Although i'm still playing IWD EE, i'm already looking forward to play BG 2 again after all these years. I want to make a good aligned party, but also neutral companions are an option. And i was thinking a bit ahead, from which i remember about the game and what experiences i made playing IWD and BG 1 EE the last couple of weeks.
Initially i was thinking about the following party:
- Berserker 13/Mage PC with Flail/Morningstar for Flail of the Ages
- Keldorn with Two Handed Swords for Carsomyr
- Anomen with DW Warhammers for that 25 Strength Warhammer
- Jaheira with Scimitars (not sure if DW with that extra attack one or not) as a melee/healer hybrid and for those insect spells vs. casters
- Imoen/Yoshimo with mostly bows for detecting traps and opening locks, and to have that Yoshimo moment again
- Neera as my mage, because after intially failing a lot and blowing herself up she ended up a really good mage in BG1 EE and quite an interresting character
My problems with this composition are:
- Keldorn and Anomen both have really low dex for frontliners and i don't think there is a second pair of gloves of dex in the game. So they pretty much exclude each other or you have a character which is missing out on a lot of potential
- I feel like my party is kind of "caster-heavy" and with the downtime of my dual-class warrior my front-line might lack and i miss out on Flail of the Ages for a big amount of time.
So what about this party:
- Berserker 9 or 13/Mage PC, i might dual-class earlier to have his fighter abilities back earlier
- Keldorn same as above
- Jaheira same as above
- Minsc or Mazzy as another melee character, not sure which weapon proficiency
- Imoen/Yoshimi same as above
- Aerie for additional healing/buffing + offensive mage spells from the back
Additionaly i would like to know:
Do i "destroy" my BG 2 experience if i play Siege of Dragonspear before BG 2, because i end up starting BG 2 which a much higher level, thus trivializing some content ? It might help my Dual-Class PC to get back his fighter abilities earlier on in BG2.
Is it right that Fighter Multiclasses + Rangers + Paladins can only get 2 points in weapon proficiencies ? I'm pretty sure my Fighter/Cleric in IWD has 4 points into his weapon of choice. So do the rules used in the games simply differ in that point ?
Is there any NPC that makes a good archer in BG 2 EE ? I have an archer in my IWD party and i had Coren in BG1 EE and i was happy with both of them. Or does archery simply fall of too soon in BG 2 ?
I know it is a lot of text, but thank you in advance for reading everything and i would really enjoy having some input, or reading some thoughts from other people.