's thread NPC as real life friend?
got me thinking about assembling my 'most liked' party which for me includes Imoen, Khalid, Garrick, Neera, and Dynaheir. @Blackraven
's thread asks us to consider who we would like best personality-wise if the characters were translated into real life. But I'm sort of taking that and putting it back into the game world as a party to adventure with. They may not be the most effective NPCs I could gather to survive. But they are the ones whose company I think I would enjoy the most.
In the same spirit, I think I would play as close as I could to real life identity and stats, just to add to the challenge.
So in a way, the challenge here is honesty: The personalities you honestly like best regardless of how effective they are in the game or answer practical needs
, and honesty with yourself re: the best match of race/class for your personality and RL ability scores.
There is the issue of having to separate forced-paired NPCs (I've got two of them). But I started a thread here
to explore satisfying ways of doing that.
This could be done as a no-reload challenge, actually. It could be for either BGEE or BG2EE. You could rank the NPCs according to personal likability for you as personalities. Then if one dies you can a) just keep going without them, or b) if you want to replace them you'd have to follow your ranked list. So let's say no resurrections to add to the challenge. In order to put the challenge on an equal footing to start, you have to fill a party of six. If you're going to do it as a challenge, you should post your ranked list of 'most liked' before starting. (You're on the honor system to rank according to whose personality
you really and truly like best, independent of how strong a contributor the characters are.) After deciding on the six NPCs you like best, you can assemble them in any order in-game.
Addendum: After some more reflection about this I'll offer three versions of the competition. See the blockquote below:
No-reload Challenge Rules
- Core difficulty is recommended; if you use otherwise please specify
- there are three versions for the competition:
1) strict no-reload (technical glitch only) with no resurrection
2) minimal reload/no res: PC death or technical glitch only, with no resurrection
3) minimal reload plus limited resurrections with the number of NPC resurrections for characters (e.g., 1 res per NPC; or maybe 3 resurrections total for all NPCs, etc.) decided by you. (The latter creates subcategories then for 1 res allowed, or 2 reses, etc.)
- your PC must as closely as possible match the real you including race (in spirit) and ability scores; choose the class or kit that best captures your personality/identity
- you must start by filling a party of six with the personalities you like best of all
- you may assemble the starting party in any order you like
- it's okay to Ctrl+Y an unwanted member of a NPC pair, park them somewhere, get them killed (eg, CLUA a cursed protection scroll that petrifies and have them use it), or to use a global variable to avoid the quest associated with the other member of the pair; see here. Note however that you may need the other member of the pair later, so it would probably be wisest to "park" them somewhere! If speaking to a NPC might have them disappear if you don't take them, then you may not want to do that until you're ready.
- for the versions with no resurrection, when a NPC dies:
- should a NPC die you may carry on without filling slot, or
- you may fill the slot in order of your most liked backup personalities (preferably, post the ranked order of backup personalities according to likability before starting the game)
Note that you're only reloading in the case of a PC death or technical glitch, which means that you must accept HP for level-ups and spell scribing results.
So my BGEE game would be
CG human (half-elf?) Cleric/Mage*
Abilities... I dunno, highest on Int and (I'd like to think) Wis, maybe slightly above average Str and Con, else-wise normal.
So it's really not too bad. That's a fairly balanced party, actually. Only one meleer is the biggest problem. I'd have to use lots of summons. But I think I could actually get pretty far with that lot.
If you do want to take this up as a challenge feel free to metagame and cheese to your heart's content. And then please post how far you made it in what number of days. Otherwise please just share what your party would be, including what PC class/stats might mirror the IRL you.
By the way when this thread has run its course in General, I'll move it to Challenges and Playthroughs. But I'd at least enjoy seeing what others' parties would look like, and General is the place to get the most participation.
* IRL-wise I don't think I can quite justify half-elf, although in-game I'd certainly prefer multi-class to dual-class.