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  • KaltzorKaltzor Member Posts: 1,050
    Int dumpstats for non-mages...

    That 3 Int for fighters, clerics and rogues didn't look so bad until you get to meet a mind flayer.

    Hasson
  • BasillicumBasillicum Member, Translator (NDA) Posts: 400
    Killing random people for gold and loot turned out to be a mistake. I thought the game was horribly unfair when the Flaming Fist came after me all the time. I was young.

    MalicronCrevsDaak
  • elminsterelminster Member, Developer Posts: 16,206

    pixie359 said:

    I didn't realise for ages that you could scroll down the thief skills when leveling up, so my top for skills all had 200 plus, while the rest had none.

    What?!

    There are more than four skills? :O

    I genuinely did not know this. I need to go check this for myself RIGHT NOW.
    In the original BG1 there were only 4 skills. Stealth, Pick Pockets, Pick Locks, and Find Traps. BG2 added a few and split up stealth (and BGEE is based on the BG2 engine).

    TJ_Hooker
  • meaglothmeagloth Member Posts: 3,806
    Made a scorcerer with 18int and 3wis then found out how lore and wish spells work, and that scorcerer don't need int.

    sarevok57CrevsDaak
  • InfiltratorInfiltrator Member Posts: 121
    I remember when I first started I was clueless because nobody had mana and spells kept disappearing. Had no idea what the sleeping mechanic was, I'd just go until I ran out of juice.

    CrevsDaakSyntia13
  • BattlehamsterBattlehamster Member Posts: 298
    Never used status-ailment spells.

    I thought invoker was the best specialist mage and the rest of them were terrible. Also thought a high THACO was good until I equipped Varsconia or what ever that +2 ice sword of awesome is called.

    BelgarathMTHArcalianCrevsDaak
  • AnduinAnduin Member Posts: 5,745
    I made a mage with 18 con, he needed it not having hp the poor thing... Fortunately I knew strength would be a luxury...

    Result. A lot of reloading on my part due to my character being frozen (in reality overburdened due to my weight limit being well and truly passed...)

    ...

    Mistakes are part of the learning process. Make many and rejoice in your learning!

    sarevok57CrevsDaakSyntia13
  • MalicronMalicron Member Posts: 629
    Oh gods, the list is endless (the joys of playing a game meant for adults when your age is still in single digits) but what really stands out from my first attempt at Baldur's Gate

    1. I treated everyone like a fighter. I'd equip my entire party with melee weapons and tell them to jump into the frey. The results were... memorable, if predictable.

    2. Traps were like some sort of Uber-magic in my eyes, and I had no idea I could detect and disarm them. As a result, I never even finished the Nashkel Mines until after I'd beaten BG2 a couple years later.

    FredjoBelgarathMTHsarevok57acw18
  • SedSed Member Posts: 789
    Anduin said:

    I made a mage with 18 con, he needed it not having hp the poor thing... Fortunately I knew strength would be a luxury...

    Result. A lot of reloading on my part due to my character being frozen (in reality overburdened due to my weight limit being well and truly passed...)
    !

    I don't know how many times I've added a few points of STR to some chars, just to increase the weight they can carry. 50 lbs is just too little ^^

    AnduinBelgarathMTH
  • KaigenKaigen Member Posts: 1,567

    Other than that, the one biggest mistake I continue to make when playing the game is to hoard scrolls, wands and potions. I know that they are supposed to be used yet I always end up at the last battle of the game with so many extra expendables, that I will never use that it is laughable.

    I have this problem as well; I hardly ever use my strength potions or defense potions. I only use my potions of Heroism after Durlag, when I pick up a dozen in Ulgoth's Beard and realize that I've been sitting on a huge pile all game. In my last play through I managed to at least use the explosive potions by distributing them to my party and using them to rock some of the late game group fights. That Iron Throne group in the Undercity is pretty easy if you're hurling 5 fireballs and a Cloudkill at them simultaneously from out of their field of vision.

  • MathsorcererMathsorcerer Member Posts: 3,009

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    Other than that, the one biggest mistake I continue to make when playing the game is to hoard scrolls, wands and potions. I know that they are supposed to be used yet I always end up at the last battle of the game with so many extra expendables, that I will never use that it is laughable.

    I fall into this category, as well, which is why I am reworking my party scripts to use potions all the time. Strength under 19? Use potion. See enemy? Potion of heroism. See mage? Use wand. I expect this time to wind up with not much left over. Also, I am spending all the money when I get it--why hoard gold when my adventurer could die during the next fight?

  • PugPugPugPug Member Posts: 560
    I think I fireballed during a big fight in Baldur's Gate -- it's been a long time, some sort of meeting with Sarevok and lots of Flaming Fist? -- then killed all the red circles and didn't understand why the FF kept coming after me. Or maybe it was because I was framed for a crime or something. Really I don't remember.

  • deltagodeltago Member Posts: 7,724
    Minor but, I would wear magical armor (like studded +1) thinking it was better than plate.

    I also thought Good berries was a good spell to memorize because of the healing.

    Fredjo
  • mr_namelessmr_nameless Member Posts: 37
    Took me awhile to figure out you could assign different battle scripts to your party members. After doing so I didn't know you could turn them off quickly via the bottom lower left AI button.

    Never noticed you could also drink potions at their description tab.

    Never tried to talk to my familiar, and had no clue it can go into your backpack.

    Didn't know that the thief's Detect Illusion ability is tied to the Detect/Disarm trap icon. When activated and your Detect Illusion skill is high enough invisible enemies are detected!!


    BelgarathMTHSyntia13
  • sersafirsersafir Member Posts: 121
    I thought a sorcerer needed intelligence. I equipped him with the ring of charisma and had him walk through as ugly as sin.

  • velehalvelehal Member Posts: 297
    edited October 2013
    No a mistake per se but when I played BG for a first time I prefered melee weapons over bows etc. I even used Kivan like melee figher (and I had Ajantis, Khalid and Jaheira). And I prefered evocation spells like fireball and lighting bolt over spells like haste, slow, confusion. But I think that I´ve learned to use spell only when I started to play with Tactics mod. This mod disabuses you very quickly.

  • ajwzajwz Member Posts: 4,122
    Not really got wrong, but up until enhanced edition, I never realised that fighting tazok at the bandit encampment was a thing people actually did.

    CrevsDaak
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