I am racing against time. This time goal is to reach crafting level 100 before New year.
It has been two days of crafting and occasional fighting. I have advanced by 2,25 level by these days with mithril mining: filling up full silo, then constructing/deconstructing weapons. Yesterday was helped by Player S. and her friend. They helped me transport ore to one public silo. Thus, they saved me time and I was able to advance faster.
It takes me 14 runs to earn 1 million xp points and 4000 mithril bars sometimes is not enough for 1 level. However, with the help of Player S. I can save some time and thus advance faster. Within some 2 runs they brought ~2000 mithril ore to that silo. Only one time did they have problem when ran into lvl.99 Golem - luckily, escaped. Currently I am level 95 and have some 3 days to advance: almost 2 levels per day...
To rest from mithril recycling, I use to hunt Bhalkuk warriors. When killed, they always drop good things: trophy coins, technology components, tier 5 technologies and tier 5 hoard items. One day I managed to get some 0,5 million worth hoard and give it to Player S. Yesterday I hunted some ogres, got some components, few trophy coins...and some Dragon tier 5 technologies, like Primal Rage V.
Gave it all to one Dragon since he is going to begin serious crafting. At first, he did not believe I had these items (but I will never joke about that).
Later, had to retreat from Bhalkuk, since I ran into 3 monsters and was stunned...so little chance to survive.
We also talked about Player A. He showed up again. Got some player who helped him. Still commaning. Still killing level 11 monsters with the other player's help (although he could try to hunt himself). To be frankly -I was not even thinking about helping Player A. And I told to chat I was feeling like a bad person: I have to help others...but what about Player A? If I help him, he would want to do everything with other people's help. If I refuse to help him, I will alienate him and he won't feel the fun that game offers. Either solution is bad.
However, most of the chat said Player A. should look for his own way to advance. If higher level monsters are hard to kill - try to hunt a bit lower level ones. If killing is hard - try to do quests that involves lesser killing, but still gives some xp. When I grew up - I had alike desperate moments, but still managed to grow somehow. Yes, I asked for help and am still asking for it...but not too much. I never commanded any players.
Today I would have to grow up again. Then we are planning Bhalkuk hunt with Player S. (since she needs to grow up). Yet another good day in Istaria.