you cant end up at pactmaker, but you can join him. I just did, and yes, spirit pact is that good.
And what I ment by the suggestion, add a little bonus food for killing a monster of a higher level than you. I'm not even that crazy about it, it was just a though because my first try with goatperson at eastern tundra was abysmal due to not finding the popcorn and having to waste too many resources killing higher level guys, while the other run was fine.
Took no overly strong preps on either run. No balanced dagger either.
I almost got pwned by Shifty Brickwork!