I keep dying in most battles.
I've lowered the difficulty setting to the easiest but still get killed all the time.
Pretty tedious gameplay.
Alot of these old games are intellectually racist on poor sods like me not born with the grey matter.
Read the manuals, read the readme files. The set your autopause options to your likings. Things getting a little rough? the press the paus buton and give new commands.
Some basic tactics that will get you enough into the game to start figureing things out on your own. ( Its hard to figure out a game if it keeps handing your rear end to you )
Fighters, paladins, and rangers. Think in terms of being your tanks. Use these guys to grab the attention of the enemies and absorb the damage. Use druids and clerics to heal your tanks, and have your rogues and mages and bards cast spells and shoot arrows and bolts and slings from a distance.
That is the very basics. The rest comes with experience ( like a level 8 mage being tank in some specific battles do not try untill you know how to do it! ) Idealy you want to play with the core difficulty levels as soon as you are able.