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What was the first character you ever made?

I just started thinking about the fact that 20 years ago I was all over clerics in both BG1 and BG2 but never even touch the class these days. Heck, after I made the switch multiple of my followup playthroughs didn't even have a divine caster in my party :smiley: I've always preferred playing humans but when I started out I made a few dwarwes first without knowing anything of their saving bonuses, I just liked the idea. I might have tried a thief as my very first character but he probably didn't even clear Nashkel mines if I did so I'm not counting that.

My first character was a Dwarf Cleric. Knowing myself he probably had pretty optimal stats 18/17/16/10/18/10 but of that I can't be sure. He wielded a warhammer which was my favorite weapon class BG1 and BG2 until I decided not to be a clergyman anymore. I remember I was delighted when I found the dwarf only throwing hammer in BG2 because throwing weapons for whatever reason have a special place in my heart (the whatever reason probably being that I used to throw knives as a kid). I never knew about shorty saves but that does explain why he was so darn resilient.

For those curious I tried monk after that and then settled on Kensai/Mage dual for the longest time until now in EE switched to Blade. I remeber trying druid at some point but it just wasn't fun for me being the nature hippie as main character. Always human except now on Blade I'm going half-elf for the resistances and the paperdoll is not hard on my eyes either.

So, remember what you started out with? New players with only one or a few characters are of course very welcome to join too.

ThacoBellthespacedunbar

Comments

  • ArtonaArtona Member Posts: 904
    I really can't remember, but I do remember my father's character - dwarven warrior called Kahdor. He had standard canon party and was using axes. Watching my dad play BG was my first experience with the game.
    I *think* my first character was human father, and I'm almost sure that human fighter was my first character that managed to finish the game. I used the first portait in the game, with that bald dude. ;)

    LammasThacoBell
  • LammasLammas Member Posts: 109
    Hehe, I almost always used that bald dude too on my human characters. I think my first dwarf used Kagains portrait. When I later learned it's his portrait my future dwarves used the bald dude too if I was planning on taking Kagain.

    Artona
  • XanatosXanatos Member Posts: 41
    My first character was a ranger, because I assumed it was the 'archer' class and I always used bows in video games I'd played at that point (including the xbox baldurs gate) even if thats not entirely correct on the original baldur's gate. I probably tanked my INT and CHA to boost the other stats as much as I could. I was pretty young when I stumbled across the game and never finished it, whether it was patience, understanding of dice mechanics or what. I revisited the game much later in life, and took a Cavalier playthrough to completion though. Probably close to 15 years between the two events.

    LammasThacoBell
  • sarevok57sarevok57 Member Posts: 3,884
    im pretty sure i remember the first character i ever made back in 1999 i believe, it was a himan fighter, who had 18/91+ strength ( perhaps even 18/00, not 100% sure ) and the rest of my stats had no idea so i just dumped them evenly in the rest ( so all my other stats were 13s and 14s ) so big strength, and garbage everywhere else

    and then i started in the game world and was just blown away on how good it looked, those pre-rendered areas just looked so cool ( at least back in '99) and then i remember going to the inn to buy weapons and things and i saw the "bastard sword" and thought; whoa there is swearing in this game? ( because back in those days "taboo" things like that were still very rare) and why is it called bastard? ( took me many MANY years later to find out why it was called that )

    LammasThacoBelldunbar
  • Very_BigSwordVery_BigSword Member Posts: 46
    First game was in Vanilla, evil half elf fighter/cleric called Father Jack. Used the sideburn guy portrait with green tartan looking hat. Always got drunk before resting in an inn for RP purposes. Specialised in slings and blunt weapons functioning as group healer and buff/AC tank alongside Kagain.

    The main motivation for going evil was to enable undead control. Too bad I did not realise that the multiclass and XP cap greatly limited the ability to do it. Too bad I did not realise that dwarf was a much better racial choice for the role. Was still a fun play through.

    sarevok57ThacoBell
  • smyth25smyth25 Member Posts: 121
    My first game was actually SOA, and I distinctly remember it because my first character was a vanilla druid with only 3 strength, dexterity, and constitution, who was bamed ‘Gingee’ in reference to Shrek. Somehow my 7/8 year old self managed to carry it all the way to TOB...

    My first playthrough of BG1 was actually the EE, and I think my first character was a sorcerer... a bit of a fall from grace from my first character (PST pun not intended).

