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Here's some tips from Soul Eater for players that are just getting started....
1st of all, the best race you can play is a vampire, because is stamina regenerate each time he hit a monster. Believe me, I almost never use the inn in that game.
2nd, try to choose a class that start with a high defense and attack. Personally, mage and other class aren't quite good right now... Seems like they need more abitilities (ex: mage should be able to learn the spell in place of buying a scroll and only being able to use it once).
3rd, try to play the dice game in the inn and make around 1400$. Then, depose some in the bank, I suggest around 1000$.
4th, go around every town you can go and get yourself the best equipment. Believe me, it makes the difference! When I was full equip at lvl1 I had around 35AC, so I suggest you get at least 25AC before taking on a monster.
5th, now your ready for action! You should look for an arena with some easy monsters (I fighted in Gornak until I reach lvl 5 and i'm lvl7 now). Personnaly I think it's the best spot to fight some easy monster like :