I forgot how hard this game is.
I've yet to complete a playthrough, but I've started and completed portions of this game....maybe 7 times so far? Other than Morrowind, there is no other game I come back to so often without finishing it.
I appreciate that Baldur's Gate 2 belongs to a venerable tradition of DnD based WRPGs that are brutal and demanding....but I'm a pansy. I want to vanquish enemies with ease and get to the meaty intrigue and story bits. I want to expedite the combat and spend as little time as I can in dungeons.
Aside from outright cheating (by cheating, I mean using the console to slaughter enemies) I don't know what to do. I'm thinking of trying that Kensai-Mage build I've heard of, but it seems kind of complicated. I also already rolled a mage. Would there be a significant harm to using EE to change the class of my main character?
Another option is to use an NPC mod that is absurdly powerful. Again, I know some of you who love the combat and mechanics of this game are wincing at this idea, but I would love to find an NPC that can just wade into battle and quickly kill most things. Is there anything like this?