First of all how do you become a regular player? I'd suggest a balanced diet and plenty of exercise. I've started a new game with 3 pcs and 5 npcs. I'm going to play through twice. Once as I usually play with plenty of crafting useing the extra items found at Hickory Branch. Then again with no crafting or added items. So far Ive recruited Spugnor, Ronald and Fruella, and cleared the moathouse up to the final fight with Lareth. So far haven't encountered lag, freezeing or jerkstop. Although I've never had a problem except for the looting bug in vanilla at this stage. Will see what happens when I enable the EC.