    ThacoBellsarevok57
  • drfunkensteindrfunkenstein Member Posts: 8
    First BG character was a human fighter, used the bald guy pic, and since sometimes I draw a blank on names, went with what he looked like. Hamhock.

    ThacoBell
  • BelgarathMTHBelgarathMTH Member Posts: 4,765
    My first character in 1999 was a half-elven cleric-mage. I used Garrick's portrait, although I didn't know who Garrick was. I played (badly) all the way up to the final battle with Sarevok, and I couldn't beat it no matter what I tried. I frustration quit and didn't come back to play again for a long time. I thought Imoen's default line was "I'm so cold," because I kept trying to use her in melee.

    I remember I always dumped my charisma down to 3 to get the intelligence and wisdom that I needed for my cleric-mage. I had a lot of problems with morale breaks, and thought that was normal. I couldn't see any significant penalty for low charisma, and I always had my character in front because I thought I was supposed to. I used leather armor because I thought it looked the best, and I didn't use helmets because I thought they looked bad. "What's a critical hit? That doesn't sound all that important. I'm sure AC 6 will be fine."

    I thought it was good rp to have Imoen steal stuff in Beregost and play that my character, who wouldn't approve, just didn't know about it. But then, I didn't know how to do it without witnesses, and didn't understand a thing about game mechanics, and I remember Jaheira suddenly shouting "Better leadership!" and leaving my party with Khalid. Reload # 98. Note to self: no more stealing.

    I remember not being able to get past Tarnesh until I finally got some lucky rolls, and I almost rage quit the game at that point. I thought it was bad game design and very unfair to put a fifth level mage against two first level characters right where the game had told me to go. I must have reloaded two dozen times trying to beat him.

    ThacoBellLammassarevok57dunbar
  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 7,655
    Human paladin. Named either Aiden or Alarion. My dad actually enforced the paladin class on me. Maybe he thought that if I played a murder hobo in a game, then I'd be one in real life. :D

    Lammassarevok57thespace
  • DordledumDordledum Member Posts: 173
    Human paladin for me too, using the blonde guy in plate portrait. Also played BG2 first, back in 2002.

    ThacoBell
  • sarevok57sarevok57 Member Posts: 3,884

    My first character in 1999 was a half-elven cleric-mage. I used Garrick's portrait, although I didn't know who Garrick was. I played (badly) all the way up to the final battle with Sarevok, and I couldn't beat it no matter what I tried. I frustration quit and didn't come back to play again for a long time. I thought Imoen's default line was "I'm so cold," because I kept trying to use her in melee.

    I remember I always dumped my charisma down to 3 to get the intelligence and wisdom that I needed for my cleric-mage. I had a lot of problems with morale breaks, and thought that was normal. I couldn't see any significant penalty for low charisma, and I always had my character in front because I thought I was supposed to. I used leather armor because I thought it looked the best, and I didn't use helmets because I thought they looked bad. "What's a critical hit? That doesn't sound all that important. I'm sure AC 6 will be fine."

    I thought it was good rp to have Imoen steal stuff in Beregost and play that my character, who wouldn't approve, just didn't know about it. But then, I didn't know how to do it without witnesses, and didn't understand a thing about game mechanics, and I remember Jaheira suddenly shouting "Better leadership!" and leaving my party with Khalid. Reload # 98. Note to self: no more stealing.

    I remember not being able to get past Tarnesh until I finally got some lucky rolls, and I almost rage quit the game at that point. I thought it was bad game design and very unfair to put a fifth level mage against two first level characters right where the game had told me to go. I must have reloaded two dozen times trying to beat him.

    ah, this reminds me when i didn't know what reputation was, ah good times

    when i finally got to the point where i had team mates, i killed a flaming fist guy that i wasn't supposed to kill ( i believe it was the guy on the bridge right before you hit bg the city ) so i killed him, and he dropped the holy grail ( or at least it was to me because i could never afford it ) or armor; plate mail, so reputation dropped, but i had this sweet sweet armor

    ironically to my dismay my reputation was now 4, making things halariously expensive to buy, the good guys on my team weren't liking it, but hey, still kicking butt with that plate mail, so whatevs.....

    but then, oh boy, but then.... after a few more hours of game time ( im actually surprised it took this long ) i never recovered that fallen reputation and coincedently it caught up to me.... the flaming fist mercenaries came after me and slaughtered my whole group like lambs, it was good times haha

    ThacoBellthespaceBelgarathMTH
  • LammasLammas Member Posts: 109
    Haha. Funny thing is I knew about the buried ankheg armor before I even played the game because of the gaming magazine I was ordering at the time. I looked the article up again when I was somewhat through the game and was like, damn, free plate mail +2 right there? That was a big deal once I had figured that armor class is kind of a big thing in the game when it comes to faceing monsters and other adversaries.

