Last week, when CCP announced the Season of Skills event, I lifted their copy directly and trimmed it some for brevity and clarity, which are often the same thing. I also changed “skill points” from being capitalized, because the world doesn’t need that. But what they said at the time about phase two of the event, the Killing Spree, was:
Answer CONCORD’s call to arms and fight the Triglavians by gaining as many Skill Points as you can during Skilling Spree between 24 July and 21 August for destroying NPCs! Get rewards ranging from 10,000 Skill Points for one kill, to the rarer 50,000 Skill Points for more kills per challenge. Then, use those Skill Points to train essential skills for piloting bigger, better ships with advanced weaponry.
That strongly implied, to my mind, that players would be required to get out and shoot Triglavians in the invasion sites that have been popping up around high sec. That has since been clarified on the event page to read (emphasis mine):
Answer CONCORD’s call to arms by fighting the Triglavians and various other foes. Gain as many Skill Points as you can during the Skilling Spree between 24 July and 21 August for destroying any NPC in New Eden! Get rewards ranging from 10,000 Skill Points for one kill, to the rarer 50,000 Skill Points for more kills per challenge. Then, use those Skill Points to train essential skills for piloting bigger, better ships with advanced weaponry.
This hearkens back to a past experiment where CCP gave us skill points if only we would login, undock, and shoot an NPC. That was the “recurring opportunities” thing that they introduced a little over three years back. It lasted for about a month, after which they decided that the “thrill of the hunt” was not thrilling enough and pulled it.
So now this event will give us skill points if only we will login… and undock… and shoot an NPC. Or some NPCs. Everything old is new again.
Only this time there is random factor involved, as your daily task will reward 10K, 25K, or 50K skill points. Depending on how much the random number generator likes you, you could earn between 280K and 1,400K skill points. It also lines up to how many NPCs you need to blow up, 1, 5 or 10.
Who said gambling was dead in New Eden?
On the plus side, this isn’t a big hurdle to clear for some skill points. And the skill point totals are about the right size to be worthwhile to a newer player. If I were starting out… or was an Alpha clone already at the 5 million skill point cap… I would be logging in every day to shoot something.
On the down side… well… the forum thread about this event doesn’t seemed thrilled about the random nature of rewards and there is definitely a vibe in there about the value of skill points to players when CCP seems intent on handing them out regularly. (Bonus points for the new player who suggests revamping the skill point system so players upgrade skills by using them. I think every new player goes through that phase. I know I did. I am pretty sure I did a post about it as well back in 2008 or so.)
Also, it doesn’t really tie into the Triglavian event. I guess it doesn’t have to, but when you open up with something about “fighting the Triglavians” in your first sentence, some might consider it a bit of an out to basically add “or any other NPC you happen to run across.”
Not that I am a fan of the Triglavian invasion event. I logged in a high sec alt to give it a try, went where The Agency told me, and… nothing. I don’t know if that system was cleared already, if I needed to do something, or even if I was setup correctly to see the Triglavians. I am willing to bet they are off in your overview by default. And The Agency was mute on anything beyond location, so I flew back home and did something else.
Anyway, people will complain about anything and everything if given the chance, myself included, but some will appreciate the extra skill points in whatever quantity they arrive.
The kick-off announcement for this part of the Season of Skill Points can be found here.