thegleek wrote:I think I have having issues with these areas specifically:
1. I travel very far (non-quest driven), and it winds me up fighting against magical npc's that kick my arse without me having a chance.
2. I enjoy (big time) stealing items and it usually winds up in a fight that i cannot beat the npc, and i die.
3. i selected that 'cat' creature at the very beginning, is this a wise race to pick from?
1. That happens to everyone early in the game. Magic is pretty powerful in Skyrim and can get you kill pretty easily. You need to do some low level quest to improve your sneaking (ctrl) and lvl up your one handed, probably light armor, and archery.
2. Stealing stuff does end up in a fight a lot of the time. You have to get leveled up to win some of those fights. Avoid stealing stuff really early on so you don't get crushed. Pickpocket stuff increases your sneak a lot and can be fun too. Sneak on someone from behind and steal stuff. Make sure they're alone or nearly alone though. You can end up in fights this way too.
3. Your race is fine. You can excel at whatever you want really.
I chose Wood Elf (Bosmer). I focus on sneak, one handed (daggers), a little bit of magic, and archery. My primary weapon is my bow. I sneak around almost everywhere. My archery is up to level 55 now I think. You can take down a lot of enemies from a good distance with good archery. Sneak attacts offer 2x damage, and I've got a perk now that does 6x damange from sneak attacks from behind. It's pretty sweet.
Just go on some low level quests that you are directed to. They won't give you a ton of enemies that you can't handle early on. While you're doing those quests though, search or side quests. Talk to people you encounter along the way and do some jobs for them.
You really need to pick a few things you want to excel at though. Like someone said above, try something like what I'm doing with your guy. One handed/bow/light armor/little bit of magic. Once you have that figured out, it gets easier to level up.