Now that you know most of the basics about crafting in Lotro, it’s time to tell you one more thing and that’s the basics about Crafting Guilds. Crafting Guilds have nothing to do with Kinships or Fellowships, but everything with the Crafting Guilds we (use to have) had in the past. Straight from the Urban Dictionary:
A guild is:
a. An association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards.
b. A similar association, as of merchants or artisans, in medieval times
Of course, in gaming terms a guild also has a different meaning, but here in Lotro, the above is true to an extend for the Crafting Guilds. The guilds have not been established by players, but are purely NPC started where we players can join.
Why join a guild?
Joining a guild gives you the possibility to to get access to recipes which are otherwise unavailable. These are usually quite good recipes. You do have to work hard, though, to be able to get the recipes.
How many guilds?
As to my current knowledge the gathering professions don’t have guilds. If and when I find other information, I will update this part of the guide.
Each crafting profession has a guild.
How to join a guild?
I’d like to give you one warning upfront! You can only join one guild with a character and to my knowledge you cannot change guilds as long as you have the same vocation. If and when I find other information, I will update this part of the guide.
When you have reached the expert level of your profession, you’ll be able to join a guild. In each of the respective guides, I’ll go into more details about joining the guilds.
Last but not least I’ll explain the Crafting panel in “An introduction to Crafting Part 5: Crafting Panel Explained“.