Mersereau wrote:If they made herbs usable to a decent degree again this would all be moot.
Making herbs more "usable" would make a guild like the Gardeners of Gont no longer qualified to be a craft guild. The only reason they were allowed to be a craft guild was because of the limitations put in for herb consumption. That would be going against our goals to expand crafting in general. We are aiming for more crafts, not less.
Interestingly, there was a layman guild some time back which focused on first aid. It had an early form of bandages (a bit similar to the bandages two years ago). Unfortunately, the wizard who coded it never completed it.
Its good to see the gardeners as an option.
The balance of which guilds got herbalism and which did not IS still very questionable.
Why should one race guild get very nice herbalism and not another?
Why should any guild for that matter.
Yes herbs are the bread and butter of the caster guilds.
But some melee guilds get it and others don't.
No real rules being followed, nothing that clear in the theme.
On the herbs being usable. I was very much in favour of the "flower should not be mightier than the sword" campaign. Which supported the idea that insta heal via herbs was bad in terms of believabilty and gameplay. Certain herb monster players being considered unkillable, RH defeating 3 myths easily etc
To move backwards now makes me more aprehensive than anything else.
I think healing should not change.
It is already very powerful to take time based healers + the best burst healing herbs.
Makes it possible to solo things you otherwise couldn't or sustain power grinding.
There may be room in other areas EG resistances/buffs
because the majority of players have horrible tracking skill I would love to be able to boost it significantly with herb x
Making herb X stronger could be one option.
But being able to have other means of getting the resistances and buffs than eating flowers would also be welcome.
(Enter the alchemists and the enchanters...)
Overall on the herb front things are much better now than they were before the change.