Questions to the craft Guru's Firstly as i know Basara you will read this, MANY thanks for all the VERY detailed information you have contributed to this particular section of the forums, altho the char im logged in very rarely speaks on the forums, and also is quite "new" (i lost access to an old stratics account) i have used and trusted your advise for years, so again many thanks, to all gurus: i have a request for some advice detailed below. an few questions to follow as there is one bit of information i dont seem to be able to find an answer to. (there may be a couple of little questions posed in brackets,) then finally again a little template advice. i will admit this will be a long post but i want to explain my situation fully... im following the imbuing guide, making helms then imbuing with luck, (im only 85.6 imbuing). no problems there... now onto the problem; im noticing already that the main ingrediant is citrine, and boy is it going fast.. currently to source gems im filling smith bods, getting pof's selling the pof's then buying citrine from npc jewlers, now this gets expensive fast.. example this morning i paid 104,000 for 1000 citrine, so ten pof's 150k ish doesnt pay for much..when getting 10 pofs are a chore, (im new to bods so its still "fun" to a degree....) onto the bit i need advice, ive got four options as i see it accuiring gems which ill list further down. Please look first at the numbered list below and bear them in mind, ill list what is most valuable to me in terms of commitment to uo. hopefully this will get me more acute answers. my action by value when playing uo; 1)time spent, important, RL is busy, so.. the smaller the better 2)in game cost, usually less time spent = more money, so on this im happy to comprimise if the argument is sound*. I have 1 mill budjet to spend (ive played since 2002, and still have only amased about 20 mill total, with now my max sat idle at 6-7 mill, this is how ive come to 1 mill spare. 3)difficulty of suggested method, no issues here, i enjoy challenges if the reward pays off, *at Max ill push to 1.5mill so.. finally... onto the questions, which do you think is the best method to amas gems? 1) hunt monsters, shame level 1 for example, as earth eles give good gem loot 2) continue to buy from jewlers as i currently am 3) gypsey camps (never seen one, no idea how to find them, but see the guide suggest them) 4)use my smith and collect gems when mining (i currently mine in felucca for greater gain on ore, are gems doubled in felucca as well?) what would you gurus pick out of those scenarios? you can add things i havent listed, infact i welcome that onto the question... now ive noticed that if i craft a normal iron execptional helm and imbue, at my current level i need (i think) 4 citrine, and 2 residue ? thats imbuing 49 luck if i remember correct, now if i craft the same item but in gold ingots, i can inbue 26 luck for the same % success chance (around 50%) but now im only using 1 residue and 1 citrine! does this in anyway negativly affect gains? i reason i started doing this is i currently have about 5k gold ingots, but as i rarely craft its not such a loss to me im using them. so to sum up, if im happy to loose the gold ingots, is this method just as good? my knowledge of the game i cant think of any downsides, second question, found that hunting for residue was getting tireing and boring to do, currently im crafting exec dull copper daggers, making 100 at a time, then unraveling (the whole container at once) this gives me about 260 residue back, is this method the most efficent? its the best ive found? i also heard a rumour that if i unravel them piece by piece i get more residue, 3 per dagger? is this true, Again SORRY this was such a long post, Many thanks in advance Ben  my char is human, uses a soul forge in his house as has no loyality to queen, (does queen forge really make any diff to training? i see not, so plan was to get loyality when i get 100+ imbuing skills, 120 smith 100 mine 100 arms lore 65 focus <- cant remember why this is on this char? 70 magery !!97 with some rings i imbued!! <- first imbue's so yes im excited lol 85 imbueing (will be 120) <- still trying to work out what support skills if any are needed 73 tinker (going to use gems, as now imbuing on template its getting tight, i only use for smith hammers) just stoned gm hiding off char, no idea why it was on there, question, is this template a viable one?