A conversation overheard in the SE ffxiv programing department for synthing and gathering...
Ichi: Good morning, Fred. How was your vacation.
Fred: It was fabulous, Ichi, thanks.
Ichi: How'd you make out finalizing the coding for synthing and gathering?
Fred: Well, that's kind of a long story. In fact, I never even had the chance to look at it, but not to worry, I have it all figured out.
Fred: Yep, gonna make it totally random. No one will ever know the difference.
Ichi: You think?
Fred: **** yes, everyone's too focused on the user interface problems we have, and lack of game content, to be worried about the synthing and gathering code.
Ichi: Ya, I suppose you're right. Poor bastards, can't hide anything there. I warned Hiro-san just the other day, his group needed to create more than level 1 local leves, and the UI guys, dumb *****, they could have just taken a page from ffxi and windower, but no, they had to try re-create the wheel. Well, I gues it serves them right.
Fred: Hey Ichi, what's that guy doing over there drinking pineapple juice before he synths? and that guy over there is eating broiled trout. ewww it's 5 a.m..
Ichi: Some food and drinks are designed to improve crafting success.
Fred: Really? Well, I suppose it'll keep the culinary crafters busy anyhow. OMG, Ichi, what's that guy wearing on his head?
Ichi: It's called a coif, Fred. It has stats that're also supposed to improve crafting success.
Fred: You're kidding me? I'd rather be caught dead in my damaged undies than wear one of those.
Ichi: For real lmao.
Fred: Well, I guess the only way they could move that ugly clothing is to have the development team suggest that those stats are relavent to crafting. Oh my, why are all those people facing SW?
Ichi: There's a radical group in the crafting community that believe moon and day elements affect crafting results, and now, some are even suggesting that the direction they face affects success.
Fred: OMG, I heard about that. It's a carry-over from ffxi, I'm told.
Ichi: I'm guessing you didn't have time to develop any coding for the DoL mark bars either?
Fred: That would be a good assumption, Ichi. Those **** visual design guys, always trying to complicate our lives. We'll just make it so the players have to click on it, and we'll allow them to adjust it, even though it'll have no relavance whatsoever on the outcome of the gathering.
Ichi: Well, I guess that about wraps it up, Fred. Looks like we're ready for retail.
Fred: Yes, Ichi. This is gonna be so much fun. 9 years of ffxi, and people still haven't figured it out. I'm already bursting at the seams.
Ichi: Ya, I can hardly contain myself either. I'd suggest we go have a drink to celebrate, but it's ice moon/earth day - you know, we're not supposed to party under those conditions.
Fred: Don't worry, Ichi, I have our coifs. Here, eat this fish. lololol