Wow, you're right, Ted! That's a mighty weird way for the game to tell me that though, never seen it happen before... why can't the explanation window say directly that the Dex bonus is decreased due to being encumbered, rather than the cryptic "reduced by item: Brown Leather Boots"? EDIT: Also, werid stuff w/ experience. I remember, in 5.5.0 when I was fighting big groups of enemies, lower-level party members gained more XP, which allowed them to "catch up" faster. Right now though, I just finished one battle, and my lvl3 paladin gained roughly 100XP less than the rest of the level5 party. What's going on?