The first batch of recipes requires you to craft basic products of a profession. With the Forgehammer you should have no trouble to reliably get the +1 results you need. Also try to use an artisan with the Dab Hand or Miracle Worker skill to be most efficient with your daily morale and or / results. If you don’t have the resources you’ll obviously need to do the corresponding Gathering tasks as well or buy the stuff from the Workshop Exchange Store or the Auction House.
I’d check the AH regularly anyway. Some of the resources are not expensive and you can save a bunch of time just grabbing them for a few ADs. Time is indeed the limiting factor during this phase. Your toon can only complete so many recipes per day, which means a profession can take up to a week. Again: I’d strongly recommend investing some money here to shorten the process.
Once you’ve unlocked the tier 2 recipes on a profession, you can immediately buy the tier 3 ones. The artisan in strongholds sells them for 20 of a specific masterwork resource and the process of acquiring them is the same as with the tier 2 ones.
If you’ve achieved that, you can already be proud of yourself. That’s more than most players will be able to do in their Neverwinter career. MW III features a lot of viable recipes and endgame gear, but it’s unfortunately not the end of the road. There are two more tiers to unlock, and I’ll go through that process in a second article in the future!
What you want to do is unlock the tier 1 recipes on all professions before advancing. The recipes at this stage do not already produce high-quality goods. They basically just provide the stuff you need for the next tier. Although we could craft everything ourselves at this point, it’s not advised to do so. It’s much easier and cheaper to use temporary stronghold structures to exchange Guild Marks and resources for the stuff you need. If you’ve unlocked all tier 1 recipes, you can trade for everything you need and doesn’t have to play the game of chance in your workshop.
That sounds easy enough, but there are a few obstacles to work through. First of all you need to farm the amount of Guild Marks first. Depending on the profession you might need tens of thousands to unlock tier 2, which is why it usually takes several Double Guild Mark events to level up. Second of all you need a working alliance that has the different temporary vendors up when you need them. As mentioned you ideally trade as much as you can, and craft little yourself. The structures are essential not to lose more resources than necessary. The only alternative is grabbing the stuff that’s unbound from the Auction House, but that’s not cheap either.
One particularly annoying aspect of leveling this tier up is the fact that you sometimes need normal (non +1) results to complete quests. It’s actually intended to not make it too hard to level up, but completely works against the logic of the system. Because using higher level assets might actually result in less chance to get the item you need. We have detailed the issue in this article, but the tl;dr is that you want to use as much proficiency and as less focus as possible in those cases.