I've played a few times. I've been killed by the cave bear every time.Every time! The last game I played I was actually chanting "no cave bear - no cave bear" as I was rolling to see what level 2 monster I would face. My wife just laughed. She doesn't understand the horror of facing this most vile of creatures. I actually cheered when I got goblin. Finally made it past level 2!
Then the orc brute destroyed me on level 3. Maybe I was just meant to die in those dungeons.
Stay strong, brother. And don't forget to use the skills that take when defeating a monster! They will be useful later on!