I love this game and I understand Dan is working on plot now but seriously, please as soon you get the chance upgrade the stealth mechanic because right now is the only think I don't like about this otherwise awesome game.
I am talking about the fact that chosing the sneak skill is nearly useless I mean that aside from allowing you to hide in hexes(very usefull) and supposedly allowing you to get the drop on your foes it really doesn't do anything else. I mean the other skills aren't limited only to their basic use for example trapping doesn't only allow you to create traps but also helps in other crafting recipes. What I'm trying to say here is that sneaking while not the most underused skill in the game is one of the potentially most usefull, because I think that in a postapocalyptyc world while being a skilled fighter who can handle himself in direct confrontation is a good think being a clever sneaky bastard who prefer using his wits to avoid confrontation altogether would allow for a definetely longer lifespawn. You could for example add the possibility to camoufflage yourself and your camp allowing you to sleep safely hidden in your a dark building or in the woods if you are also a skilled trapper maybe even placing traps other than noisy ones. Also in case a confrontation is unavoidable allowing to actually getting close to someone without being seen(a thing that I never managed to do despite being in a city or a forrest where I being a trapper should have the advantage of the hometurf) and stealth killing them if in possession of the melee skill or injuring them allowing to either finishing them or make a quick escape(things that are already in the game I but that are simply so rare that you never actualy get to use them).Also combat moves related to the skill like actual stealth kill like slashing trhoats snapping neck and strangling(if you are strong or have the melee skill) hell even stabbing someone in the back shouldn't require all that skill right? Also I think this would actually work very well with the surrendering mechanich you have introduced.
Anyway this is already an amazing game in my opinion whom I have being following for over a year now, I apologies if I've sound a little pretentious in the post but those were the passionate word of a guy that really believe in this game and wanted to give his two cents about one of the aspect that least convinced him(I am an avid stealth game lover).Anyway this is a great game and I will play it regardless of how you addres this aspect. Please forgive my bad english and cheers from Italy