In every MMO I have played I have been a crafter. Starting with Ultima Online (smith, scribe, tailor, alchemist) to my current time in LOTRO (Cook, Metalsmith, Weaponsmith, Tailor, Woodworker). I have spent hours upon hours in every game crafting items and maxing out any craft I started. I like the idea of making items for myself and my friends, and occasionally I’ll even sell them.
However, what if you wanted to rely upon yourself with a limited number of characters? Well, LOTRO-Wiki has a suggested layout utilizing only four characters.
|Historian||Scholar, Farmer, Weaponsmith|
|Tinker||Prospector, Jeweler, Cook|
|Armourer||Prospector, Metalsmith, Tailor|
|Woodsman||Forester, Woodworker, Farmer|
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The benefit of this setup is that you are instantly self-reliant as long as you keep your characters’ vocations at a similar level. The downside of this setup is that it will limit what crafting guilds your Historian, Tinker, and Armourer will be able to join; which in turn limits your access to some of the best crafting recipes within the game including re-forged second (and soon first) age Legendary Items. That being said, this approach will ensure that you are never without the components you need from other crafting vocations.
Personally, I think that minus the crafting guild limitations, this setup is pretty slick. But ultimately not being in those guilds would eat away at me slowly so I know if I ever delve into the two vocations I currently am not working on (Scholar, and Jeweler) they would have to be on characters that currently do not belong to a guild. Thankfully though, my wife already has Supreme Master crafting maxed out in both of those vocations and is Kindred with their related guilds. So I don’t have to worry about focusing on those any time soon, if at all.