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Crafts

Greater than the Sum of Their Parts


Introduction

Categories

Getting More Crafts

The List So Far

Spamming Crafts

Where to Do Your Crafts

Requesting and Writing Your Own Crafts

Teaching Your Crafts


Introduction


Crafts are how you take a bunch of raw ingredients and make them into finished products. A cook can take raw broccoli and a pot, and get cooked broccoli out of it. A seamstress can take 4 yards of silk and some thread, and get a skirt. An apothecary can take aloe oil and glycerine and come out with a salve for burns.

Almost every character will have reason to use a craft at one time or another, though some will use them much more than others. Even a mercenary may find himself polishing his shield or making torches. It's not a bad idea to review the commands for using crafts. Ingame, see "material" and "craft" helpfiles.

Once you have a finished object, often that object can be sold or used profitably in some way. Very seldom will a craft be written that is purely for performance (we expect our PCs to do their own dancing, singing, playing, and storytelling), though some crafts will allow for "practice" in various fields such as writing and projectile throwing. However, check with local law before you actually sell something; some areas ingame have restrictions on who may sell finished goods to the public.

If there is something you'd like to see a craft to make, please contact the staff ingame or via email! We'll be happy to talk to you about it. If you have a hankering to help us by writing crafts, talk to Caris.

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Categories Supported


The goal is that no craft category will be opened to players until it has adequate support. In other words, no glassblowers will be allowed into game until that category is full enough to allow someone to make a living at it.

If you have a category you'd really like to see supported, please talk to us! We're happy to discuss your ideas. Currently we are planning for cooking/baking, clothier, ironsmithing, pottery, and chandlery to be supported by the time the game opens for testing.

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Getting More Crafts


When you pick your skills, initially you will be granted certain crafts to start. As you use your crafts, you'll automatically pick up new ones if your skill level allows for it (you'll pick up the lower-level ones in that category first, and usually ones that relate to the craft you're doing at the time first). We also assume the "every fool should be able to X" model of crafting, so quite a few crafts will land in our "general" category if we think "any fool should be able to do it." Your macaroni & cheese may really suck, but at least you can get something edible produced if you make it. A real chef, though, probably makes really great mac&cheese with truffle oil and god knows what! So there may be two versions of the craft, one for "any fool" and one for trained people.

"Branching" is the process of spontaneously picking up a new craft while you're doing another one. For example, while you're sewing a silk skirt, you might branch silk-shirt. You'll only branch crafts within the same category, meaning you won't ever branch a cooking craft while sewing, and there's a time limit on how often you can branch.

The "general" categories of crafts are always opened completely to all PCs. Learning a new skill will often break you into a new category of crafts, but you may have to log out of the game and then back in again to see them in your pfile.

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How to Teach Your Crafts


Teaching a craft is easy in terms of mechanics (see the "teach" helpfile ingame), but we do ask that you use discretion when teaching someone what you know.

Depending on what's being taught, a period of instruction may be in order; for example, teaching someone to boil peas might not take more than one session, but teaching someone how to write in Sutalan might take an IC month or more. For languages, chemistry, and other advanced topics, we ask that you spend 5-10 sessions of roleplay (of 20-45 minutes' duration for each session) over an IC few months before you actually use the teach command.

Use your discretion. Talk to a staffer if you have questions about how long we'd like to see the lessons go before the other person gets the craft opened.

The exception here is if the PC needs the craft opened in order to even start learning. Throwing things and archery currently would be an exception. Teach the craft, then OOCly ask the PC not to use it except during teaching till you two agree you're done with the teaching sessions.

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Why Spamming Is A Bad Idea


"Spamming" a craft means to do it over and over again. People do this for what may sound like a good reason. Cooking crafts, for example, can get tedious enough that someone might spam them (if you find yourself here, contact the staff for a bulk-cooking craft for what you're making). Turning rings for chain mail and making shingles for roofs are other places that staff won't care about.

What will make staff upset is seeing someone spam crafts like gathering herbs or making high-end finished goods (like one person elsemu* who made dozens of suits of fine chainmail and sold them for a fortune). If you have questions about whether or not your crafting is bothering someone, or if staff might feel you're going overboard, talk to us.

