I’ve been playing some more. I’m mostly sneaking up behind enemies at the moment, though sometimes that lets me clear out an area unseen and other times I get the first guy for free and then have to take on the other four simultaneously. I lost enough runes that I could have levelled with them for the first time because of a ballista firing explosions that killed me a few times. Past that I found my first boss that wasn’t out in the open, Margit, who promptly killed me. So I tried again with the handy NPC summon and got through about half the boss’s HP before the summon died and maybe another eighth after that. After a few more goes I decided to pursue other paths and went back to the wagon pulled by two big guys I’d seen earlier. I snuck up on some of the guards of it (seems like you can’t back attack mounted enemies, though), killed off a heap of them, then took out the two big guys and got a greataxe for my troubles. Then back to a campfire where the campfire NPC warped me to some castle which I haven’t explored yet but which I take to be this game’s nexus equivalent. I’m looking forward to getting some ranged attacks sometime.