Man, the HQM hate confuses me. I think Scott is probably right, that the name "Hardcore Questing Mode" is probably getting people thinking that it's something that it's not. Honestly, as a relative newb, I was thinking that HQM would be great for using as a mod showcase...maybe something that mod creators could use to create a "tutorial" for their new mods. Especially for mods that might seem a little overwhelming to begin with. I know in a lot of ways, AS is teaching me how to use (and appreciate) some mods I'd never used previously.