Economy in Albion Online is purely player-driven. All resources are found by players and nearly everything is crafted by players as well. It means every piece of lumber that you use to build a building or every bow that you craft out of a piece of wood is going to come from an actual player. And this can happen because of its great resource gathering system.

Resource Quality and Zone Control

Resource scarcity is a big deal in Albion. It's the driving force behind the in-game economy, the idea that rarer resources are rare and difficult to get and that control of land is important. The further you process your journey through the maps, the more quality resource will be found.

First, you start the game off with safe zones, a PvE only zone but providing low-tier resources. When you move up into partial PvP zones and full PvP zones with control held by guilds, you get rarer and more valuable resources. And on top of that idea of resource scarcity and controlling zones is that resources replenish and regenerate slowly.

You will get different types of resource based on its tier as well. For example, you will get coarse wood from a tier 3 tree. And each tree as well as other source has limited resource which is going to replenish very slowly.

In addition, if someone gathered that tree before you recently, you are going to be able to get a lot less. Sometimes you'll come across a patch of trees that only have one total logs in them or ore veins that only have like one chunk of steel ore in them.

This is the main cause of the fight to take control over high tier resources in PvP zones. It's an important part of the game to drive its economy from the idea of scarcity.

Resource Tier

Albion Online resource gathering system is quite similar to Minecraft. You start out punching basic trees. For example, you can harvest rough wood from a tier 1 tree without needing an axe. This tier 1 wood is a main material to craft your tier 1 novice gathering tools. Once you have tier 1 tools, you can start to gather tier 2 resources.

Resource gathering in Albion Online is like a stepping stone progression system where you need to work your way up. You need to have a tier 2 axe in order to harvest wood from tier 3 trees. In same way, a tier 3 axe is necessary to harvest tier 4 trees.

There's also a way to skip a tier which can be done by buying resources and tools from other players though the market known as the Auction House. Each town has its own trading markets allowing you to gather your raw resources back there to sell to other people. They might only want to focus on refining and crafting without having to go out and gather resources themselves.

In the same way, you can also buy all resources from the market and focus only crafting and refining without having to harvest them yourself. This is the choice of what do you want to progress through the Destiny Board, which is the Albion Online's character progression system.