Anybody clue me in on what I was doing wrong, I mean any fight was like a deathwish. I couldn't make money or get anything, and these are like my kind of games.
Erm, the combat really wasn't all that complicated. When fighting humans, block when they attack, then hit them while they recover. For monsters, hop backwards when they attack, hit them, hop backwards, hit them again, rinse and repeat. Combos are unblockable, as are some monster attacks, but the likelihood of you encountering either of these at the beginning of the game is low.
Now, the combat in Gothic 1 was a whee bit more complex. You had to hold the attack button, then press an arrow key in the direction you want to swing your weapon. In G2, all you have to do is click.