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#1 Sep 12 2010 at 7:34 PM Rating: Good
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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.
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#2 Sep 12 2010 at 7:36 PM Rating: Good
crafting is tough but not impossible. I don't know what else to say.

I do find it helps to sell off your old "weathered" tools pretty frequently and buy new ones... but I could just be imagining things.

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 6:37pm by Olorinus
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#3 Sep 12 2010 at 7:36 PM Rating: Decent
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i think also the type of god u choice when creating a character also give u a benefit
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#4 Sep 12 2010 at 7:41 PM Rating: Excellent
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The only thing I have found so far that really helps my sucess rate is using a camp's crafting facilities.
#5 Sep 12 2010 at 7:42 PM Rating: Good
Magnesium02 wrote:
The only thing I have found so far that really helps my sucess rate is using a camp's crafting facilities.


yeah that too
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#6 Sep 12 2010 at 7:44 PM Rating: Decent
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The only thing I have found so far that really helps my sucess rate is using a camp's crafting facilities.



This ^^. And a person should get a few levels crafting on their own before doing the leve's. Your DoH rank is the only thing that seems to effect me. Same as synth or higher, good stuff. Lower, flip a coin.
#7 Sep 12 2010 at 7:45 PM Rating: Good
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Well battle seems pretty easy, so I'm thinking that if I start as a crafter and maybe choose the builder god, maybe things will come much easier to me in retail, and then I can switch to a combat class for grinding and leveling (a conjurer again because they rock). And my failure rate, to clear things up, was on individual synth commands, as a couple times I did manage to fail my way to success, which was certainly an odd way to complete a synthesis.

Edit: Also I never synth without a buff, I'll synth alchemy at Bentbranch (or another camp) and I'll synth Carpentry at the Carpenter's guild w/ master's buff.

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 6:47pm by desmar
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#8 Sep 12 2010 at 7:55 PM Rating: Good
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I've read the guide, I've followed the white - standard, yellow - rapid, red - bold guidelines laid out in the beta manual,


Is this true, can anyone confirm? I dun have access to the manual so i wouldn't know
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#9 Sep 12 2010 at 8:00 PM Rating: Good
I don't pay much attention to those color things... goldsmith 13
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#10 Sep 12 2010 at 8:04 PM Rating: Decent
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I tried following all the different guides i could find. Nothing worked unless my level was at or above what i was crafting. So i just do standard-wait-standard-wait etc while i watch tv. And throw a bold in when i have a lot of durability for sh*ts and giggles. Works well enough for me when i am higher level then the synth.

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 10:04pm by RIDDER
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One time I tried a bit of bibliomancy (that is where you close your eyes and point your finger at someplace in a book in search of somethign divine). I just closed my eyes and randomly pressed up and down and enter to get a random combination of sythesis. Funnily enough it worked. Now I wish I had my eyes open to work out what the heck I did.
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As long as the craft is not something way beyond my lvl, I never paid attention to the color thing. Solid color = Rapid if I'm high lvl enough, or Standard if it is just about my lvl. Blinking color I will give it 3 wait before I do a rapid or standard. Never paid attention to spark and unstable element, it never broke on me. I have lvl 9 carpentering and lvl 6 alchemy.

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 10:13pm by OneFatAngel
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#13 Sep 12 2010 at 9:50 PM Rating: Decent
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From my experience, I've noticed that everytime I've failed an attempt, it seems like it continues to snowball afterwords and I tend to fail more often. Now, I've heard someone say that if you do a wait after every failed attempt, it helps keep the snowballing at a minimum. Perhaps it's just wishful thinking, but it seems to have worked for me. Also, I would assume people have been paying attention, but remember to keep your gear in mind. If you switch back and forth between a DoW and a DoH, make sure to equip gear that has + craftsmanship on it. I think the more + craftsmanship you have, the better your chances are of succeeding. Again, it may just be wishful thinking. Personally, I have not read the beta manual and it all may very well be in there, but It's just an observation I thought I would point out. Let me know if this helps. It would be nice to have someone confirm my thoughts.
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