Our usual way of responding to spamming is to set a timer on the craft so nobody can do it over and over again, or to make the yield less--or to make the value of the product less in the case of someone who's spam crafting a finished product like wooden spoons. When people won't respond ICly and self-regulate, we will force regulation with code. If PCs self-regulate, there is no reason for us to regulate excessively through code. Simple, no?

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Where To Do Your Crafts


Pick a place to craft in that makes IC sense. For example, tanning is hugely stinky and smelly and makes a horrible mess. You wouldn't do it in a house or anywhere else people will object to smells and messes! You wouldn't sew a skirt in the middle of Steelcat's Lounge, nor would you make a wedding cake in the woods.

Some crafts are actually proscribed to do (you'll know which these are most of the time, but ask if you're not sure). The best bet for doing a craft is in your own workshop. If you're wanting to do a craft in someone else's shop or home, ask first!

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Writing and/or Requesting Your Own Crafts


If there's a craft you'd like to see, please email us or contact a staffer ingame. Especially for custom crafts for ingame crafters, we're happy to try to accommodate your ideas (such as a clothier asking for a special appliqued bag for her to give out finished goods in). Please don't be shy about asking for something you don't see. Crafts aren't usually hard to whip up.

Caris is a very old hand with this crafting code. Therefore, she can be particular about what a craft looks like and how it works. That said, she's thrilled to teach others how to craft, and will happily work with you if that's what you want to do. Contact her if you have questions about writing crafts for this mud or for any other that uses an Argila-style codebase.

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The List So Far


Be aware that when the forum gets finished up, this list will be going there, along with materials lists and other necessary info. This is just for your edification and amusement!

