Ken Johnson explains the process of crafting in 9Dragons
In the game you start out as a lowly beggar. Then through expert Kung Fu training, and the development of your inner Chi, you may rise to become a Master of martial arts.
Along your journey there will be many people to meet and many dangers to face. There will also be many items to collect. You can use these common items, along with other things you may encounter, to craft beautiful, unique and valuable items that you might even decide to sell or trade in-game. So let’s explore how the 9Dragons crafting system works…
In 9Dragons there are four distinct types of crafting: Item Enhancements; Weapon Refining; Enhancement Crafting; and Item Enchanting. Lets start with item enhancements.
The above four screenshots should be viewed in sequence. They show the crafting UI from 9 Dragons and the process of building a sword.
Weapon Refining System
To refine your weapon you must visit the duel arena. There you will find a master craftsman (master craftswoman in this case). She can refine all sorts of weapons (common, precious, and masterpiece) provided that you give her the correct raw ingredients. Note however that rare artifacts cannot be refined, as they are too delicate, and already powerful enough.
Having acquired the necessary Blood Essence and other materials, the master craftswoman will tell you how much gold she wants for her work. Obviously, this is dependent upon the level of refinement required. This is a health warning - the greater the amount of refinement required, the lower the success rate will be. If the refining is successful you will get back your weapon with more attacking power. However, if the refinement fails your weapon will be destroyed. Don’t go crying to a GM if that happens!
A final note to leave you on regards elixirs. If consumed, they will permanently change your statistics (up or down). A player consumes an elixir at his or her own risk. High-level elixirs can only be found during the conquest of monster-filled dungeons. For example, should a player successfully consume all five levels of Strength Elixir, then his/her strength points would increase by 20, making their Kung Fu something to behold.
To sum up, whether you’re refining weapons, or consuming elixirs, you can become more or less powerful. But games without risk wouldn’t be worth playing, would they?
Look forward to sharing more about 9Dragons with you in the coming weeks.
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