I'm finishing a playthrough of BG1EE right now, after returning from the return to Candlekeep all that's left to do is the TotSC stuff plus the final story portions.
This time I want to try out SoD for the first time, haven't downloaded it yet (Android, waiting till now seems to have paid off, half price at the Play Store right now
After reading through some threads on that subject, I'd be grateful for some clarifications just to avoid messing things up:
- it seems that more or less "everything" carries over from BG1EE to SoD, all equipment plus inventory (except for losing your gold somewhere early). Or is it just charname's, but not the companions' inventories? Any exceptions or things to keep an eye on?
- Containers like gem bags and such seem a little complicated, some say they do carry over, some say they don't. Some say they only carry over if you "play BG1 in the SoD engine", what exactly does that mean? Is it like in BG2EE, where SoA and ToB are basically a "bundle" and finishing the former leads directly to the start of the latter, as opposed to my current situation where BG1 and SoD will rather be "separate entities"? If so, is there a way around that? Like for example accessing a BG1 savegame in SoD and just finishing the Sarevok fight "in the SoD engine"? Or if not, would it be safer to just take some of the valuables out of the containers and put them in the inventory (inventories)?
And a related, general question: how is the difficulty in SoD compared to 1 and 2? Is it well "balanced" for such importing things like starting it with a group with all that fancy BG1 endgame equipment? Or could it make things "too easy" to start with for example 50k gold worth in gems and jewelry?
Thank you all in advance!