Yes, first impression feedback is really valuable. It's not something you get often.
Also regarding the crash: from the sound of it it's something that happens when the combat wants to start but for some reason it doesn't. A log file would be helpful but that's reset every time you relaunch the game so don't worry about it. Should you run into another issue though it'd be very helpful.
I'll just have to sit down and try the start a bunch of times to see if I can trigger the crash. As soon as I can reproduce it I can usually fix it. If I can't it's really hard to pin down what caused it in the first place.