Ok, now I'm getting pissed off.
Thanks to all of you that helped me last time with my difficulty levels post; but I'm still having troubles. Here's what I did: I followed the advice given and completed all the in-town quests, then went into the Catacombs. There, I only cleared out down to and including level 2, minus the boss monsters there. After that, I went back up to town and started clearing out the orcs outside of town. Doing pretty well. Eventually, avoiding the boss monsters, I clear out nearly the entire map between the two towns, and then go back to the Catacombs. I go back down to level 2, find the Skeleton Summoner guy. Die in one shot.
You gotta be kidding me.
I'm 8th level! It's 9th! Short of putting five points per level into Constitution, how the HELL am I supposed to beat that?!? Shall I wait until the end of the game to defeat the Catacombs? My Agility and Strength are at about 35 each, my Constitution at about 20. Eventually, I defeated the Summoner by using the *exact same* hit-and-run tactics I've been using with my archer; at least it was a *little* easier this time around (certainly a lot quicker) in that I didn't have to worry about the now-wimpy skellies he kept summoning. So then, just in case, I check out the Guardian that's by the 'Real' axe. And die in one shot.
So, is there anything else I'm doing wrong? Because if this is what I have to look forward to--individual creatures that are effortless, combined with bosses that are all-but impossible--forget it. I am NOT interested.