Hello everyone. This is my first entry on the Beamdog forums, and I wish to start with a narrated playthrough. I always tried to do an evil playthrough through the Baldurs Gate Saga, choosing all the evil choices, doing all the evil things, and spreading carnage as the son of murder. But I always end up going the “smart evil” route. Managing the reputation around 18, doing good things “for favours” (read: Better XP and item rewards) and only choosing the evil route where it comes with an advantage or at least not a huge disadvantage. While this is generally the accepted method of doing an evil playthrough it does not really differ from being good aligned. It also does not seem to be the way Bioware (and Beamdog) have intended the evil alignment to be. If you look at the evil NPCs, they do not care for a high reputation. In fact, they start complaining and leaving. They go on random killing sprees and chide your character if they do selfless things, that you as the player justify as gathering favors.
So yeah, this time I want to go the pure chaotic evil experience. And in order to force myself to do it I want to report on my progress here, so I cannot cheap out of the tough evil choices. So for this playthrough we will always pick the evil dialog options, consequences be damned. If the evil choice leads to a game over screen (as is the case if you resist arrest in Candlekeep) I will use the narration to justify not picking the evil option. Speaking of narrative: This will be written as a journal kept by CHARNAME. Since I guess there will be a lot of surprises for me in this playthrough I might occasionally add Authors Notes
in [brackets]. That said I will also try to limit meta knowledge to a minimum. For all intends and purposes this playthrough should emulate what a new player would experience if they try to go the evil route.
I will also try to stick to a Minimal Reload scheme. Thus, I will respect the outcomes of my actions and of any battles. But I will not quit the game when CHARNAME dies but reload from the latest save.
I am using the Enhanced Edition of Baldurs Gate with Siege of Dragonspear installed (which I never actually played before!). I use the BG1 NPC Project (without NPC relocation) and SCS. I will play on the Tactical difficulty. That always seemed to make the most sense to me, since it has the best AI but mages only come pre-buffed with long-lasting buffs. On hardcore and insane mages are elevated to all-knowing beings coming prebuffed with all their spells as if they knew the Bhaalspawn would burst through the door just in this moment. It also really turns the game into a battle of the spellcasters with all other characters standing in the corner and picking their noses until the mages are done stripping each other of their defenses. Since I did not want to make a spellcaster for this playthrough I kept the difficulty reduced. Although the game might be difficult enough going pure evil.
Speaking of character: Behold the CHARNAME of this adventure. Groshok the Chaotic Evil Barbarian.
I chose barbarian since I feel that this is the class that is the easiest to roleplay as Chaotic Evil alignment. I used an auto-reroller to get quite good stats. We start specialized in flails and with two points in two weapon style. This is a bit of meta knowledge I allowed myself. We will further specialize in katanas and long swords, so we get all the good weapons in BG2 without overlapping with other NPCs in BG1 and BG2. As chaotic evil our reputation starts at eight. It probably will only go lower from here. I am excited, so let’s go!