I craft naked to avoid durability loss on my gear. Is this exploiting or just a clever use of in game tactics?
People have already said why it's a bad idea -- you lose on the +crafting +mag. crafting and +control provided by the gear-- you do have a town/crafting set...? -- I will add that as a crafter, you really shouldn't be worried about repairs.
Bone rings? They cost me the same thing to repair or to craft new ones (bone chip). Every time I make a new one, I get way more goldsmith XP, physical XP, I can sell the old broken ones for 180g and I have a chance to HQ
Hempen shirt? NPC asks you about 8k gil to fix. A weaver can fix it for 2 hempen fent. Hempen fent is basically worthless. You can make 12 for 1800 gil if you buy the cloth. Get moko grass killing rats, turn into yarn, cloth and then fent and you just got yourself enough mats to fix your shirt and pants for the next 2 weeks for free.
FFXIV: Cloe Delisle
Scholar, officer of the SWAGGER Free company, Sargatanas server.