Why does Multi character training cost so much?
Currently a normal subscription for a month is £9.99 which is fine and you have the option of creating 2 other characters but you can only train 1 of the 3 at a time, which again is fine to some extent.
But this approach is horribly time consuming if you are wanting the additional characters to do anything meaningful. Currently it really only benefits those that have played them game for a long time and can just switch to training one of the other chars full time with no draw backs on their main character as he will have all the SP he requires.
Recently the addition of skill injectors was introduced which are great for quickly gaining a much needed skill here and there. But again they are totally unsuitable for trying to train up the additional characters as they are currently 700-800m ISK which for someone relatively new or apart time player is a lot of ISK. Again this system heavily favours the much older accounts that will have the assets/ISK to easily afford the injectors, leaving the new players lagging behind as always.
The gap between the old accounts and the new ones in EVE is staggering and the amount of time necessary to train even one character is huge and that is assuming that this person knows exactly what they want to do in the game. There are so many different ways to play the game which is great and the 3 chars allow you to specialise each one into a different area but the only realistic way to make proper use of these additional chars is to have Multi character training easily available.
This is not the case, it is currently £15.99 to activate training on just one additional character so to have all 3 characters training it comes to £41.97 a month, which seems ridiculously over priced. I have spoken to an assortment of people in EVE with regards to the costs of Multi character training and they all feel that it is just overpriced and not worth looking at currently. Basically all of them admitted though if it were made more affordable, then 90+% of the players would happily pay for multi character training.
How much you charge for this is the big question, leave it as it currently is and its only a handful of people will use it, charge to little and it could break certain aspects of the game. I would think that the somewhere between £4-6 would be reasonable and on top of that you could have the same discounts applied for purchasing 3, 6 & 12 months subs.
To offset people possibly abusing this to create characters to sell, the price of transferring character to other accounts could be raised to try and discourage this.
On a whole I believe this change could benefit EVE a lot as it allows people to easily explore different aspects of the game between the 3 different characters without punishing you like it currently does.
Anyways hopefully this will bring about an interesting debate and possibly a change to the game.