So I got round to installing FWE and MMM (mutant mod), and then spent the requisite afternoon installing a dozen other major (related) mods. And oh my, it is terrific fun. Everything is rare and expensive. Even useless crap like tin cans and detergent has a purpose, and I've even found myself scavenging piles of completely worthless crap because I'm so desperate for cash and combat is just too dangerous. Almost anything can kill you in seconds (and you them, making every fight quick, tense, and exciting - there's none of the tedious attrition of most RPGs), enemies take cover and work together, and even panic and run away, and getting injured is a serious problem.
I only wish I could mix it with Arwen's even more advanced hunger and medical needs mod without breaking the game, but it still turns Fallout into a magnificent survival and fighting game.
Here, there is no land worth grabbing (150 years of looting and salvaging means there's very little left in the urban areas, and the rural areas aren't fit for farming, being completely arid), slaves are a liability when it's hard to feed people, they already have all the technology worth having, and the macguffin is completely and totally useless.
While it goes a long way towards explaining why these people would be stupid enough to engage in thermonuclear armageddon, it doesn't explain why I shouldn't shoot them all for daring not to die the first time around.
I'd rather do away with levelling entirely. It's lazy and boring.
It's called auto-leveling. Enemies in Oblivion are (believe it or not) scaled to player level. So are their gear so you end up with bandits with stuff on them worth tens of thousands of gold once you're high level enough.
With all the mods for Oblivion, surely someone has gotten rid of scaling enemies by now?
Buying games you aren't going to play is a waste of money (no matter how cheap they are). Forcing yourself to play games you wish you hadn't bought is a waste of time. Both are best avoided.
But your point still stands, auto-levelling done right could be a very nice touch.
And if you don't, then you might stop to wonder "why would someone want a moratorium on auto-leveling, what sort of auto-leveling can they be talking about?"
That he didn't get the reference is my reward.
Not that it matters. There were so many ways to break the game in Oblivion and beyond that no scaling could deal with the problem. I mean, 100% invisibility at all times.