@Fleelix aaaah reads my mind *Gathering Artisan* because that'll be meh~Especially due to the fact that Verra's landscape is always changing, to be a certain level to gather a certain material will be more frustrating than feeling like progresssion. I do agree that rather than being allowed/not allowed to gather a material - quality of material should be part of the progression.I also feel that perhaps success of gathering in certain season / time of day will dependent on your gathering level I do like the idea that some materials should be a group gather - I'm up for anything that encourage group cooperation! p.s I moved your thread to Ashes of Creation Systems and Mechanics
I would hope you can harvest any mats you can find and gain experience towards your artisan/gathering skill but as your skill progresses and you begin to specialise you are able to gather more materials per attempt. As your skill increases you may have a better chance to obtain rare materials from gathering.
Whatever happens, please don't make artisan skills decay with time. Life can get busy, and that would unnecessarily penalize those who need to leave and come back to the game.