This is to all those crafter out there who actually thought the crafting mini-game was for real.... it's not.
Yesterday I discovered that when grinding a recipe about 5 levels higher [crp 33] trying to play the game is less effective than just hitting Standard for every single attempt!
I used no abilities - i.e. Maker's Muse, Tender Touch, Improve etc - and yet my overall success rate was actually higher than before.
At first I thought it was just a fluke but about 30 synths later the truth was staring me in the face - crafting 'skill' is a lie.
Things may be different with leves as you do not get as many chances to average out the successes and failure but for grinding there really is no skill involved at all.
I realise that most high level crafters are probably reading this and laughing that it took me so long to figure out the obvious but... what can I say - I was gullible.
So very not impressed SE.