7 years ago, there was a guy who decided to play Oblivion like an ordinary NPC character trying to make an honest living in Cyridiil by making potions,selling pelts and meat from hunted animals, and what ever could give him a good profit.
He chronicled his exploits.http://www.screencuisine.net/section/li ... on/page/5/
It sounded interesting, so I wanted to try to do something similar in Skyrim.
*I couldn't fast travel
*Had to avoid any quests that were too dangerous
*Wore hardly any armor, carried a sword, and later a bow when I could afford one.
*I would only fight in self defense against weak encounters; anything that looked strong I would run away.
*Tried to eat 3 meals a day and sleep at night, preferably at an inn.
*Couldn't steal or even take anything on anyone's property.
*If I died, that was it for my character.
Since I was playing on the PS3 with no mods, I had to go through the tutorial section. Anything that was given to me during that time, I discarded (aside from an iron sword). I let the quest NPC fight all my battles which worked out very well.
I only lasted 4 days. Everything was going fine, and even managed to make 500 gold. Scavenging ingredients around the bare lands of Whiterun wasn't going very well, so I decided to make a trip to Falkreath to see if the area was any better. Everything went smoothly, so I decided to head back to Whiterun.
On my way back, a melee between a band of hostile mages and soldiers erupted, blocking my path, so I tried to slip away unnoticed. On my alternate route I discovered what appeared to be a small abandoned watchtower. I sheepishly stepped foot inside only to be ambushed by a spriggan, murdering me in seconds.
I was hoping I lasted longer than 4 days. Playing the way I did made Skyrim really feel like a different game. It's an interesting experience role playing in that way.
Battles feel more intense when you aren't properly equipped to fight, and know you only have 1 life.