Originally Posted by WilliamR
Yes. The pages of blacksmithing and the pages of jewel crafting drop all the time and very frequently at certain difficulties. Once you reach, I beleive it is Hell mode (one above nightmare) then you no longer get pages but get the whole manual, which you will need for actual crafting. Once your blacksmith is at maximum level you no longer will need pages anymore. However, to get the blacksmith to level 10 you will need tomes of secrets (also dropped very frequently at the right playthrough). He stops needing the pages to get to tlevel 10 and instead needs the whole tomes. The higher the level playthough (NOT difficulty) the more frequently pages and tomes drop. You can always try nightmare and normal difficulty and farm Act 1.
If you need mroe pages, you can always replay your favorite chapter at normal difficulty and farm for them.
The blacksmih is much easier to raise to 10 then the jewler.
Yea, I poked around the Internet and found more info. I can see where a PC game with microtransactions providing income might benefit from forcing the player to do multiple playthroughs to get the full thrill of the game, but it's not something I find all that amusing in 360 games.
As I was told by the guy who sold me the game at GameStop, around Level 20 the drops got GOOD. While I had a few yellows and one orange at Level 18, now at Level 27, my Sorceress has like 5 oranges and everything else is yellow. I even scrapped a legendary that came up as an inferior copy of an item that had dropped a few levels earlier, which sucked as far as drop quality goes. Intelligence is well over 500, vitality has the health at like 2300, and no deaths in quite a while, knock on wood. When I squeeze the right trigger and a dual-beam disintegration ray makes enemies vanish, it's quite cool.
However, I expect that when I start the next mode, whatever it's called, the Sorceress will probably get wadded up and thrown away by every enemy that comes along because it wouldn't be 'fun' to remain overpowered. Or, people other than me wouldn't find it fun.
On a side note, James Hong as the jeweler makes me wish he had a LOT more dialog...