I play in a 4 player static party. So far we have been checking off every quest at each level before moving on to the next level's quests. Many of the level 9 and 10 quests we are taking now are significantly more difficult than anything we did at other levels.
In general I think we can handle these quests, but sometimes we need to try it more than once to learn the quest and even then there have been a couple we couldn't finish. The rewards seem to be getting slimmer and the consumables more expensive.
What I'd like to know is if quests continue to get more and more difficult with more fragile fail conditions and special requirements. I think I remember reading that levels 9-11 are some of the more difficult levels. Is it true?
Everyone in my group are new players. We aren't quite able to use or afford vorpal, disruption, smiting, banishing, or any other special weapons. Does having access to these weapons make a big difference?
We have been returning to lower level quests to reach level 10 and gear up better. We would like to experience all of the content without being carried or skipping much along the way. Do you have any general advice about how we should proceed?