This is going to be my first IWD playthrough. I seem to understand that enemy spellcasters are not as prevalent a problem as they are in the BG series, and that gameplay is more martial oriented. I love that.
Here's the party I had in mind:
1. Undead Hunter
2. Dwarven Defender
3. Archer (ranger kit)
4. Priest of Lathander
While this seems like a well rounded party, I am curious about the extended spell list that Druids get compared to BG (I have played without SCS so far), and I'm tempted to bring along one.
I thought of two ways I could change my last three spots:
A: 4. Druid - 5. Mage - 6. Cleric/Thief
B: 4. Druid - 5. Priest of Lathander - 6. Mage/Thief
What do you think? Would I be better off leaving fancy stuff for second playthrough, or is a Druid worth it from the start?
In case I do decide to bring one along, would you suggest kitted or unkitted? The elemental forms of the unkitted don't seem that impressive on paper, what with their 1 APR and bad AC.
Would you prefer A or B?
Thank you for your help! Any advice is greatly appreciated.