Originally Posted by Valorian
there is a hard level cap of 81, but then you'd have maxed everything to 100 by then. which means 80 perks in all, but realistically? after 50 it takes too long level up one time, so it's better to plan your build for 50 perks first
and it's not true that you can go with what you like and it won't backfire
you do not need a perk at all in lockpicking imo, because you can just skill to 100, then use the unbreakable lockpick to pick master locks. and it really doesn't matter, since best loot (besides unique stuff) is self forged, enchanted anyway
i played Skyrim on 3 characters
and i know i spent a lot of time on it
my first character was a level 52 Nord with full set of Legendary Daedric Armor/Weapons --> this character was boring as hell
my second character was a level 50 sexy female Bosmer (Archer/Theif/assassin) --> this one was the most enjoyable and fairly balanced
my last character was a level 65 Breton Mage (Mainly Conjurer + Destruction)
this character was Overpowered as hell
you just destroy everything around, period.
actually i leveled him up until ~45 or so and then i found out about the Hermoues Mora's Book exploit (can't remember his name well nor his book's name), i used it to level up my destruction just out of curiosity to see the master destr. spells.
And now i'm waiting for the DLC
this game is great, and yea there's no point to go beyond lvl 50 in skyrim