Smithing 30I've decided to put them on hold for a while. Partly, because the combination of farming a ton of beetle/scorpion/whatever body parts, and then making something out of them, and trying to sell it on the Auction House is somewhat tiring and pretty boring. But also, for another reason.
I'm not sure what the hell is going on in FFXI right now, but there's barely 50 stacks of crystals on the AH. And the prices, of course, have all doubled on the Wind/Earth/Water crystals that were barely worth listing two weeks ago. Not a replay of the height of the 2005-2006 inflation that had Fire Clusters up to 18k/each (which I completely failed to take advantage of), but still doubling in a week.
I'm not entirely sure what people are doing. There appears to be some push to making Coffee Muffin +1's instead of Cherry Muffin +1's. The latter used to be able to be made using ingredients entirely from NPCs and a skilled chef could make them for a substantial profit.
In any case, it's retarded, so I'm going to give craft leveling a rest for a bit. Smithing and Goldsmithing were going to suck to get to 60 anyway. I could do Leathercraft, but I just got that to 58 on my mule and don't feel like re-doing it on my main char too.
Fishing for Pearls!
I'm thinking that in the meantime, I'll do more Fishing leveling. With 60 Bonecraft, I can turn Shall Shells (55 Fishing) into Pebbles, Pearls, and Black Pearls (60k for 12). The last two are HQs and I can get those ~25% of the time.