This is the minimal reload version of the 'random game' challenge using Drone's random character generation system, and the WotC dice roller to generate party members. This version is a bit more forgiving than no-reload, as it allows players to have playthroughs that they can actually complete.
It has its own unique challenges however.
Here are the rules:
(Don't worry, it's actually very simple. Read a brief summary here
1) Randomly generate your character from the best of five number sets via the number generator (see below).
2) Then roll up five party members before beginning the game. If you roll a NPC more than once you may re-roll. You only roll once for your starting party (versus best of five tries, as with the PC). The exception to this rule is if you roll three or more NPCs that aren't available until chapters 4 or 5. Then you may re-roll for the entire set of five NPCs.
3) Select a PC from the set of five you generated for the party you rolled.
4) Once you begin your game you may add your starting party in any order.
5) What to do if you roll a force-paired NPC: If you have the CLUA Console enabled, you can Ctrl+Y a paired NPC member. But you do have to then remove the deceased NPC, which means they're gone for good. Otherwise remove them however you wish. Note that if you are able to "park" the unwanted member of the NPC pair inside a building and remove that one there (with the entire rest of the party inside a different building to prevent the kickout dialogue), this has the advantage that you can still use them, should you roll that NPC later (see below). You may carry the meta-killed forced-pair NPC to a temple to have him or her resurrected and park them. If you need to temporarily remove one of your NPCs in order to create a slot to do this, that's fine.
6) If a NPC dies there is no obligation to resurrect him/her. (Slain NPCs may be resurrected if you wish.) You may remove the deceased NPC from the party and roll another NPC. However, since the point of a game like this is to enjoy the challenge of getting the most out of classes, kits, and NPCs that you probably don't ordinarily use, it would be bad form to engineer the NPC having an "accident" a la what many players do with Khalid. That's on the honor system. But you should always be earnestly trying to work with whatever cards you've been dealt.
7) After you have assembled a party of six you are free to dismiss NPCs. If you wish to replace a dismissed NPC you must roll a new NPC. (If you roll a NPC that is already in your party, or deceased/removed, then re-roll.) Also, after you have assembled a party of six you are then not required to maintain a full party. If a NPC dies that character can be removed from the party, and does not have to be replaced. But of course you can always have a party of six, if you like.
8) Imoen auto-joins, and you can take her items before dismissing her if you didn't roll her as a party member. You may add Neera temporarily just to take her gem bag.
9) You may meta-game freely. This is basically a tactical challenge.
10) Reload only if the PC dies. No other reloading allowed (except for clearcut technical glitches).
11) Any difficulty setting is allowed, and you may use Auto-pause and heal fully upon rest. However, games completed at higher difficulty settings, that do not use auto-pause, and are set to heal normally upon rest will trump those that use settings that make the game easier. When posting a result please note difficulty setting, auto-pause (yes or no), and heal upon rest setting.
12) You can use CLUA for Ctrl+Ying unwanted NPCs that are force-paired, and also ExploreArea() to remove the fog of war. But otherwise no cheats allowed such as CTRL+J, etc.
13) Whoever gets the farthest in the fewest number of days will be featured on the Leader Board. There are two Leader Board categories: Vanilla and with SCS installed.
You are encouraged to share your results even if you don't have a "Best Thus Far" game for the Leader Board in the overall contest. You may find that you can enjoy this challenge as a runner competes against his or her own personal best times, versus in competition with others. If you play one of these games please share about it in this thread, and we encourage you to post your own personal best! Eg, You got as far as such-and-such in x number of days, using so-and-so, etc.
Use this random character generator system to create your PC:
Here are the guidelines for randomly generating your PC using the number generator:
First randomly generate a 4 digit number at this this site. To roll a four digit number put in the values for the generator thusly and click the Generate button.
This four digit number determines Gender, Race, Class and Sub-class or Multi-class, according to the system's color coded chart.
Next, randomly generate a three digit number with the values adjusted like this, with the results again determined according to the system's chart.
The three digit number determines Alignment, Abilities, and Voice Set.
- If there is no Sub-class or Multi-class ignore the fourth digit of the four digit number.
- A 9 for the third digit of the four digit number results in a Sorcerer, Monk, or Barbarian, two of which had no subclasses when Drone devised this system, but now we have the new sub-class kits for the Sorcerer and Monk... Anyway, you can either pick what you like from among them, or you use the dice roller linked below and roll a 1d6 with numbers 1-6 assigned to Sorcerer, Dragon Born Sorcerer, Monk, Sun Soul Monk, Dark Moon Monk, and Barbarian, respectively.
- If your Race or Class restricts an alignment re-roll via a custom die via the dice roller tool linked below or just round up.
- The Voice Set you roll is isn't a requirement for this contest. Obviously, if what you roll is a really poor fit, or another one is perfect, etc., feel free to use whichever voice you like.
You can use this thread
for reference as to race and alignment restrictions for various classes.
In the same spirit, why not use the WotC Character Name Generator
To roll your party use this alphabetical list of NPCs
1 - Ajantis
2 - Alora
3 - Baeloth
4 - Branwen
5 - Coran
6 - Dorn
7 - Dynaheir
8 - Edwin
9 - Eldoth
10 - Faldorn
11 - Garrick
12 - Imoen
13 - Jaheira
14 - Kagain
15 - Khalid
16 - Kivan
17 - Minsc
18 - Montaron
19 - Neera
20 - Quayle
21 - Rasaad
22 - Safana
23 - Shar-Teel
24 - Skie
25 - Tiax
26 - Viconia
27 - Xan
28 - Xzar
29 - Yeslick
and the WotC dice roller
with a 1d29 (at the bottom row set the "Die" column box to 29 and "Nbr" column box to 1") to determine party members. See here
-------------------------------Minimal Reload Random Game Challenge Leader Board:Vanilla
This is for vanilla BG:EE games. Any difficulty setting is allowed, and you may use Auto-pause, and heal fully upon rest. However games completed at higher difficulty settings, that do not use auto-pause, and are set to heal normally upon rest will trump those that use settings that make the game easier. Best Thus Far:
This is if you're playing with the Sword Coast Stratagems
mod with at least AI Modifications
installed, other components optional. Warning: Obviously this will be more difficult. Best Thus Far:
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