My main (Kirith Kodachi obviously) reached over 115 million skill points some time in the last month or so. I barely noticed. Since achieving Battleship V in all races last year every skill trained since then has been hardly worth thinking about. Just 2% here, 1% there... I'm sure it all adds up but I hardly notice anymore. I think I just finished Gallente Drone Specialization V this week.
The only time recently I got excited about a skill to train was when the new Armour Honeycombing skill dropped in Retribution that lessened speed penalties of armour plates. Faster ships? Yes please, especially for short ranged blaster ships that I don't want to go active tank on.
But this brings the topic around to the new skills. Other bloggers have written about this before but let me add my voice to the mix: its bad for younger players compared to veteran players primarily because vets like me with no crucial skills missing can stop whatever he is doing and train it up post haste while the neophytes have to make a decision between this skill or something else they need to improve their PvP.
And this brings me about to the upcoming skill rationalization where the Destroyer and Battlecruiser skills are going to be divided into four skills each, one for each faction.
When first floating this idea they (i.e. CCP) were still reeling and stinging from the Summer of Incarnage and the wrath of the veterans that was displayed in full force there. So when proposing this skill division they decided to make the call to say "if you can fly the ship before the skill change, you will be able to fly it after".
Essentially, this decision ensures a veteran like yours truly with all race's cruiser skill trained up gets a massive leg up over another player with only one cruiser skill trained up to unlock the battlecruisers. I effectively will get a windfall of 15 free levels of skills compared to the hypothetical other. For no extra training time at all.
What CCP should have done is this:
CCP: "OK everyone, we are splitting the Battlecruiser skill into four skills, one for each race. We will remove the battlecruiser skill from everyone and refund the skill points trained in it and the skill book cost to every player. Then you can invest those skill points and ISK however you want."
Bitter Vets: "What the hell, CCP? I can fly all the battlecruisers but after this I will only be able to fly one race's ships?!"
CCP: "Yes, that is an unfortunate side effect but as you are a long term player you have plenty of wherewithal to buy the skill books and retrain the race's as you need. We're sorry but this way is the most fair to everyone including newer players and best for the game."
Bitter Vets: "*insane rage*"
I personally would not have cared. Like any vets, I have my favourites and if I really wanted the other ships I would have taken the month or two or even three to get back to all ships at level V. What's three months to someone playing over seven years? (Hint to Jester: That's Quote of the Week material right there! No? Sigh. Always the bridesmaid.)