I didn't mean to move the goal post and I updated the OP. I always intended it to mean feats past 1st level were not required. That is what I meant in my original OP when I said:Well, if you're willing to move the goal posts of your argument from "feats are optional in One D&D" to "background feats in One D&D are not feats because +2 Charisma or +2 hp/level isn't the same as XYZ", well, that's your perogative.
I don't play moving goal posts.
"They way he said this implied to me that the intent is for feats to remain optional and the 1st level feat is a one time feat/feature requirement."
So I apologize, I was not trying to change the discussion, I just wasn't very clear. I see what I was misunderstood.
So to clarify, I am guess that if only a first level feat is required (even if they are unlike other feats) then you feel feats are required, is that correct? Even though no other feats are required, you feel that unique background feat qualifies as them making feats required?