I've bought FRUA with the GOG re-release and solved most 'getting started'-troubles on my own.
Some questions remain, though:
I immediately started Ray Dyer's epic 'The Realm'-Campaign with the 'Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh'.
Sad to say, I wasn't able to purchase an armor! I even left Saltmarsh, heading for other cities. To no avail. Weapons galore, but not even a single armor or shield for sale.
Is this a feature, or is it just me?
Since I got stuck at Saltmarsh, I ended that little episode prematurely, transferred my characters and went for 'Skeletons' instead. Couldn't buy armor there either, but the villain brought a decent plate mail along! At long last!
With three human Rangers in my party, slaying those hill giants in 'Keep of the Borderlands' was a piece of cake. These nightly random encounters had led to absurd amounts of surplus magical weapons!
Now I face another problem:
I'm about two thirds through and need a shop to dump all that cash! By now, every party member has: a long range weapon of at least +2, an edged melee weapon of at least +2 and a blunt melee weapon of at least +2. The Glassblower sells mage scrolls with three level 6 spells. My mage won't be able to scribe these scrolls for a VERY long time. Where do I get low level mage spells from (like: second and third level spells)? BTW, the treasure drops are astonishing to say the least: Plate Mail +4 and Flail +5 for an average player level 3?
Help would be appreciated very much!
PS Can't wait to see that green Dragon's hoard. Is a green dragon supposed to use its breath weapon more than three times per combat?