MMORPG.com is hosting a developer blog on crafting professions in Cryptic's upcoming D&D MMO Neverwinter. Here's a snippet:
Learning to craft in Neverwinter is an easy task, but attaining the true benefit that professions can provide will require some dedication. Beginning at level 10, you'll be able to choose a task from one of your crafting professions, hiring your first assets - Leadership Mercenaries, Platesmithing Miners, Mailsmithing Prospectors, Leatherworking Skinners, and Tailoring Weavers. After that task is complete, you'll continue to issue tasks to advance in your desired professions, sending your Mercenaries out on Guard Duty, requesting your Prospectors to Gather Iron Ore, or asking your Weavers to Gather Wool Scraps.
These tasks will take time, and when you're just starting out, you'll only have a couple of profession slots available for your assets to do your bidding, but over time, you'll be able to master everything that professions have to offer. As you complete tasks, you'll gain experience points for your professions (and for your character, if you're using Leadership!), along with profession resources and exciting rewards, such as Healing Potions, Leather Boots, Plate Armor, Enchantments, Skill Kits, Astral Diamonds, Gold, and more!
If you're tight on backpack space, not to worry: your inventory has dedicated spaces for your professions' assets and resources, which can all be sorted with the click of a button. Additionally, your assets will continue to work on your profession tasks while you're adventuring, and you can tinker with your professions on the Neverwinter Gateway website when you're outside of the game client. With professions in Neverwinter, you can always have something in the works!