I think I get what you mean, yeah. I can think of a bunch of encounters that I could probably take out without losing anything, though that would mean that quite a few monsters will only show up in a single encounter, and I'd have to deal with the EXP curve again. Not that I can't work with that, but I worry it might feel a bit weird. I'll give it a look at least, thanks a bunch for the feedback!
I will say though: on the standard difficulty level, you can definitely run past/away from a significant number of encounters and still beat most of the bosses without too much of a struggle, if that helps any