(Sorry if I misuse some game terms, English is not my native language)
Tried BG1, 20 years ago, stopped probably around Chapter 3-4. Now playing BGEE. Difficulty level = Normal. Noob then, noob now (backstory details
People say this game has high replay value thus I'm not SO afraid to make mistakes, but I realized too late that maybe SOME advice would have been useful.
Probably the biggest mistake I made in this revival are the stats, without my expert friend to help. My son was too eager to start playing with me (or... was I
) and I did not even reroll. So I ended up with a dwarf warrior/cleric with Str 18/11, dex 14, con 13, int 11, wis 12, cha 11. I suspect these are lousy numbers... especially the low wisdom for a cleric.
But now I'm at Chapter 3 with 8 hours of gameplay and I don't want to restart from scratch. I suppose editing save files counts as cheating and could cause problems if i need tech support. (Maybe I must just... "save" this hard-learned lesson for a future game). Anyway, in the roleplayer-to-munchkin scale I lean towards the former (I react to hardcore optimization discussions like THIS
), I want to enjoy the plot AND overcome challenges... and possibly survive more battles without the usual "flee and fire everything" and "save/die/load/repeat" tactics.
I'd like to avoid spoilers as much as possible, except if I'm really desperate (e.g. I wasted a LOT of time going back and forth in Gnoll Fortress looking for a frigging DOOR, then I gave up, googled and facepalmed HARD. Damned fog of war!).
Situation: Chapter 3, "canon" party at Level 2/3, about 2000 gold, not gone to Feldpost Inn (Beregost) yet to advance the plot, I'd like to finish exploring the South first (Some unfinished business: that though Greywolf and the artist, the shopkeeper that wants wolf pelts, the assassin in front of the Nashkel inn
, the missing guard that went crazy, the mines secondary exit, and maybe more adventure hooks I still have to discover).
Some (probably stupid) questions:
1) In a shopping spree I gave a big shield to everyone that accepted it. Is this the correct thing to do, or are there drawbacks? The only one I can think about is weight, but my people with shields do not seem to have weight problems.
2) I later realized that I gave the shield even to people wielding a two-handed sword, or to people using a one-handed weapon and a bow as secondary weapon. Does this make sense? Is this a bug or is there an in-game explanation? Is the shield silently ignored for people wielding a two-handed sword? And what about the bow? Does the shield disappear into the 4th dimension when I tell Khalid to switch from longsword to bow?
3) I just rescued Dynaheir but I forgot she has no initial equipment. I gave her a +1 staff, but I forgot to steal the cloak from Neera before rejecting her (I kept her pouch eh eh!). The wizard-merchant sells an awesome cloak but I cannot afford it, what do you suggest? Give her all protective magic gear I find (I have a +1 protection ring, gloves of 18 dex, anti-electricity boots, belt of antipodes)? Just wait for the time I will be able to afford the awesome cloak, while keeping her in the back row with lots of potions, hoping she's not hit by too many missiles or a big melee monster dribbles the tanks?
4) I do NOT plan to dual-class Imoen. I did it back in 1999 because my friend insisted (I also justified it to myself story-wise, somehow anticipating what Elan said
). But then I did not feel at ease - I could not bear waiting for her to grind until she was able to be a thief again. Can I keep her as pure thief and succeed without too suffering?
5) If Dynaheir is my only wizard and she cannot learn and cast Enchantment spells, can I safely sell every Enchantment scroll I found? Are there other uses for these scrolls?
6) I gave studded leather armor to Imoen, but now she's near to her weight limit, since she has low STR. Better to switch back to normal leather and be more agile, or keep the studded one and be safer?
7) I read around that missiles are considered overpowered in Bg1, but I'm still amazed at how BAD are my melee people at actually hitting something, even Charname that has STR 18, +1 stupefying mace and 1 proficency point in mace. Is it normal? Does it improve with levels?
8) Sometimes my Charname decides on his own to cast spells like Faith Armor or Bless that maybe I want to save for worst encounters. Is there a way to avoid this? There is a "Disable AI" button but maybe it's too drastic? I'm ok if Charname decides on his own to cast healing on companions. And "Disable AI" button affects the whole party, while I have no problem with my archers deciding their own targets, most of the time they make good choices...
9) I'm fresh from replaying Beneath a Steel Sky
, which has a slider ready at your fingertips to change the game speed and make backtracking easier. I miss that in BG, and I find routine walking in city/wilderness too slow. Is there a way to "yakety sax" my way?
Sorry if there are too many questions,
thank you in advance