The Star Wars: The Old Republic Developer Blog
has a look at crew skills in BioWare's upcoming Star Wars MMORPG written by systems designer Patrick Malott. The main topics here are crafting and companions, including how the attitude of your companions impacts their willingness to craft items, and how crafting will continue while you are offline. There are also details on Armstech, the crafting skill that allows the creation of premium blasters. Additionally, there is a new news blurb
explaining that the Jedi Wizard advanced class is now known as the Jedi Sage, offering a bit of distinction between the game's sci-fi theme and the fantasy themes associated with wizardry.