Yello' everyone! How are y'all today? Just coming in to ask some LoB questions!
So after some research, I've read that you're not supposed to do a Lv.1 party through LoB, though I'm having a fairly frustration-free play-through so far. (20k Exp, no Mods, unless you count enabling LoB XP boost in .ini)
Current Party for reference: Skald, F/M/C, Ranger (Dualing at 12 to Cleric), Assassin Dualed to Mage, Shaman & Avenger. Everyone is using Ranged Weapons, nobody can take any hits right now.
My question today, however, is how do I progress through certain fights where a Shamanic Dance cannot be useful to tank enemies because I'm lacking a Summon Monster Wand/Spell? (certain things in LoB have very different aggro-patterns, as I'm finding out playing it. Mages being the craziest offenders with their sonic speed kiting when spells run out and/or begin to be on low HP, where they alternate crazy glitchy-looking perfect kiting & perfect MM spell casts) or creatures are nigh-immune to anything that isn't Command: Sleep? (Anhkeg Farm)
Since Command: Sleep isn't as much of a powerhouse as it used to be in the earlier days, especially if you cast it too quickly it sort of fizzles the sleep effect. I'm curious what fights I need to really level up for class goodies and which items I will definitely need for X enemy(ies)?
It seems my biggest concerns are creatures that are exempt from spells where they obviously might be assumed to be, where on any difficult not LoB related you'd probably use the same tactic to sweep targets.
Also, I won't be abusing backstabs if I can help it and I won't be taking advantage of traps - I only ran Assassin as I needed a thief and for the poison weapon for early Mages, capping their Lock/Disarm at 75/75 (Rings give 25% in BG2, potions can do the rest if I decide pure-mage is getting better spells)
Some advice on future planning as soon as I get to BG2 is also highly appreciated, I'm doing a full play-through.
I may or may not abuse Skald pickpocketing here and there, though. (I want that Genie bottle, gert dammmnit!)
For anything that can be hit by Hold Person/Animal, I'm just taking advantage of Doom and later Great Malison is the game plan.
I'm also Streaming as much of the game play as I can, just archive the fact I haven't cheated at all. (Unless you count an Elf Skald as cheating)
Thanks for any help, see you in the Realms, Future Friends!