Of course you say it's very balanced because you agree to every single update... As... every time usually.
The fact that the CREW LEVEL is important for a higher/maxed out chance for receiving multilevel upgrades ruins the concept again. all the 4 artifacts i just upgraded... i had one artifact with +2 level, all my crew members aren't even close to 300 skill points and just seeing that leveling up my highest artifact takes me 32 hours makes me thing about how much better the skill-point gaining really got. I can tell from so many games that upgrading in the most cases is instant or does have a fixed time... but in astroflux, your upgrading times can go to infinity if time wants so. If upgrading artifacts would take 1 hour then 2, then 3 and so on, it would be okay... but seriously, 32 hours for one artifact and at end getting maybe 15 skill points??? Mehh... i refuse.
I just started recently to train my crew near continuously and the first thing i realized is how fast it actually is compared to exploring planets... got 60 skill points within 3 days for my already high leveled up crew, wonderful! now i was in the market for 4 hours and get some stuff for the tonights party, and i came back and see i got 5 skill points (6 for the higher level artifact) for each of my crew, these artifacts received a rather low bonus and at end the only thing i can praise here is that you can now upgrade artifacts WHILE training your crew.
And wow, newbies now get 1 skill point by upgrading a level 10 artifact that takes maybe 20 minutes, great!
such progress, much help.
We should receive skill points by doing a lot of stuff... Leveling up is a great way, maybe via pods (shared skillpoints) which would help too (could replace the trash stuff from pods), We could add skillpoint gain for killing stuff, we could receive skillpoints by adding more crew based features. So many possibilities... just noone really wants to add them.
In the end... i don't really care much... i never upgrade my artifacts, i never explore planets as both rarely are worth it... i explored the elite planets and that's it... wouldn't even wonder when my crew members are stuck on their seats already because they do nothing else but sitting in my ship with no task.