So as my LS may be well aware, I've been having some trouble deciding on a "main" for DoW/M. I really enjoy most classes in this game. Topping my list are Gladiator, Lancer and Thaumaturge.
As far as DoL/H goes, I've been digging Fishing, and would like to do Alchemy and Cooking to support my new found love.
Where I hit a snag is that I feel obligated to level a specific DoH/L in support of a DoW/M class. Specifically; Armorer, Blacksmith and Miner for Gladiator; Carpenter and Botanist for Lancer; or Goldsmith and Miner for Thaumaturge. This obligation means not leveling something I enjoy in order to level something required (i.e., a chore). There just isn't enough time in my play time to do the required combination as well as my favored combination.
I'm just wondering if I'm over thinking the need for repairs? It's been my experience that gear damaged weapons severely hampers DD output. I know some people mentioned methods of circumventing the need for in-field repairs by buying multiple copies of a weapon. But sometimes one version is tough and expensive enough to find. With how quickly weapons wear in comparison to other gear, repairing in the field almost feels like a necessity.
What do you all do when it comes to weapon repairs? Is there an obligation to level a craft to at least 40 that you otherwise wouldn't, or am I just psyching myself out?