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I have a love for RPGs. Not just the "Skyrims" and the "WoWs" but even the text adventures and MUDs that are still around today. I have loved these for as long as I can remember, but I always heard of D&D, a tabletop RPG. It always sounded amazing, but I've never had the type of friends that were interested in that sort of thing, so over the past year or so, I have started playing Tabletop D&D at my local game shop and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I wanted to find a similar game on the PC to explore the lore further on my own time and, quickly, a name popped into my head from the back of my mind. The name was Baldur's Gate! I vaguely remember the game being mentioned to me when I was a child as it released just a few years after I was born, and after looking into it more, I have realized that this is exactly the type of game I was looking for! Seated in the D&D lore, this was the game that I could see myself spending hours playing!
Now that I have found the game, I am looking for guidance. Not necessarily on gameplay, but on more general topics like What I need to know
, Where to start
, and Where to look for players.
So with that said, here it is.MY QUESTIONS TO YOU:
1. Where do I start?
Where would I go to find the community for this game (if there still is one). This forum seemed like a good place to start, but are there better options out there?
2. Should I play solo or with players?
For this being my first time ever playing a BG game, should I be focused on player solo first or will it be safe to play with others? Can I play a little solo to get the hang of things or just play through the entire game solo?
3. Does BG1 still have active players?
Will I be able to find players that would be interested in playing this game for a while, or will I be forced to play solo?
4. Should I play all BG games in order?
I would like to eventually be able to play BG3 (the newest one). Should I play BG1 and BG2 first? Are there other games/spinoffs that tie into the story in these games?
5. Are mods required?
I have no problem at all with installing mods (in fact I enjoy it) but with these games do I NEED to, or will the experience be better if I played the game completely vanilla?
6. What is YOUR advice?
Imagine me as a person walking up to you and asking "What is Baldur's Gate?" "Is that a game I should play?" What words would you say to that person? What advice would you give them?
I'm sure this is a lot coming out of nowhere, but I am really interested in getting into the BG games and am just looking for information that will help me better understand the community and the way they feel about the games.