Hey all! Many of you know me by now, I am the leader of the Forgemasters guild and for the past week I have run an experiment (which I will continue running, as it happens…) where I am giving away my extremely well forged AoE hammers to dedicated folks who then take those hammers, along with persisting pies and mega strength brews (which I also provide) and mine on t5/t6 planets of their choosing. In exchange, they bring me back 50% of what they mine, and for the past week I have kept a tally of the gems that were brought in. (I didn’t tally up the coal/ores/etc - this would be extremely time consuming and I didn’t want the headache…)
I won’t make you wait in suspense or drag this out extremely overlong, so here’s the skinny - The miners brought back to me a total of 24,871 gems. That’s 69 mass crafts for 3,450 compact gems which are then crafted into 4,750 refined gems. Additionally, I am only tallying the gems that are my portion of the take: Meaning that a total of 49,742 gems were mined in the past week alone by my group of miners!
The reason I am sharing this data is not to brag - Instead, I’d like to just reflect on how well they did in fact do with hammer mining, and the fact that the game is not at all ridiculously impossible to mine in without bombs. Additionally… everyone who is selling gems for 800-1000 each is probably overpriced, but I won’t tell you how to run your shop you can come up with an answer for that one on your own.
Anyways, I hope that this data has been interesting for everyone! I’d like to share a few sidenotes…
Topaz/Sapphire are extremely easy to mine, because their high elevation makes it much less likely to run into lava while mining, which is generally the biggest issue. Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst and Rubies on the other hand, are all about the same. They are pretty irritating to mine due to the crazy amounts of lava down in the depths where they are located. Despite this, while Topaz was indeed the highest overall number of gems brought in, the numbers are not crazy skewed towards topaz because I started offering incentives to get the other gems midway through the week to balance the numbers out.
For mining, AoE is the number one boon to get, Durability is second, and from there its a choice between Damage or Action Speed. Action speed will really help you get through the mining process quickly, but if you can get a damage roll that makes your hammer strong enough to single-hit rocks on a t6 world without the strength brew, you can instead use mega fast brew to have the experience of a lifetime disintegrating mountains at a speed hitherto undreamt of. (Thanks Dr Strange!)
Have a good one guys!