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12-17-2007 @ 1:44PM
Alchemy subspecs were a very bad idea. In theory, the goal was not to limit access to recipes by spec, but in practice you might as well not bother to learn recipes outside your specialty because you're literally throwing away the chance for free money every time you make something you're not specialized for. It's kind of sad, because in general Blizzard is doing a lot better at making BoP benefits for crafters these days, but the alchemy specialties would need a complete redesign to undo the damage. Crafting critical successes like the "potency spec" suggestion are even worse. Imagine gathering all the materials to have an epic item made, only to have the recipe's critical chance not proc and end up with a nigh worthless blue version. That's what LOTRO has right now (hint: the failed procs are very very cheap on the AH because people have to get rid of so many of them for every "good" weapon they can actually sell for a profit, so it's possible to get very good crafted gear for remarkably little money). Other games are even harsher - in FF XI your crafting attempt can actually fail, destroying materials that represent a significant portion of your character's net worth. As someone more eloquent than I put it, players should not be punished for making the attempt to improve their characters.
12-17-2007 @ 2:06PM
That's not quite how it works. So far as I understand it you can't get a worse item than the one your expecting, only something better. So you wouldn't end up with the situation that you describe and that LOTR has.
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