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To Craft or Not to Craft…(and Vampires and Such)

August 18, 2011 5 comments

To craft or not to craft ~ that is the question.  Typically I avoid crafting and gathering in most MMO’s I play.  It’s just not something that I give much thought to initially, preferring to spend my limited play time exploring and/or leveling ~ preferably both.

In fact, since ’99, I think I’ve tried my hand at crafting in only three MMO’s: EQ2, AION and RIFT.  These forays into the time and cash sink known as CRAFTING were usually attempts (of varying success) to make armor or gear for myself (save some cash) and if I was lucky, maybe sell a little to make some gold on the side.  Never did get rich off of it like some people did.

Come to think of it, the furthest I’ve ever taken crafting was back when I played EQ2 the year it first came out (I played pretty regularly for a little more than a year before moving on).  I usually played a Pally, but I also had a cleric alt that made provisions.  He actually made some decent coin while doing it too.  And that was the low level stuff too.

So, seeing as how I need coin.. I’m wondering if it’s even worth spending the time gathering and crafting.  To save money? Sure.  To make money?  Eh… probably not.

Moving on to the Vampires.

So now you can play a vampire (Freeblood) in EQ2.  Cool!

I have to *buy* the race with Station Cash.  Not so cool.

WTF?!?  You have to buy your racial abilities as well?  Ok.. that’s taking the RMT shop thing a bit too far…

I read somewhere (can’t find it now) that the Velious expansion this past February included *free* access to the Freeblood as part of the expansion.  Haven’t been able to confirm nor deny.  Maybe one of you fine folks can enlighten me as to that?  And while you’re at it, if this is so, can you fill me in on whether I’ll need to buy the racials or if they’re included as well?  I’d like to play a Vamp, but not for $25 bucks.  Now if it comes as part of an expansion… yeah, I could see forking over the $29 for the expansion.

Anyway, I hit level 10 last night and changed my XP config to 85% going towards leveling and 15% going towards AA’s.  Not sure if this is a bad move or not in regards to what the pro’s recommend for efficiency, but for now it is what it is until I learn different….

~ Mojeaux

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