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Crafting in Ashes of Creation is recipe based, not RNG based.[1][2]

  • Within a crafting recipe, there are dials (based on artisan specialization) that are used customize crafted items, such as:[3]
    • Increasing one stat at the expense of another.[4]
    • Making an item more magical versus more physical.[4]

I think Star Wars Galaxies had a great crafting system... The resource gathering and the crafting system altogether as a whole really was I think way beyond its time. That's kind of the direction we want to go, where there's choices to be made in the crafting system and those choices change what you end up with... It's not just about doing X recipe to get Y item. You know, there's actually thought involved in it and there is you know a market to be captured based on those decisions.[5]Jeffrey Bard

Obtaining recipes

There are many different ways to achieve recipes. We want to take crafting and house the location of those recipes throughout different progression paths, so that not everything is pigeon-holed into one way forward.[6]Steven Sharif

Recipes are found in the world, for the most part.[7]

We talked about having this idea where if somebody discovers a recipe they get exclusive access to that recipe for a given amount of time similar to a patent; and then they can license that recipe out to other crafters so they can use the recipe and eventually that timer runs out and then everybody can use it, but we wanted to reward people for experimentation and going out in the world and finding something new.[7]Steven Sharif

Crafting mechanics

Players are able to specialize in focused crafting branches.[8]

Crafting stations can be located on freeholds or within nodes.[9]

Skill based crafting mechanics have been considered and may be a part of the final design.[10]

We did discuss that type of a feature where the skill of the crafter would grant a greater window of skill-based type crafting. So the higher master level you have of crafting a certain item, the greater your potential to impact the quality of that item might be... The concern obviously that we have when going into developing this type of system is that we don't want what is a fun - you know for lack of a better term - mini game to be something that becomes repetitive and kind of makes it monotonous... If when we start to flesh out the crafting system and we take a look at that interaction of melding crafting, the actual activity of making something, there is room in the design sheet for different iterations of that particular action; and we may see something come about that can be skill oriented, but that's something that's going to require a lot of testing and different iterations from a design standpoint.[10]Steven Sharif

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