Alganon Value of Studies Thoughts by Syndic
I?ve been thinking about studies lately, actually seems to be the main thing I think about.
Now I must admit I haven?t been to the end game, but looking at how things are heading I don?t see studies having enough of an impact on your character.
I think some of them could use some major balancing. I?m not sure if there are plans in place to allow for adjustments on times but I?m sure modifying the results of studies should be easy enough.
An example would be stat studies. These figures are all taken from the library, I know totals don?t work in the library so I totalled them myself.
Rank 1: 4 hours
Rank 2: 14 hours 39 minutes 4 seconds
Rank 3: 2 days 5 hours 39 minutes 56 seconds
Rank 4: 8 days 4 hours 34 minutes 7 seconds
Rank 5: 30 days
Total 41 days, 4 hours, 53 mins, 7 secs
Rank 1: 1 days
Rank 2: 2 days 18 hours 47 minutes 44 seconds
Rank 3: 7 days 17 hours 54 minutes 11 seconds
Rank 4: 21 days 13 hours 23 minutes 52 seconds
Rank 5: 60 days
Total 93 days, 2 hours, 5 mins, 47 secs
Rank 1: 3 days
Rank 2: 5 days 8 hours 2 minutes 10 seconds
Rank 3: 9 days 11 hours 41 minutes 2 seconds
Rank 4: 16 days 20 hours 53 minutes 8 seconds
Rank 5: 30 days
Total 64 days, 16 hours, 36 mins, 20 secs
Grand Total: 198 days, 23 hours, 35 mins, 14 secs
Firstly seems out of whack that Intermediate takes 29 days longer than Advanced. I?m just not sure that spending over 1/2 a year studying just to get 15 in a stat is worth the time invested. Will 15 of a stat be that much of a difference? Sure as level 10 15 of a stat would be heaps, but I?m not sure that at level 50 it will be more than a drop in the pond. Maybe if it was 1% and not just +1 then we?d see the type of improvement I would think to expect from studies. At +15 I?d think maybe a month of study total. One way or the other I think this needs to be adjusted.
Put in the phrase as studies were advertised, will that casual player who has been playing for a long time and studied up really have that much of an advantage over the brand new hard-core player of the same level.
This is just one example i can find many more.
Secondly in this post I?d like to point out what I would consider to be overly extended studies. I don?t really want to be sitting around for 30 days waiting for that last step of a study to complete. Finding it hard enough to wait 5 days to see only the slightest improvement in my character. I don?t think any study step should require more than a week to complete ever. As one of my friends pointed out, sure EVE has studies that take 30 days but by the end of that 30 days you could do something you could not do before. So 30 days may work to learn a new attack or a new spell (that?s a big may) but to add +1 to Strength or Endurance is a massive investment for no gain.
Do we really need years of studies with little gain. I don?t think I?d really mind actually being able to reach an ?end? to study. This would free me up to study on another character, or to catch up on that new race/class when they are introduced. Protracting studies out to take months instead of days is not really a way of adding more value to studies or the game.
You know the most prefect study I have come across so far is Martial Discipline; +4% chance to increase weapon skill.
Rank 1: 10 minutes
Rank 2: 26 minutes 19 seconds
Rank 3: 1 hours 9 minutes 16 seconds
Rank 4: 3 hours 2 minutes 21 seconds
Rank 5: 8 hours
Total: 12 hours, 47 mins, 56 secs
It?s perfect it takes 1/2 a day to learn but since it only helps a character as they level and doesn?t effect their power at max level. It is allround well balanced.
I guess the question is how long would you expect to work at adding +5 to a stat. Adding +1 to stats is not really that big a deal I believe certainly not worth more than a couple of days.
I guess what I?m getting at is I would like to see studies having a bigger effect for the time studied.