Crafting....a rant by Uncle Horacio
Since the word is in the title of the game, I'd expect at least a little bit more thought put into the design of this aspect of the game but alas, no, its an afterthought, a worthless, ill-designed throwaway timesink that gets worse with each roll out of new content.
Look, I understand its a niche activity. The game is designed for-to attract and entertain players who by and large have different priorities than I do. Yep, asshole, ADHD twitch gaming, console gamers ....trying to pry them away from their xbox/PS whatevr long enough to justify maintaining a Wow account. ""No one"" wants to sit in IF/Org/SW whatever pressing a button to make crap.
Ah, well, bullshit. >I< do.
What's your beef, H? They released new patterns for most skills with 5.4, right? I'll go in order (but no particular order)
1.) The gating system. I don't get it. Balancing it by not allowing players to grind up materials on day one and make crap better than everyone else gets? Except everyone can choose a skill and craft whatever they want. If its too much timesink, they can buy the crap off the AH, thereby keeping the hardcore farmers/crafters engaged, logging in to got pick weeds, mine ore, etc.
Nevermind the fact that epic loot drops like candy from Timeless Isle and any brain dead idiot can auto attack their way through LFR and acquire it there. But crafters? Nah, you have to wait THIRTY DAYS to make something worth a crap and even then, you must log (that specific character) in EVERY day in order to do so.
Yes, I am a crafter-I have all the skills on verious alts at max level. My main is a BS, but I have tailoring, engineering, leatherworking, JC, Insc, Alch, all of em. And this is absolutely asanine.
2.) Crafting has no soul anymore. Connected to #1, crafting is a wasteland of originality and thought. Its poorly designed and not the least bit immersive. It doesn't make SENSE! I am making a sword so I need 8 hunks of metal. Its a good sword so it has to be some all new made up metal that no one has ever seen before. Apparently it doesn't have a hilt or pommel or inlaid gems, or any of that other crap or if it does (because the graphic indicates it does) that part just gets glossed over.
Crafting is a gated timesink, not a creative exercise. There's no hint of craftsmanship, just mindless idiocy. Here is where the timesink should be if one is necassary. I can handle having to travel, dig for, hunt up, acquire rare and special materials but nope, just wait 30 days to press a button.
3.) Raid drop patterns. Say what? Loot drops like candy other places and you can do LFR all you want but want to make some decent boots? Nah, go raid for it. That's insane. Crafting is supposed to be an alternative to raiding! If you're there, in that raid, you DON'T NEED CRAFTED CRAP! Oh, I get it, its a reward for raiding, to make the stuff and sell it on the AH.
Its dumb, faulty logic. My wife for example, is a long time Wow veteran. She plays a very limited amount these days but the one thing she enjoys to do is craft. She makes costumes IRL. Tell me there aren't a few more like her out there who just maintain an account to log in occasionally, screw around and do the few things (like crafting) they still enjoy.
4.)This is all part of a larger issue with the game in that content is disposable. Every new content push like expansions and patches wads up all we've ever done, throws it all away and substitutes it with all new crap. One of the biggest sins Wow has committed is to disregard old content...the lack of continuity and blending wrecks immersion. The ongoing design of the game is such that is appears they fear people saying "well, I like the game as is, I don't need to drop $60 on the new expac for a while....wait, what? is that really a thing? I dunno. Makes little sense to me.
5.) There is no #5, I wanted to imply I had more completely I thought this out. People form their opinions before reading to the end and fire off replies anyway so its entirely irrelevant.
your hat may be nice, but I have the little white tank top that says Legendary right across my boobs. I win. (or more correctly, H wins)