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A forward: I sat down to write a very basic guide, that is basically what I have here but it grew to become a wall of text that would make the Great Wall of China blush. I apologize for that, partly it is because of the depth of the system, the rest is just because I couldn't think of a way to condense this any more than I have. The first post is on gathering the second is on the crafting and the very bottom of the second post is a quick overview of the main crafting skills, which is all I sat out to do in the first place. Thanks.
(chengdu market, best in old china)
The single best way not to starve to death in Wushu, for some people it is something you do for others it is EVERYTHING.
AoW has a somewhat advance crafting system, well for a Modern MMO its incredibly advanced but it is laid out simply enough that we should be able to find our way...if not for the god awful translation that accompanies too much of the game at the moment. Here is my quick over view of crafting and stalling.
1) All proffesions use tools, each time you do anything your tools get damaged. Your trainer can sell you new better tools, buy the best tool you can just to keep from having to run back to get new ones all the time. This is one of the few items you can buy from an NPC in Wushu.
2) Your gathered material goes into the material tab of your inventory, craftsman can make boxes to expand this.
3) Gathering has a daily amount you can raise your skill, as long as you log in that amount goes up each day whether you use it or not so its best to get the skills early even if you don't plan on raising them right away. It also takes up strength which goes back up slowly as the day goes on. The better fed you are the more your strength goes up.
4) Other than hunting, which needs you to kill things to gather, none of the other proffesions have any dependency on your combat skills or "levels". You can be the worlds number 1 blacksmith, and get a fancy red title above your head, while also being the worlds number 1 worst pvp/pve player. Most NPC's have a laughably small aggro radius so you probably will not have much problems mining or wood cutting even in areas with dangerous enemies...this could change with a patch but even then farming and fishing would be perfectly viable things to do even if you never wanted to pick up a sword/staff/martial arts technique.
Hit I that is the letter between u and o on your qwerty key board and it will bring up
Your crafting menu. The skills at the top are the gathering skills. Mining, hunting, farming, wood cutter, and fishing. You can have all of them so get them all.
Quick note: I hate fishing in every game ever made...period. This guide will not cover fishing at all. Go make your own fishing guide. I picked it up just to make the top row look complete.
Mining and Woodcutting:
work basically the same way so we will cover them together, once you have the skill you can bring up your map. (The M key by default)
It will show the local ore and wood veins if you move your cursor over it you will see what it is, be warned ore sometimes moves a bit and just because the map shows it doesn't mean someone else isn't gobbling up your ore like a fat kid at an all you can eat cake buffet...think of it as a potential ore and you will not be disappointed. Once you get to the ore/wood its just like WoW and every other MMO since, click on it and you mine it...every node can be hit at least three times. You can mine anything BUT if your skill isn't high enough you will end up with more stones or sticks than usable ore and wood. You raise the skill by mining and chopping woods, or find your local miner/woodsman trainer he will have a guy standing next to him with a daily quest to bring him x amount of ore or wood this will raise your skill a bit as well (its worth doing if your serious about mining/woodcutting
You can make good money just by mining, full stop. Lead goes for 2 liang a piece in chengdu often but you have to smelt it.
You can smelt anywhere, Lotro fans dont worry, there is no forge hunting required in AoW. Wood is just wood and doesn't need further refining to be used. It should be noted there are some metals in zones that are not yet in the game, I have yet to find Zinc but some recipies call for it.
Craftsman will use wood, I believe blacksmith do as well for some things. Craftsman and Blacksmith also need minerals, tailors need things craftsman make out of minerals so there is demand for it all.
Farmring is a nice gathering skill used by many proffesions, mostly cooks and tailors but occasionaly herbalist and poison makers.
Mostly all you need is a hoe and some farm land. Farmland is found next to the farmer npc. I recommend you farm somewhere besides Chengdu if you want peace and quiet, this guy in the picture got a bit nervous with me standing around taking screen shots.
Once you have your hoe and farm land you need some seeds...also from the farmer npc. Simply stand on an empty bit of land and click those seeds...plant as many as you can handle or as few, it is up to you. The seeds do not cost much its just a matter of time needed to pick them all.
Your farmer menu has a harvest button this shows you the health of your plants (or worms) and how long they have to mature in minutes. Different crops needs different amounts of time to grow. Silkworms work the exact same way except you need a worm stand for those.
Your crops can get sick or full of weeds, you should keep some pesticide and weed killer in your bag. Fertilizer helps speed up the growth rate of the plants. All of that can be bought from the farmer npc.
Farmers grow material like Kender and Hemp used for tailoring. A wide wide variety of greens for cooking, and get silk from worms..silk can be sold in chengdu for a good bit most of the time. The others can be sold but it is all about finding the right buyer to make a lot of money farming. Some times you can get a mass order for kender that will set you up like a king. Also if you ever need bound silver...the kind npc's take..you can buy seeds harvest them and turn around and sell the harvested goods to the npc's for more than the seeds cost.
I really like the farming system here in wushu. You don't have permanent trees or anything that take days to harvest but it is definately one of the nicer ones currently out.
Hunting is basically skinning from most other games, but you also get meat. I am not going into great details on hunting but it IS a viable proffesion. I make a good bit on monkey skins because my school is full of monkeys. Easy for me to get to.
Cook, tailors, poison makers all use hunting gathered stuff. Not sure about the others they may indeed use some stuff from hunting.
damn it I bought a pole just to show this.
you click the the thing that looks like a mouse when its green..
...wait before that you get a pole then you click on a school of fish then you click on the thing that looks like a mouse when its green...if it turns red stop clicking while the fish pulls at the line...then click some more...viola a fish
cooks use fish...I don't care who else uses them...probably alchemist or poison makers. No one cares really. No one likes fish. They may or may not bring in money. I dont care.
Well that is it for now,
Gathering is covered, might do crafting later.
oh one more thing
Stalling...can't make money without stalls after all.
This little button in your inventory screen that looks like a white flag with a red border. Opens up your stall menu.
This is basic drag and drop tech here folks. Drag what you want to sell and set a price (make sure you put the price as liang if you want liang and not wen or you will be doing some good deals) You can do the same thing in the purchase slot for things you want to buy more of.
As you can see Dominator's Ueberstall (I don't know this guy I promise) is selling a bunch of stuff up top and buying Guazhou Green cloth for 450 wen a piece. Not a bad deal if any of you tailors want some quick cash.
You can also press V or click the market button in the lower right hand part of your screen to bring up the market window, this allows you to browse every market (In the world? In the zone? I don't know) and what they have. This can be useful for finding out how much certain items are going for, the "market price" if you will. It is good to know that the majority of the player base is at lead or silver and that is bringing in the most money before you go out to mine or that someone is paying a lot for certain skins.
ok thats it for now...