Craft: athletics            Sub: assembled-target         Cmd: dismantle 
Craft: athletics            Sub: brawling                 Cmd: practice  
Craft: athletics            Sub: crossbow-aim             Cmd: practice  
Craft: athletics            Sub: hay-target               Cmd: assemble  
Craft: athletics            Sub: heavy-blunt-forms        Cmd: practice  
Craft: athletics            Sub: heavy-edge-forms         Cmd: practice  
Craft: athletics            Sub: longbow-aim              Cmd: practice  
Craft: athletics            Sub: polearm-forms            Cmd: practice  
Craft: athletics            Sub: shortbow-aim             Cmd: practice  
Craft: athletics            Sub: sling-aim                Cmd: practice  
Craft: athletics            Sub: throwing-aim             Cmd: practice  
Craft: baking               Sub: cherrypie                Cmd: bake      
Craft: baking               Sub: pastry-dough             Cmd: make      
Craft: baking               Sub: starter-sourdough        36mCmd: mix       
Craft: butchering           Sub: deer-carcass             Cmd: butcher   
Craft: butchering           Sub: medium-animal            Cmd: butcher   
Craft: clothier             Sub: burlap-bags              Cmd: sew       
Craft: clothier             Sub: burlap-bolt              Cmd: cut       
Craft: clothier             Sub: chiffon-bolt             Cmd: cut       
Craft: clothier             Sub: dulled-needle            Cmd: sharpen   
Craft: clothier             Sub: finelinen-bolt           Cmd: cut       
Craft: clothier             Sub: finewool-bolt            Cmd: cut       
Craft: clothier             Sub: linen-bolt               Cmd: cut       
Craft: clothier             Sub: linen-tunics             Cmd: sew       
Craft: clothier             Sub: linen-yards              Cmd: dye       
Craft: clothier             Sub: silk-bolt                Cmd: cut       
Craft: clothier             Sub: velvet-bolt              Cmd: cut       
Craft: clothier             Sub: wool-bolt                Cmd: cut       
Craft: clothier-trained     Sub: fine-shirt-pattern       Cmd: draw      
Craft: clothier-trained     Sub: graceful-skirt-pattern   Cmd: draw      
Craft: clothier-trained     Sub: gradys-fashion-book      Cmd: study     
Craft: clothier-trained     Sub: halter-pattern           Cmd: draw      
Craft: cooking              Sub: 24eggs                   Cmd: hardboil  
Craft: cooking              Sub: bacon-sandwich           Cmd: make      
Craft: cooking              Sub: baked-bulk-potatoes      Cmd: bake      
Craft: cooking              Sub: basic-small-meat         Cmd: cook      
Craft: cooking              Sub: caramelized-onions       Cmd: cook      
Craft: cooking              Sub: cheese-toast             Cmd: fry       
Craft: cooking              Sub: dried-beans              Cmd: soak      
Craft: cooking              Sub: oatmeal                  Cmd: cook      
Craft: cooking              Sub: raw-bacon                Cmd: fry       
Craft: cooking              Sub: raw-fish                 Cmd: fry       
Craft: cooking              Sub: raw-garlic               Cmd: roast     
Craft: cooking              Sub: raw-pork-slices          Cmd: fry       
Craft: cooking              Sub: raw-steak                Cmd: fry       
Craft: cooking              Sub: raw-vegetables           Cmd: boil      
Craft: cooking              Sub: red-meat                 Cmd: roast     
Craft: cooking              Sub: scrambled-eggs           Cmd: fry       
Craft: cooking              Sub: whole-poultry            Cmd: fry       
Craft: general              Sub: blindfold-strips         Cmd: cut       
Craft: general              Sub: long-stemmed-flower      Cmd: snip      
Craft: general-fire         Sub: aging-fire               Cmd: stoke     
Craft: general-fire         Sub: brewfire                 Cmd: light     
Craft: general-fire         Sub: campfire                 Cmd: light     
Craft: general-fire         Sub: dropwood                 Cmd: gather    
Craft: general-fire         Sub: fireplace                Cmd: light     
Craft: general-fire         Sub: forge-fire               Cmd: light     
Craft: general-fire         Sub: group-dropwood           Cmd: gather    
Craft: general-fire         Sub: ovenfire                 Cmd: light     
Craft: general-fire         Sub: stovefire                Cmd: light     
Craft: general-food         Sub: bagged-beans             Cmd: divide    
Craft: general-food         Sub: bagged-food              Cmd: divide    
Craft: general-food         Sub: basic-meat               Cmd: cook      
Craft: general-food         Sub: bread-loaf               Cmd: cut       
Craft: general-food         Sub: buttermilk-jar           Cmd: divide    
Craft: general-food         Sub: flour-bag                Cmd: divide    
Craft: general-food         Sub: garlic-head              Cmd: divide    
Craft: general-food         Sub: head-lettuce             Cmd: separate  
Craft: general-food         Sub: lump-fat                 Cmd: divide    
Craft: general-food         Sub: peppercorn-vial          Cmd: divide    
Craft: general-food         Sub: spice-vial               Cmd: divide    
Craft: general-food         Sub: whipped-cream            Cmd: whip      
Craft: general-food         Sub: whole-peppercorns        Cmd: grind     
Craft: general-food         Sub: whole-tomato             Cmd: slice     
Craft: general-labor        Sub: blazing-fire             Cmd: fight     
Craft: general-labor        Sub: city-fountains           Cmd: tend      
Craft: general-labor        Sub: dirty-floor              Cmd: sweep     
Craft: general-labor        Sub: empty-hayloft            Cmd: refill    
Craft: general-labor        Sub: empty-trough             Cmd: fill      
Craft: general-labor        Sub: firebucket               Cmd: fill      
Craft: general-labor        Sub: messy-shelves            Cmd: arrange   
Craft: general-labor        Sub: stabled-horses           Cmd: curry     
Craft: general-recreation   Sub: high-end-companionship   Cmd: seek      
Craft: general-recreation   Sub: low-end-companionship    Cmd: seek      
Craft: general-recreation   Sub: snowball                 Cmd: make      
Craft: general-serving      Sub: roasted-meat             Cmd: carve     
Craft: general-serving      Sub: wheel-cheese             Cmd: slice     
Craft: general-serving      Sub: whole-pie                Cmd: slice     
Craft: herbalism            Sub: fragrant-flowers         Cmd: dry       
Craft: hunting              Sub: hiding-rabbit            Cmd: flush     
Craft: jewelry              Sub: bells-model              Cmd: carve     
Craft: jewelry              Sub: buckle-model             Cmd: carve     
Craft: jewelry              Sub: hairstick-model          Cmd: carve     
Craft: jewelry              Sub: ring-model               Cmd: carve     
Craft: jewelry              Sub: silver-ring              Cmd: make      
Craft: jewelry              Sub: tiara-model              Cmd: carve     
Craft: medicine             Sub: basic-bandages           Cmd: cutup     
Craft: timberwright         Sub: pine-tar                 Cmd: harvest   
Craft: weaving              Sub: plain-inkle-belt         Cmd: weave     
Craft: weaving              Sub: plain-lucet-cord         Cmd: weave     



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