For a long time a lot of the skills were/are pretty well pointless. Need a high Jump, Swim, or tumble, there are spells for that, heal/repair only work at shrines. Unless you are a Bard, use rogue skills, or are a tank most skills are pretty useless, except UMD, and Int is a near universal dump stat, right next to Cha. Thus Turbine makes the skills have a purpose, but what about having to put points into Int!?! Well the Epic TR mentions adding 2 more build points, so drop those in Int to gain that one extra point. Some of the "uber builds" are so delicately balanced that any switch makes them "useless". The alpha pass had issues, the beta "might" fix some of these. Currently you can spend 10 AP for 40 spell power points, on Lam you can spend 30 points to get 30 spell power points AND other abilities. If those abilities do nothing for you then you can get an easy 23 spell power points and spend 0 AP.