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Here's a summary of some research FourteenDays did on the details of how crafting works.

Basic research Edit

For this, FourteenDays simply crafted some items which required only one worker, and watched closely to see how many points they actually produced each hour. These results were done with 5 leadership and all workshop improvements except the highest ones for sawing, sewing, alchemy, and enchanting.

Data Edit

Skill Base points Actual points Difference Difference (%) Base points+leadership Difference (%)
Forging 88 135 +47 +53.4% 93 +45.1%
Welding 76 117 +41 +53.9% 81 +44.4%
Sawing 81 116 +35 +43.2% 86 +34.8%
Sculpting 76 117 +41 +53.9% 81 +44.4%
Sewing 85 122 +37 +43.5% 90 +35.6%
Creativity 85 131 +46 +54.1% 90 +45.6%
Alchemy 83 119 +36 +43.3% 88 +35.2%
Enchanting 75 108 +33 +44.0% 80 +35.0%

Conclusions Edit

  1. It looks like most of the improvements are percentage-based rather than a flat increase, since the numbers are constant when expressed as percentages but not when expressed as raw numbers.
  2. The exception may be the Leadership skill. If we assume that the 5 points I have in Leadership translate directly into 5 skill points, then the percentages still remain constant. This is illustrated in the rightmost two columns of the table. Since these numbers look neater than the first set of percentages, I think it's more likely that this is a straight increase, but more data is needed here!
  3. It's pretty clear that the third-level improvement is +10% to the appropriate skill. Estimating the other improvements from this, however, is tricky, specially since it's not clear that they stack. Here's my hypothesis:
  • Improvements that benefit both skills (blacksmith tools, sorceress book, tailor work table, carpenter tools): +5% to both skills first improvement, +10% second improvement, +15% third improvement
  • Improvements that benefit one skill: +10% to skill first improvement, +20% second improvement, +30% third improvement

Improvements do not stack. This hypothesis produces nice, simple numbers which agree with the data above 100% of the time, so I think it's pretty likely to be correct, but some cross-checking would be nice.

Co-op penalty Edit

Next I did some research on the "co-op penalty" by measuring the number of points produced when crafting a recipe with additional workers. This was tricky to measure so not all spaces below are filled in. In addition, I've included the worker's base cooperation skill as well as their actual cooperation skill.

Data Edit

Skill Points solo with 2 workers with 3 workers with 4 workers Base coop Actual coop
Forging 135 133 130 128 69 93
Welding 117 115 113 111 69 93
Sawing 116 116 76 102
Sculpting 117 117 117 117 76 102
Sewing 122 118 114 65 87
Creativity 131 127 122 118 65 87
Alchemy 119 113 106 100 59 79
Enchanting 108 102 97 91 59 79

Conclusions Edit

The workers seem to fall into four brackets, with each one suffering a different coop penalty. The carpenter doesn't suffer a coop penalty at all. It seems reasonable to hypothesize that because his actual coop skill is above 100, this negates the coop penalty. In fact, if we hypothesize a penalty of

(10-[actual coop skill/10, rounded down])*2%

this seems to work reasonably well to explain the data, but there are still a few points where it doesn't quite seem to round correctly. I'll need to investigate this more.

Update: It looks like the formula worked out by Fexghadi below is the correct formula, as this works perfectly with this data as well.

Additional data Edit

Skill Base points Points solo with 2 workers with 3 workers with 4 workers Base coop Actual coop
Forging 77 116 107 (-7,75%) 98 (-15,52%) 89 (-23,275%) 46 69
Welding 60 91 84 (-7,69%) 77 (-15,385%) 70 (-23,08%) 46 69
Sawing 66 100 89 (-11%) 77 (-23%) 66 (-34%) 36 55
Sculpting 63 96 85 (-11,46%) 74 (-22,91%) 63 (-34,375%) 36 55
Sewing 64 97 90 (-7,22%) 84 (-13,40%) 77 (-20,62%) 49 73
Creativity 58 88 82 (-6,82%) 76 (-13,64%) 70 (-20,45%) 49 73
Alchemy 66 100 93 (-7%) 85 (-15%) 78 (-22%) 48 71
Enchanting 73 110 102 (-7,27%) 94 (-14,55%) 86 (-21,82%) 48 71

At first glance, it looks like the penalty for multicrafter items is linear and is calculated as follows:

((100 - Actual coop) / 4) * (Required crafters - 1) %

Update: it also seems having more than 100% doesn't give any bonus to productivity.

Open questions Edit

from WikiPim:

The creator(s) have/ has added a nasty twist here. They/ he have/ has announced that longer work on items give a HIGHER bonus EVENTUALLY then short term created items. It is unknown how this has been implemented and if this has the effect it is expected to have. It may also have been taken out later but due to lack of well documented updates, this is impossible to tell. It also may be a very minor effect.

response:

That is very interesting. I investigated several items which took a long time to craft (gungnir, lionheart) and it looked like the number of crafting points remained constant. It looked like there were some changes in the number of experience points, so maybe that's what they were talking about? In any case, this remains unclear.

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