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Beverages and Vessels

JiraishinJiraishin skulkingMember Posts: 2,202 @@ - Legendary Achaean
It has now been two full weeks since my first drink and first vessel design were approved. My third (not counting contest entry) vessel design was approved this morning, so I thought this would be a good time to share the impressions, questions, requests, suggestions, and thinly-veiled gripes I've formed.

Firstly, let me say I love this skill. I can't emphasize that enough. Originally I was going to pick up artistry, but then I decided to do beverages instead because kawhe, and I am super glad I did. I can't imagine my character as a cook, but it's somehow easier for me to justify Logosian characters bonding over drinks than stuffing their faces with food all the time: maybe it's because we're so used to sipping elixirs. It's different enough from jewellery and clothing design to feel fresh and new, which broke me out of a rut, and vessel design in particular accomplishes that freshness while keeping the comfortingly familiar format of appearance/examined/dropped descs (cooks might feel the same about the familiarity of smell/taste/first&third eaten. So, before I say anything else, let me give a big shout out to the admins for making it possible. This is awesome.

Secondly, most of my experience so far is vessel design: I've still only made one beverage. I have a ton of ideas spinning in my head for more drinks, but I haven't tried to make them reality yet. My one drink is also neither alcoholic nor aged, so I can't comment on those aspects of beverages yet: mostly (though not entirely) my comments and questions regard vessels.

Ok, so. My questions (different from suggestions/requests, because they address the present reality rather changes to it):
1. Can flasks made through the Beverages skill be worn? I'm thinking about hip flasks, and about the Bazaar and commemorative flasks that had cords. If they can't be worn, would you consider putting this functionality in? Wearing it around seems like one of the big advantages of flasks/skins versus cups, and I also think it would be fun to design a hip flask.

2. Can skins be worn?

3. Can skins be made as waterskins or wineskins, or just skins? If just skins, would you consider making waterskin and wineskin diagrams? These are already container types that exist for denizen-made beverages in-game.

4. Regarding alcoholic beverages: do different drinks like whiskey, absinthe, and so on have different potencies (as in, levels to which they affect character drunkenness)? How is this determined?

5. Can vessels be non-decayed?

6. Do the sip counts of different glasses vary? If they don't, would you consider making them do so? A water glass and a shot glass hold very different amounts, unless you're planning to die of alcohol poisoning. There's no separate shot glass/ shotglass diagram, either-- I checked before posting this.

And then, my suggestions, requests, and concerns:

1. I would really like vessels to not be destroyed when people finish the drink. I understand handwaving disposal of plates and so on when cooked items are consumed, but vessels are actually designed and created separately from the drinks that fill them. Almost every person who's either bought or been press-ganged into trying my kawhe so far has told me 'oh, I had wanted to keep that'. Also, even with vessel crafting costs halved they are still expensive, and getting rid of the vessels after just a few sips has a bit of a chilling effect on selling them. People who might pay for a few sips of a drink and a work of art or amusing container might not do so when the container vanishes if you sip from it... especially since the container determines the bulk of the cost.

2. I'd really appreciate if you made either more woodcarver denizens in neutral areas for wood/bone vessel requests, or made the locations of those that exist better known. I'm fine in terms of claiming those designs: there is a woodcarver in Targossas. But if I were a rogue, I'd be screwed: the beverages helpfile lists a non-city denizen for each vessel type, but the woodcarver listed is in Caer Witrin. I've been enemied to Caer Witrin for several IC years (despite two attempts to resolve my status, but that's another story). None of the other denizens listed are in locations that would be hostile unless you regularly hunted there. Would you consider a different denizen or a helpfile edit there? Thanks.

3. I know this is a bit out there, but it would be cool if instead of relying on denizens you could use in-game equipment to make your own vessels, sort of like how cooks use stoves. I know of two kilns in Targossas alone, for example. Why not use them for IG pottery when making ceramic mugs?

