|Quijenoth Goblin Squad Member|
How many players does a crafting settlement need?
How many players does a regular settlement need?
At first glance you may say that regular settlements need a lot less but in fact they require more.
Crafting settlements have 4 gathering, 7 refining, and 10 crafting feats. Assuming most crafters will take 1 of each or split 2 over their DT accounts. Thats about 10-12 members needed to cover Tier 2 crafting.
However, regular settlements are looking to gear their members as quickly as possible. Rather than rely on their neighboring crafting settlements they are doing it all in-house with extra accounts or DTs. They are also pushing to be the first to T2, or T3 a lot more aggressively than crafting settlements meaning they want single progression only characters. That means 17-21 characters all with DTs or second accounts.
DT Crafters are a serious problem for crafting settlements IMHO.
I'm sure this is not how GW envisioned the game to be but right now that's how its working. And, as has been addressed already in this post, it has a lot to do with the poor communication in this game.
I hope I'm wrong and some regular settlements are supporting their neighbors.