Just wanted to post some of observations from the past week of skilling I've been doing. I've taken up bonecrafting to imporve my HQ rate on some of my Woodworking items. In the past week I've gone from 17-35. I didn't actively calculate things using the equation, but I did keep the fundamentals in my mind as I crafted.
One thing that doesn't seem to be in dispute is the "prime zone" for skilling up. This is between 2-6 effective skill levels of difference. When I crafted I used no synth support (because I'm lazy.) What I did try to do was keep myself in the crafting sweet spot using:
1. Level Difference
2. Moon Phase
3. and.....<cue music>....Direction
My goal was to gain a level for at least every 2 stacks of crystals used (24 synths.) I was able to accomplish this easily without exception by keeping my effective difference between 3-5. Surprisingly, or maybe not so, I was able to accomplish this almost solely on direction. Let's take my last 10 levels or so as an example.
We begin our journey at level 20, after turning in my test item to advance, I set my sights on Beetle Rings (25). At the natural 5 level difference I chose to face the direction of Light. 5 stacks of Wind Crystals later I was level 23. At this point I changed my direction to that of Dark. My skillup rate did not drop one iota, and 3 stacks later I was level 25.
I switched over to Gelatin (28). Having a natural 3 level difference I chose to stay facing Dark. 6 stacks of Fire Crystals later I was 28.
Moving on to Beetle Arrowheads (33) I quickly found out the GIANT FEMURS AND BEETLE JAWS DON'T YIELD ARROWHEADS. Anyway, after getting the recipie right, with a 5 level difference, I switched back to the Light direction. The one level of 28-29 took me 3.5 stacks of crystals. Then I checked the moon phase, and it was 78%. So I switched my direction to Dark. 29-30 took me 1.5 stacks. Did my test and continued.
At 30, and an abundance of Beetle Arrowheads and the fact that I was now in a Full Moon, I switched to Fang Arrowheads (38). o.O 8 level difference. I still decided to go without synth support (I was in Sandy.) Gleaning from the knowledge found in this thread, I faced the direction of Light, it was a Full Moon, no synth support, and made a mad dash for level 34. It took me 6 stacks. \(^0^)/
I switched up my direction to Dark at 34, and 1.2 stacks later I was 35.
Take this info for what you will, but I am now a "Directional Crafter." I make it easy on myself and only use 2 directions, Light and Dark. The less thinking the better in my opinion. Is this proof that the directions work? Not in the least. But I figured I'd share my observations.
____________________________Eruntalon / Fenrir