I played through many, many times in my teenage years but it's been probably 15 years since I've done a full playthrough. I have an opportunity here in about a month do ONE playthrough and I'm looking to hit all the bases. My goals are to do a canonical playthrough and hit as much of the main line plot as possible while also making the most of the new stuff from enhanced edition, team up with as many NPCs as possible (temporarily) and do their main quests, and do as much of the game as possible knowing that it may be many years again before I can do another playthrough.
1. What difficulty is the most fun to play at for a former 'expert' player? I was thinking classic rules. I don't think I ever played on the super difficult mode as I'm concerned it may make it unrealistically difficult for the sake of being difficult. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
2. What party should I end with to make the most of BG2? (I was think good/neutral only, no evil party members).
3. What character should I play? I know this is an age old question, but in light of my one-time opportunity here I'm looking for some advice. I recall from many years ago having a blast playing a fighter because I got to try out every weapon and armor but in reality without gimping myself I always wore the best armor I had and put all my masteries in 1h swords which kinda limits what you can use. I think I played through as dwarf and human but stayed away from other races, and I never did any kits. I also don't think I ever did a full playthrough as a wizard. I thought BG1 was pretty limited for wizards and BG2 there's so many good wizard NPC's there's no reason to play as one. Am I wrong about that? Did I miss out on anything?
4. Technically speaking, do I play through BG1 and load a save into BG1:DS and finish that, then load a save again into BG2? I was thinking it would be better to stay away from the mods that let you do a trilogy without saves, not sure if that introduces bugs, etc. Dont want to finish the game and find out that there's a problem with my save file.
5. Any must-do's or tips before I jump in?
6. I'm really looking to complete the prologue book retrieval quest. I remember holding onto that book through like 10 playthroughs trying to complete that quest but it was bugged in the disk version I had. I assume that got fixed in EE. :P