I have always been a bit rubbish at using magic in Baldur's Gate and my player characters have generally been paladins who walk up to enemies and whack them in the face or thieves who sneak up on enemies and stab them in the back. However, I have decided that it is time to try to get my head around the magic system and so I am planning to do a run with a mage as my PC. But what flavour of mage should I choose?
My character is going to be human, I will be playing with a small party (just me and Imoen most of the time - other companions to be recruited when needed). Also, because I like to rely on the abilities of my characters rather than the items they acquire, I will be imposing a 'no consumables' rule on myself: no potions (except antidotes), no scrolls (except for scribing) and no wands (or necklaces of missiles etc). This means I will need to be able to cast Protection from Petrification in case in run into a basilisk - so being a Transumter is out.
I will be using the Ring of Wizardry.
So what do you recommend? Straight mage? Specialist mage? Sorcerer?