My topic is a bit long and incoherent, but please bear with me.
A bit of background info on how I play and how I view the game:
I have completed BG1 a few times before but I decided to give it another go - a proper, thorough playthrough that focuses on nostalgia, role playing and getting the most out of the game to the point, where thinking about it in the future will feel sickening. I want to "get it out of my system". But a game like this has such an immense depth to it that even after 20 years it still blows my mind. Which is why I refuse to simply rush through it again like I did in my younger years, where I perceived the game as "some Diablo clone with simply too much text to read". I want to feel that my arduous effort of "squeezing the most juice out of this lemon" (meaning, playing as completionist as possible without burning out from OCD) adds to my passion for my character, companions and that I feel involved and care about the story.
I play a Good party (Imoen, Khalid, Jaheira, Minsc and Dynaheir) that stays as true to the beginning of BG2 as possible. Heck, I even dual classed Imoen at exactly the same level as she appears in BG2.
I plan on importing my char into BG2 and continue from there. But before I do so, I want to experience as much as possible in BG1 without over-exhausting myself in the process. I even want to explore houses in the cities and finish as many meaningful quests as possible, but I imagine that most of the locations (and NPCs inside them) are rather generic. So I am willing to assess, what is worth doing and what is not. And I am willing to be more selective about what is worth doing and what I should let go. Sounds easy but it's not, which is why I could use some advice from some of you who has a lot of experience with the game.
To put it in other words. Has anyone in here played entire BG1 completionist-style, and is it worth it? Are there some cool and unexpected encounters or quests rather than the generic "hey, I don't like you, so now you die" encounters? Or "fetch me this item from this location" quests. I am talking mainly about exploring cities, walking inside the houses and talking with NPCs that don't start the conversation on their own.
I looked at http://mikesrpgcenter.com/bgate/maps.html
but I can't decide. With a game like BG1 there are just an insane amount of possibilities. I have gotten to the point of my gaming life, where instead of just jumping into it naively and hoping to be surprised positively, I would rather like to know, if I am "wasting my time" doing something specific or rather, if it's worth it.
Take the city of Baldur's Gate, for instance. It's a huge city with tons of buildings to enter and tons of generic NPCs to talk to. If a (sub- or main-) quest points me towards a building, or my journal says that I should visit a place, I will go there. But inviting my OCD-Fairy to explore every single building, talk with every single NPC and read every single line, just for the sake of it. Then the madness begins. Then I could even take it to the next level and make sure that there is no Fog of War left.
So please tell me, dear RPGers, do you have some advice for me? Should I just stick to the main quest and do any sub-quests that I come across? Or is there actually a chance of something truly interesting on the locations of the map that are not marked (named map markers)?
Thanks for reading and may your OCD be dispelled.