So with LoB finally being fixed and playable, I thought it'd be neat if we have a thread where we can gather and discuss things, keep up with each other, and so on. So, for all of you who are currently playing through this mode, a little about what you play, how far you are, and what you think so far if you wouldn't mind!
Personally I'm playing a custom party, F/T/M, F/C/M, Inquisitor, Bard, Shaman, Sorcerer. My thoughts are that normal tanking will be close to impossible, so I'm going for a dual F/M frontline, who are sort of my core characters. The party is optimized for a full playthrough and will only shine once HLAs sets in, but the plan is F/M prowess+mass summons by sorc and shaman, all boosted by a dual bard song. The downside to the setup, and I've noticed right now, is that it's shit in BG1.
I havn't gotten so far yet, because due to my party setup it's kind of hard to get going. I'm at 3k exp per char. My idea of farming ankhegs with "command" proved near impossible since you need it to hit three times in a row, and they resist it about 70% of the times. So right now I've been doing the "equip all with bows and kite things that can't shoot or cast spells" strategy, killing wolves and bears and stuffs.
I've managed to down Bassilus, Greywolf and that ogre with the +1 2H-sword for some nice equipment, but I don't dare enter the mines yet since the kobolds have arrows, and my triple class chars still have around 10 HP. I imagine I'll level a bit first, so I don't instadie to an arrow.
Thoughts about the mode is that so far, it's a boring kind of challenge, and a bit overtuned. Kiting is really the only option so far, since everything takes years to kill and one-shots you. I imagine it will even out later on, and that BG2+ToB is really fun in this mode, but right now, with the limited tools you have on the early levels, there's not much skill involved, just kiting, luck and reloading so far. And it's a bit boring that things with melee attacks = auto win, things with range attacks = auto death.
But then again, it has definitely forced me to reconsider how I can play the game, and forced me to abandon cheesier strategies, such as ankheg-farming. I've actually had to run around and do quests now, which I havn't done in a decade at least. It's a fresh breath of air and definitely something different so far.