Ladies and Gentlemen, let me welcome you to the Legion and TG Aion community. I have been appointed Crafting Officer for the legion and will be walking you through how crafting in the TG legion will work. I'm no tyrant, so I'm certainly open to suggestions, but bear in mind that what we're doing is going to require some heavy oversight and organization in order to make it work properly.
So without further ado:
CRAFTING AND YOU!
1. Crafting Basics
There are six basic crafting skills:
Cooking - Making food which gives buffs, stats and special abilities to players who eat it.
Alchemy - Making potions and scrolls which give buffs, life, mana, and cure status ailments.
Weaponsmithing - Making metal-based weapons, such as swords, spears, polearms, etc.
Handicrafting - Making Bows, Staffs and jewelery.
Tailoring - Making cloth and leather armor.
Armorsmithing - Making chain and plate armor.
To craft anything, you need the following:
-Base materials, which are bought from the market, gathered, or gained from drops.
-Refining materials, which are bought from your specific crafting store.
-Recipes, which are bought from your crafting store, the market, or gained from drops.
-Appropriate skill levels in your craft, gathering and aether gathering.
Crafting is a very time consuming and expensive process, which brings me to my next point.
2. Crafting Structure
Since crafting is such an expensive and time consuming process, we will be having groups of designated crafters for the legion. These will be our crafting "circles", if you will. The purpose of the circles isnt to separate the legion into parts, but simply to spread out the tasks so that no one crafter gets overwhelmed and loses any playtime.
The way the circles work is as follows:
Each circle will have 10 people with one crafter of each type. The 10 people in the circle are responsible for providing the crafters in their circle (even if they are one themselves) with all necessary materials to craft. This will be a "share and share alike" process, so nobody claims ownership to any specific materials. Circles can share materials between them as necessary, but circles wont be crafting things for people in other circles unless it is absolutely necessary. Each circle will also have an even class distribution, so that none of the crafters get overwhelmed.
Heres the kicker: anyone is welcome to engage in crafting, and I encourage you to get into it. If you dont, you'll be missing out on a big part of the game. HOWEVER: if you want to be one of the official crafters for the legion, there are rules to follow.
-Official crafters should focus only on ONE craft. You are more than welcome to engage in secondary crafting if you want, but the materials gathering and time allocation for such endeavors will be your own responsibility and done on your own time.
-Official crafters are committed to doing their job. This means that you are willing to commit the time and effort to not only keep your skill levels up to speed with the requirements of your group, but you are also willing to commit your resources and money to helping your legion mates by putting them into your craft.
-Official crafters need to be dedicated to the game AND to their craft. This isnt to say that you need to spend every available waking minute in-game, but it does mean that you need to be online often enough to do your job with reasonable efficiency. It also means that when you get orders from people in your circle for crafting work, you commit your time to it, even if that means giving up some of your other "fun" time.
So, this isnt to be taken lightly. If you want to be an official crafter, its going to be serious business that you're going to have to commit to.
3. Allocation and distribution of supplies
All members of each circle are responsible for providing their crafters with the materials necessary to craft. As I said earlier, crafting materials CAN be borrowed from other circles is absolutely necessary, but the primary function is to do the job yourselves. I can tell you from experience that 10 people will have absolutely no problem gathering necessary materials to provide for their crafters in all aspects. We did it in beta with half that number very very efficiently.
Since there is a good chance that the legion will frequently have numbers not in multiples of 10 people, players will be distributed amongst the circles evenly until such a time as a new circle can be created. To start with, two circles will be created. This means that the overload cant be any more than 5 people per circle. The more players we get, the more circles we can form and the less overload will be possible.
Alternate characters (or "alts"), although allowed in the legion, WILL NOT be included in any of the circles. Your primary character will be responsible for any crafting duties you assume if you choose to be an official crafter. Likewise, any orders for crafted supplies you would like to put in for your alts will be done through your primary character. Requests to official crafters made by alts will be ignored and unfilled until their primary character takes it to their circle's appropriate crafter. Also, any requests for your alts must be specified as such and will be placed on the back-burner as needed to fulfill the needs of primary characters. This means that if your primary is a templar and you request a bow for your ranger alt, if the crafter responsible for making bows is otherwise occupied with making things for primary characters, your alt's needs come last in line.
6. Legion sharing
Any excess items crafted CAN be shared with the legion if the crafters wish. However, this isnt required. However, any donations of crafted items by any player is appreciated. Just because you grow/level out of a set of armor or a weapon doesnt mean that someone else wont need it later. If you have plenty of money and can afford to donate things to the legion, please do so. This will ease the burden on crafters later on down the line and will allow us to be that much more profitable in the end-game.
All orders for items can either be placed in official threads in the forums here or asked directly of your circle's crafter. Requests can be made at any time and will be filled as materials are avialable and in order they are received. NO FAVORITISM WILL BE ALLOWED. Also, orders must be reasonable. Please do not go to your crafters and request that they make you a green sword or blue armor (or any other specialty chance-made items) unless you know they have the recipes for such items. If you are unsure if such recipes exist, please check AionArmory for the recipes available to each crafter. Specialty/Chance items will be given out as they come naturally. This means that if you ask your circle's armorsmith to make you a titanium breastplate and it pops green, you get it. But dont go asking specifically for a green breastplate.
This system is something that has worked in the past with great success and is fair to everyone. It makes sure that materials are spread evenly and items can be distributed with efficiency without bankrupting any one person. Some crafting professions are going to be far busier than others, so keep that in mind if you choose one of the bigger professions.
Again, comments and suggestions are welcome, but as of now, this is how its going to work. Crafters will be selected based on desire and availability. This means that if we have 2 circles and 20 people want to do armorsmithing, only two are going to get it, so make sure you have a second or third choice for crafting lined up, please. Official class selection and crafting signup threads will be posted shortly so that circles can be formed and crafters can be assigned.
Last edited by Ferris Bueller; 09-14-2009 at 04:57 PM.
After you read this thread, please vote and post your class choice in the circle creation thread.
Also, please dont use this thread for discussion. Please post any commentary in the crafting thread in the General section. I will be monitoring that thread for suggestions and comments and applying them as necessary.
Last edited by Ferris Bueller; 09-14-2009 at 05:15 PM.