There’s only one thing left about crafting to explain, the Crafting Panel. Let’s review all the parts.
When you open your crafting panel (press T or click on the anvil left in your menu bar) It will look a bit like above. This is the craftingpanel of a woodsman. The woodsman has, as you can see, three profession:
1. Profession tabs
In part 1 you see the three tabs for these professions with the farmer tab highlighted. Each profession tab shows you the tiers you know and the known recipes from each known tier. Things you don’t know, you won’t see here.
2. Search bar & Unlock recipes
The searchbar area (part 2) is divided in three parts:
- + and –
- Search bar
- Get Recipes
The Plus (+) and Minus (-) signs give you the possibility to show all known recipes from all known tiers at once (+), like in the above overview, or close them all at once (-).
The searchbar gives you the possibility to search through your known recipes.
In the above example one of my cooks was looking for a recipe with Blueberries. As you can see she got all the results. Only the tier which has a blueberry recipe is shown and only the recipes with blueberry in the name is shown.
Keep in mind this can’t be used to search for ingredients. It only search the names of the recipe.
Last but not least in this are, you see the “get recipes” option. This gives you the possibility to unlock all recipes from your known tiers for Turbine Points.
In the above overview you can see I could buy several recipe books for my cook. This particular cook had already unlocked all tiers, so I could buy recipe books from all tiers. Page 2 would show more tiers.
As you can see the prices of the recipe books vary. Since I’m a free player (and proud of it!) I refuse to buy recipe books with Turbine Points. I’ll simply buy/loot them in-game. Not all professions and tiers have recipe books (prospector i.e. has no recipe books in the store, while other professions only have a book for 1 tier), so there’s another reason not to rely too much on the Lotro Store.
3. Tiers with the recipes
In this area each tier you know is shown. In the first overview you see the Farmer recipes this particular character knows for Tier 1 (Apprentice) and Tier 2 (Journeyman). Recipes colored green are recipes for which you have the ingredients and thus which you can make right now provided you are at the correct workplace and you have the correct tools equipped.
Recipes in white are recipes which you know but for which you don’t have enough ingredients. You can view the recipes and check what you need to make them.
The number behind the recipe tells you how many times you can make the recipe, i.e. Bundle of Spring Barley. As you can see, there’s a number 56 behind the recipe. This means I have 56 Spring Barley crops of which I can make Bundles of Spring Barley.
In this part of the Crafting Panel you can also see if you can develop a tier further or if your tier is fully develoiped. As you can see here, the Apprentice Tier (Tier 1) has the proficiency bar filled (the bronze anvil) and still needs points to fill the master bar. In this case this particular character needs another 300 points to reach the Master Apprentice Farmer rank.
And, as you can see, the Journeyman tier is already visible, like I explained in “Tiers explained“. This character hasn’t worked on the Journeyman tier yet, so the proficiency bar has not been filled yet.
While you’re crafting (and waiting for the item to be finished), you can check out the other recipes. Simply click on te tier/recipe you want to view and you can see it.
4. Recipe name and version
Shown above is part 4 of the Crafting Panel. Once you’ve selected a recipe, you’ll see this on the top right side of your crafting panel. The little picture you see is the item you’re going to make. The name next to it is, you guessed it right, the name of the item. And underneath you can see how much experience you will gain when you finish this recipe once. In this case it’s 6 points.
There are profession who can have different outcomes of one and the same recipe. You can recgonize these recipes in the overview because they will look an icon of a round arrow in front of it:
Each of these recipes have multiple possible outcomes. For example, you can make an Agate bracelet of Blocking and an Agate bracelet of Morale with the Agete Bracelet recipe.
The little backpack behind the recipe is a sign you have ingredient packs in your inventory. In this the character could make 1 agate bracelet with the ingredients packs she had.
When you open a recipe with multiple outcomes, you will see the following on the top right side:
The original recipe was Tough Leather Armour. On the right side you can select the output you wish to have. Both outcomes will give you the same recipe.
5. Tools & Facility
Here you’ll see which tools you need. Here it were Farming Tools. If you don’t have the correct tools equipped, you will see the above too, but in red.
Also you can see which facility is required. In this case Grain Farmland. If you’re not near the required facility, you will see the above too, but in red.
This part will show you the ingredients you need to make the recipe. If you don’t have a certain recipe, the picture is grayed instead of in color.
For each ingredient you can see how many you need to make the item 1 time. In this case I’d need 1 apprentice crop seed, 1 bucket of water and 1 handful of fertilizer.
7. Optional (a.k.a Critical Success)
If you haven’t reached mastery in a tier yet, this is what you’ll see on the right side under the ingredients. Only when you’re proficient your tier, in other words, opened up mastery, will you have a chance at critical success and can you use optional ingredients.
As you can see, in this case Mastery was reached and the optional ingredients could be used. This part will show which optional ingredients you can use. Pay special attention to this! In this case 1 pile of Rivendell soil would give me a 100% chance at critical success when I make this particular item once. The chance is not for an entire stack you make, it’s for ONE item only! Keep that in mind!
Now, if you don’t use any optional ingredients you may still have a chance at critical success. In this case the chance is 5%. The chance at critical success varies per recipe so pay close attention to that!
AN IMPORTANT NOTE FOR FARMERS! In my experience the critical success of a well-tended field doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get better results! I’ve had well-tended fields which only gave 1 crop and no extra’s! And I’ve had normal fields where I was extremely lucky!
As you can see in the top picture I completed a normal Spring Barley Field Recipe out of which I got 9 Fair Spring Barley crops. I didn’t use any optional ingredient or whatsoever.
And in the picture above you can see I completed a normal Rye Field Recipe and I got a Pinch of Eastemnet Herbs, a Pile of Riddermark Soil, a Tarnished Crest of Rohan and 5 fair Rye Crops.
I’d say both results are good examples that you don’t necessarily need optional ingredients to get very good results.
In this part you can state how much items you want to make. Just press the arrows or click in the little field to adjust the number. If you want to make all items you can make with your current ingredients, just press make all.
A WARNING FOR FARMERS! Do NOT press make all when you’re planting fields. The fields are timed and you WILL loose crops. Experiences vary from 4 to 12 fields which can be planted before your fields begins to wither away. So be sure not to make more than 12 fields at the most! Or your investment in seeds, water, fertilizer (and perhaps soil/compost) is down the drain!
Now that’s weird, right, hiding? Well, actually, when you tick this box, the crafting panel will be hidden while you’re in the process of crafting (planting a fields, making pants, etc). When you’re done, the crafting panel will re-appear. You can also simply click the cross in the upper right corner.