Order shard yesterday had some problems. Was in mine, harvesting mithril while everything began going wrong and I went disconnected. Tried to log on - no use, "error 30" (network too busy, server down). Waited, checked support site - nothing. Returned to forums - and there some posts about this error, developer's promise to look at problem. Later Order went to maintainance "untill 9:30 PST" and around 9:15 PST it was online and functioning.
Mithril harvesting was going mediocre. After recent downgrades, it takes more time for mithril to pop-up and the area is overguarded by monsters, you just have to run at top speed between them. Met another player harvesting mithril, but later she told she was not going to return there. I asked her, was it because of me (competition, I agree, but she took one motherload of mithril for herself and I - one for myself, we were not fighting for one motherload). Answer was -"no".
In the chat there was a long talk about recent downgrades. Almost everyone (i.e. everyone who participated except player I met in the mine) used such words as "awfull", "terrible" and alike. Everyone agreed with me that this will ruin metal-based schools. And yet nothing can be done. Developers just won't listen - looks like they sometimes just listen to what they want to hear. To make things worse, some other resources are downgraded too. Some player filled a ticket about that .
Forum confirmed that I was never needed there. Just because I represent opinion developers may not be interested into. A different, not hardcore, opinion.
Later I switched to Balit's quest. Was helped by two players to get the components I needed as I could not produce them myself. When these were finished, I hunted several golems for components and voila - time to Balit's werewolf island.
Quest was interesting. Balit received components, cast some anti-werewolf spell and asked to kill 5 werewolves. Not so bad...but the spell went wrong, I received more damage with it than enemy. Returned and Balit said oops, I was wrong, give me second chance. Second chance: better spell, kill 5 werewolves. This time spell was ok, hunted, received some reward. Final quest was to kill named lvl. 70 werewolf which I did. Quest line was over, I received some formulas, emblem and xp.
Then talked with Player S. - she needs to hunt down some Obsidian golems both for trophies and money. Promised her to do so next day.A Dragon that I helped with a lair, appeared and wew discussed components he may need for a lair. Also, i talked about constructing our guild plot at Bristugo: Guild hall and storage silos needs lots of stone blocks and keystones.
I returned to harvest mithril and finally advanced by 2 levels: now I'm lvl.76 Blacksmith. It's 24 long levels to go, but maybe I will make it before downgrades are introduced.
Today it would be a rather busy day for me. I have to help Player S. for some time. I have to make thousands of resources for Dragon's lair. I have to help build our Guild plot in Bristugo. And I have to find some time to level my own Blacksmith (not saying anything about levelling up combat school).
So, the day was interesting one. If I manage to finish this crafting school before downgrades come into effect - it would be great achievement.