I'm developing arthritis in my hands. I'm only 40. Getting old sucks, though I suppose it beats being dead, without anyone around to "awaken" you, eh?
Anyway, it sucks to have pain when playing the game. This is a new development for me over the past few months, but even before then the long and boring boss fights in the story instances weren't my idea of fun. Neither was having to do the Balthazar fight twice because our power went out literally as he was about to die, but I digress... So, I figure if you're able offer a "skip dialog" option, perhaps you'd also be able to offer a "skip combat sequence" option for those who want the story, but not the combat.
I don't care about the item rewards or meta achievements. My reward is being able to see the story play out. If you need to remove the item rewards for skipping the combat, so be it.
Ps. Love the story, world, and PoF in general. Looking forward to Faren's further development. Thanks for all your hard work!