I made a class that works real well. However on easy its tough to be able to hit him at level 24. I am playing the regular game and only have 10 levels which are mostly clear. However I dont do the lute fish stuff. I havent finished all of the side quests. I am level 24 and have sword skill, master or arms and shield mastery maxed. I have some points into blood mage, vampire and promethein magic. Smithy skill needs to be maxed in 2 levels. I noticed that with all of my equipment, Dredmor rarely gets hit for a lot of damage from my melee attacks. 1-Should I continue to fight trash mobs for another 2 levels to increase smithy? 2-What is a good level to fight him at for this build? 3-Is there a chance of finding a pair of gloves (I need) or other/equip or is that as good as it gets. 4-If I install the expansion will that make it take effect to this game, therefore allowing me to level to 15 ? Thankyou.