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3-14-2007 @ 4:17PM
I have engineering on two characters. One is basically idling, but with the other it's an important part of his RP personality, so I don't plan to abandon it. In my experience, engineering can be somewhat useful for the gadgets. Jumper cables, parachute cloak and deepdive helmet can make the difference between life and death in some circumstances. Others items are just plain fun, like the discombobulator ray. I have never found any of the trinkets, like the net gun for example, to be very useful for PvP because basically you can't count on them. Explosives are at best situationally helpful.I have always been particularly frustrated by the ammunition you can craft. Basically, crafted ammunition gives you a slight edge for a few levels, but because of the way the levels differ between crafted and purchased ammo, crafted isn't always better. For example, you can buy vendor solid shot at level 25, but you can't use the crafted version until level 30, and crafted heavy shot is worse than vendor solid shot. In order to make it worthwhile, crafted ammo needs to always be better, significantly better, than vendor ammo, with material costs comensurate with the quality difference.Overall, I would have to say that engineering can be fun, but it really doesn't give you much of an edge. In my experience, the only crafting profession that is truly and consistently useful while leveling up is alchemy.
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