I'm on Day 60 of my second playthough, and my riding is at 107 *and* my athletics is 46. I have 3 and 1 focus points in it respectively. A great way to level athletics is bandit camps and tournaments. Make sure to use footwork to give yourself speed bonuses to your attacks. Using a bow or thrown weapons levels you up pretty fast with either athletics or riding. I spent most of this time riding from town to town for tournaments and fighting every looter mob on the way.I'm on my 20th game year and I don't think it is possible to athletics or riding to 100, and smithing is 100% a chore I have to spend a real life week making coal to be able to make the mst basic sword its ridiculous. and there needs to be a non join a faction way to up leadership
I have quite a few battles where I got around 30 wounded and 0 dead.
I think the idea of a hard cap on skills is really bad, make it a crawl by all means stick the rate to something low like .25 or less but flat out stopping any progress due to finite resource of focus and attribute points is annoying.
I thought if you had none assigned it just used your own character's stats. Like, I've not got a surgeon assigned but I can still see a surgeon bonus in the health recovery popup.
That's one of the most grating things I've encountered with the roles system. Furthermore, the fact that many perks don't apply unless you have a certain role assigned means that only 4 companions can ever, ever, benefit from these, and only some of them, and only after extreme leveling. It would be different if you had more control over what sort of perks you choose between. Right now it just feels bad skipping past those governor only perks as the character etc.Another thing to point out that I don't see mentioned yet is that tying clan roles to experience gain unfortunately creates an incentive to shuffle around roles so you can micromanage skill gain for the party/clan. Especially because all skill points count the same toward leveling up and clan roles provide experience for those rarely used low level skills.