I figured that since there's a post for what trade skills people want that already exist, we could talk about what trade skills people would want to get into in the future.
I have a few ideas, but one I'd really like to see is dying. The kind that lets you stain your clothes with a scarlet red and helps you match better with your tragic lover.
Dyes would be relatively simple, probably just a bunch of pre-set dye colors like there are inks. It might be cool to let players invent new dyes, but I feel like that shouldn't be the main point here, so if it is possible, I'd rather people pay tremendously for the act of invention rather than introduce a licensing gate fee to its possibility.
Each dye would probably have a few synonymous color words, maybe four at the most, to allow tailors to not have to worry about their color words sounding repetitive.
Each piece of clothing (and maybe jewelry as well) could then reference a different dye. There could be up to like three or four dyes per clothing so that you can have your white robe come with a black sash and a red hem. Ideally, current clothes could be redesigned to use these color references and become dyable, but nothing will stop tailors from specifically making a white shirt - indeed, they could even make a white shirt have dyable sleeves, if they wanted.
This would help tremendously in letting players color coordinate better. Have you ever found a shirt you really like, but it's in a color you would never wear? If the designer let you, now you could dye it. I imagine most designers would make most of their clothes dyable, with things like uniforms or custom work being exceptions.
Color references would probably more or less work like player references in emotes do, like $1 could be color #1, $3b could be the second synonym of the third color, probably something for capitalization, etc.
But moving along, I know people would like to see things like packs and vials and pipes as custom designs or something, as mentioned in the past. But that would be a craft skill requiring a license.
Mining is a big one. Gathering comms for forging, basically. But the metals are also the gold sink for forging, which is why making them available for free would be more or less devastating. It would have to be very restrictive if ever implemented.
So i would say being able to have things like actual farming, mining, woodworking, etc that work off base commodities and formulas to turn those base items into useful things would be awesome. However, I'm not sure how practical it would be for Achaea, especially at this stage.
There would have to be an effective way of keeping general forgers from getting access to free metals. My idea is exclusive dwarf and mhun mining zones. But also with fairly low ore payouts with a normal pickaxe. Probably artie pickaxes to get any sort of worthwhile haul. And access to said tunnels would have to be mutually exclusive with a gem of reincarnation.
Even with that many ifs it might still be too unbalancing.
They were working on putting in more gold sinks to level out the credit market, and since the tradeskills are effectively a credit sink it's already going to tip things in the other direction again.
MarketeeringA major problem with item-creation tradeskills is getting goods to market. People don't want half-decayed goods you've been carrying around. You can make to order and deliver via post, but that limits your sales to people you're online to advertise to, talk with, take orders from. Shops are limited and expensive. Carts are great - this is basically Carts: The Tradeskill. Critically, taking Marketeering comes at the cost of taking a different tradeskill, so you won't have every merchant taking this to sell their own stuff, and some Marketeers may partner with others to sell their stuff.
This skill is probably incompatible with being able to cheaply buy multiple tradeskill slots. Whatevs.
Vendors: Recruit an NPC vendor to sell your wares.
- NPCs with the vendor flag hang out in many areas, eg. Ulangian grook merchants, Moghedu mhuns, generic Delos merchants, Ilyrean sakuwats.
- Position your vendor in a chosen marketplace. Marketplaces are rooms assigned a marketplace flag in certain major areas, including every city, Delos, and some other NPC cities/villages (eg. Tasur'ke).
- NPC vendors can carry and sell up to maybe 30 items at a time. Give your vendor your item, price it, they sell it. People can ASK VENDOR WARES, BUY TRINKET FROM VENDOR, etc. Just like shops, their wares don't decay, etc. Vendors can't be killed or robbed.
Maybe a couple of abilities for things like discounts, giving vendors a chance to speak an advertisement when people enter, tithing profits to business partners/orgs, etc.
BrewmasteryViniculture: Ferment wine. Select from varieties of grapes + additional ingredients.
- Wines are stored in barrels in city cellars, personal housing cellars, or maybe ship holds (import tax in ports? smuggling?) and develop flavour. They have a chance to become vinegar if improperly stored. I don't know anything about winemaking.
- Once you're happy with a wine's development, it can be bottled and then drank or traded.
- Each wine is tagged with a vintage both on its barrel and the labels of any bottles, eg. Mhaldor Cellars 713 AF. Some vintages might become sought-after.
Fermenting: Brew beers, ciders, meads etc. Similar to wine.
