Finally managed to drag myself back to this game. I don’t know why it’s been so hard to do so, as it’s a great game, if a little hard. Having said that, the baddie that I thought was a boss due to his difficulty last time I fought him, fell to my club with ease this time. Sadly, the real boss (a huge crystal monster) was waaaay harder.
I had to level up my stats (you don’t level up yourself, as such) to do it, and arm myself with a bone rather than my club, but after about 6 tries, I managed it. Then I did a few side quests (finding a lost kid in the caves, and rescuing a man from his own store cupboard), and then did a bit of cooking. Now the route to the next island is open, so I should be off there next!