I know these get posted all the time and of course the answer is obvious; Play what you want.
But it gets more complicated when you want to play everything >_<
So here's my situation. I'm hovering between Kensai 9 . Mage (I know you should wiat until 13 but thats almost the whole game of never seeing your ACTUAL combo/idea come to light. How bad is it really to pull the trigger at 9 over 13?)
I'm also thinking about the Blade. I like getting up in it and fighting but I like cool abilities too. Not too much a fan of fire and forget types like straight up fighter anymore. How many attacks do they get per round and are they only SUPER good at melee when "dancing"? (they dont get to remove traps by any chance do they?)
And then we have Swashbuckler or Shadowdancer. I HATE having to take a thief I don't want into my party and this is something I like the idea of a lot sometimes. I can play point man and do all the heavy lifting. I like the fighter/thief feel of the swash but lack of backstab does suck a bit and Shadowdancer gets HiPS (is this still really good or did it get changed). Then again with BG2, how much is True Sight being cast? Enough to make it moot?
Anyway, thoughts on classes are welcome and helpful. Also, good weapon choices these days for each as it's been awhile for me. Blackrazor is my favorite sword probably but since I'll be a good guy, that's a thing.