I am also learning to be a field cook and have been invited to join a town. Is it better for me to remain townless while I learn, or would it be more beneficial to join a town? If I join a town I could be dueled and robbed if I am not present to play, and if I understand the rules correctly, as long as I remain townless I cannot be dueled. My choice is to learn what it takes to be a field cook and gather products and fulfill quests without being robbed of my money and products if I am unable to check in. What benefits would I get for being in a town if I can't check on my progress regularly?