This one is really, really, hard.
I started with Light Armor, Short-Bladed Weapons, Bow (from Ranger), and of course, Alchemy and Survivor. I decided to wait on the Cartography quest to get Cartography and put all my extra points into Survivor and Alchemy.
I had the idea to take Ranger to fit the theme, and to allow for ranged combat. But, once you run out of arrows you are pretty much toast. I'm doing a lot of running from monsters that I remember being much easier to kill.
Gaining levels is hard. You have to be very selective in combats. The Salamanders are pretty easy, and slimes are actually not too bad thanks to my Survivor Resistance, but anything else is a real problem. 2-3 monsters at once = certain death.
In theory I was supposed to be able to spam potions but not being able to purchase reagents = no potions
Not being able to shop at stores is really tough. I'm trying to run to Blackwater so I can then start buying stuff, but I can't get past the Wasps which gang up on me and kill me.
On the plus side, I have lots of extra money