Hi! Quite recently bought BG2:EE on Steam. Played the game a long time ago and it really touches my nostalgia. However - I'm kinda stuck on what NPC:s I want to bring along. Main char is going to be a Sorcerer or a Bard, half-elf, Lawful Neutral or Evil (probably the former). I have a huge problem of choosing companions (wish there where more character slots... gaaaah..) because I simply can't make up my mind about them.
I like being evil™/outsider but not in all instances. My character usually has some taboos like cruelty to animals - poisoning Druid groves
etc. (in that case - I really wish there was an opinion of siding with the Shadow druids). I recall my usual party back in the days. I also always side with Bodhi - parly because that's much easier, partly because I find it morally justifiable (the Shadow thieves are horrible people as we learn from the thief stronghold, and they try to manipulate you of giving them an extra 5k gold that they obviously don't need on top of that).
Anyway, I realized I don't think I've actually never done much of the stuff that may seem "canonical" in the game (like bringing Yoshimo to Spellhold, rescuing Imoen, having Minsc and the hamster around - and I recall ditching Jaheira for not allowing me to be evil enough, although she's probably the best of those three...) This time I'm gonna try not being so evil all the time so I get to know the "canonical" characters, and maybe turn Viconia neutral as well (hopefully that won't take her charm away lol). I've tried the all-evil party of EE, but Dorn just feels way to one-dimensional and Hexxat, despite the cool idea of having a playable vampire, has a kinda shallow personality and buggy on top of that.
I'm currently considering mixing the seemingly "canonical" companions with Viconia and Jan, i.e. Jan/Viconia/Minsc/Yoshimo:Imoen/Jaheira. Viconia and Jan are given - Viconia being the gf of my dreams (and easy to identify with on top of that), and Jan just too damn funny.
Another option (in exchange for Minsc, probably) would be Anomen is kinda fun when he goes CN but I kinda despise his tone which reminds me a bit too much of the horrible Keldorn, and I recall his change of alignment don't really being reflected in other interactions except the party banter - ie. in many instances he still thinks he's some "noble knight" or whatever even though he's been cast away by his order.
I kinda sympathize with Cernd but I recall him being quite dull, perhaps mixing him with Dorn would spice things up a bit? Among the new companions, Neera is the only one I see some potential in, I haven't done the entire quest(s) yet. I used to bring Edwin along back in the days but I never really saw the charm in him, he's an arrogant jerk for no good reason and I think I've seen the sex-change thing so many times I don't really feel the urge to see it happening again. Is Neera any fun though? Does she have any more funny exchanges after her quest is done?
So what's your thoughts? I'm mostly interested in having a party that generates fun dialogue and extra content.
I'm playing on Normal so party balance isn't that important - I'm pretty sure I can handle whatever the game throws at me (though Yoshimo might present a challenge of I bring him to Spellhold).