This isn't true. I have some characters who have completed proficiency all the way up to Westfold but only have finished Mastery on the first tier or two. It is useful for explorers to be able to pick up anything they might come across, even if they can't crit on any of the processing.
Originally Posted by dmark101
In response to the original question, I'd say there's no shame in not doing crafting if you don't want to. It is a time-consuming business, and if you don't enjoy it then there's no need to force yourself. If you're happy buying gear on the AH, or getting help from kinmates, or using quest or instance-reward items, then that's fine.
You might want to give crafting a try sometime - I enjoy it myself, some crafts more than others, as a sort of mini-game that is useful at the same time. But it is much easier to level crafting as you level through the areas. (Going back to collect copper and tin or Aged Scraps of Text in the Shire at level 75 is pretty tedious.) Maybe if you make an alt sometime, try out the crafting as you go. If it still doesn't click, leave it for people who do think it's fun.
Last edited by Elinnea; Jul 09 2012 at 09:24 PM.
My characters are listed at my [url=http://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/User:Elinnea#LOTRO_Characters]lotro-wiki page[/url].