Please feel free to post more of your adventures!
Since you asked!
I'll just point out two things for now:
1) Ambient animations, there are a bajillion of them (at my last count). During the day there are people roasting meat, hammering boards, sawing tree trunks, digging holes, moving stones, stirring pots, sweeping porches, mixing potions, mining ore and occasionally just talking. And it's not just one guy who does his one thing all day either. And most folks sleep at night, making finding a free bed difficult sometimes.
The blacksmith works
for a living. He goes to the forge, heats a blade, hammers it on the anvil, then takes it to the whetstone for sharpening. This stuff is all interactive. If you click on the whetstone and have learned the skill you can sharpen your own weapons. Click on the anvil and if you have a hammer, blueprint and materials, you can make your own weapons.
I felt like sitting down at the old campfire with some mercenaries and lo-and-behold you can roast your own raw meat to increase its healing properties. I was in a used-up mine and spotted a skull on the ground, sitting propped upright on a stick. I pulled out my shovel and discovered a hidden cache of treasure.
2) You can kill anyone
. But beware. If you're denounced as a murderer and a town turns on you, you can't get anything done there, ever. You can kiss those 20+ quests you have waiting (and there are that many typically) goodbye.
That old standby strategy Draw the monster into town and let the guards kill it
can backfire. Everyone gets into these melees and if an important NPC bites it, tough. This game has consequences and zero hand-holding.
As for the combat, I guess I'll say something about that too: I've read that mages get overpowered (as they do in many games), but I'm playing a fighter type this first time around and I spread my points around and find the combat continually challenging. The way it works is if an opponent gets a solid hit in, you go down on the ground and are in for some serious chewing. If there's more than one around, it could all be over. It keeps me on my toes.