4. Skulls. I love that there are diagrams for skulls in Delos. Cups made from skulls are hilarious. But can you please give them more sips? At first I thought the reason my skull vessel held only 3 sips was that I made them from Sidhe and Sidhe are tiny, but I just claimed a design for a stone-eyed human skull that clearly states the skull is an adult male's... and it still only holds three sips. Three sips is a tiny amount. The google research I did before creating my skull designs tells me that a human cranial cavity should hold between 1200 and 1700 ml of fluid. That's between 2.5 and 3.6 pints, approximately. I can't even figure out how to ICly justify that capacity being reduced to 3 sips: the contents of a skull vessel should be at least equivalent to a pint mug.

5. This mostly belongs in the questions section, but it is skull-related so I'm putting it here. If I were to make shot glasses from the skulls of small animals (no stealing my idea, people) would that be a glass, or a skull? Would you consider varying the sip amounts held by different types of skulls in the same way you vary the number of gem comms needed to craft different pendants? What if I said please and promised not to annoy you with typo reports ever again?

6. I'd also be grateful if you considered increasing sips across the board. The old kawhe mugs in the Gilded Corset, unsung victim of the Bal'met saga that it was, held 10 sips apiece. 5 sips makes sense for a smallish teacup, less for a mug. 3 sips is just a really weird amount: all I can imagine are those tiny cups you drink Turkish coffee from. It's all made a bit worse by how you have to discard the vessel, but I don't want to make too big a deal of that aspect because I really, really would like to not be forced to discard empty vessels and don't want to frame a higher sip count as a solution.

7. Regarding smell and taste: the current syntax is weird. When I designed tastes and smells, I assumed it would read like this:

Black kawhe smells dark and rich, the roast imparting notes of smoke and spice to the discerning nose.
Black kawhe is initially bitter but yields a mellower warmth with subtle notes of smoke and allspice as it sits on the tongue.

Instead, it's dependent on the vessel.

An ivory mug containing black kawhe smells dark and rich, the roast imparting notes of smoke and spice to the discerning nose.
A ivory mug containing black kawhe is initially bitter but yields a mellower warmth with subtle notes of smoke and allspice as it sits on the tongue.

I really dislike this. There's a difference between sniffing the container and sniffing the drink it contains, and I can't get rid of the awful image of someone licking a mug to find out what the kawhe inside tastes like. Furthermore, different container materials may impart different --if largely subtle-- scents, and there's no way to address this: the beverage smell and taste are constant no matter what container it's poured into, despite the container being part of the smell/taste message.

8. Finally, would you consider allowing prepending for the taste/smell messages? The above would be so much better as "While initially bitter, black kawhe yields a mellower warmth..." than the current format. The enforced 'is' is awkward. 

Thank you for your time.
The soul of Ashmond says, "Always with the sniping."

(Clan): Ictinus says, "Stop it Jiraishin, you're making me like you."


  • ArchaeonArchaeon Ur mums house lolMember Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
  • CailinCailin Member Posts: 358 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Those are some really well thought out ideas. I had only got so far as wondering about sobriety (your 4th question).
  • EllodinEllodin HawaiiMember, Seafaring Liason Posts: 951 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    this looks largely directed to admin or meant for separate IDEA entries even if it's on the ideas board of forums. anyway, topical comments from someone who doesn't have these:

    if flasks become wearable, that would run counter to a previous request i've made re: that. so i'd request that it be a change across the board applied to older flasks if that becomes a thing at all. as it is, my bazaar flask is worth more to me and i nondecayed it because of the wearability. as a result, i'd find it pretty annoying if that were allowed now with a design skill that allows for people to create whatever flasks they want, but that's because i paid for it, not because that isn't desirable.

    good to know that the smell/taste function that way in general before i submit for the crafting comp :X just figured it was like cooking.
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  • IsmayIsmay Member Posts: 806 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Hmm, you’re making me want to pick up the skill. 
    Give us -real- shop logs! Not another misinterpretation of features we ask for, turned into something that either doesn't help at all, or doesn't remotely resemble what we wanted to begin with.


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  • JiraishinJiraishin skulkingMember Posts: 2,202 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Edit: referring to the Caer Witrin thing, I've been enemied for RL years, not just IC ones. Oops. 
    The soul of Ashmond says, "Always with the sniping."

