I just bought IWD:EE and I am going to play the game for the first time really. However, I am not fresh to classic D&D games as I played most of them a number of times. For example, I played BG 1 & 2 with Tactics on so I would consider myself an intermediate player.
Because I will play the game for the first time, I am not looking for a hard challenge but still I want to make the game more… interesting by introducing some rules above default way of playing the game.
1. Minimum reloads, perhaps only after a full wipe, that would mean that I would accept deaths in my party, but I am not sure if I will go that far. Maybe I’ll go for something like 2 reloads per character per game.
2. Team, an easy mode party but I simply selected my favourite classes: bard, sorcerer, Kensai /mage, berserker/druid, FT, FC
3. Max of 17 strength for multiclass and dual class characters.
4. I am not sure about it, so I would like to ask. I am thinking about Insane difficulty with “no difficulty damage increase” and “No difficulty-based XP bonus” checked. That would leave me with more enemies to fight only, right? But I will still get more XP than usual for killing those extra monsters, right? Will that be a significant/meaningful amount of extra XP?
Also, I would like to ask, if someone could estimate for me a percentage of game completed when my fighter characters will hit level a) 7; b) 9; c) 13. That question is obviously to help me decide when to break my kensai and berserker.
Also, what would be the best weapon specializations? At the moment I am in the dark, but I am planning quarterstaff and sling for sorcerer, katana for kensai, scimitar for berserker, short bow and bastard sword for bard, short sword for FT and hammer and flail for FC. Are there some very good weapons of different proficiencies that would warrant me to reconsider my plan for specializations?
Finally, would you recommend to instal some mods, especially aTweaks + some others or leave it as it is for the first playthrough?
What do you think about my playthrough plan? Do you have any suggestions?