Project Gorgon Kicks Off A New And Improved Crafting Caravan Event
Using the game’s live event system, we were restricted in the way we could deliver parallel tasks without there being one entity per task given. Looking forward, the casino’s theater room would have filled up with NPCs very quickly as more levels were unlocked and more craft skills introduced. By taking this event and fully converting it to use the game’s quest system and NPC tech, we are now able to provide unlimited tasks with much fewer NPCs.
The tasks have been broken down into 5 tiers per craft skill:
- Tier 1 – level 10
- Tier 2 – level 30
- Tier 3 – level 50
- Tier 4 – level 70
- Tier 5 – level 90
Now, particular recipes for each skill don’t exactly fall to those lines, but this is the general breakdown. Some Tier 1 tasks may require level 13 in that skill, some others 14 or even just 10. When you approach one of the NPCs and check their favors, if you meet the level requirements for the recipes needed to complete the task, it will show on the list. If you do not see any tasks initially, then you do not meet the level requirements.
There are also a couple of exceptions to this format. Because alchemy is still fairly restricted in level, there are only tasks for level 20 and 40. This will be adjusted to the proper format once more levels have been unlocked. Also for jewelry crafting, since the skill and recipes start at the level 50 range, only tiers 3-5 will be possible.
Reset times for tasks will depend on the tier of the task. Timers currently are set as:
- Tiers 1, 2 and 3 – 12 hour reset timer
- Tiers 4 and 5 – 18 hour reset timer
Xp rewards for all tasks are based off of the first-use xp value for everything crafted in the task. Most values have been rounded off and are not exact.
New favor and barter system
I had to ask myself, “What about all the people who have maxed out their crafting skills? Why would they bother with this event?” Both are very good questions! So with this new version of the event, we have added something that can invite participation beyond the need for crafting xp. This event includes Orran, the Caravan Leader. You may remember him as one of the blacksmith NPCs in the previous version. Well, he got a promotion! Orran will provide special random barters for rare crafting items plus other goodies.
In order to unlock bartering with Orran, and to increase the number of barters you can do each round, you need to gain favor with him. The way you gain favor in this event is a little different than the conventional ‘do a favor for someone to gain favor with them’. For the Crafting Caravan, you must complete the crafting tasks of all the members of the caravan to gain favor with their leader. The more tasks you can complete, the faster you can gain favor. Favor rewards break down like this:
Tier 1 – 5 favor with Orran per task completed
All other tiers – 10 favor with Orran per task completed
Orran will remember you from event to event. Favor will retain and accumulate from event to event. You will need to reach the comfortable level to unlock his barter options, which you will then be able to barter with him once per barter round. The barter rounds work similar to Midge in the Fae Realm. You can earn an additional barter per round at the favor levels of friends, like family and soul mates for a total of 4 barters per round.
Now, what are you going to have to barter, you ask? When you complete any tier 2 or higher task, you will receive one Crafter’s Guild Token. These tokens are the currency honored among the members of the caravan. Orran will gladly take them off your hands in exchange for several different items!
Pricing on the current barter items is just a first revision. I’m going to need feedback from everyone after the event on how much favor you were able to gain and how many tokens you were able to build up. I can take this information and use it to make any adjustments to the pricing for later events. The special event only items will not be available for this run of the event. They will be added in a later run. For all those first timers to this event, the Crafting Caravan will come to visit about every 4 months.
I hope everyone enjoys the new and improved version of this event, and I’m looking forward to hearing your feedback so I can make it even better! We’ll see you in game!