Can you take a screenshot of the black spots? I'll send it to Sam or Kirii to see if they can fix it.
Brutality - maxing out punch or slugger style early on works fairly well iirc. Just stack HP and you should be able to survive stuff and eventually deal a ridiculous amount of damage. I will play the mod later today cause it's been forever since I've touched my own mod, I feel like a hypocrite telling you what you should do when I don't really remember stuff lol
As for the mod section... I need to ask an admin for its own place but I keep forgetting.