The actual IDEA of the crafting system is absolutely fantastic. It's intuitive, fun, somewhat strategic, and a complete revolution from crafting in any other game I've played. I really WANT to enjoy it and experience all there is to offer with it, but it is just so unbelievably frustrating.
For example, I just finished a rank 10 weaver leve. I'm currently rank 13 and using a bronze needle. I know it isn't the best option, but it is certainly better than a rusty needle. I failed 3 out of 4 of my attempts at the craft and for absolutely no reason other than crafting is WAY too random. I'll use Maker's Muse (ability to increase the success of standard) and then proceed to fail 2 out of 3 of the next synths. I'll use the wait command when the color isn't stable. I'll use standard when it's white and STILL fail half the time. My gear is not damaged, nor is the bronze needle. There is absolutely NO WAY I should be failing 3/4 on a leve 3 ranks below me.
Another example will be simply trying to make something like bronze chainmail (a VERY basic piece of armor). There are 14 different required synths for it, or I can scour bazaars for a couple hours hoping to find some of the stuff I need. Then of course, I actually have to hope and pray that I not fail any of the components. Oh wait, I ended up failing the LAST SYNTH twice yesterday, even though I have all necessary crafts ABOVE the rank needed for final synth.
Sorry, that is not fun. That is not how a crafting system should work. Hard work should be rewarded, not punished. I can actually live with a lot of the lag and UI issues for a little while, but I really don't know if I can handle a crafting system that basically FORCES you to play as a hardcore player and then still punishes you for absolutely no reason and without warning. I realize the whole "This is SE" argument, but at a certain point you have to stop and wonder if maybe its not so much about skill in this game as it is about dumb luck and really just not caring what happens.
SE is really running out of time imo. If they can't get some kind of balance going by the end of this "free month", I can't fathom myself paying to play a game that frustrates me even MORE than ffxi did.
Sorry for the rant, I know I've already gone off on crafting but I am just having a hard time justifying the rationale of this system...
Edited, Oct 7th 2010 9:19am by BartelX