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Each crafting and processing profession has an associated artisan building that players must construct and upgrade to give them access to place that profession's workstations.[1]

If you want your Freehold to play a part in crafting and processing, artisan buildings will be something you’ll want to make room for on your Freehold. Since the highest levels of processing can only happen on Freeholds, having artisan buildings that benefit processing, and the stations associated with those artisan buildings, can make your Freehold an important component of the world’s economic chain. Constructing an artisan building will allow players to place the profession stations related to the profession of that building, and those stations can be placed anywhere on your Freehold where the surface allows. Profession stations do not need to be placed within the artisan building specifically. In addition, artisan buildings provide their bonuses to all stations on the Freehold.[2]

Artisan buildings are freehold or node buildings that give general benefits to the freehold or node and allow the placement of workstations for artisan professions.[3][4][5][1][6]

Processing workstations

Lumbersmiths processing station.[1]

Processing stations are of course a necessary component of taking gatherables into usable crafted goods essentially to fulfill what recipes require in order to make items.[7]Steven Sharif

Alpha-2 metalworking processing station in action.[16]

We're trying to marry the visuals with what's actually going on with the station. So, if you have a job queued and you're trying to do errands throughout the node, or in your freehold or whatever, [you] should be able to look at the station and know what's going on with it: So you know he's there working and once he's done he's going to stop and you can be like, okay there's stuff ready to pick up and have some visuals associated with that. So, as much as we can have stuff rooted in world instead of throwing a bunch of UI in the player's face, that's something that we're trying to do and is important to us.[17]Kory Rice

Processing stations are workstations that are used to process raw materials into processed goods (crafting materials) at nodes or on freeholds.[2][18][7][8][11]

Each processing profession will have four stations; and the stations will come online as you progress through the profession. Each one of those stations will make goods that are immediately useful to the economy, to crafters, to other processors; and each processing station will build on itself and into the other stations.[19]Kory Rice
  • Processing stations require fuel to process the required grade of materials.[21][1][20][10]
    • Players can mix and match different fuels to fulfill the fuel requirements of a recipe.[21][1]
Processing as it stands for Alpha-2's implementation is that there is a certain amount of prep work that's required first for the industry-specific component, which is the building. That prep work might be finding a certain amount of lumber to light the fire in kiln or whatever, to a certain temperature in order for you to process a certain grade of ore; and that grade of ore being malleable then into an ingot; and that produces that ingot so-to-speak. Now, in that process there's a gathering component, there's a preparatory phase, there is a time-related component.[10]Steven Sharif
  • Processing stations have queue slots that allow jobs to be queued at that station.[22] Processing jobs are processed sequentially for all players in freeholds. Processing jobs in nodes are processed sequentially per player, but concurrently with other player's jobs.[23]
    • Processing animations in freeholds are visible to all players (as there is a single shared processing queue). Processing station animations in nodes relate to the processing activity of each player individually, as each queue is personalized per player.[17]
Q: Can you provide more details in regards to the design philosophy behind why it's a queue system for freeholds but not for nodes?
A: On the freehold, processing can achieve the highest levels of processing. That's where the highest levels of processing occur. Nodes can only go up to a certain level of processing. Now we want to be able to throttle the amount of resources that can be processed at any given time in response to the fluctuation and flows of the economy. So, we want to make sure that the economy is a bigger ship when turning than being able to immediately start processing everything at once and get new resources out as the flow of supply and demand changes within the world. And because- again that's at the highest levels of processing; and you're sharing the available queues that exist at those stations. It's going to take time and it's going to take a long time for the higher level materials.[24]Steven Sharif
There's also possibilities that the machine you're using itself has some type of gameplay layer- should the kiln get overheated, and you have to throw some water on it or something. There are elements there in that process that we want to mimic this gameplay opportunity for players to interact; and not just be a time-sink. But time-sink is also a component of it as well, because that's the throttle for the introduction of processed materials from raw gatherables into the economy.[10]Steven Sharif
That's going to be very important as you get to very late game processed materials that are required. Because some of these things might have days to process within a station, but if you have spent the time and done the work to advance that processing station you could cut that down considerably, perhaps even greater than 50 percent; and that's going to have a significant impact on your ability to either control markets or to create goods.[11]Steven Sharif
  • The developers are considering a decay system for processing stations similar to item decay for gear.[26]
Q: Do processing stations wear out over time? Do they have to be repaired?
A: That's something that we're still discussing internally. It is coded in such a way where it's an easy variable for us to change that. There are material components that are necessary to feed the machines to keep them up and running, or it could be based on how you interact with the fuel components. If you overheat- overcharge with fuel, that can create like a system degrade similar to your armor decay, which then you have to feed materials in order to rebuild maintenance-wise. Right now it is not implemented. With that in mind, the only maintenance required is going to be through taxation. And depending on the number of permits that you have placed on the freehold will increase the amount of taxes that are necessary to be paid for the freehold.[26]Steven Sharif

