Hi everybody! (Hi dr. Nick!)
This is my first post, it'll be a bit long but you know, the subject is wide!
First of all this forum is great! It's incredible so see a this much great community for such an old game, I'm amazed.
After being drifted away from videogaming for a lot of time, I finally started playing BG2!
Keep in mind BG1 was my favourite RPG as a kid and I'm a former d&d (even 2nd edition when I was really young), so I'm not an universal noob... just in BG2 (and well, I don't remember the high level paths of the many classes tbh).
So I just started the game and it's beautiful as I expected, but remembering I mastered BG1 without a problem as a child, even not having internet and not knowing english - I practically learnt it through
BG1 -, I watched out for some mods to increase difficulty, and I installed the SCS one.
I installed almost anything which increased difficulty, moved the items, raised to 100k the rescue and 50k the magic license (I remember I had more than 100k at the end of BG1 which was useless and ridicoulous). I want my party to struggle, I want to win battles by the skin of the teeth, to barely overcome my enemy in the most smart ways to get the task done with what I have.
I also installed the mod to balance the fact that I wanted a buffed PC cause after all, I'm the damn son of Bhaal! and there's plenty of meh NPC to pick, so, even rolegame wise, makes sense to have a stronger protagonist.
So I'm playing this 19 STR/DEX/CON new created cavalier (makes sense as a top BG1 char + tomes), and after getting out the first dungeon and clearing the circus tent I decided to install the mods cause the game was too easy.
Now I'm at the De'Arnise keep and I'm getting REKT by spirit trolls and lizard mages!
This should be one of the first quests in the game I believe, so I CANNOT still have a good equipment, and more importantly very good spells and casters.
My party is composed by my PC, Minsc, Jaheira, Yoshimo, Aerie and Nalia (I don't like her but I want to have her in the party while I do her quest).
as for killing the trolls, I use some burning hands/melf acid arrow/flame arrow, or Jaheira's flame blade to finish them when they're down or the bunch of flame arrows the captain gave me for the fatal blow.
I barely survived the first floor of the keep, I had to play the main troll group like 10 times to learn how to counter their spells and their powers.
Wizards are just OP for me, a single lizard-mage (don't remember the name of the monster, sorry) can kill my whole party. I even uninstalled enemy casters short term pre-buffs cause that was even more ridicoulous.
And spirit trolls, I don't have the weapons to hurt them, so I need to have many offensive spells in my arsenal, but also some invisibility detection/purges to make them targetable cause they're invisible (and that prevents me from scouting too much with Yoshimo, once he got out of the shadows in a corridor and a couple of spirit trolls went on him).
I'm keen to use all my spare scrolls and wands, to use the temple if needed (I already spent 1600 on two raise dead) and to drink a whole lot of potions. I also don't like to rest every 2 seconds cause is so off roleplay, but I feel like I'll need to get used to it with the SCS mod.
But still, I don't have that much money atm! I need to gather 100k for rescuing Imoen!
so... back to the point.
what can I do to make enemy mages a little less unbeatable? I don' want to play the entire game using my casters only to dispel enemy defenses, they have too many contigencies, triggers, and it's boring even if realistic, but I don't even want enemy mages to die stupidly like vanilla BG.
is there any way to play in between the impossibly hard and the dumb easy?
otherwise I could buff my spellcasters with EEKeeper giving them more spells/day so I don't have to waste them all on breaches and stuff.
I know EEKeeper is like cheating, but now I'm playing against a cheating game
well I surely wrote a lot! hope someone takes the time to read it!
bye and thanks again for the community (and also: the amazing SCS mod).
p.s.: I also figured with improving encounters I'd meet more enemies and earn more money and exp, is that right?
I'm also playing on insane difficulty with damage cap to core.