As usual (?), our Guildhouse in Bristugo is still unavailable: I cannot grow my adventure schools and use my own hundreds of trophies.
However, it turned out to be benefitious - I went to craft. It was a standard scheme:1) chop Massive Yew trees untill you fill every free public silo; 2) make boards from logs and gain experience; 3) switch to any wood-using school; 4) make tools from boards, deconstruct it to gain xp.
And it worked. I made boards as Gatherer and tools - as Blacksmith. Result: levelled Gatherer to some lvl. 96; levelled Blacksmith from lvl.95 to lvl.100. Then switched to Carpenter and used all 4000 yew logs I had. Result: within few minutes reached Carpenter level 36.
Double-crafting tactic worked. Now, not only I would level up my Carpenter - I would be able to help other people with buildings. There are 5 builder school in Istaria: Carpenter (levelling now), Enchanter, Fitter, Mason (levelling), Weaver. Not only would I be able to help others - I would also gain xp for this which is great too.
Had one strange experience too. When i got bored - went to New Trismus to observe what's going on and possibly - help others. Noticed two Dragons, fighting monsters and decided to help them as I saw their health declining. I followed one Dragon and when I saw him dead - killed enemies around him, resurrected him...and then he went to some lvl.13 monster. He was killed again (being some lvl.5 or 6), I resurrected him again. And he asked why was I doing this. I told i wanted to help and if he feels he does not need it -he may just tell it. He told my help was not needed. Well, a lesson for me: first ask, then interfere.
Helped Player D's alt to level up, but it was too short of fight: his main character - powerfull Dragon- was called into battle.
Overall weekend was great. Crafting is going almost excellent, I would be level 100 Gatherer very soon and then it's just a matter of time when I am level 100 Carpenter. The future is bright with Istaria.