Released today was the Riders of Rohan Developer Diary for crafting by Dina “Ayvan” Monas. The new tier of crafting, titled Eastemnet, “will retain many of the positive changes introduced in Rise of Isengard and will hopefully add a couple of new ones.” And with that we’ll see what’s in store for those of us who find ourselves too often tied to the crafting stations inside LOTRO.
- There will still be normal and rich versions of all notes
- Resources will still be able to be processed into low, medium, and higher quality ingredients
- Rare items will still be able to be broken down into optional or higher quality ingredients
One of the new features being added for crafting is that new “processing” recipes will be introduced to “assist non-gathering professions in leveling up their craft.”
Metal, Wood and Leather Shaving recipes are being auto-granted to Jewellers, Tailors, Metalsmiths, Weaponsmiths and Woodworkers. Cooks will still retain their auto-granted ingredient recipes. The new processing recipes allow the above professions to level up their craft without having to waste enormous amounts of resources. Instead, lower quality ingredients can be turned into the appropriate shavings and the shavings can then be turned back into the low quality ingredient. Once you are able to crit, it is possible to get a return equal to the amount of resources you put in.
I find this to be an interesting turn of events in the crafting experience. It is a unique way for Turbine to offer crafters an alternative path to level up crafting professions at the risk of losing resources. I’m not sure I’ll be taking advantage of this opportunity on a normal basis, but it’s an interesting enough that it will probably warrant some tinkering on my behalf.
Another change has been made to resource nodes across the world. Now all nodes will have a chance to drop the “rare-crafting ingredient” used in their respective tiers. The example given in the diary is that players will have a chance of obtaining an Adamant shard from Dwarf-iron and Platinum deposits, Leberthron branches, and Forgotten Texts. I for one think that this is a brilliant change and I welcome it with open arms.
The new Eastemnet tier will now contain two full sets of armor. One will be a level 80 set and another will be a level 85 set. In return, very few recipes will be auto-granted and will need to be loctated via treasure and reputation. Now while I’m not a big fan of the reputation-gating of recipes, I am a big fan of there being two complete sets of armor. So thank you Turbine for putting those in.
Crafting Resource Instances
For those of you who took advantage of the resource (aka crafting) instances in Moria and loved them (like I did), you’ll be pleased to know that there are a new set of instances being released with Rohan that can be “run on a daily basis.”
In addition to extra crafting materials, the quests and barter rewards associated with these instances will also provide legendary item support, much like the legendary item instances done for Moria and Dunland. Players will be able to acquire their Compendium, Volume IV after completing one of the quests bestowed.
I can tell you right now I will be running these. I have always been a fan of the resource and legendary item instances in the game since they are usually short and provide a good reward.
New crafted relics are also being released with the expansion. It appears that there will be crafted relics for “regular play and mounted combat”. And for those of us who are tanks, we will also be finally getting some crafted relics that supply defensive bonuses. Let me say that it’s about dang time! However, you will need to obtain “Grand Master of the Guild” in order to access “the best” relics.
Much like Isengard, there will be a new rank of Crafting Guild Reputation released with Rohan. There will be new guild recipes, and guild reputation item recipes released as well. So really nothing new here, but I would advise that players start using their existing reputation item recipes right now to obtain the new reputation as soon as possible.
So after reading through the diary a couple of times, I don’t really see any downsides coming with crafting in Riders of Rohan. I think that the only thing that might be a bit “tough” to obtain will be the higher level recipes, but that’s what the Auction House is for, right? I’m still not hot on the idea of reputation gated recipes since I like to have my alts to have every single recipe known to Race of Man, but I’ll either have to live with it or get those alts up to par! What do you think?