So, I posted in hate about sketches being a pain. I asked which other professions have similar costs and a few outliers came up, like Shaman.
I figured rather than derail hate with discussion about the gold and time costs for preparing to fight as specific professions, I'd start a thread! The big cost for bard is sketches - A sketchbook takes either 5 or 10 pieces of wood, and can produce 50 sketches. Sketching itself has no inherent cost but time, but using inks on them is necessary. Cost for this can range from 140 gold per sketch if using the cheapest inks, up to 810 at the most expensive. Each sketch allows for 50 attacks, or 200 with the 350cr quill artifact.
That works out at 2.8g to 16.2g per sketch attack without the artifact, or 1/4 that with the artifact. I don't have an accurate time on hand, but sketch balance feels like it's between 3-4 seconds. At around 15 attacks a minute, that's anywhere from 42g to 243g per minute just to use sketches, assuming sketch balance averages out to 4 seconds.
This is to say nothing of the time cost of getting a full set of sketches - Even finding all the professions to sketch right now can be awkward.
What are the gold costs like for other professions? Both in terms of prep and resources like sketches, dusts, etc?