After decades of re-playing these wonderful games, specially BG 1, I started inventing my own sets of rules. For instance, now I almost always play without reloading, without resting more than once per area, no using cheese (web, sleep, recharging wands, greenstone amulet, acid arrows, etc), no buying potions or scrolls, no re-rolling, no min-maxing, always having a party of 6... There is more, if anybody is interested, I'll post it.
This makes for a very difficult run, not being able to use the usual "strategies" on some enemies, like the sirines. I was standing there, almost at the door to the cave with the golems, thinking about a suitable non-chessy strategy to defeat them. A squirrel passed me by, and then I looked at Minsc and it hit me.
A picture is worth a thousand words:
Then, I started messing around with critters, just for the fun of it. I charmed a chicken and gave him strength, then:
These are suitable replacements for summoning spells for fodder, and besides it's a level 2 spell for druids, and an innate ability for rangers, making it available sooner.
What do you guys think?