Shroud of the Avatar will feature a complex and robust crafting system, allowing players to utilize eleven1 (11) crafting stations and fifteen2 (15) crafting skills to fabricate both finished products (e.g. chairs) and crafting resources (e.g. boards) that they or others can then use to create said products.
How Will Crafting Work?
The crafting workflow in Shroud of the Avatar is depicted on a crafting sigil (which shows the interrelationship of each crafting skill). There are fifteen crafting skills in total:
Each tier — or ring — of the sigil, beginning from the middle and moving outward, contains five crafting skills, and the alignment of each ring respective to its neighbors shows the relationship between those skills.
The innermost ring of the sigil is the gathering ring, and displays the five skills that will supply players with raw materials for crafting. These skills are: Mining, Forestry, Agriculture, Field Dressing, and Foraging.
The middle ring of the sigil is the refining ring, and displays the five skills that allow players to transmute raw materials into crafting components. These skills are: Smelting, Milling, Textiles, Tanning, and Butchery.
The outer ring of the sigil is the production ring, and displays the five skills that allow players to combine crafting components into finished products. These skills are: Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Tailoring, Cooking, and Alchemy.
So, for example, here is one possible crafting pipeline:
For instance you use Mining to get Ore. You then smelt that Ore into sheets, wire, ingots, and sword blanks. Finally you use those smelted items to create weapons, armor, and tools.
Crafting takes place predominantly at crafting stations, of which eleven have been revealed. The eleven crafting stations available for players to use in Shroud of the Avatar are:
It should be noted that there is a mismatch between the number of crafting skills and the number of crafting stations. This is due, in part, to the fact that the gathering skills do not have corresponding crafting stations; raw materials are gathered during normal gameplay (e.g. by cutting down a tree). Additionally, the Textiles refining skill likely incorporates both Spinning and Weaving.
1. Update of the Avatar – 09/27/13: Sigil of Magic, Collector’s Coin, Crafting Stations, Unity Scene Jam Winner, & More
2. Update of the Avatar – 10/18/13: Lord of the Manor Home, Crafting Sigil, Story Sneak Peek #2, Avatar Outfits, Basements, Scene Jam Results, & More!