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Question about my Fighter/Illusionist
So, after a few false starts, I've decided to try going through the entire Baldur's Gate Saga a go. Lurked a bit, mainly to decide if I wanted to go with a dual-class or multiclass character. Eventually decided on Multiclass, mainly because I want to be a spellcasting butt-kicker from the get-go. Went with a gnome, because of the kit, the saving throws, and the fact that a green beard isn't really out of place on one. Specializing in wielding hammers, 'cause I've heard that there are some good ones in both games.
Anyway, a lot of the time, I see people advocating dual-wielding as the way to go. I wanted to try going with the single-weapon style, because I like the AC benefits early on and because I'll admit I'm a sucker for the "weapon in one hand and spell in the other" mental image of the character. Will that weaken my character unnecessarily?
Thanks in advance for the responses.