Mixology: Invent cocktail recipes. Select ingredients, specify how they are assembled, give it a name, and submit the recipe.
- eg. 'Basilisk Bite': 1 part vodka, 1 part cocoa liqueur, 1 part basilisk blood, shaken with ice and strained into a cocktail glass. 'Blue Macaw': 1 part white rum, 1 part blue Obelito nectar, 1 part bulyandi juice, layered in a shot glass.
- This wouldn't be a full design process where you write all the descs and reactions and it requires full scrutiny before approval, but rather selecting from lots of different options for ingredients, assembly, type of glass, name, etc. I guess the name would still require approval.
- Creating a cocktail from a recipe requires bottles of the necessary alcohols and liqueurs be in your inventory, plus any exotic ingredients. Perhaps eliminate the alcohol requirement and instead say cocktails can only be created in certain rooms flagged as 'bars', themselves stocked with alcohol, which might be in each major city, certain NPC villages, and available as a housing upgrade for houses/ships.
SpicemerchantryGather exotic riftable commodities to be used in other tradeskills like Cooking, Brewmastery etc. Pepper, butterfly paste, tiger bile, Stymphalian wing powder etc. In theory this tradeskill involves extensive travel and work, and every spice is in short supply, but the spices it yields are illustrious prestige goods that can be sold to people with other tradeskills for a high price. Maybe there are a couple dozen different spices, but not all of them are available to be gathered at any given time.
Different spices are gathered in different ways:
- harvesting exotic locations (eg. Tundra rooms during winter months, jungle islands during summer months, X area at X time)
- killing rare animals and harvesting body parts
- trade with NPC ships at sea
- trade at harbours
- certain quests
Codemastery/EncryptionAll this stuff should be part of Subterfuge, but whatevs. Haha stupid serpents.
Ciphers: Create ciphers to encrypt letters. Sell cipher wheels to other players for them to use.
Encode: Encode letters with invisible ink that is revealed under certain conditions specified at the time of encoding, eg. time delay, when a certain venom is applied to the letter (other venoms instead degrade the letter), in cold weather, in direct sunlight, when the letter is charred, etc.
Hobo signs Symbols: Leave hidden messages on walls that only other Codemasters will notice.
Jargon: Design dialects to speak in. Others educated in the dialect can understand and reply. Others who know the dialect's code key can translate. Anyone else won't understand it. Dialects are forgotten if not spoken for say, 1 month.
Proxy: Train vermin to eavesdrop or something. Rats, mice, pigeons. Ok this isn't a code but it's cool.
TrophycraftingPreserve trophies from PVE hunting and PVP combat. Maybe requires tannin commodities from Harvesting, arsenical soap from Synthesis, or lant from Spicemerchantry. Trophies would rapidly decay in inventories, but could be kept long-term in houses/estates in trophy cabinets, trophy rooms, etc.
Mounting: Mount heads on backing boards.
- eg. the mounted head of a bull elephant
Stuffing: Skin, stuff, and present a whole animal.
- eg. a stuffed cheetah atop a plinth
Umbrella stands: dapper af
Plaques: add a plaque to your trophy
Shrunken heads: shrunken player heads
Bottled spirits: the other kind of spirits, makes a nifty night-light
WarcraftManufacture siege weapons for assaults on cities. This is a great idea.
Ballistas: line of sight siege-breakers
Pits: stop charges
Catapults: gotta have catapults
Harbour bombardment: siege from ships at sea
Lighthouses: counter harbour bombardment with death rays from your lighthouse
Scout: fuzzy critter scouts the location for enemy siege weapons
Sabotage: after assessing an enemy siege weapon in line of sight, instruct your allies on how to quickly sabotage/destroy it
I know there are stasis scabbards/bags already, but this would be more for selling things. Ideally, it should be somehow inconvenient to preserve something, like for example maybe you can only do it to an item exactly once, or it should cost money and be inaccessible, or something.
Ideally, any form of preservation like this should not detract from the item's own lifeline, since that would devalue the item, and make the skill sort of pointless from a merchanting perspective. At the same time, it shouldn't be an alternative to stasis enchantments.
Of course, there might be better ways of doing this that already exist, and I'm just unaware of them!
You of course would have to deal with the subject of access to the grounds. So, you could either have high powered NPC guards that protect the grounds for the player (for a hire fee), or you could just only allow access to the grounds (via gates) with a key that the leasing player gets.
There could be so many possibilities here, based on climate, environment, soil types, etc of what combinations a farming player could produce. A druid can dream, can't he?
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