I bring this up more because I am concerned casual or new players might get extremely frustrated with the campaign.
After 3 attempts at starting anew, I have tried to fight the little spider close to my starting city only to get wiped 3 times. First time, I only took 3 guys but the other two times I took all 6 of the people you get to start early. It's also a bit frustrating that the 3 generic farmers carry the team. None of my 3 'heroes' even land a hit on the spider.
Realizing that we're instructed to purchase weapons at the shop, however purchasing 3 items (clubs) for the team limits any construction on your starting city, unless the intent was for us to hit the 'end turn' button 20-30 times before going into combat.
It might be a really good idea to default the first heroes with a 1 attack item or at the very least Lord Relias.
Again, I am not trying to bash here, but rather offer some constructive help as I'm sure casual players and those new to a game like this will make the mistake of not purchasing gear which is apparently oh so important.