I've seen some folks ask about how crafting works. Here's a short summary. Workshops There are 5 types of Basic Workshops (of which the Farmer's Workshop is one) and 5 types of Advanced Workshops. You can have any combination of 8 Basic Workshops and 2 Advanced Workshops in each of your Capital Cities. Since there are 6 available civs per player and you can have 10 Workshops per Capital City, each human player can have up to 60 Workshops. We encourage everyone to have this. Each Basic Workshop can produce one of four different materials (a common, an uncommon, a rare, and an epic material). Each Advanced Workshop can produce one of three different materials (an uncommon, a rare, and an epic material). When you build a Workshop, it can automatically produce the cheapest level material for that Workshop type. You need a recipe to learn to produce the higher value materials for each capital city. Those materials are produced at different rates based on their type (common produce at a rate of one every 15 minutes, epic produce at a rate of one every 6 hours, etc.). You cannot change the rate of production, but you can be sure to open up all six civs and have all 10 workshops producing for all six (soon to be seven) civs. Crafting Schools Each Capital City can build two different Crafting Schools. To select those two available to you, go to your Crafting Hall. There are eight types of Crafting Schools: Archery, Cavalry, Construction, Craftsman's, Engineering, Grand Temple, Infantry, and Metalworking. The Celts are the only civ that can build a Metalworking School, so it is encouraged you do so. All other civs can build all other Schools. We encourage each player to build at least one of each school across their 6 civs. You can then learn Crafting Recipes for that Crafting School in that Capital City. Once you have learned that Recipe, any such Crafting School in that Capital City will forever be able to craft that Item. To do so, you need to have enough of each material in your Capital City's Warehouses stated in the Crafting Recipe. Let me know if you have any questions so I can explain better!