Aggro Me: Crafting Adventure
When Wargut started a thread on the Aggro Forums entitled, "Doomsday is Coming...Aggro Will Craft!" I was obviously intrigued. Me craft? Haha, how ridiculous. But wait, to finish two heritage quests, very high level crafting is necessary? Hmm. There's already a double-digit page thread on the official forums. Illucide recently weighed in with an official response you can read here. Basically, there are no plans to change the quest structure.
This is a nice idea for those who have taken the time to reach the pinnacle of both adventuring and crafting. It will reward that effort and the combination of skills is fun and adds diversity to the quests.
You don't have to do every heritage or signature quest in the game. If you don't like crafting just skip this one.
This is a horrible idea because making crafting a requirement is just wrong. Crafting is nice as an option, but it should never be a roadblock to the main gameplay, adventuring.
This type of thing will encourage macroing and botting.
I tend to swing a bit to the Con side of the argument. One major issue I have is that many people I know like to do their crafting on alts. So they may have both a level 60 Warlock and a level 60 Provisioner. Just not on the same character. So this must be even more painful for them because they have done all the work.
If this is an incentive to try crafting, I'm not buying it. That many levels is just too much and I'd rather do other stuff at the moment.I am more swayed by the argument that this is just a special quest for those who are masters of both fields. That I can kind of see. But my issue there is that there are a very limited number of total heritage quests in the game, especially in the two expansions. So any more than one such crafting requirement quest per expansion is going too far in my book. Let's say there were ten heritage/signature quests total. If five had crafting requirements I think many, many people would have a problem with it. If one did I think there would still be those who had an issue but I would personally discount them. It's just a matter of degrees and two quests with crafting requirements in this expansion is a degree too far for me.With that said, it doesn't bother me too much. There are quite a few heritage quests I walked away from because I didn't feel like doing them. I wasn't collecting 100 ore or whatever for that dwarf in Antonica. It wasn't the end of the world that I didn't get his work boots. In fact I'm proud of it and I often like to stop by and show him my latest footwear.
On a somewhat related note I did like what SOE did with the Nest instance by mixing in a dash of crafting.