So do any other backers feel like warhorse studios wasted their money with the overly complicated NPC routines?
Most players don’t care to watch long enough to notice all the fine differences between the routines and a simple sleep / work / eat / relax routine with a handful of locations.
They got problems with the loading and saving. They got problems with sleeping / passing time. They got problems with fast traveling. The player got problems with finding NPCs. NPCs have trouble finding the places they are supposed to be at. All it does is cause problems while offering very little.
Basically all the routines are about 10% more impressive than they were in Gothic. But they bring 500%+ more work and trouble with them.
They are wasting all the backers money and the time that could have went into fixing other issues or adding more content. Instead they remove blacksmithing - clear sign that they wasted their resources elsewhere.
On a side not: but alchemy is in. It doesn’t make sense to have one kind of crafting in and but not the other.
All of that is anything but professional.