Yeah, that's why I'm so reluctant to update my game - and unfortunately Steam makes it so that whenever you get back online, they will immediately update even if you unchecked to "keep my game up to date" box. The damn box is key-triggered from what I understand, meaning if you simply accept the Steam Client Update - and you have to, or else online won't work - it'll automatically recheck the "auto-update" game box for you even if you don't want to or don't even get near to it!..
It's not so much that I absolutely want patch 1.9, but I need to get online to verify cache integrity - Im level 81 with hundreds of hours of gameplay behind me, over 150 mods working perfectly fine together and I'd hate patch 1.9 to destroy that!.. My followers reached lvl 81 with me (been using AFT since lvl 15 I think), fight the way I want, wear what I want even when I dismiss them or leave them home, play music, dance, relax, ride horses, carts, live in modded houses... do almost anything I want them to thanks to a great combination of mods. Even Dragonborn dlc did not kill that and so far AFT 1.42 is still working great with it.
From what I understand, only version 1.63 of AFT is working with patch 1.9 and Dheuster is still working hard at it - and while I'm having trouble updating from 1.42, I want to check that patch 1.9 won't kill that one too, so I can at least continue playing... I'm trying to backup my files to revert back to 1.8 if I need to.
Will let you know if 1.42 works with 1.9 if you're interested. Thanks for replying, Desangel181