It speeds up the process some, which may be important if you want to prepare for the attacks happening in almost no time at all. And if you already have a high level black smith, then you don’t really need the xp. I have a level 6 and a level 5 blacksmith in my current city. But I also have 12 sets of steel equipment, so buying ores, bars, or weaponry/armor would be pointless for me at this point except to get my net worth up.
They are not hard to craft. Its just that silver only has a 5% chance of being obtained and gold only has a 2.5% chance of being obtained, making the raw materials relatively rare (compared to 7-10% for other ores) and it takes two ores to make a single bar.
A steel longsword sells for 199 gold and requires 4 steel bars - 8 iron ores and 8 coal ores, which on average takes 50% longer to mine the ores than for gold bars and ~6 times longer to actually put them together and requires a level 4 blacksmith. So compared to longswords, 30 gold for a gold bar is not bad. But I think all of the blacksmith’s creations are undervalued. Even the tin and copper bars should be worth more than a wooden shield since they require rarer raw materials and they require two of them. Wooden shields for 10 gold and tin/copper bars for 30 gold would be reasonable in my opinion. Iron bars for 50 gold, bronze and silver bars for 70 gold, steel bars for 100 gold, gold bars for 150 gold, steel longsword for 550 gold, and steel armor for 600 gold. I’m assuming eventually they’re going to add more recipes for gold and silver, perhaps things like silver ring, diamond gold ring, etc that will be worth a lot more.
i have den working on the code how ever there is newer things Im also adding like gold to per gold that you can make to coins that will be 100G more then the 60 that you get in game (yaa rediant has a vid on how to make ^.^ )