Originally Posted by Pants
I don't know how you do it, man. My character was as powerful as he was going to get 70 hours into the game and the story just wasn't enough to keep me going. I tried going back to it just to explore and finish up the different story lines and just couldn't do it. I need either the character progression or a good story to keep me going in any game. I know I've said it before, but Skyrim is a Blizzard's inventory system away from being the perfect game.
I honestly don't understand how you could be maxed out in 70 hours. By maxing enchanting and smithing?
I've meticulously cleared almost all of the dungeons and forts around Whiterun and Falkreath. I haven't been to any other holds yet and I haven't gone to the Greybeards yet. I am 24th level.
Now, that being said, I only have about 75 hours in this build. I have restarted several times. I am playing on Master difficulty with a Hold Guard build - using hold guard armor, 1-hand with shield. Not pumping smithing except for the occasional gear upgrade. Not using enchanting AT ALL and I am also not using any enchanted gear or spells.
So that means I spend more time than average sleeping, resting, and otherwise being cautious. Random saber cats or trolls can be instant death if I am not overly cautious.