The OP was asking why he failed so often. One thing you didn't mention in your excellent description of the synthing process is the importance of rank and rank-appropriate gear. One can follow your instructions to the letter and still fail every synth because the recipe is too high for you. Even one or two levels can make a huge difference in your changes of success. Since you lose your synthing materials when you fail, trying to synth a too-high recipe can be very expensive.
There are a few things you can do to improve your chance at success:
- Use class-appropiate "facilities"
- Use level-appropriate tools
- Wear gear that boosts crafting stats
- Eat food that boosts crafting stats
- Use high-quality ingredients in your synth
You can give yourself a boost when you craft in a "workshop" that is appropriate to your class. These workshops are not specific locations. Rather, they are temporary boosts to your crafting abilities that you pay for. You can gain access to a workshop at the guilds or at any of the camps.
At the guilds you can buy access to three levels of workshops: common, guild, and master. The more you are willing to pay, the more support you get for your crafting. I'm not sure whether the support is the equivalent of 1, 2, or 3 additional levels of rank or some other method of calculation. Each guild will offer support only to its specific craft. You will gain no benefit to having workshop support if you are crafting in a different craft.
At each of the camps you can also sign up to use camp facilities. These are all common (the lowest level) facilities. The facility you sign up for is based on your class when you sign up, so you need to be sure to switch to the class before
you pay for the service.
One caveat: The support doesn't last long, only long enough for 4-5 synths, so plan accordingly. Use level-appropriate tools
The higher the level of tool, the more crafting stats it will have, but the tool must be appropriate to your level. I'm not entirely sure what will happen if you use a tool that is above your level. Certainly, it will wear faster, but I wouldn't be surprised if you lost the benefit of those extra stats, too. The important thing, though, is to move away from the weathered tool you got at level 1 as you level and can find the tools in bazaars. Wear clothing that supports crafting
The stats you are looking for are craftsmanship, magical craftsmanship, and control. You might want to have different gear for crafting than for fighting since gear that boosts crafting usually doesn't also boost attack and evasion. Again, the gear should be rank appropriate. Eat food that supports crafting
Here are three good possibilities: Distilled water and orange juice boost mag. craftsmanship. Boiled eggs boost craftsmanship. Food lasts longer than guild support: 30 minutes I think. Use HQ materials
HQ materials have higher starting durability and much higher starting quality than NQ materials. The higher the number, the bigger the bonus to durability and quality. Because of the higher durability, you can often succeed with a synth several levels earlier when you are using HQ materials. And because of the higher starting quality, you are much more likely to get HQ results. As an example, I gathered some +3 plums. Making prunes out of them is about 5 levels above my current rank, and I had never come close before, but I was able to succeed on all three synths, two of them for +1. Edited, Oct 22nd 2010 4:28pm by LordTinyDragon