Yes- I can't even get through the slums. I recently found out where the ogres are- and my characters can't even make a dent in them because I'm still level 1. Two ogres and about 6 kobolds and they eat my entire party alive in less than 2 combat rounds. So I need to grind up before I can take them on, which means I still need about 50 more random combats before my party levels up enough to take on that ogre/kobold group. I've been playing this game as often as I can (I am a caregiver for my termanilly ill wife, so I have a lot of free time, but I also have it broken up in smaller chunks throughout the day, not usually in one great free time chunk) but I can't catch a break.
I suspect it's just me- anyone else would be eating the monsters in this game and not the other way around. But in the past 10 years or so I have had anti-luck. If something goes bad it will and usually in some horrible, life damaging fashion.
But anyway, that's real life and not in the purview of what this blog is about.
I wouldn't blame any of you that are reading this blog to just give up now that I have confessed my inability to get anywhere in this game. I'll still be here working on it when you get back though. If you come back :(