I'm tired of restarteritus... so I cured myself? Lol, mebbe not. :)
So, I stopped restarting to get a build just right. I have that problem, if a build isn't exactly what I want, I start again, so I start thinking about stats and then I am no longer enjoying the game because it's all about having the build reach the stats. No more.
I started a new build. Most of the mods in this group except the Alternate start. EDIT: some of these mods I'm running from Nexus which has more complete versions of them.
I love gnewma's thread on her Requiem build. Nope, mine is nowhere near as challenging, as I don't have Requiem installed, but I thought it'd be nice to post it regardless. I know some people follow builds here. Here is the concept.
1. No crafting build. I can only build items for a Hearthfire home exterior. The interior will be furnished by a steward.
2. No soul-trapping, unless by accident (Mace of Molag Bal), or because the weapon includes it as a feature (bound weapons). I am using filled soul gems that I find.
3. Use the faction armor and weapons of the faction you're in.
4. Adept difficulty or greater.
5. Training is allowed, but only at later levels, after level 30.
6. No fast travel, except to reset followers, or for extreme roleplaying purposes.
Race - Breton for magic resistance, handy for no-crafting builds
Magicka:Health:Stamina = 0:2:2
Skills - Primary Offense (One-handed), Primary Defense (Block), Secondary Offense (Archery), Secondary Defense (Heavy armor), Conjuration. Minor skills; two-handed, light armor, and restoration. Lockpicking and Speech always go up.
Stone - Advanced Atronach, I'm sure you've heard of it. Take a potion of the healer right before you activate the stone and interesting things happen. As you get higher level restoration potions, rinse and repeat. The stunt in magicka regen is inconsequential to a warrior. The spell absorption is insane, even at the default 50%. The. Best. Stone. In. The. Game. Period.
Shouts - This isn't a shout heavy build, as I always forget to shout. When I remember, I'll shout.
Questlines - This is a completionist build; Companions, Mage's guild, DB, TG, Daedric quests, Side quests, Mainquest, Dawnguard, and Dragonborn.
Follower - Barbas, yes, you read that right, BARBAS! He's great. I have dogs that get underfoot, so his antics don't bother me nearly as much. When the time is right, I'll add Wyrmstooth's Faelor. Two dogs, hopefully Barbas will follow me into Solstheim.
See, usually I do a faction and then when I get the materials for that faction, I put it in a chest or on a mannequin and never use it again. I hate that, so I devised this build to take advantage of many the unique weapons and armors in the game.
EDIT: I had first started a male merc build using these stats, but then I signed on to Nexus, installed some mods and felt the need to restart, so now the build is female. Sorry for some confusion in posts as I didn't feel like deleting the thread and starting over.