So I recently started a new run, determined to do it on this highest of difficulties. A couple of things seem clear to me:
1.) The lower levels of D&D are always the most dangerous, but that is multiplied ten-fold in LoB.
2.) A great many things just have to be flat-out skipped in the early levels.
3.) All that meta-gaming knowledge that makes a run while playing on core rules a joke (the diamond in the tree, the Ankheg armor in the field) is a god-send in this mode.
4.) Not all classes are created equal. Considering the massive HP bonus summons get (whether this is intentional or just an oversight in the end is immaterial), this truly was the best opportunity to break out a Totemic Druid, and the Spirit Animal summons are literally the only reason I have survived the fights I have taken on, along with.....
5. Kiting with ranged weapons, as is the case in most CRPGs of this (or really any era) remains the only viable option and is immensely overpowered in that sense.
Any thought on your experiences??