Ok so synergy is here. Speculation can now be reduced as days pass and more people spread their experiences with synergy.
My thoughts on synergy, others opinions will vary so don't condemn me for my opinion.
I don't think I will be continuing to play with synergy and here's why. I did the first quest and got myself a synergy crucible. The beginning quest will grant you a full supply of elemental fewell (99 of each element). This is an awesome freebie and you'll see why in a second. I talk to an engineer for some recipes. My choices of recipes were ebon gloves, ebon gauntlets, hi-potion, orange juice. Do to accessibility of materials, I picked OJ to start things out.
So I approach the furnace solo and click it. Yay, number one it lets you work it without a party (not sure if good or bad yet), number two there wasn't 100's of people spamming it like I first anticipated--no waiting to use the public furnace. I traded my 4 oranges and started the process. I clicked this and that unknowing what I was doing and didnt get any explosions. So I talked to engineer again and re-read the instructions and went back for some more tries. Things started working and I was spitting out finished orange juices. Now for the skill ups, I got like .5 total from adjusting pressure, fixing furnace, and other random operations, but got non from actual quick successful runs.
So now I check my fewell levels. I'm empty in the water element and in the 70-80's in a couple others like light element. I click refill fewell at the engineer and Bam!! my synergy career stops in its tracks. I find it's 20,000 gil to refill fewell. So far .5 synergy skill = 20,000 and I got a few orange juices to sell to offset the cost lol.
So far this craft appears to be the biggest, most incredible waste of time and money anyone could have ever thought of. Considering the cost of leveling the craft and the possible options of gear you get from it. No other craft costs 40k per level from 0-5. I think I'm going to have to lean in direction of the nay-sayers that spouted off about this being another wasted resource SE adds that no one will ever use. At least until someone dumps multi-millions into and finds some insane, hands down, best gear ever from it. But if all you get is situational pieces of gear to hog more inventory, I don't see a bright future for synergy.
Now granted, I didn't keep leveling to 50 to see it's max potential (honestly I couldn't afford to get to 20). I also didnt have a party all working on the furnace. Perhaps you can get skill-ups faster there? Maybe harder recipes provided faster skill-ups; maybe ebon will give 1.0's?
Anyone else have thoughts experiences with synergy so far?
Edited, Dec 7th 2009 10:01pm by RobbyFaces
Ok I found the fewell orb recipes from npc.
Orbs stack to 12.
Each orb when added to the furnace during process will replenish 50 of that element to your crucible.
Right now its way more expensive to make your own orbs for replenishing unless you farm all your mats. On lakshmi gougers have slime oil at over 20k per stack, crystals of all kinds are 2500-3k per stack, rocks are bought out on AH(goldsmith guild has them for about 6100 each when I just looked.) Also note the initial quest require you get 1x earth crystal, 1x flint stone, 1x oz mythril sand (from mine gravel->machine in palbourgh mines), 1x brass tank. Brass tanks have went from 1k each to 30k each now. Brass ingots went from 5k stack to 30k per stack. Zinc ore (needed to make brass) 1k each now.
If you have the means, it's a low level goldsmith recipe, much cheaper to farm a little and make your own tank. 1 earth crystal, 1x animal glue, 3x brass sheets= brass tank.
(Novice Alchemy) I only found NQ=3 orbs, I didn't do enough to find HQ=values
Fire fewell orb:
1x fire crystal
1x slime oil
1x red rock
1x catalytic oil
Water fewell orb:
1x water crystal
1x slime oil
1x blue rock
1x catalytic oil
The rest are the same, just switch out the rock color and crystal type to match element your looking for.
Edited, Dec 8th 2009 2:35am by RobbyFaces
LoL, wow I add the "secret recipes" and the rate downs start. Well tough, if you don't want people to know easy recipes, so you can gouge the crap out of them.
Edited, Dec 8th 2009 2:48am by RobbyFaces