I dinged 29 tonight and sped through about 40% of it in Training Camp (I went in at 98% through 28 so that I could ding 29 inside and get exp there. 29+ can not enter). I decided that tonight was going to be an ideal night to craft because family was coming over and I didn’t feel like being super attentive and grinding. I already had a general idea of how grindy the crafting is and how it works, but tonight was the first time I experienced it.
The crafting is really quite simple and resembles many other crafting systems. You need A, B, and C combined to make D which is either a final product or an intermediate product used to be E or can crit to make F. That’s the extent of the crafting complexity as I know it. Crafting is one of those “AFK” hobbies in Aion. I grew tired of doing the work orders, so I bought a ton o oranges and made orange juice (okay, it was called something else but they look like oranges and it was juice). I literally put 100 oranges in and said “Craft all”. I went afk and 30 minutes later they were done. I went up 4 kill points. /cough
I’m a cook in Aion. I thought I would be making lots of useful food. I can live with the crafting being simplistic and even grindy…but I’d like to make useful stuff. Turns out that most everything Cooks make is useless. One of the few things worth selling is called “DP Food” and gives DP which is used to activate good abilities. It’s skill level 400+ though… which is a huge investment of time and money. In SWG I could make really useful stuff almost immediately. Nothing I make is even remotely worth using. It’s really similar with other crafts too, although weapon and armorsmith do make useful stuff, it’s just really freaking expensive — In my opinion not worth it since you can quest or do dungeons for stuff almost as good.
Sorta a bummer, but not an deal breaker for me. I’ll just grind up my cooking skill to whatever is needed for the DP food at a slow and steady pace on nights like this. Eventually I’ll get to the point where I can turn a profit — I hope.
It would be nice if MMO’s would have better crafting systems.