As I’m writing this post I’m level 67. By the time it’s published I’m sure I’ll be 70+. I’ve stopped working on my Personal Story. I’ve stopped doing instances. With level 80 looming Large in my window, I’ve decided to leave the completion of both as part of my end game, along with PvP and WvW.
My Crafting Professions
I was elated when they announced player crafting professions would be available in GW2. When I saw Chef as an option, I knew it would be one of my primary crafting pursuits. I cook in any and every game that has it available. I wasn’t sure about the other professions. I went round-n-round trying to decided. I prefer to focus on one or two, master them and have as many of the rare recipes as possible.
I dabbled in Weaponsmithing but found that I couldn’t make all of the items my Guardian needed, the excess didn’t sell for much on the market, required multiple base component types and for me, wasn’t much fun. I considered Armorsmith but decided against it.. I didn’t see the need to craft my own armor. Gear in GW2 rains from the sky. If I want something in particular or of better quality/level, it’s readily available on the market for cheap. I can always provide the mats to a guild mate and have them make it. No point in doing professions I don’t enjoy.
I was more than happy to stick with only cooking but then I heard rumors that I’d need two professions at max to craft the components for legendary items. Hmm, I’m rather meh on the need versus the grind. Clearly, I don’t need legendary items. By that time, I would have successfully completed the game, my version of it, without having any. I’d just as soon have RP-worthy cosmetic gear. Regardless, I decided to train another profession just in case and decided on Jeweler.
Jeweler is an excellent choice if I have to make one. My accessories tend to be the furthest behind my level. It’s also a good fit for my personality. I enjoy cooking in real life and hence have fun with it in games. For the past year, I’ve taken my passion for creative crafting, the things I was able to achieve in games like EQ2, where my Illusionist carpenter opened a furniture store and wrote a few DIY Guides. into my real life by starting an online shop of handcrafted handbags and accessories. Yep, Jeweler seems full circle appropriate. Life meet virtual hobbies. Virtual meet real life pursuits.
Really, all this Over Ore?
The trouble I’ve had thus far in leveling Jeweler is obtaining enough ore. Grrr for not having decided earlier, in which case, I wouldn’t have sold as much of my ore on the market. It was easy to obtain the amount of copper needed to break through the barrier for the tier 1 items but harvesting enough silver for the next tier, not so easy. And I’ve heard gold ore is as scarce.
I harvest on a regular basis while I’m out in the world. I find harvesting at the end of the evening, just before logging off, very relaxing. Even so, silver ore is a bit on the thin side. It’s okay. I don’t really mind it and am not complaining. I do get some grins out of the situation. I run into very comical situations over what players will do to find the less abundant harvest nodes. Especially the rich veins that contain multiple harvests attempts from a single node.
The picture included with this post, is inside a cave in Kessex Hills, where multiple iron and silver veins can be found. Two of them are rich viens. The chamber in the cave that has the enriched silver vein happens to be occupied by a veteran mob. Downranking means you can’t waltz in there at a higher level, solo it and be on your way. You will always have to be careful if you want to strike silver ore in there. *giggle*
Some days it’s hit-n-miss when I attempt the chamber. When it’s experienced downranked players, we can kill the spider monster quickly enough. If not, well, you can’t solo it. You can hang in there hoping people get it together or run off when things go south and come back. You have your good days with it. You have your bad days. This was the first time I’ve died in there with a wipe since doing the quest for that area at the intended level. *sigh*
Death and all, I still laughed my ass off. Survivors ran out then tiptoed back in to resurrect the fallen. We regrouped, took him down and then everyone IMMEDIATELY RAN TO THE SILVER NODE and started mining. LOL Really? Over ore?? We’re all touched in the head!