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Crafting 'Redux' Explored in Latest Design Diary

Posted by Suzie Ford on Apr 04, 2018  | Comments

Crafting 'Redux' Explored in Latest Design Diary - Chronicles of Elyria - MMORPG.com

The Chronicles of Elyria site has been updated with a new Design Diary that explores recent changes to how crafting will play out in the game. Called "Crafting Reexamined", the post goes into great detail about the original design as a "minigame" and how that fell short of what players and developers actually wanted it to feel like.

Developers have detailed the "core loop" for the crafting framework:

  • Use skills to acquire raw materials and learn techniques
  • Use skills and a crafting station to process raw materials into crafting components
  • Use crafting stations, techniques, and skills to transform crafting components into other components
  • Use crafting stations, techniques, and skills to assemble finished products from crafting components

Players will need to harvest raw materials through player skill (ie where to strike a vein to get the best ore, which plants are healthiest, etc.). From there, materials need to be processed to make them useful through knowledge in what developers call techniques, or tricks of the trade.

For example, in Blacksmithing, when it comes time to impart hardness into a blade, you quench a heated piece of metal to cool down and draw the internal structure of the metal together, making it harder, but potentially more brittle as well. Depending on what you’re making as a smith, this potential brittleness may or may not matter. But supposing it does, what do you do to try to mitigate it? To keep your blade, for example, both hard and flexible enough to block an incoming strike without snapping? Well, you have quite a few options, and each option is an example of a technique.

The article then gives a detailed example of how techniques will be performed in the game using blacksmithing for the basis.

You can check out the full article on the Chronicles of Elyria site.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom