As a very brief intro, I always loved Baldur's Gate and its expansions and was delighted when I found I could download them onto my phone. Since Christmas, it has been all I do on my commute
Anyway, I wouldn't say I'm a master by any means, but I've become increasingly fascinated by the myriad class options and solo runs. I've been attempting minimal/no reload runs, emphasis on the 'no reload' as I find that as much as I've invested in the character, once I've died, it is difficult to return to it, especially if I've achieved most of what I want to achieve in terms of experimenting with builds.
I just got to level 35 with a solo priest of Lathander, which I have to say has been one of my most favourite runs so far - they are so good! But having been imprisoned in the Underdark, I guess I'll have to wait for the next child of Bhaal to cast Freedom in the area...
One of the character classes I keep coming back to is the druid. They seem to get a mostly bad rap, which is understandable when compared to mages, which I almost never play, and others. But the theme just draws me back time and again. I've got a separate solo no reload run with a Totemic Druid, which I've just reached Saradush with, but I've run out of steam.
Just a note here, I tend to play BGee on the lower difficulty as I prefer the higher HP and not faffing about with the gameplay. Plus generally speaking BG isn't too much of a challenge unless you want it to be, i.e. it is very easy to hover up the easter egg items, buy a Gift of the Lost then the Ring of Energy and you're golden. The challenge for me comes from remembering everything in BG2 and ToB. Most runs I've ever done have ended with a save or die situation, which has nothing to do with damage received. So I adjust to core rules for BG2 onwards.
So why the Shapeshifter? Because I love wandering Faerun as a dog of course. No other reason
I've certainly a read a lot of great posts on this forum about what you should have and what you get, which is somewhat saddening, but I'm unlikely to be able to change that. What I do like off the bat is that you have a character with Str 19 and a -2 AC with 2APR. Now that is fun for a level 1 character! I notice that if you rest, your paws are deactivated, which does lead to the interesting possibility of arming up with 2 clubs/scimitars for 3APR, but I don't have the proficiency points for this so I tend to re-shapeshift, but possibly fun should I get to BG2 and ToB. The other thing I'm not clear on is whether there is an option to dual to a fighter in BG2 to enjoy higher thac0 and possibly more APR. Unless I'm mistaken, and in this example I'm talking at least a level 13 druid/level 14 fighter, you should be able to get 5 stars in a weapon, say Belm, equip this after resting while shapeshifted and you'll have 3APR for being a wolf, +1 for the offhand +1 for grandmastery, +1 for being a level 13 fighter and +1 for Belm=7APR base...? I'm guessing the cap is 5 though, though so I'd probably not bother with 2 weapon style, get the extra -1AC for single weapon style, equip a nice magic weapon and get base 5APR for being a level 13+ grand mastery fighter wolf. So I'm keen to try that out, albeit waiting for this idea to be shot down as not working (much of my math-BG'ing often ends that way). So my plan is to get to 18 as a shapeshifter and then the rest in fighter. One additional reason is to get the Helm of the Rock, which should mean my base elemental resistances are near 100%, but mostly so I can HOWL
I love a challenge! If it doesn't work out, I'm quite content to keep on going with the shapeshifter. Frankly I love the druid HLAs more than any other.
So with that out of the way, I have started this morning. In wolf form, I've done the Candlekeep quests and assassins, Beregost's Marl and Firebead quests, and Joia's Ring. I've reached level 2 no probs so far and was about to find Brage when I went to work.
Anyway, I've wanted to write something about my journeys for ages so I hope it isn't boring! And that it is in the right place on the forum
I'd be interested to hear other players' thoughts and whether there are any tips/cautions you can see blaring out to you.