Ok. I am not a Ranger yet, so I am certainly not an authority, but I can tell you this. Crafting is too much fun if you have the will for it. Especially alchemy to make all of those cool poison and other effects on weapons. Alchemists can make bullets although it takes a while to get that high. So far, I've done goldsmithing like this, and have been able to make most of the equipment I need, as well as turning quite a profit from selling silver ingots, (Thanks Shecki!). But anyway, do the crafting, it's more fun.
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