I think that this gets at my main problem, which I did state already. That the huge time and trouble investment in gaining skill past 300 can only be justified in any way, shape, or form in light of the Artisan's Prize. Without the AP, there really is no way I can imagine all but the most obsessive completionists being willing to do it. Once I saw how the system worked on my return to the game in 2017, not long after EoK came out, and had gotten to 300 in all my skills, I didn't do much to try it. I mostly just started hoarding materials and setting up buy lines, but I was fairly passive with it for a long time. When I did start going for it (both raising skill and working toward the AP), I was doing it bits at a time, rather than trying to grind straight through it. Even so, I would get burned out on it and set the project aside for months before picking it back up. That was especially true with PoP flagging, by the way. Needing to do Aid Grimel in order to do the Artisan's Prize is another gripe of mine. That quest requires multiple raid flags from PoP, with their 3 or 6 day spawn timers. I've never been a raider, so that was really an obnoxious requirement. I did finally finish Aid Grimel, but I can't say that I enjoyed much of it. I last got burned out about 2/3 of the way through Eron's Jewelry. That quest line isn't overly difficult, but I was just tired of running around grey con content at that point and needed a break.