So everyone knows that the feats that give bonuses to skills are... lackluster at best. I was wondering if anyone has tried implementing any changes to these feats to make them more attractive choices to select. I'm trying to implement regional feats a la the Players Guide to Faerun, which seem better than the PHB skill feats but only marginally so. I'd like to encourage my players to select feats that better express their character concepts without feeling like they're making some huge sacrifice.
Many of my players fall pretty heavily in the Expression spectrum of the Eight Aesthetics of Play (described here: Angry DM: Eight Kinds of Fun) and I include myself, but we all recognize how pitiful the PHB skill feats are. I like to encourage choices that better define characters but I also don't want to discourage optimization. My aim is to turn skill feats (or background feats that emphasize skills) into something that a skill-focused optimizer would consider.