Missed a couple of game events, so I'll try to catch up here:
First successful REAL hunt. Because I'm a manual reader and completionist, I didn't even start my first actual hunt until 3.5 hours into it, haha.
Right now I'm running around with a Lance, but I think I might pick up a hammer.
Before I do another active hunt I'm trying to put together some new armor and a new lance...this is what makes the game "grindy". It takes considerable time to gather all the resources needed for upgrades and new equipment.