oldmanpaco wrote:Personally I don't mind repair skills but making items should be left to NPCs. To be honest the only crafting/Item upgrading I have ever really liked was in BG2 where you collect pieces of equipment and take them to the specialist to put together.
Witcher 2 used this mechanic (maybe also the first one; I never played it). You could brew potions yourself, but other constructions required assistance. You acquired the crafting diagram, all required components, and enough gold; brought them to a craftsman; and the craftsman would build it for you. Geralt of Rivia was a witcher, not a blacksmith or armorer.
It was also generally more balanced than, say, Skyrim-style crafting, as you weren't supposed to or even able to grind for crafting skills until you create godlike items far superior to anything you'd ever find through any other means. It was more in the way of providing an alternative to exploring everywhere and finding every item, rather than something far and away superior (although having bombs crafted /was/ quite useful).