I've been working with some new players and doing the quests myself. There's no way that a new player could finish the quests in 4 hours. Some of our min/max'ers could, but not the majority. Also, crafting thousands of wolf heads/catapult toys/scrolls/potions for XP isn't really crafting, it's just grinding. If crafting is an important part of the game, why put even more barriers up than we already have?