Opens up the weapon and armor skill window (armor is only shown as one abstract value, "physical defense"), just default the "v" key.
Pure warriors will have no problem maxxing their weapon skills for each level(ROM powerleveling, Rumes of Magic gold), but casters tend to fall back since when progressing in level, they advance more and more into killing by casting spells.
Araise 2 problems here:
1. mages by default don't use their staffs too much and squishy as they are they will not ever come close to maxing that "physical defense". But already being low on the food chain for survival, neglecting weapon and armor skills might prove catastrophic.
2. Raising two different weapon skills like 2-handed sword plus dagger for those Knights/Rogues out there is about as difficult.
Here is the suggestion:
You will want those skills to be maxed out to help you surviving the game, but you cannot achieve this goal by doing quest after quest alone.
Build up on your crucial skills by actually training them, spend that night not advancing in level but to prepare yourself for - the endgame.
I just hope this mini guide could help you some. If any question else, just post here, we will try our best to solve it for you.