Spending some perk points in speechcraft doesn't really take away from your character's overall combat ability if you plan your spending way ahead of time. Even on Master level, my Redguard is virtually unstoppable.
I went the two-handed and heavy armor route. I went all the way to the top perks in both. I use a warhammer as my primary weapon. Thing deals 630+ damage with two enchantments. Armor rating is over 1300. My restoration ability is very respectable.
I pretty much focused on getting the right perks in two-handed, heavy armor, enchanting and alchemy in order to walk around and worry about nothing. I can punch a giant to death in a matter of seconds if I want lol.
I use alchemy to create ridiculous potions to help me craft and enchant better weapons and armor. Then the two-handed and heavy armor perks take over from there.
I can't wait to become a vampire lord and get dragonbone weapons.
I've owned this game since last November and haven't played it yet :(
I finally finished Oblivion a few months ago. I'd had that game for years. I've been playing Skyrim pretty steady since then.
I'm just roaming and looking for caves. I've got to be careful it's very easy to lose track of time and get totally sucked into that game.
I started a few different guys. I find the game is MUCH easier if you keep it simple and use two handed weapons. I wasn't even going to use a bow, but I need it for Giants and those robot things that attack with steam. It will take me years to finish this game. The music is a trip.
Was I the only one slightly let down by the look of the dragonbone/scale armour?
Well, it looks like PS3 users are SOL for Hearthfire as well. Good job, Bethesda.