Do not worry brother, take your time and enjoy the game as best you wish.Thanks again for such a detailed post. Ironman. Ironman!! hmm, let me finish the game once and then slowly work my way up from Story mode!!!
Each difficulty lvl is an entirely different game play experience, but you get used to them. Yes, you can die on IM a few times, or find it really hard to push foward in a few places on Hard, but after a while you just simply get used to it and dont struggle anymore.
Even Story Mode is challenging enough for a first timer, that's because this game is different from modern RPG games (that are more "Diablo-like") where you just go in guns blazing exterminating everything in your path like a Hercules-Merlin demigod, this game requires patience and careful planning, thus it does indeed requires some time and a few playthroughs to finally getting used to.
In my first play I went straight to Iron Man after just a few minutes on Casual and Hard, where I tested each one of the classes with several combinations, then I got fascinated by the game, I went to the wiki and studied many maps, quests, critters, items, did a lot of math and watched several videos because Im a crazy maniac perfectionist lol.
So, my very first REAL play (besides kilking a few goblins with each class on Lanmegar) was on Iron Man, but I got a masters degree on "EK theory" before going into it, so I never did it blindly - but of course, knowing the theory is one thing, applying it in practice is another, and it was the practice that truly allowed me to become experienced. But I already knew more or less what I had to do.
That's by the way why I chose Elementalist as my first choice, despite many veterans overwhelmingly claiming that Summoner was easier and that Elementalist is hard.
What helped me a lot in the beginning were videos on YouTube. With those videos I learned for example how to make Griss wait in a room and lure enemies one by one to her to leave bosses alone, that's how I learned about how powerful the elemental spells are and how I should use them efficiently. That's how I learn how to do kitting properly, hide behind Griss and kill enemies. And after that, it was just a matter of experience to be able to do it all, and time and again I would consult guys like Neponde himself who helped me A LOT with the "theoretical" part on how to improve - they tipped me into using summon scrolls for instance, and many many other ideas that hadnt occurred to me before.
My very first post here were much like your own very first post (yes my friend, I still remember the first time you posted), and I was asking advice on how to overcome the dreadful "mid game limbo".
And playing on Iron Man as a "green" player, but with a lot of game theory, I developed a sort of "scarcity mentality" - I stockpiled everything that I thought I could remotely need and I played the game as the most heroic coward you could possibly think, running like a little child at the first sight of trouble.
Funnily enough, I played better at that time than I do now lol. That's because now I've became too bold, which leads me to many stupid deaths - like stubbornly dying because "I have no mana but I have 1 recovery, but I can kill a regular Minotaur no trouble, but not the lvl 10 Minotaur Lord. Hmm... I wonder if the next one is a regular or lord kind like the previous? Well, lets find out!
Absolutely stupid. In my first IM run with the Elementalist I would NEVER have done such idiotic thing. I would have IMMEDIATELY used my recovery to make sure I was capable to deal with any unforseen contingencies in my way out, and be sure I would survive my brave escape back into the city to rest.
But hey, now that Im a "veteran", I dont wanna let 1 recovery go to waste unless I absolutely need to... Right?
And the result is this, I managed the incredible achievement of dying with the Cleric, the hardest class of all to die with.
That's how it goes. Arrogance does indeed precedes the fall.
Do not worry about rushing things out, just go on in your own pace. One day you'll be playing on IM like it's child's play and you wont even notice you got there, and you'll be here with us teaching the new generations of players like the ones before me did for me and like I do for you. Dont worry about it