On the EU server, due to the change to Situational Awareness which frustrated a lot of people – in short, the removal of it and having the skill point allocated to Basics of Survivability – there’s a captain skill reset discount for a week, along with a small amount of doubloons being given to players who log in, so that the costs of resetting their captains is generally covered. Here’s the quote from Cynd3r on the forums:
Apologies–I meant to make this edit: As mentioned before, previously we’d received feedback that a full skill drop for all commanders had caused many players to have to undertake the boring chore of setting up all their commanders correctly again. We did not want to do that, so we took the middle ground with our decision to drop only certain configurations. However, to make it as comfortable for all our players as we can, we’ve decided to additionally run a week-long event with the maximum discount on skill redistribution. At this time we cannot technically make dropping skills free (we’ll probably have to fix that), so we’ll also give everyone who logs into the game in that week a small amount of doubloons. That way, those of you who believe their commanders don’t need Basics of Survivability can choose another skill set.
Temporarily, captain skill resets will cost 1 doubloon each, and all players will get 100 doubloons for free:
From 28 July at 07:10 CEST until 4 August at 07:10 CEST the skill reset for commanders will be discounted to a symbolic amount of 1 Doubloon per 1 Skill point. During this period players will receive 100 Doubloons when they log into the client to make any necessary changes.
It is what it is, I suppose, and that’s not so bad of a reasoning. I hope this situation is handled a lot better in the future, though.
Edit: The NA server will also be getting the discount and doubloons! Starting 28th July, same time as EU.