Former Team Member
I absolutely agree that the massive amount of skill points is the entire problem. A fort fighter or full-time berry picker is almost as strong as a pure dueller, when both are in equal duelling gear, and the RNG on top of that makes it a complete gamble. Your personal skills don't matter much anymore.I think another problem is, that skill matters much less than earlier. I remember the fun we had trying to find the optimal skill, testing the different skills etc. It was already mentioned that with the right set it doesn't matter what skill you have... Maybe we could fix this by doubling the skill points we get for each level. I know that this leads to some problems as the difficulties might have to be adjusted. On the other hand, with the sets you can do any work anyways so this might be obsolet...
But I don't think adding even more skill points into the equation is the answer... I think the only way to save duelling, is to completely re-make the class bonuses so that you can actually pick your bonuses. Fort fighters will pick fort fighting bonuses, berry pickers can pick product drop bonuses, and duellers can pick duelling bonuses (or you can choose to hybridise), and this would be the mechanic in which the playstyles actually differ from each other, because at the moment, you simply change gear and you are a professional dueller, or change gear and you are a professional fort fighter, etc. No reskill required and no class consideration because everyone can do everything. In fact I can do almost every job on the map at level 50 with a tombola set. This is not the way.
All of the fun has been sucked out of this game, and duelling in particular, by the decision to take the Multiple-GOTY-Award-Winning The-West and turn it into tombola simulator.
And the simplest way to relieve all of the issues with PvP is to consolidate the communities into one or two worlds, so that the game can actually function properly again. They won't even do that.... Can you believe they want to raise the level cap, in the face of the entire PvP being broken?