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Hello! I'm very new and inexperienced to the world of dungeons & dragons and older PC RPGs/CRPGs in general and could really use some help understanding how these games play. My only experience with RPGs in the past have been either action-oriented, standard turn-based, or strategic. So, in this case, i'm not completely new to RPGs, just RPGs like Icewind Dale.
Now, after buying Icewind Dale 1 and 2 (among other classic CRPGs), I couldn't help but feel excited to experience what I've heard from other fans of the series/genre and reviewers that rave about these masterpieces. However, upon trying these games out for myself, I realize that I don't have a clue about what I'm doing. I've only played table top D&D maybe two or three times, so I'm still very new and unfamiliar with its mechanics in games of its kind. I'm not sure how my party should look (when it comes to composition. my first attempt at Icewind Dale I made a Barbarian, Dwarven Defender, Dragon Disciple, Bard, Wizard Slayer, and Priest of Tempus, all either chaotic neutral or evil in some way. After my first encounter with enemies, 3 of my party members died in about 5 seconds rofl). I'm just not exactly sure how i should be playing these games, and was hoping to reach out and ask for some help/tips. I've somewhat recently developed a real interest and fascination with classic RPG/CRPGs and D&D and general and would like to break into this world, if possible.
So, yeah, any help at all is appreciated, please forgive my noobishness in all of this. I just really want to understand these games and how to play them, and have a good time in this rich universe. Thanks for your time!