    (Clan): Ictinus says, "Stop it Jiraishin, you're making me like you."
  • NicolaNicola Administrator Posts: 904 Achaean staff
    1. Beverages-based flasks cannot be worn, it's important that we still have functional differences between the much more expensive bazaar content. The consumeable nature of vessels also makes this an unnecessary problem with outfits.

    2. No, see above.

    3. They can't be described as waterskin or wineskin as the main noun needs to remain "skin" for ease of interactability. We might consider wineskin/waterskin down the line, but these obviously won't have restrictions on the beverages they can hold.

    4. Different drink types do have different alcohol levels, this is part of the liquid type.

    5. No, they cannot.

    6. Sip counts are default, but the design approvers will alter them where applicable (for example a shot glass).

    1. This is not possible due to the alterations made to a vessel once a beverage is placed within it, they cannot be reused.

    2. There is a woodcarver in a neutral area.

    3. This is not possible at this time.

    4. The cranial cavity isn't a perfect vessel, most will need to be lined with some material before they can retain liquid. Space is lost for this.

    5. You wouldn't make a shot glass from a skull, you would simply make a small skull design and the capacity would be altered to match.

    6. 10 sips has been standard for a bottle of something for a very long time and is the standard current vessel designs are based on. Glasses, cups, chalices, and mugs range from 3-6.

    7. This is unfortunately, but is simply how it has to work, the beverage itself cannot be interacted with.

    8. Not at the moment, that would be difficult.

  • JiraishinJiraishin skulkingMember Posts: 2,202 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited September 2019
    Thank you for the answers. 

    The soul of Ashmond says, "Always with the sniping."

    (Clan): Ictinus says, "Stop it Jiraishin, you're making me like you."
  • TahquilTahquil Member Posts: 4,585 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Any chance for mocktails?
  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 6,629 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I'm really enjoying this as well. One thing I've been wondering about is if there is potential for the ability to do small casks that can be sold for events and the like.

  • KhaibitKhaibit Member Posts: 378 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Okay... I know I bitch a lot about trade skills (furniture still sucks.. like... so bad) but I am really enjoying beverages, so I wanted to say thanks.. now please make foraging less shit.. 250 wood for a barrel is just.. not feasable!!
    But.. honestly.. I am enjoying beverages and vessels a lot. Out of my 15 (!) trade skills, it's the one that makes me smile the most

  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 6,629 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Khaibit said:
    Okay... I know I bitch a lot about trade skills (furniture still sucks.. like... so bad) but I am really enjoying beverages, so I wanted to say thanks.. now please make foraging less shit.. 250 wood for a barrel is just.. not feasable!!
    But.. honestly.. I am enjoying beverages and vessels a lot. Out of my 15 (!) trade skills, it's the one that makes me smile the most
    Wouldn't be so bad if they were reusable. Waiting on mine to age, but I hear they poof when you empty them which....doesn't really make a whole lotta sense.

  • AmunetAmunet Spokane, Washington, USAMember Posts: 779 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    This skill is 99% of the reason I came back (the other 1% was haranguing from @Mathonwy and @Katalyst, so my haters know who to blame, haha). At first glance, I am finding it somewhat cost-prohibitive, with all of the changes that have taken place regarding commodities. I am trying to stave off most judgments until I have had the time to submit some designs, but I am trying to understand just why vessels and barrels are consumable, rather than multi-use. There is precedent for being able to refill a container (tuns, handing the cocktails back to Dagon, etc.). Is the coding for player-designed beverages and vessels so different as to make refilling them impossible?
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  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 6,629 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Rhivona said:
    Small update regarding vessels (specifically, barrels/kegs/casks):
       - Commodity cost reduced to 50 wood, down from 250
       - They will no longer delete themselves when emptied

    This is awesome! Really helps get the most out of this amazing new tradeskill.

  • KhaibitKhaibit Member Posts: 378 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    I would like to complain now that.. the corks at 200 credits each when the barrels don't poof and the wood cost isn't ridiculous, makes for a super overpriced vanity artifact

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