Hi, I just don't find the current crafting interface user friendly. It takes 4 different clicks to navigate to your craft/item retrieval screen.
At present we are looking at
1 - Click on techpriest
2 - Click on "craft"
3 - Click on Recipe
4 - Click on "craft"
From what I can infer the only thing that could change is the removal of the priest and having different stations for crafting and salvaging, removing 1 click. I don't think the others would / could be changed in any way.
I do agree that the actual craft button it'self is a little hard to spot, and the layout of the ingredients seems unnecessarily "odd" - Not quite sure why all the different patterns and shapes are required - Perhaps when the system is expanded they will server a purpose.
Things i'd like to see are
1 - Option to select / filter what you "can" craft due to materials. (presuming the list of materials gets bigger)
2 - Filters which are weapon / equipment / melee etc to make it easier to shop around and compare.
3 - Having to click materials independently seems a strange and pointless step as there is no choice involved - Perhaps this will serve a purpose later on but for now it just feels like you have to play a game of "snap" in order to make something. Given the icons also look similar it's a little awkward looking back and forth to see what materials you have.. If there are any choices to be made I think they could be better layed out.
Maybe having an interactive crafting mini-game. Remove the timer but require the user to be there and react to changes in the crafting of there item. Just a basic example is if it gets to hot add water or coolant then let it cool and proceed to the next step. Or like everquest 2 did where you have a set of buttons and counters to use if something went wrong but the button that has to be countered would be on their end and be random so you couldn't just say 1, 2 , 1, 2 ,3 . 1, 4 ect. I know this is a MMO example but it's of them have good crafting ideas to draw from.
The current steps (as I see them)
1. Click Techpriest
2. Click Craft Tab
3. Click Recipe
4. Click 3 different materials (this could arguable be broken into 3 steps since you have to click every materially)
5. Click Craft
What I think might help in the short term is remove the tedious ingredient clicking, just display the material requirements along with however many of that particular material the player has. Now, when a user goes to craft something, all they have to do is craft and you eliminate a lot of the extraneous clicking.
Which is exactly what you were saying with your 3rd thing you'd like to see. Sorry about that. I think you other 2 points are well made.
Something to keep in mind is that this is supposed to be a bare bones version of what crafting will look like in the finished product. Now, I'm not saying that this *will* happen or is in the plan at all, but one reason the system might be designed to require clicking on the individual components is in the event that different qualities of the same parts come into play. Say you throw 3 rare versions of an ingredient and a common version to end up with an item better than a basic version but not quite as good as it could be. This is a single example of why it might be intentionally designed like this. There might be other reasons or it might just be the way some designer/programmer happened to put it in there for now until the feature gets more polished. As it stands now I tend to agree that clicking each ingredient is slightly less time efficient than a system that simply subtracted the parts from your total, but personally it's not a huge deal to me and frankly I probably wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't mentioned it.
I'm just happy I don't have to waste storage space holding parts.
Yes I could have been clearer :D - I agree that it's nonsensical to click each ingredient individually. But as I mentioned "if" eventually you get tho choose multiple features on the weapon then this could perhaps be jusitified? - Ie choosing what stats it has....
But for the current system it's indeed quite clunky. Let's see what the devs think!