A very hearty thanks goes to SD and the PoP team! The challenge is, shall I say, delicious. I started my first game as what I thought would be a good warrior type, but then saw I had 97 archery.
Thus I became a horse archer. Even as that, bandits were quite difficult! One of the most exciting battles was getting ambushed by a company of Knights of Eventide - I lost the first battle, but promptly attacked again. Only having the starter saddle horse, their warhorses could catch up to me, so it was a scary game of cat and mouse while peppering away at their horses to dismount them. I had to go back to the inventory chest twice for refills, but I eventually won!
I'm having more fun than ever on M&B. Thanks so much!