I made some leaps forward for several characters this week.
I had her make one of every single thing she could make to work towards Novice Tailor. Everything in Black, that dreaded favorite of players and bane of the color mad Tailor. I put everything on the Bazaar that I could at one time (I forgot you can only list 25 items at once on the Bazaar) for a cheesy 150 credits each.
Sales! I love the fact that I can make these crummy things with no color and sell them, because Tailors who have risen in the profession are selling their items from home vendors, and they aren't a competitor at the Bazaar. New people want to get out of their newbie clothes as soon as possible, so it's nice for them to find affordable and varied clothing, including some things just for Ithorians and Wookiees.
I made Novice Architect late last night. I had to do some background work to get the materials I needed to grind Wind Harvesters to Novice level.
I purchased a Heavy Mineral Extractor for 30k, and 10k worth of Fusion to power it. (lots of delivery missions there). Even grinding the Artisan levels of Architect, Low Grade Ore has been a real problem. I found a crummy Aggro-infested (NPCs who will come over and crush you as soon as you're in their range) area in some trees at 66%, which is not a good percent spot but I had spent an hour surveying for 4 different kinds of ore and this was the first semi-decent spot I found.
With this, and what I had already mined with my homemade Better Than Your Knee personal harvesters, I ground to Novice Architect! Yay! Immediately I made my Medic a Small Tatooine House (see her adventures below) and the few pieces of furniture I could put my hands on. I need wood for plants :)
My husband mentioned he can now take on Valerians and I was pleased to see he looted two very familiar paintings from them. The Valley View Painting and the Party Poster shown here are such common drops, but I hadn't seen had them or been able to have them on my virtual walls for such a long time, it warmed my heart to see them. I put them up immediately, placed my modest furniture, and ah, my house finally looks like a home. I have a place to sit!
The road from Novice to Master Architect is going to rely on my continuing to get materials in large quantities. There are only a few things Architects make that need good items stats, but buildings and harvesters take HUGE amounts of resources. I was down to my last bit of Steel grinding last night and just barely made it with like 50 units left to my name.
My live Medic really scraped to get xp until she entered a guild maybe 6 months into playing the game? My new Medic is doing so much better anytime my spouse and I can play at the same time. The guy is a Gold Mine of medical and Entertainer Healing xp.
I talked with Mobyus of the SWG-U guild and my Medic now has a guild, where I hope she can be helpful. People seem really really nice.
A tip from Mr. Big that there was nice water on Talus had me send my Architect over to place three small harvesters on some of the water. I have never seen anything like the field of harvesters placed on this stuff. Even more amazing, and just eye popping, there was an entire hill filled with people hand sampling! JSM....My Medic was able to fill a box of XP healing some of these people.
This event, and my need to survey more area at once, led me to finally put in a macro for Surveying, from my ever handy notebooks. It worked like a charm, and is available to all of my characters, something I didn't recall. That will be sooo handy once I write in the Crafting Macro which is a page long in my notebook...zzzzzz......
A Note for my Ithorian Spouse who is starting his Resource Business:
These Resources will always sell.
Hide, particularly Wooly. Don't worry about the stats at this time.
Steel (any variety, any stats)
Low Grade Ore (any variety, any stats)