Summary: Just save yourself $[...] and have one of your buddies kick you in the nuts over and over and over. There's a lot of game here. It didn't need to be as hard as it is. I'm all for old school. I played (and very much enjoyed) the original Bards Tale games. So this definitely isn't coming from a 12 year old who has no concept of "hard" video games. This is hard just for the sake of being hard.
Summary: First of all, I want to say that this is a hardcore old school RPG, if that concept doesn't interest you, you really will end up with no interest in this title at all. You can and will die permanantly in this game and this can be a rather hard game overall. I personally enjoy that kind of challenge and still didn't like the game for other reasons, but this title will offer you nothing if you don't like the old school dungeon crawler type RPGs.
Summary: Note of warning, this is not a game for casual gamers. Those who are new to the world of RPG's may find the game too frustrating and difficult. This is an extremely difficult game. When a member of your party dies they are permanently removed from the game unless you send a search party to recover the body within a certain amount of time you lose them forever. So all that time you spent leveling up will be wasted if the character dies.