How do I translate the time it takes to craft an item or to train an animal? Let's say I'm told that it'll take three weeks to finally craft what I want, then.....well, the campaign in GAME time finishes in a matter of days (I think, I've never actually been through pre-published adventures), a week at most, in real life, that could mean weeks, maybe even a month or so if we DnD once a week. GAME time is moving at a crawl, while real life is going by like a marathon runner. I don't want to tell my players 4-6 weeks later 'okay, you're done training your new animal/crafting your new sword' to a reply of 'doing the what now?', or worse, 'great, now I have something to sharpen my NEW weapon on/feed my new companion'.