I have recently started playing Baldur's Gate (EE) for the first time because my partner has been a mega-fan for years. One of my favourite parts of these kinds of games is character creation (I literally spent the entirety of yesterday building a party) and I would love to hear from some more experienced players on what they think of my crew!
I spent so long thinking about party composition that I haven't quite figured out every one of their backstories so that they are cohesive, but I'll spend some time on writing those over the next few days.
[Note: I know generally people recommend creating the protagonist only and then recruiting party members for fun dialogue, etc, but I really think I'll get more enjoyment out of having a fully customised party than the odd funny dialogue or minor side-quest]
Lawful Neutral Human Kensai, specialising in quarterstaves, to dual-class into Mage after level 9 (or 7)
His main driving force at this stage is getting to the bottom of who the hell he is and what the hell Gorion has been keeping from him all this time.
Lawful Evil Human Blackguard, specialising in 2h Swords - their bond is to the protagonist and they will go to any lengths to protect him and assist in his quest. [Tank]
Lawful Neutral Elf Fighter/Thief, specialising in Shortbows - backstory could just be an Imoen replacement? [Ranged DPS & Thief]
Chaotic Good Elf Archer, specialising in Longbows - backstory will be a bit tougher to work out given the opposite alignment to the Blackguard, though I figure he has a similar bond to assisting the protagonist in his quest and the chaotic nature of his alignment allows him to fit in with the rest of the party (if not always smoothly). [Ranged DPS]
Chaotic Neutral Half-Elf Skald - he's just here to have fun, tag along on some crazy adventures, and maybe develop the greatest song/story/saga of all time along the way. Constantly plays Bard Song and nothing else. [Support]
True Neutral Half-Orc Shaman - she was just passing through when these events began to unfold. With no other particular drive at this time, she has decided to accompany the party. She doesn't like direct conflict, but she loves music and a good dance, so during fights she just hangs back with the bard having a great time. [Support & Healer]
I'm looking forward to developing their backstory a bit further (I realise some of it is a bit loose/tenuous at this stage) but until then, I would love to hear peoples' thoughts! Thanks!