bit of a late reply, but, leveling up. if you look in your journal under your personal attributes you have your major skills and minor skills. with the majour skills these are what you need to concentrate on to level up. If, say, alchemy for example. collect every ingredient you come across, litterally, and either create potions or eat them. If armourer then every enemy you kill pick up there weapons and armour, even if this over encumbers you, use your repair hammers to fix it then drop it. doing this will increase the skill quicker other than just mending your own equipment. Skills like blade and block only come from fighting, so get in as many scraps as possible. athletics, run everywhere, try not to use the quick trip. acrobats, jump around everywhere like a gummy bear. Hope this helps.