This weekend was a crafting one - although with some surprises.
I was helping Player D with his plot - and the plot itself was almost finished. All that remained was a meidum vault. It took lots of time to gather resources and bring them to the plot - yet I did it. Grinding may not be too good, but if it is rewarding - it's pretty ok.
Yes, there was one bug with Player's D. newly built Tavern. There was a Stoneworking shop previously (was demolished though). However, Stoneworking machines remained and no Tavern keeper could be installed. Player D. had to demolish Tavern and start anew.
That meant more grinding for me. part of this job was finished by Player D. himself (some 40%), while remaining stuff is to be done by me.
At the same time Player S. appeared and asked if I can help her to gather resources - another hundreds of them. I agreed. Well, Player T. showed up and told he bought a plot in Bristugo. Of course, it was up to me to help him with the plot. He starts with tier 2 Guildhouse that does require lots of resources. I started with very easy ones (Elm stuff, just because there are elm trees near Bristugo). Guildhouse (GH, as we call it) is of highest priority now.
Which leaves me divided into Player's D. tavern and vault; Player's S. lair; Player's T. plot. Some resources can be shared amongst Players D. ir T. Some not. However, I am already satisfied with it: it was me that built most of Player's D. plot. It will be me that will contribute to Player's T. plot. And when those plots are finished, I will start helping other plots, be it Bristugo or Dalimond.
Of course, crafting means I have abandoned fighting and my Shaman longs for combat against monsters; and my Cleric awaits when he will be able to use some Shaman abilities. That will be, when I finish with most of crafting.
Not so bright news: one experienced player quits Istaria due to conflicts between role-play and real-life relations. Everyone does understand real life must prevail, but still a pity. Good player lost is a loss even to MMORPG that has millions of subscribers.
Overall, weekend was good and busy. I'm glad it was such.