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While I have not yet played SWTOR, I've heard that the companions you gain along the way can be sent on missions to gather materials or to craft items while the player is off doing other things.
Are there any other games with this kind of feature where NPCs can be assigned missions such as gathering or crafting on the player's behalf?
While I like the idea of crafting, most MMOs turn what could be a fun and interesting activity into a mindless grind for materials combined with a lot of watching timers tick away.
Why not have my hirelings handle the grind for me I say!