I wish someone would tell me what I was doing wrong then. At 20 in almost every DoH job, 50s in just about all crafting stats, control being the lower of the 3, I still can go from easily completing a synth at or slightly above my level to failing every standard synth even under the effects of MM and Fulfillment and struggling to get to 50% on the next syth with literally nothing changing between the previous synth and the failed one. Training or not (Brass Rings, GLD or fish synths with chemicking training for alchemy). I don't really get it, no one can really explain it to me and I don't find it a whole lot of fun especially since I cannot learn anything from it. I have no clue why I am failing.
DoL even fishing, admittedly I have gotten better at. At the very least it is easier for me to find things. I still find the hot/cold game kind of dull and sometimes there are just spots that are completely obscure. It's even worse when I am, literally, like 3 pixels off my last mark which hit the item and I end up missing it and not getting anything. But I absolutely hate the hooking part of fishing and the "nothing bites" when I am using bait I know the fish are biting on (the game tells me now, after all.)
Haha, I know exactly what you're talking about with the gathering and missing the spot by a tiny margin. I've run into that plenty of times.
As for the crafting, I don't trust suggested ranks on this site, yg, pro, etc. I use them as a guideline, but they still don't have it perfect. In cases like the new fish > crystal synths, they tend to lump similar synths together as say "R30 Alchemist" and then I find one that's much harder. So in some cases, it's not always you being the problem or running into bad luck. Also, lets say I go 1/2 on a synth. Was the success really lucky or normal? Or was the fail really unlucky or normal? So yea, I agree that it can be confusing & frustrating. Trial & error is pretty much how I go about it and if something is giving me too much trouble I wait until next rank and do something else. Making my own judgments on the suggested ranks for things.
I guess it's easy to say everything's working fine when you've gotten used to the system. I'm not saying DoH/DoL are 100% perfect and don't need tweaking, but that I don't think they belong in the discussions of drastic changes & overhauls.
Edit- I kinda use 150 Quality as a mark to shoot for to have a good chance at HQing. I can still sometimes get the random HQ with crap quality and get 150+ & end up with an NQ. But it seems to be working more as it should since the last update I think.
And for fishing, make sure you're not jumping to a higher grade spot too soon. The SP is tempting, but similar to fighting you have to deal with less SP per fish for better SP/hr sometimes. I could listen to my own advice there because I'm doing grade 4 now to get a particular fish and losing a lot of bites because of it. I'd probably be better at Grade 3 still, but I can use those fish for alchemy! Edited, Jan 1st 2011 1:56am by TwistedOwl