I decided to not rebuild my mods folder, as the issue I described in my other recent thread appears to only affect party members when they join, and I can fix it with the console. A bit of a pain, but not terribly bad, as I tend to keep party members.
So, I rolled a new elven sorcerer, Eilrie. Despite my instinct, I dropped her int and pushed str, con, and dex. It's weird having a magic user with lower than max int, but it is nice that she can actually carry more than a wand or two without getting tired. She got the ring near the FAI, and I must say, she is holding her own. I love the flexibility of not being tied down to memorized spells, though I do wonder if I made the right call on my choices. I opted for Magic Missile and Grease. I've used both to great affect, but I know grease will quit being useful at a certain point.
Which brings me to the AI changes from SCS. I had my first run-in with those changes in the form of Silke. She may suck as a thespian, but she hit hard as a mage. I ended up getting wiped out (PC killed) three times before I adjusted my strategy. I'm not doing a no-reload (or it would be over now), but I am trying to minimize reloads, so this pinched. I finally reacted by pushing my party apart with Sirene, Jaheira, and Khalid meleeing, Aura and Imoen with arrows out of range of her confusion spells, and my PC toasting her with magic missile from across the street. This limited the damage the confusion spell did, though I was worried one of my party was going to tank our rep by killing a local. That was a much different battle than I was used to out of her, and it bodes well for shaking things up.
Right now I'm trying to decide between Jaheira/Khalid or going and getting Branwen and Isra. They are both nearby, but Jaheira and Khalid are actually pulling their weight. Sirene and Isra are both paladins, so that would be a bit redundant. Branwen is a true cleric, but Jaheira is practically serving as one already. Aura could cover the thief spot, but since she is also a mage, that allows Imoen to specialize (and remain a pure thief)
I was glad to see that the dog/wolf behavior mods are working. It was nice being able to just walk past them.