Originally Posted by Dagar
A Wanderer is a very good class with stats spread out nicely. It's the class I chose and now have her up to level 90 (high dex, awesome damage with Queelag's Fury Sword and max pyromancy).
You need to take it slow and learn how to play (with any class!).
Those skeletons are way too tough at the beginning of the game - for any class. Head up the mountain to the Undead Burg. Explore.
The game is not a pushover (which is refreshing in this "hold your hand" era) and is very rewarding to those who continue on with the challenge.