**Hey everyone.**

**I was writing a little guide and I need a little help confirming my math and my numbers.**

**Any input & comments appreciated.****Gathering Journals and You**

*the case for using journals while gathering*

**What is a “Journal” ?**

- Journals are a feature of Albion that is designed to give those who use them an additional bonus to whatever they are doing. There are journals for almost everything, but gathering, crafting, fishing and PvE are the most prominent ones.
- If you carry a journal in your inventory while doing one of the activities mentioned above, it fills up and once you have a full journal you can give it to a ‘Laborer’ who will process it for you to return 22 hours later with either raw resources, refined resources, fish, silver or trophies - depending on what tier and type of journal you gave the laborer.

**Why should I care?**

- Simply put: After reading this,
**if you don’t use journals while doing stuff - you consciously decide to ignore a 10% - 20% bonus**. - For this article I will limit the explanation to
**gathering journals**, since fishing, crafting and mercenary journals work slightly different - but the achievable boni are similar.

**Loot Table ‘Gathering Journal’ (100% happiness)**

journal tier | T2 | T3 | T4 | T5 | T6 | T7 | T8 | |

gathering journals | baseloot amount | 38 | 60 | 48 | 32 | 32 | 38.4 | 38.4 |

x.0 | 38 | 60 | 45 | 30.2 | 30.2 | 36.3 | 36.3 | |

x.1 | - | - | 2.4 | 1.6 | 1.6 | 1.92 | 1.92 | |

x.2 | - | - | 0.24 | 0.16 | 0.16 | 0.192 | 0.192 | |

x.3 | - | - | 0.024 | 0.016 | 0.016 | 0.019 | 0.019 |

**So what can we see here?**

- You can see the expected resource returns a laborer will bring you on average when he is
**100% happy**. When you give a laborer a journal, you will also see the expected returns in the UI. However, since the UI is not precise and the returns are based on a weighted loot table you are not guaranteed to get .2 (rare) or .3 (exceptional) resources, but you have a chance to get lucky - since the laborers can not return fractions. - Anyway, the important thing about the table above is that you have to
**multiply**it with the current laborer happiness to get the expected returns. Let's assume your guy is 120% happy, then you would have to take the values noted in the table above and multiply it with 1.2 ; 75% happy: x 0.75 and so on. - I will leave it to you to make your own sheet where you put in the current market prices of raw resources to get a rough idea of how much ‘resource value’ each full journal has.
- To properly price journals you have to add the ‘resource value’ you can calculate with the table above to the NPC price of the journal and also somehow factor in how much the time investment is worth processing a journal.

**The base NPC prices for journals are as follows:**

Journal Tier | NPC Silver Price |

2 | 500 |

3 | 1000 |

4 | 2000 |

5 | 4000 |

6 | 8000 |

7 | 16000 |

8 | 32000 |

So to get to your final market value of the journal, you would take the loot table number of your journal, multiply that with the happiness value and then add the NPC price to that amount.

Be aware though that the NPC silver price is influenced by the global discount, so you should check the marketplace before you buy empty journals from a laborer.

Now that you know how much you can sell or buy journals for on the marketplace, let's look at what it takes to fill them up.

Before we can look at fancy tables though, there are a few important things to note:

- Journals fill up based on the
**base-fame**of the activity. This is important, because if you get 6 Fame (2) that actually means you get 4 base-fame and 2 premium bonus fame. So in theory, if you want to fill a T2 journal (300 fame required) while gathering T2 wood (4+2 fame per swing) you would need to swing at a resource node 75 times (300/4) to fill one journal. - Double procs, due to gathering gear and or buff food count for the journal, since you generate an additional base-fame tick and in essence harvested an additional resource. But again, the base-fame of the hit(s) count towards journals, not the premium bonus.
- Gathering journals can only be filled by harvesting the
**same tier resource or up to two tiers higher**. So you can fill a T4 journal by harvesting T4, T5 or T6 resources or a T7 journal by harvesting T7 or T8.

**gathering node size**, before we go further:

Node Tier | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |

Node Size | 9 | 9 | 6 | 5 | 5 | 23 | 27 |

When gathering resources at lower tiers however, you can harvest multiple resources per ‘swing’ effectively: at T2 & T3 you get 3 resources per swing ; at T4 its 2 resources per swing and at T5 and above you get 1 resource per swing.

This is relevant if you you want to do projections in regards to hourly estimations of how many resources you can gather or how many journals you can fill per hour.

Anyway, when we look at the base-fame the lower tiers are actually a bit tricky and in the table below you will the

**fame per swing / fame per resource**values. For T5+ that's the same.

*Note: If you get a ‘gather bonus’ proc while harvesting resources, you will also get another fame entry in your journal. However, if you receive a ‘premium bonus’ proc, that does not count towards filling the journal.*

**Journal Fame per resource gathered**

Tier | .0 | .1 | .2 | .3 |

2 | 4 / 1.33 | |||

3 | 9 / 3 | |||

4 | 15 / 7.5 | 30 / 15 | 45 / 22.5 | 60 / 30 |

5 | 22,5 | 45 | 67,5 | 90 |

6 | 45 | 90 | 135 | 180 |

7 | 75 | 150 | 225 | 300 |

8 | 150 | 300 | 450 | 600 |

*Note: Since the gather bonus is relevant to this you would have to modify the following math with whatever boni you assume. One level of specialization equals 0.5% gathering yield, which is what procs the ‘gathering bonus. So a max level gather (L100), would have 50% more gathering yield (0,5% per level) + 7% yield from the gathering gear + 15% yield from T7 pork pies. (17,5% for .1 ; 20% for .2 ; 22,5% for .3 pies)*

*I was notified of a little issue: gathering gear has 10 stacks, so the actual gathering gear bonus should be 70% and not not 7%.*

*This is quite relevant and makes filling journals even faster. I'll take out this notification once I have time to fix the numbers.*

*Thanks for letting me know.*

So on T4 with just gathering gear and a pie you can add 22% to the following math and on max level T8 spec with a 7.3 pie (unrealistic) you could add 79,5% yield and thus journal filling speed.

Anyhow, lets look how fast you can fill journals:

*Note: The table below assumes swings, or rather the progress bar filling up once (thats 3 resources at T2/3 and 2 resources at T4). The table below also ignores the gathering bonus mentioned above. The value behind the / is the raw fame value per resource, but the amounts you see are effective ‘swings’ you have to take at a resource node.*

**Amount of ‘swings’ required to fill one journal when harvesting the same tier resource**

Tier | fame to fill journal | same tier .0 | same tier .1 | same tier .2 | same tier .3 |

2 | 300 | 75 | |||

3 | 600 | 67,6 | |||

4 | 1200 | 80 / 160 | 40 / 80 | 26,6 / 53,3 | 20 / 40 |

5 | 2400 | 106,6 | 53,3 | 35,5 | 26,6 |

6 | 4800 | 106,6 | 53,3 | 35,5 | 26,6 |

7 | 9600 | 128 | 64 | 42,6 | 32 |

8 | 19200 | 128 | 64 | 42,6 | 32 |

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