Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:26 pm
I feel like we already have "weaponsmithing": Soul Gem tailoring.
We can take any stat spread currently available in the game (and there are a lot of them) and shove the armor into a different slot, adjust its cursing, have damnoun choices for it, change its weapon type, add a flag, even add sticky. There's a restring involved to boot.
Any weaponsmithing tradeskill would directly compete with this. If weaponsmithing doesn't make great things, it'll obviously be useless compared to soul gems. If they make gear that needs gems to really shine into greatness, you've just made the soul gem grind a part of smithing. If weaponsmithing can do most anything gems can do, or allow for completely unique pieces of eq, why in the world would anyone farm gems?
The current catch: The pricing for doing this is extremely high. You need 25 different gems just for the luxury of changing a single cursing flag. If you want to take a nodrop weapon into noremove and change its weapon type, a fairly mundane sounding change, that's 35 gems. What makes that pricing extra bizarre is if the eq isn't nouncurse, you can end up saving yourself gems in certain scenarios by... uncursing the weapon at Kalane beforehand. In the previous nodrop -> noremove scenario, you'd save 5 gems! This isn't even getting into the really insane stuff, throwing on vorpal is 60 different gems, or 20 then 40, pick your poison (get ready to pay more gems total for sticky, though: 35 different or 20 then 20).
What is this, EverQuest? Ragnarok Online? Is this really the kind of PvE grind for cool custom stuff what we want out of DR? Custom stuff is cool. I like making custom stuff to cover whatever niche purpose I really desire but there's nothing actually built for it yet. I like making custom stuff because personalizing is cool. I don't like the amount of non-effort (face it, you're not actually DOING much, you're whacking a mob until it poops out a gem then moving to the next one 20+ times) between having an idea for something cool and seeing it happen (why I play a textgame to begin with). 40 soul gems? Sorry, I did it once but I seriously don't think I can do it again, I just have better things to do with my time, both when I'm in-game and life in general.
Let's get these prices lowered. Cool custom personalized stuff is good, PvE Drop Grinding is bad.