I agree you do like a set of main quets and get 4 levels in 2 hours but you can spend a whole day on side quests and contracts and get bupkis.The only balance changes the devs should be worried about are quest rewards(should be buffed) and quest level balance based around those changes. Just feels like I'm constantly scrounging for gold/xp unless I power through the main quest line.
If you put 1 point into the IGNI line and can one shot everyone then yes it needs a rebalence, but if your investing solely in that line it should have some power to it or what would be the point of having it?It boggles my mind that there are so many people who don't get that balance matters even in a single-player game.
Yeah initially I thought alchemy was worse than in the previous games because of the various changes they made but its really more powerful. Point for point Acquired Tolerance has to be the best ability there is.... but so is alchemy. Two concotions, plus permament Swallow? OP as well.