...and crafting for all.
Weekend started with the slate. One player purchased a plot and plans to use it as a super-storage. Tier 2 silos - 15 units and therefore demanding huge resources. I asked if I could help, she agreed and made me 2 silos available to store stuff.
Then it began. Snowfall's cold slate field, instant running for slate and when I had ~260 slate keystones or blocks, I went to add them (and this plot needed 1400 slate blocks and 812 keystones). A little math: block is made from 15 bricks and each brick - from 2 slabs. Keystone is more expensive, it is made from 20 bricks.
It took me 1,5 day to finish slate job. It helped one silo to be finished and some others to advance. The owner of the plot worked hard herself, gathering slate or wooden resources. I was helped by one of our Guild leaders too.
Then came Player D. For some reason he needs 100.000 marble bricks and his Quarrying/Masonry is not as high as needed. Well, since slate job was finished, I went to harvest marble and later - produce bricks. That added decent xp for my Mason. However, crafting in Marble Quarry was a bit dangerous. All area is patrolled by Marble golems (lvl.81-84) and I had to kill them from time - either for self defense or for slate.
Soon was helped by one very friendly Dragon who just killed anything so that I could harvest without fear. Within a day I made some 3000 marble bricks this way. Also, I managed to make ~1000 bricks from the marble Player D. left (with his permission, of course). It's just more effective: it takes 4 slabs to make brick for him and 2 slabs for me.
While taking a break from helping, I talked in our chat and worked with Obsidian to level up my Mason.
We joked with player who asked for help too -we "spied" on each other and I was telling about "someone takes MY slate" and alike. As with Player D. - talks began about Great Wall of Istaria etc. All the chat had fun.
And so the weekend ended. Result: Mason advanced to level 70, at least 2 players' plots helped (and I got called "a great builder" by friends) - and a big fun was it.
Crafting may be fun and is fun. Just another great weekend in istaria.