But yeah, I played thru the game once when it came out a long time ago. When it was released again through GoG, I ran into the "cheat" and decided to try it to see what it was. I was happy to do it, though, as the first few character levels are pretty difficult and not much fun (IMO at least) so it helped me get through that and into the fun parts.
But I will disagree with Phanboy as I don't think this hint "nerfs" the rest of the game. It simply helps you start out. The one thing I really hated about this game was the beginning as it was almost constant hitting swarms of enemies (namely Goblins and mages), taking a swing, run away, take another swing, run away, then go to the temple and spend 50 - 100g just to heal and ressurect your party. And you only maybe killed 3 guys out of 12. To me, that isn't a game nor is it fun.
Even with the help from the Shrine of the Gods, there are still plenty of challenges and the game is a ton of fun. Also, the cheat doesn't make you invincible, giving you all the end game stuff. It really didn't help with any gear upgrades. The best part was 10k gold but that was spent in a hurry, buying skills and the such.
I guess to each his own! It was simply a suggestion as you were a bit "scared" to play and to make a decision as to what's best to choose as far as classes and stats. I absolutely hate taking shortcuts in any game but this "cheat" was just enough to actually make the game bearable at first but not too much to make it boring or feel like I was playing on God Mode.
Have fun, no matter how you decide to play!!! It's your game :)