After getting a new comp (comp broke in 2012) I'm playing legendary edition, and yes, crossbows >>>>vampires. Regardless of the advantages you get, I just can't stand the lack of regen during the day, and would hate to keep waiting until night.
I still have "alt-itis", and am unable to stop constantly rerolling characters. Had the same problem in WoW, torchlight 2 and pretty much every other game.
Only solution that seems to be working so far is that I made a character that basically leveled only the crafting professions(while I finish leveling everything else) and enchants different sets of armor to simulate different "classes".
The dragonborn addon gives some really nice shouts and enchants(chaos damage...just...wow).
Also Miraak is capable of using a four-word shout
As for hearthfire, the farming is nice for getting rarer alchemy ingredients I guess :s. Kind of redundant when you can add all manner of homes through mods.