Crafting right now

Hmm. Not in a happy place with crafting right now. I really think Square Enix needs to get a handle on what they’re trying to achieve with crafting. I feel like they’re trying out different things in the hope they’ll get the balance right between crafters dominating and being irrelevant.

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I think SE is a bit of a victim of its own success. Crafting has been incredibly enjoyable up until the stage where they brought in Red Scrips. You could level steadily and enjoy being able to make stuff for your other jobs.  You could slowly make progress and with the exception of 4*, level 50 synths it was fairly accessible. They seem to have slammed the brakes on that. So many of my friends have quit crafting. Sure you can still repair your gear at 60 but if you want to make 1*, 2* or now 3* the commitment you have to make to the game in terms of either time or gil is enormous. Why are 1 star mats SO hard to craft for a new 60? And why do they continue to be for quite a while?

I think one of the issues is that they can’t balance things right.  Bring out weekly scrip gear, sure.  Don’t offer a craftable alternative which is better when melded at the same time.  What should have happened is that red scrip gear should have been slightly cheaper in terms of scrips to get and the secondary crafted set should have helped you get to 2* but not surpass red scrip gear.

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So why do I think this? I think the current setup does nothing but encourage players to say ‘screw it’ and either abandon crafting or, to decide to throw gil at the problem. Which is fine if they had the gil to throw. But instead I think people take a long look at what’s needed and decide to pay out for key pieces/materia and the buy the gil they need.  I do realise that it’s easy to make gil in the game if you put a steady effort into it (and have the time). I also realise you can do favours and spend all your time turning in collectibles and spirit bonding. Making money is not my thing, it never has been in games. I’m always goal-oriented so I have to wait until I fixate on something before I can get into full on gil-generation. I’ve always been the same in MMOs. I went nuts to buy my Noble’s tunic back in the days of the Great Inflation (thanks RMT!) but after I had bought it, I couldn’t keep it up.

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I know not everyone shares my opinion about RMT. I don’t do it and in most cases, if people are discreet and don’t brag about x, y and z I don’t really care. If you barely play and buying 5m once in a long while is going to make your life easier, well that’s your choice.  But all SE does is encourage people to consider RMT as an option to get them into a position where they can then dominate markets. I just quietly work on and hope that it’ll improve eventually. If it doesn’t then I’ll be really sad.

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I was kinda downhearted by the Live Letter. I’ll wait and see what the new patches bring in terms of this new omnicrafter set.  I’m hoping it’s going to at least involve some work with the new crafting/gathering beast tribe. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another echatl sealant situation.  Just please, for the love of Hydaelyn, don’t make it dependent on scrips and favours so that the markets go nuts. Again.

 

 

 

 

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