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#1 Dec 29 2010 at 1:26 AM Rating: Decent
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i hate crafting, its as simple as that, it seems like the game forces players to craft and if i don't would i be at a serious disadvantage?
#2 Dec 29 2010 at 1:35 AM Rating: Decent
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You can get your gear repaired at the repair NPC.

Alternatively you can seek out a crafter to repair your gear.

I don't enjoy crafting either, so I purchase a few extra weapons when I go out killing and leave them in my bazaar to get repaired as I do other things.
#3 Dec 29 2010 at 1:36 AM Rating: Good
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In theory you should be able to gain enough gil from farming drops and guild leves that you could simply purchase the gear you need. Harvesting, quarrying and spearfishing provide painless methods of collecting sellable materials as well. Usually, the profit you make per hour from gathering and selling materials is greater than what you would make from buy those materials and crafting them into finished goods. Though that may not apply with FFXIV until gathered materials can be sold reliably.
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#4 Dec 29 2010 at 1:37 AM Rating: Good
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The game does not force you to craft. There are hundreds of players on each server ready to repair your gear for a small donation of 5000 gil. **** some will do it for free if you provide the mats.

If you craft, that means you can repair your own gear at any given time, that is the only advantage. Elsewise there are plenty of efficient options.
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Ah, one more thing.

Find yourself a nice, diverse linkshell with both crafters and battle classes.

It helps a lot.
#6 Dec 29 2010 at 1:58 AM Rating: Decent
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ThadCastle wrote:
i hate crafting, its as simple as that, it seems like the game forces players to craft and if i don't would i be at a serious disadvantage?


The game doesn't force people to craft, it forces people to rely on others which is exactly as FFXI was. What the game lacks now is a large enough community and what it has a lot of is stubborn people who don't want to use the market wards properly and quite honestly I don't care anymore, If an AH fixes half the problems this game has I say bring it on.
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#7 Dec 29 2010 at 2:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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I am a jack of all trades crafter

seeing as i know there are people out there who just dont want to craft, i put myself out there to do it for them

it lets some people in my shell free up their time to get higher battle classes, and concentrate on aspects of the game they enjoy more then crafting(and they give me mats for it)
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ThadCastle wrote:
i hate crafting, its as simple as that, it seems like the game forces players to craft and if i don't would i be at a serious disadvantage?


Maybe you do hate crafting on other games but I would like to let you know that crafting in FFXIV is different form other games, it's a mini-game in itself.

You might actually enjoy this way of crafting but if you don't I can tell you that there are still a lot of people that just go out and fight and still have an enjoyable experience.
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#9 Dec 29 2010 at 4:15 AM Rating: Excellent
I have yet to have my gear go unrepaired for longer than 30 minutes with it in my bazaar. For stuff that requires Hornglue (an item that has yet to pop up in the wards) I set my repair price around 10k for more common materials (like cotton or hempen fents) I set it around 5-6k unless I have the required item. If I carry the required materials around yet don't have the skill for repair I pick a random reward price usually 1-5k and additionally sell the repair item for a high enough price it won't (shouldn't) sell on it's own and include that price in the repair reward.

Often times I'm walking around and I don't even notice the repair bazaar icon has dissapeared it happens so fast.

I've sadly seen even a few crafters offering the 1 gil repair reward or sub 1k. Of all people they should know they wouldn't repair at that price. I can't repair much above r25 or so, but I like to check all the repair bazaars just in case I can. Not nessecarily for the reward, but to eliminate the chance of one more person complaining about no one repairing. Sadly most just aren't offering a reward that justifies the material cost on my end (notice I didn't say effort).

Think of it this way, you can pay 15-60k(the highest NPC price I've seen personally) to repair an item to 75% or you can offer a 5-10k and have it repaired to 100%. The best thing about local leves is that they force (or encourage dependening on the crafter and if they want a chance at Guild Points) crafters of all ranks to go to the various camps with the majority focusing on the R1-20 camps for item turn in. It greatly increases your chances of running across a capable crafter in the field.
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#10 Dec 29 2010 at 8:07 AM Rating: Excellent
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I am also not a fan of crafting at all. To me, it takes all the fun out of the game and turns it into a chore. I've tried to justify it and make it fun by giving myself quests to create a certain piece of gear w/o the help of others but, that can get tedious and frustrating very quickly. Thankfully, the last couple updates have totally changed my outlook on crafting!

Previously, I was attempting to keep every DoH job leveled that I was needed to keep my own gear repaired. It was a constant uphill battle and the higher rank I became the more difficult and time consuming it became. Whenever I was grinding away at a crafting leve I would think to myself "I could be doing a behest right now or exploring new areas while leveling Botanist!"

Now, with the 'seeking repair icon' and the repairs ward, I don't really find the need to level DoH at all. If my gear requires repair I'll simply put it in my bazaar with an adequate reward (1-15k depending on the required materials), leave my character in a popular area and go make a snack or take a shower or whatever. 90% of the time, when I get back everything is fixed! If I have a lot of gear in dire need of fixing, I'll leave it on a retainer in the repair ward when I log off for the night.

This method hasn't failed me yet and it leaves my game time free to rank up DoW and DoL jobs that essentially pay for the repairs or new gear when needed. These new(ish), seemingly minor additions to FFXIV have totally changed my outlook of the game and have taken away the "now I have to do my DoH chores" attitude.
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#11 Dec 29 2010 at 8:15 AM Rating: Default
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There are hundreds of players on each server ready to repair your gear for a small donation of 5000 gil


yeesh. rather level the necessary repair crafts my *******[/i] self.



(which i am, actually)
#12 Dec 29 2010 at 8:18 AM Rating: Good
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I love crafting... just not in this game. Every time I do a crafting session, I feel the overwhelming urge to strangle kittens. I have managed to keep sane (somehow) while getting 4 crafts 20+ but the randomness is just insane. Without some relief and soon I will probably be too disgusted with crafting in the game to enjoy it even when fixed... and I really hope that doesn't happen...
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#13 Dec 29 2010 at 8:44 AM Rating: Excellent
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Niklz wrote:
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There are hundreds of players on each server ready to repair your gear for a small donation of 5000 gil


yeesh. rather level the necessary repair crafts my *******[/i] self.



(which i am, actually)


Honestly 5k gil is not a lot of gil. I make more than that selling junk to NPCs after doing a handful of guildleves, much less the rewards that come from them. I make over 10k from each leve at rank 20 as well. Considering I've seen some stupid high repair costs for a 75% repair from the NPC I'd say it's a bargain, especially the higher in rank you go. I have no problem offering 10k to a crafter to repair my weapon or body armor. There are several members of my linkshell running around with 3 million gil or more. Gil is easy to make here, you'll earn it back before you need repairs again.
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#14 Dec 29 2010 at 11:17 AM Rating: Decent
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Niklz wrote:
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There are hundreds of players on each server ready to repair your gear for a small donation of 5000 gil


yeesh. rather level the necessary repair crafts my *******[/i] self.



good luck doing that for cheaper than the cost of repairs XD
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