So I got an idea to DM a 3.5e D&D campaign based upon BG1 and maybe BG2. I got four (possibly five) players for the game with my fiancée, Melonie, and her cousin, Julie, (whom is the possible player) being new to everything RPG like. Also of those four (possibly five), the other two players, Alec & Cole are my friends and we have played BG/EE/D&D for years. The last player, Kurt, just plays a lot of D&D but hasn’t played BG. My purpose of this discussion is for me to ask those of you with a lot more DM experience and/or BG experience to help me implement this correctly and make this a very good D&D campaign. If you are able to contribute, or just want to shoot some ideas, I'd be very grateful for it. Thank you.
Ok, so I'm dead set that my fiancée, Melonie, should be "Charname" since she's new to BG and D&D. All of the encounters, dialogues, items, story, aw man... just about everything, will be a new experience for her. However, I don’t want it to appear that she’s the star of the show and having the other people just sit there twiddling their thumbs. Is there a way I could implement all the events that happen to Charname and somehow make the other players seem ‘important’? Also with the possibility of my fiancée’s cousin, Julie, playing she could be the group’s ‘Imoen’ and find out about her abilities later on.
The elephant in the room would definitely be that I have two of my friends, Alec & Cole that have played BG quite a bit. I want them to participate in the game and yet also see the decisions Charname would make in her situations. How does she handle Silke? Will she say she’s Greywolf to get some free cash? Of course her alignment and how she plays her character will affect that, it’s a change of pace from just playing BG.
An idea just ran across my head. I could make Alec and Cole be like the ‘Khalid and Jaheria’ of the group. Being the ones that kind of subtlety push Charname in the right direction to Nashkal or ‘let’s not go to the farm north beyond FAI’. They obviously don’t have to be a stuttering fighter and an OMNIPRESENT AUTHORITY FIGURE!!!
The other big issue is what to do with Kurt, he's an experienced D&D veteran but lacks in BG knowledge. I don’t have a single idea yet, but hopefully someone here does.
This is about all I got so far. I’ve only been thinking about this for a day or two so more ideas could pop into my head. If you got a way to help me implement this grand game into a D&D campaign I would be grateful. Hell, I’ll even take some off-the-wall information like what level Tarnesh is or how much hp Gorion has. Even that could be useful. Thank you very much for your time. If people are interested (and if this idea takes off) I could post their story on here.