
While there are some items (notably storage items, and the Invention Worktable) that do not require either energy or control, most non-decorative items require some of each. If you fall short in either category, things will cease working.
Item Types and Room Restrictions
Every item you can place in a base has a type attribute. This type is used to limit how items are placed.
- The type of plot you have will limit how many of any given type of item you can place in your base.
- The room will further limit now many of a given type of item can be placed within it.
Core and Auxiliary Items
Items that have a function in a base work in one of two ways: core or auxiliary
A core (or, if you wish, primary) item will operate on its own. Some require Energy, or Control, or both to function, but they will draw those from the base; the source is unimportant. Most, but not all, core items allow items to connect to them. (Note: no specific term is used in-game. Core is used here only for convenience.)
An auxiliary (aux) item will not function on its own. In order for it to function, it must be placed in a room that has an item of a type it connects to. It does not need to be right next to the item, just "somewhere in the room". Each core item will only connect to a set maximum number of auxiliary items. Any after that will not function.
An item will only ever be an auxiliary item (with a list of items it can connect to), or a core item (with a list of items that can connect to it), never both. And some core items do not allow any connections at all.
When editing a base, you can see which items are connected to which other items by clicking on one of them. When a core item is selected, all auxiliary items connected to it have a yellow selection box around them. Similarly, when an auxiliary item is selected, the core item it is attached to has a yellow selection box around it.
Player Base Spotlight
Paragon Studios would occasionally spotlight supergroup bases that exhibited exceptional designs. Players were taken on a guided photo tour of these bases as posted on the Official Forums. The following bases were included in this community feature:
- The Rabbit's Maze (May 5, 2011)
- Kaison Corp Medical Center (October 14, 2011)
- Zero Strykers' Temporal Vault (December 22, 2011)