    In one patch they had removed both the plate and the ring of wizardry and I felt a lot more helpless. To be honest I'm surprised they are where they used to be in EE.

    sarevok57thespace
  • JhaycenJhaycen Member Posts: 16
    Technically, my first character was a male Paladin named Orion. He lasted just long enough for me to hear the narrator in the intro cinematic say that I was raised “under the tutelage of the sage Gorion.” Then it was back to character creation to roll up the same character, but with a name that wasn’t the same as my foster-father’s minus the G.

    LammasThacoBellthespacesarevok57
  • MonotremataMonotremata Member Posts: 74
    edited December 9
    For BG??? It was probably a ranger as thats what Ive almost always played in both PNP and PC DND games.. Dont think Ive played any other class in BG/BG2/NWN unless it was an NPC..

    Now if we're talking pen and paper... Was more than likely an Elf or a plain old Fighter after I finally got the red basic D&D boxed set ages ago...

    ThacoBellthespacesarevok57
  • DJKajuruDJKajuru Member Posts: 2,780
    BG1: A human bard called Thallen. Ended the game at level 7 (about 40k xp) , final battle was hard as fu$#.
    BG2: Human paladin whom I gave my name , Bruno(hey , I was 12!) . It took me ages to go past level 8.

    ThacoBellsarevok57thespace
  • thespacethespace Member Posts: 1,033
    edited December 9
    A half elf bard (blade) named Finneous, using Eldoth's (didn't know this) pic, BG2. He was probably Neutral Good, however, I recall killing everything that seemed like it would give good xp and treasure (the good dragon, Drizzt...) just to see if I could, back in the day. I never got very far in BG1 until the Enhanced Edition.

    Post edited by thespace on
    sarevok57ThacoBell
  • DaevelonDaevelon Member Posts: 496
    Half-elf fighter/mage. I was so young and naive... Accepted average stats (now i roll for hours).

    Balrog99ThacoBellsarevok57
  • DragonwizardDragonwizard Member Posts: 12
    My first ever Character was an elven Archer in BG2, because I only owned BG2 back in the days. The very first character I finished ToB with was a human sorcerer and my first BG:EE char has been a dwarven bounty hunter and right know I am on a trilogy run with a half-orc shaman.
    Hell yeah I like diversity in my chars.

    ThacoBellsarevok57
  • PingwinPingwin Member Posts: 139
    I'm pretty sure that my first character was an elf fighter mage using two handed swords and longbows. Can't really remember anything else about those early days of BG1 apart from lots of reloading when leveling up to try to get decent HP rolls.

    ThacoBellsarevok57
  • BubbBubb Member Posts: 322
    I played BG2 before BG1. I rolled Glor, an elf mage who used Jaheria's new portrait. I was young and barely knew how to play the game, so in my infinite wisdom I kept summoning and getting familiars killed. I finally stopped when I had 1 CON left, realizing that my familiar dying was an instant game over at that point.

    Let me tell you, the final fight with Irenicus where he instantly kills any character under 60 HP with Power Word: Cheese was very frustrating.

    ThacoBelldunbarsarevok57
  • SikorskySikorsky Member Posts: 336
    My first one was human-fighter with pips in large swords. I remember that I have 18 in S,D,C and CH with Str 18/100 and very low in WIS and INT(I was very suprise when first met Mindflyres). I exported him to BGII and change his kit to Berserker and choose the two-weapon style with katanas. I was Drizzt fan at the time and choose katanas only becouse 1-10 damage. I remember that I couldn't belive that one handed weapon can deal damage like two-handed ones. My first character was also the first that I completed whole saga.

    ThacoBellsarevok57
  • ArtonaArtona Member Posts: 904
    Zaghoul said:

    I'm gonna straight up say I haven't idea one. I could describe in detail the first PnP characters I made 40 years ago but not for BG. Go figure. B)

    If OP doesn't mind little offtop - please do tell. :)
    My first character was Clint Eastwood style gunslinging marshal in polish postapo RPG Neuroshima. He got quickly killed by his teammates. ;)

    sarevok57Zaghoul
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