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(Inspired in part by this post over at Zen of Design, and this link to a Gamespy article from the comments thereafter.)

“Crafting” is one of those topics that, I suspect, could stand for a fair bit more definition.  I am beginning to think that, perhaps, some of the disappointments that those of us who occasionally request “crafting” in our MMOs typically face arises from the fact that we haven’t done a very good job defining what we really want, even amongst ourselves.

I was reminded of this disconnect, which I had noticed before (back during my EQ days, and again in the weeks after the EQ2/WoW simultaneous launch), while reading the Gamespy article linked above.  Some of the points that author makes are dead on in terms of what I’m looking for… others, I’m sitting there shaking my head in denial.

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