i know what you are saying and i do agree with you to some extent
however, getting armour in kcd is WAY too easy, you just kill bandits or go to the treasure chests and there you go, best armour in the game without dlc
my idea for a mod would be too up the price on everything like i said and make it so that heavily armed bandits are less likely to spawn in until you have spent a decent amount of money on armour (if that is possible to mod)#
say once you buy Magdeburg Pauldrons or some other high tier equipment for 20k+ Groschen you will start seeing bandits with armour of 20+ defense rating spawning in
And then certain pieces of equipment should be only available through purchasing or stealing like i said.
Also, i would keep the stats relatively similar, maybe up the stats on the super rare armour by a little, but only a little. that way you would be rewarded for your efforts but you would not turn into a tank. Say instead of having 25 defense the Nuremburgian Cuirass might have 28, zoul might have 30 and lords of leipa maybe 29
also, armour you loot from people you have killed should be badly damaged so you have to spend money to repair it and you cannot sell it at full price without repairs, that way it will be harder to rake in the cash when selling large amounts of loot.
also horses should be SUPER expensive, maybe 100k+ for the really good ones like Al Buraq and Jenda.
You know how they made it so you cannot mount up while encumbered in the latest patch? Well i would change it so that for every 10LB extra weight you would be docked 10 speed points until you only have 10 speed left, after that you cant mount up as you are too heavy. That way you can still make money a little easier than it is now but not as easy as in previous versions of the game like when you could mount up even when you were 10,000lb overweight.
as to the treasure chests they should not have anything with more than 10 defense rating (excluding weapons ofc) and instead be filled with things like dice, random books, arrows, food, alcohol, weapons and each treasure chest should have a map in it to find the next one.
some ideas for a mod so far, pretty sure i forgot some stuff too.