Thanks to both of you for your helpful comments. @Nesrie, you mentioned “dungeon-diving.” Are you referring to quests that send you into dungeons? I’ve done a couple, but Or are there random dungeons on the map I can explore? Either way, I don’t recall encountering dungeons with more than one or two encounters. Are there multi-level dungeons?
I do find it helpful to take the town quests to slay nearby vermin. In the early game, at least, they offer pretty good upgrades as rewards. Eventually these quests dry up, or at least go away for a while.
You also mentioned that you make crafting choices partly based on what Tier 2 resources you find. That’s a really good idea. I need to pay more attention to rarity of resources. I guess I can figure out which crafting direction makes sense by looking at the ingredients list in the research tree? My only complaint there is that sometimes I don’t recognize the icons listed as ingredients, and sometimes not all items are listed as ingredients. E.g., the cooking crafting tree will list one type of meat but not all.
Anyway, back at it!