The things that I thought would be a big problem aren’t, but there are other things that I thought would be big problems, and they are still big problems.
Augment Kits. Sure, they are resource intensive, but they don’t require anything rare or RNG-based. Plus just about every crafter can contribute parts with which to make the kits, even if they can’t make the actual kits.
AAAND, much to my happiness, the kits can crit. Every so often I proc an extra. Gotta love Kira’s synthweaving bonus and C2′s legacy module thingy that does the same.
Well, our guild pulled together really fast, probably because I was yabbering about how difficult it would be, and now it’s Friday, and last night we had… 60 kits in the gbank. And that’s after people have been of course using them. And we only have one raiding team to outfit (so 12-14 active raiders), so 60 is pretty damn good. I left a vague guild message about “not hogging” all of them and left it at that.
This initial rush was what I was worried about. Gradually augmenting upgrades as they come in won’t be a big deal at all. So yay!
The Augments Themselves. We may be able to add augment slots easily, but we have nothing to put in them! I’m still running slicing missions at every opportunity for those stupid purple bits, and RNG has been extra unkind to me since 1.3 hit. We might have to just use blue augments to start and then gradually upgrade to purple.
Unlike the kits, which are universal, augments are a matter of what class you are and, in some cases, personal preference (some tanks may prefer absorb over shield, for example). I don’t want to pre-make augments and stick em in the bank because there’s no guarantee that I’m making things that we will need – or making things in the right ratios. Plus they don’t stack.
Recipes. Ugh. Just ugh. I feel like they’re even more rare than they used to be. Basically, I’ve been stalking the GTN and sending out my minions on underworld trading missions at every opportunity. And I obviously don’t have enough money to snap up every recipe I see, so the 100k recipes are out of my price range.
How many do I have? According to the spreadsheet, I’ve gathered 10 new recipes in the last few days. Only about 200 to go.
I may be able to fund my recipe acquisition by selling a few oranges that I craft from the new recipes, but I swear that there’s a general GTN Spidey Sense for when I have a given recipe. I queue up 5 orange belts, and there are none of that type on the GTN… in fact there are no belts on the GTN under 100k. So I go to list my belts the next day and someone has made the exact same belts and listed them for 3k. Blargh, I shouldn’t have bothered tasking a minion to crafting those damn belts.
My Fashion. My own fashion is held back by my recipe gathering. I have an outfit I like but haven’t found the boots that will complete it. I’m hoping to find a recipe for such boots. But that is a few weeks away.
And, as a side note, some of the new recipes are very very VERY ugly. Like “are you SURE that’s supposed to match” ugly (seriously – look up “apprentice’s boots” on your GTN). So I may be in for a huge disappointment when I finally do locate the boots that are SUPPOSED to go with what I’m wearing.