I made 28 pieces of armor and shields yesterday and only got 1 exceptional. My blacksmithing skill is level 108. I had the Blacksmith blessing and also use a Smithing Hammer prosperity tool. This gives me 27% exceptional chance. I crafted 28 pieces of armor/shield in a row and got 1 exceptional, so I got a 3.57% exceptional rate in practice. Mostly these were plate pieces, and they take a crap ton of materials to make. I have read the previous arguments and I'm not here to argue that the random number generator is not accurate. I just want to say this makes me not want to play the game and I have to step back and seriously consider if I want to continue playing. When this happened, I ended up rage quitting hard. I was still making shields, but after that many items in a row not being exceptional I just hit restart on my PC and rage quit and stopped playing. I slept on it, thinking that would help, because whenever I'm upset, sleeping on it always helps. However, I logged in today and am still in full rage mode. I don't understand why there wouldn't be some kind of assisted AI to stop some of the raging over things like this. It takes many hours to gather all the materials and traveling and refining and more refining and load times (not to mention the 2000 hours or whatever to raise my skill that high in the first place) and I finally make the product and almost all of it is useless. I get it that sometimes I will get more exceptional than I deserve and there is randomness, but this is just too much. I want it to be difficult. I don't want crafting to be easy. At the same time it shouldn't be excruciating. The devs could easily add an AI assist in there so that every time you fail making an exceptional, your exceptional chance increases by 1% until you make an exceptional and once you do, then it resets to original value and continues like that. This would make it a lot harder for someone to make 20 items in a row and get nothing, without making exceptionals over produced. The same concept goes for spell % chances. My Dash is 78% but I have failed dash 10 times in a row so many times I think of it as normal. When people play games they will always want to move max speed once they know the game well. It seems boring if they have to go at a slow pace and already know the game well, so everyone is going to use a spell like dash and I constantly just run around casting dash and failing and its probably the most annoying thing about this game to me. In my opinion, this also needs an AI assist to increase success chance each time you fail so this happens less.