first of all, my apologies for creating a new thread for this question - I didn't find any suitable discussion that would keep me from "stealing someone's thunder", so to speak. Plus, it might help anyone who has a similar doubt.
I'm trying to create a party to take on IWD, but the six character limit is driving me nuts, to the point of keeping me from starting the game.
See, I'm not into powergaming or min-maxing. I'm not afraid to create a Fighter with high INT, for instance, if it fits the picture I have of the character. What I do want is to create the best possible party to allow me to experience most of the game's "special moments" in the story. That is, it's been years I've played the original game, and while I don't remember the finer details of the plot, I know, for instance, that the game features barbarians, druids, Tempus. That might lead me to create a party with a barbarian, a druid, and a Cleric of Tempus, for special interactions.
That being said, this was the original party I was *almost* ready to play with:
01- Elf Kensai;
02- Dwarven Defender;
03- Human Cavalier;
04- Halfling Fighter/Swashbuckler (edited, of course);
05- Half-Elf Bard;
06- Half-Elf Cleric/Ranger;
While, as I said, I'm not much into powergaming, I do like to make a powerful party with spread proficiencies. I'd hate to come accross a powerful artifact only for mages and not having one to use it. So, while I was mainly content with my starting party, the lack of Arcane firepower started gnawing at the back of my head, but it's getting hard for me to get rid of any of these characters. Thus, I created six more characters as... possible substitutes.
07- Elf Wild Mage;
08- Half-Orc Berserker;
09- Human Barbarian;
10- Human Cleric of Tempus;
11- Half-Elf Avenger;
12- Human Dragon Disciple;
Now, I've been thinking, and I might be okay with switching my Fighter/Swashbuckler with a Wild Mage (and I would edit my Kensai into a Kensai/Thief with EEKeeper) and possibly the Cleric/Ranger for the Avenger Druid.
Would this new party help me "see" the most content I could see? And would it hold up against what Icewind Dale has to offer? I'm playing in Core Rules, not really interested in fancy challenges for now. If not, what switches would you reccomend based on the characters I created?
Thanks for reading all this, and thanks in advance for possibly putting my troubled mind at ease.