This is the defacto explaination of exactly how the Skill Points Bonus system works. Even described using SE's example party setup form the patch notes. This system has been thoroughly tested and proven to be 100% accurate within 2% margin of error.
It is originally explained in this feedback article by me after days of extensive testing with my Linkshell.
Special thanks to Crymson Ifrit , Pussn Boots and Cornyboob Funnyname on Wutai server.
This is not how it works in FFXIV.
If you are ever Fatigued and a conjurer (for example) you will notice a message at bottom of the screen in chat log. It reads Your Conjurer skill points bonus has increased. This means that Your SP is being increased by minus x points ( - x ). If you kill enough monsters your skill points bonus will increase and go up in a exponential negative fasion. - 5 - 6 - 7 -8 etc.
In Parties in FFXIV the party bonus is calculated as such.
In a party of 2 players one 20 and one 10 the rank 10 player will receive NO party bonus so his Skill Points Gain will not increase by Minus x Points because he is out of the +5 -10 Range. The Rank 20 however will benifit from the party bonus because the Rank 10 Luckily is withen the -10 Range. This player will be blessed with 10 ranks of increased Minus 5% ( -5% ) Bonus skill points, in turn reducing his Skill Points Gained by 50%. This makes him feel really happy because he is getting Maximum Skill Points Bonus. ;)
If you introduce any new players into our example party say a rank 15 player lucky enough to get a invite into your uber SP party.
This new Rank 15 player is withen 5 Ranks of the R20 and thus he gains a Skill Points Bonus Bonus of Minus 25% He is even more blessed then the R20 still and gains much Skill Points and Rejoices in his major gains.
But because he is also now withen the +5 range of the R10 party member he also gets an extra Minus 25% Skill Points Bonus.
Keep in Mind that this scales downward the lower your rank so Try to get into a party as low a rank as possible to Get the Minimum Skill Points Bonus. After all your the lowest rank and you ahve the most work ahead of you. You in turn deserve not to have to deal with the Skill Points Bonus because of All you lack of effort.
Thank you for your time in completely understanding the FFXIV Skill Points Bonus System.
SE Loves you t(^o^t) too...
Edited, Dec 1st 2010 6:35am by cornyboob
Edited, Dec 1st 2010 6:36am by cornyboob
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