I wanted to make sure you guys watched this interview from yesterday with MMORPG.com and Creative Director Paul Sage. It has a lot of good nuggets in it about the beta, guilds and crafting.
This is a little bit on the crafting: "First and foremost, Paul wanted to make sure we all know that crafting will be vitally important not only to the economy, but to the players as a whole. The gear you get from crafting will be just as viable as that which you get from questing, dungeons, and the like. In fact, Paul suggested that the players who are decked out the most will be those who partake in all facets of the game. They want people to be able to play the game how they like, and if that means crafting is their main way to get items, then so be it. If they don't care about crafting, that's fine too. But nevertheless, crafting is going to be a very vibrant and detailed part of the game's overarching economy and it won't be the same-ol' same-ol' crafting we've grown used to in recent MMO offerings."
Watch the interview here.
Read the overview here.