I thought I'd give you guys a quick drive-by MATHing on Skill Buying Power under this new Space/Ground split system. It won't set everybody's minds at ease, but I hope it answers some questions and can set aside a few misconceptions.

Under the skill system that is currently on

**Holodeck**, the max number of skill points you can spend in space is 72,750

*(which just happens to be 100% of your total available, but that's not important to the following MATH.)*
**For each tier, the cost of buying every rank of every skill available is as follows:**
- Tier 1: 6750
- Tier 2: 18900
- Tier 3: 28350
- Tier 4: 37800
- Tier 5: 47250

**The % of your available skill points that each Tier represents in % form is:**
- Tier 1: 9.2784%
- Tier 2: 25.9794%
- Tier 3: 38.9691%
- Tier 4: 51.9588%
- Tier 5: 64.9485%

Now, obviously that equals more than 100%, and nobody is capable of buying every rank of every skill available to them. That's not the point I'm trying to portray, so just hang in there a minute... I'm using these figures to make a comparison.

*On average, the total cost per Tier is 38.2268% of your available Skill Points.*
Now, let's take a look at the skill system that is currently on

**Tribble**, where the max number of skill points you can spend in space is 275,000.

**For each tier, the cost of buying every rank of every skill available is as follows:**

- Tier 1: 63000
- Tier 2: 94500
- Tier 3: 126000
- Tier 4: 157500
- Tier 5: 189000

**The % of your available skill points that each Tier represents in % form is:**
- Tier 1: 22.9091%
- Tier 2: 34.3636%
- Tier 3: 45.8182%
- Tier 4: 57.2727%
- Tier 5: 68.7273%

**On average, the total cost per Tier is 45.8182% of your available Skill Points.**
*What do these numbers mean?*
As you can see, skill cost per rank took a pretty substantial step upward (relatively speaking) at Tier 1 (~14%), gradually reducing the relative increase in cost for each subsequent tier up to Tier 5 (~4%). And on average, the total "loss" of Skill Point Buying Power, despite having to put 25% of your total skill pool into Ground skills, is only about 8%.

I'm sharing these numbers with you in order to help folks see some of the hard data behind the recent changes. To some, seeing these numbers will mean very little, or actually upset you even more. But, maths don't lie, so take it for what it is.