@ Chapter5/lvl7 with a 2-weapon-Style Katana/Hammer Kensai (w/ intention of Thief-ing @ 9 or 13).
I'd greatly appreciate some pointers re initial proficiency-based decisions, their saga-long potential, and the ideal allocation of *s when it comes to the 3 proficiency aspects/traits I've decided on: Main-Weapon, Off-Hand, and 2W Style.
I might've preferred maining Bastards or Scimitars et al. in retrospect... But aside from the not unimportant issue of a weapon of choice's potential power, I guess my topical concern w main/off-hand/2W interaction isn't necessarily altered.
(1) I split the 4 initial *s evenly between Katanas and Two Weapon Style (IIRC you can only put 2 *s in each prof during char creation).
After putting the next available * in Katanas/Main, the most recent * went into Hammers. I mainly wanted to knock off that off-hand penalty.
Would I have been better-off putting that * into Katanas/Main as well? Should I put the off-hand on the back-burner at this stage and get the GM in the Main next?
(2) Digging the practical/aesthetic impact of the hammer as an off-hand weapon actually, and the prospect of some good options in BGII might help solidify this decision despite the noteworthy alternatives.
[Maybe this stems from my poor handle on THAC0... ? I may think that I've figured out THAC0/DMG in theory, but am, for instance, still incapable of definitively gauging whether giving Longsword-and-Shield Khalid the Gauntlets of Ogre Power > Gauntlets of Weapon Expertise. Eventually went w the former there.]
(3) Bearing in mind the potential redundancies/overlaps, the one-slot limit, and the fact that I'd need to have a puncher's chance etc., am wondering what the more appropriate (or optimal?) approach is once I'm a Thief...
Entertaining Scimitars et al. and/or Shortswords since this could potentially allow for some eventual weapon versatility (i.e. Belm/Kundane/Scarlet Ninja-to).
But am also mindful of the fact that , in taking a temporary backseat as a combatant, I'd perhaps have to "burn" (or more accurately "sink") a * in at least one ranged option &/or go w the backstab/range marriage w daggers.
Thanks (and apologies in advance... realize this build's been brought up/unpacked a lot)