There are a couple of different ways you can go about getting your
skills up. The first (and possibly most boring method), is to grab the
first work order from your trainer (skill of 1 required) and continue
to repeat it until your trainer no longer offers it to you (skill of
40). This method will save you some much needed cash, but may not be
worth the cost in sanity since as you progress closer to a skill level
of 40, your skill-ups will come less and less often.
Unlike some other games, the trainers in Aion do not limit you to only
having one active work order from them. This brings me to the second
method of gaining skills and the route I chose to pursue. Be warned
that this method gets expensive quickly, so be prepared to take the
occasional break to go out there and do some hunting to replenish your
ever-dwindling coin purse.
By taking every available work order (more will open up every 10 points
you progress in your profession), it not only saves trips back and
forth between the loom and your trainer (though this is a miniscule
distance), but also grants you better rewards. With this method, you'll
be gaining progress at a steady rate instead of trudging through the
lowest order to save some money.
Every work order past the first requires you to provide some of the
materials yourself. Everything I needed for the first tier of trainer
(skill of 1 to 99), I found on the Sewing merchant right near the
looms. You'll be amazed at how quickly the costs of all this adds up. I
know I certainly was. As I mentioned earlier, be ready to go do some
hunting and you'll make back the cash in no time. Fortunately, it
doesn't take too long to gain a decent amount of money in Aion. This is
a good thing, because to progress past a skill of 99, you're going to
need 18,000+ kinah to do it.
For those old-school players of EverQuest, this method of crafting and
gaining skill will feel very familiar. Unlike other games, if you fail
in the creation of your item, you will lose the materials you were
using to create it. This is no big deal in the very beginning, but
imagine how much more painful that system is going to feel as you get
closer and closer to the top, losing both expensive and rare materials
alike. The system may be simplistic, but that doesn't mean those
players at the top tiers didn't pay their dues along the way.