Okay so i've been working on Carpentry & Alchemy a little bit. I've managed to get to rank 8 Carpentry and rank 5 alchemy. I've noticed that when attempting leves, sometimes I will do amazing, and other times, i'll go 1/4 or 0/4 even.
I've read the guide, I've followed the white - standard, yellow - rapid, red - bold guidelines laid out in the beta manual, and I'm still failing over 50% on all my synth attempts (even those lined up with the colors). I've even had a wind element go unstable and take 8, yes EIGHT waits to make it go away.
My question is this. Does the starter gear that you get for a crafter impact the crafting that much? I started as conjurer and I've been using my level 1-16 assortment of gear that I've gotten from starting, questing, and chests. But I have no crafting gear. I made a new character and selected her as a Carpenter, but only her gloves & belt provided a bonus. Are those two pieces REALLY that important? Or are local leves an exercise in frustration and futility? I also started in Gridania which is leve-fail, but that's a completely different issue altogether.