I fought Fost on hard with the same team as above only without using bombs. It took longer, but the strategy was the same. Take out the head, then the gauntlets, then the torso. It didn't seem as hard as other fights in the game (Lizard King, Grob at the Citadel, Training with Breza). The reason I think I fared so well is because I focused on speed for Loren, Elenor, and Karen and focused on giving the best armor to Amukiki and Ramas. I think I'll try a run-through with the "new player" mentality. I'll use the Tactics skill set instead of Standard and give skill points based more on what the character "should" get based on their class (fighter, thief, spellcaster) instead of trying to beef up their speed. I know I had a lot more trouble when I played that way in previous versions. I also won't grind as much. I know I was up to 4 levels higher this time than in previous play throughs.