I am just starting Baldur's Gate EE, first time playing this series and even though I read some Dragonlance books I never read any Forgotten Realms books so I am compeletely new to this universe. (and never played a D&D game as video game or not).
So I opened the tutorial which seems fairly long and didn't finished it yet and there were a few things that I didn't understand so I searched them and found the answers but in the way I came across a few guides which suggested that I should read Unofficial Baldur's Gate EE manual. Usually I never read a manual to game just tutorial is enough. However I started to reading a few pages and noticed that manual gives a lot of information about universe.
Now my problem is that for me a catching point of a game or book or anyother storytelling piece is story and universe and if I learn about them before the game or etc. I am afraid that I won't be enjoying the game since I will be already know about Friendly Arm Inn etc. I love that when story comes by piece by piece in games or books. I don't like that somebody comes before I watch LoTR movies and tells me "Well, this is Middle Earth and there is a bad guy named Sauron at eastern side of this continent and there are humans, dwarfs..... and there is Gondor and Rohan...." it takes the excitement of learning a new thing about that driving story.
So should I read the manual and risk the losing excitement of this story or should I jump in the game after playing tutorial with less knowledge about mechanics and some important stuff?
This maybe an unimportant question to some of people but for me, I am really excited about this universe since it is so recommend from a lot of people about its story and mechanics. ( I am kind of a player that loves The Witcher since it has a great story and atmosphere even gameplay is sucks.)
So please help me at this dilemma xD.
Thank you very much of your time, sorry about some grammar or phrase mistakes, English is not my native language ^^.
Sincerely Mithra (king of gods :P)