It is important when you want to do an activity that involves other players to understand how other humans play Lotro. Crafting with the intent to sell product is one such activity. You not going to be able to sell product to folks like HaleElven and Yula. In my case I will:
Originally Posted by gripply
1) Plan ahead. Produce the gear I need in advance via running the Guild recipes.
2) Do without because content is face roll easy using loot drops. I rather use the valuable game play time to level my character.
3) Why even bother since I am only going to use the gear for 8? hours of game play time.
4) Use purple gear - multiple use recipe products. Take my chances with the RNG.
5) It seems like the only things I have made in the past year are weapons. I run the guild recipes. For a little Hunter. I have to remember to make and store a single symbol for the weapon smith so I can make two swords. The bow is made by wood worker.
Turbine makes contents and evolves the game based on the way the Herd (majority of players) use the game software. If your chosen activity is an outlier activity like running classic instances, you are not getting much. Instead Turbine focuses on solo landscape content. If your chosen activity is making gear to sell since so many people go the Guild route - Turbine evolves the game to supply adequate quantities of silver to buy the Guild recipes, supply the shards via node drops ...
Back when the game originally launched the gating issue was the special part like an Asht tooth. You have to go to the right area. Grind mobs until Asht spawned. You had to find the single use recipe. The recipe was easier because of the low supply of the special part. There were no journal recipes. There were no guilds. Very few people had single use recipe products let alone critical result versions. The solution to all the complaints was creation of the Guild with their recipes and the single tier specific shard that eventually could be found in nodes.
Unless stated otherwise, all content in this post is My Personal Opinion.