List of processing workstations

Crafting workstations

Crafting a Nightblade weapon at a weaponsmithing station in the Winstead node in Alpha-2.[27]

There's going to be a number of different types of selectables that you can incorporate as part of the crafting process; each of them having unique results as part of the stat block for the weapon, but also increasing the quality, predicated on the quality of the selectable that you're contributing.[28]Steven Sharif

Crafting stations (also referred to as Crafting benches) are workstations located on freeholds or within nodes.[2][18][7][30][31]

  • There is no limit to the number of players that can use a crafting station at the same time.[22]
Q: Can crafting stations be mobilized / moved and can they be placed anywhere in the world?
A: It depends on the crafting station. There are going to be different tiers of crafting stations that represent the quality of item you're looking to create within that specific profession. There's going to be crafting stations that can be utilized by players within their freeholds and then crafting stations that are resigned only to the development of particular nodes, within particular areas, or particular buildings... There's a wide variety of those things to make it a more dynamic experience and something that caveat how players decide to build the world and what the value of those things are.[30]Steven Sharif
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List of crafting workstations

Freehold building tech trees

Freehold building tech trees allow freehold owners to specialize their freehold buildings.[40][41]

  • Freehold building tech trees are building-specific.[42]
  • Freehold building tech trees can be reset/respecced for a cost.[42][43]
  • Maxing the tech trees for a particular profession will grant access to all four of its workstations.[14][15][5][1]
In order to fully spec out a particular tree of one profession, you will need in most cases, at a minimum, two of the buildings for that particular profession. And that also grants you access to have all four of the workstations that that profession's building provides; and then you can spec into those territories. So you're occupying additional levels of permits in order to achieve that broad spectrum mastery over that particular profession, as opposed to specializing within the mastery of that profession.[14]Steven Sharif

Freehold building destructibility

Player housing designs and decorations are retained and can be placed again later if the housing is destroyed during a node siege.[2][44][45]

List of artisan building skins

Cosmetic freehold building skins for artisan buildings.[2][48][1][49]

  • These skins can be placed on any artisan building, regardless of type.[50][51]
  • Artisan cosmetic skins go on artisan buildings and not the individual profession stations themselves.[2]

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Blog: Exploring the Boundless Opportunities of Freeholds.
  3. Blog: Development Update with Village Node.
  4. Livestream, August 31, 2023 (50:25).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Livestream, June 30, 2023 (33:26).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Video, June 30, 2023 (15:34).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Livestream, April 7, 2023 (31:49).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Livestream, June 30, 2022 (1:08:02).
  9. Livestream, June 30, 2022 (1:09:29).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Livestream, February 25, 2022 (1:12:27).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Podcast, April 11, 2021 (40:20).
  12. Interview, March 27, 2020 (9:00).
  13. Livestream, May 5, 2017 (34:15).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Interview, July 9, 2023 (33:55).
  15. 15.0 15.1 Livestream, June 30, 2023 (41:41).
  16. Video, November 30, 2023 (46:59).
  17. 17.0 17.1 Video, November 30, 2023 (48:22).
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 steven-workstations.png
  19. Livestream, June 30, 2023 (37:30).
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Video, June 30, 2023 (16:02).
  21. 21.0 21.1 Livestream, June 30, 2023 (38:18).
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Livestream, November 30, 2023 (1:26:16).
  23. Video, November 30, 2023 (39:15).
  24. Livestream, November 30, 2023 (1:28:10).
  25. Video, November 30, 2023 (43:43).
  26. 26.0 26.1 Interview, July 9, 2023 (54:46).
  27. 27.0 27.1 Video, November 30, 2023 (59:21).
  28. 28.0 28.1 Video, November 30, 2023 (1:01:04).
  29. Video, August 31, 2023 (45:06).
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Livestream, January 30, 2020 (1:38:26).
  31. Livestream, May 12, 2017 (1:00:18).
  32. Livestream, November 30, 2023 (1:38:47).
  33. Interview, October 20, 2018 (17:31).
  34. Interview, July 19, 2020 (6:38).
  35. 35.0 35.1 Livestream, December 19, 2023 (1:49:28).
  36. Podcast, September 29, 2021 (4:43).
  37. Livestream, December 19, 2023 (1:50:51).
  38. Livestream, July 29, 2022 (1:17:33).
  39. Blog: Know Your Nodes - Scientific Node Type
  40. Livestream, June 30, 2023 (42:37).
  41. Livestream, June 30, 2023 (27:52).
  42. 42.0 42.1 Livestream, June 30, 2023 (1:23:24).
  43. Livestream, June 30, 2023 (31:43).
  44. 44.0 44.1 Livestream, July 18, 2017 (40:14).
  45. 45.0 45.1 Livestream, November 17, 2017 (47:10).
  46. Blog - Know Your Nodes - Advance and Destroy.
  47. Livestream, June 26, 2020 (1:00:57).
  48. Livestream, June 30, 2023 (23:40).
  49. Livestream, June 30, 2023 (22:05).
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  51. steven-business-building-cosmetics.png