Seeing your thread about gathering mats made me realize I don't think I've ever approached CH about joining the Crafting Storage Alliance. I don't know if you've discussed or have a shared storage neighborhood like some kins do. If so, this might not be of interest.
I am one of three founders of a small Dwarf kin--Axes and Ales. We had a slew of houses in our neighborhood that we used for shared crafting kin storage. It took the personal load off trying to keep mats at all levels handy. We all understood that what was stored there wasn't for profit--it was for helping. So if one wanted to sell mats, they had to store those on their own. If folks needed help gathering mats for craft leveling, we'd help much like you do.
We later decided since we're a small kin and we all had alts and friends in other kins or unkinned, why not share the storage? So the CSA was born. It's currently used by folks in both Club Eclairs, Moot folks, a few whole kins, and others (kinned or unkinned folks--the whole kin doesn't have to "join" for any of the kins' members take part) that heard word and come to me asking if they can join as well. We even share only recipe storage with the MEC&W folks which was decided because they are a for profit crafting kin, and we thought this the best method since recipes are such a bother storage wise and the more the merrier when we can lend a hand.
We have a map as well, which I'll attach so you can see how we set things up. Most of the houses as you can see on the map are craft specific, though some have more than one house due to the sheer volume of mats they need--particularly processors.
It's based on an honor system, and we've all been really happy and lucky with it. (No thefts yet *knock on wood*) We definitely go through some highs and lows on certain tiers (constant lows, really with 8/9 and sometimes journeyfolk), but everyone has been great about keeping things stocked to a point where we really can craft at a moment's notice with way less hassle otherwise. As you can see below, we even try to help folks level crafting with excess and stuff we'll need for crafting anyway. One thing that confuses folk is hides stay at the hide house. We don't put any processed hides at the tailor house. Why? Space. There's only so much space you can buy per house, and MC ain't cheap for someone like me, so the room needed for tailor crit mats, scrolls, and single uses takes up plenty of room to begin with without trying to squeeze hides in there.
Because it's a Dwarf neighborhood, as long as someone can catch a stable to Thorin's, they can craft at will now that all the facilities are superior. It's not as long a trek as it is for other race's neighborhoods to their main hub. There are still a few NPCs that do not offer expert level recipes, but we have expert farming, weapon smithing and metal smithing NPCs. Thorin's Hall holds two Crafting Guilds. We're also close to a skirmish camp where you can pick up certain rare ingredients in a pinch for LIs and single uses if we're low on those.
So you know, we only have three rules, which are really common sense reminders:
1) Nothing there is to be sold for personal profit.
2) Please leave the dead last of anything except recipes as a marker so we know when things are low.
3) Please only use the mats for craft leveling when we have a lot to spare. If you need mats for craft leveling, ask Lilje and she will help you get what you need.
And then we have what I call Requests:
- Please do not put duplicate recipes at the Bluestone Armoury. Sell them. We go through hundreds of recipes per month.
- Single use recipes go to the craft house they belong to.
For processors: please keep the crafter in mind. Please don't make 100 Finished hides if it means we'll only have 2 brushed and no glazed.
For scholars: if you need to craft level, we suggest craft crit booster scrolls, any single use craft book recipes in Garikloris (shards are in Garikcoris) and dye.
Anyhoo, there's the offer, and hopefully a basic explanation so you can get a general gist of things. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. If you want a tour to see the actual set up inside the homes, ask and I'll see what I can arrange.
I hope it might be of use to at least some if not all of the CH folks. Please let me know if some or all of you are interested in joining. The more the merrier, I always say.
Sageflower: That's the original tweet, but you can see, if you scroll down far enough, @LOTRO retweeted it at https://twitter.com/lotro
Mugwumper: Retweeted what? No I had no idea. Where do I find it?
Sageflower: Did you guys see that LOTRO retweeted a pic of the kinship at the pub party? You're all famous now!
Mugwumper: Hello Dehllea, not much happens here but I'm trying to get Honeydove more involved in the kin site. Don't tell her I said that.
Dahllea: Hey folks!
Tawes: Tawes moved to Stooping! 6 Chalk Rd. Same hood as kin houses!
Mugwumper: Hello Honeydove
Rusto Banks: Hello all! Ok so I'm more active now as I no longer work 60-80 hrs. a week with my new job! I was curious if I might be allowed to join, as the last time I attempted to do so resulted in a rather embarrassing happenstance of me>
Rusto Banks: >having to suddenly end the interview due to my old job calling. I never followed up because I thought it was so rude of me. Allow me another chance? :)
Daffodilia: Honey, I'll be sending you an e-mail later tonight. add comicsgal(at)yahoo.com if you have a filter.
Trungo Puddlefoot: How're things?
Daffodilia: party report, I meant
Daffodilia: Honey, I can't find your pub party from the 12th. Am I looking in the wrong place?
Galiodoc Dwimmerburrow: Sorry, I've been away the past 3 weeks. Had a RL issue, will be back now :)
Tawes: I have more St.Paddy's pics to share but the site told me there's no more space. :(