I haven't played BG1 for about a year now. I could swear I was playing EE before, but maybe not ... I seem to be missing some things?
First, I used to get the sidebar when in party mode where the party was listed down the right side during battle and when just walking around. I could swear I did. But it only shows up now in one of the examination modes - like in inventory or what have you. It never shows up in live mode, which is a problem for me because I have trouble seeing the individual party members - especially if they're clumped up. This is making it very difficult for me to change focus to a particular party member during battle. I could easily select the party member I wanted by clicking on the sidebar in live mode. Am I hallucinating ever having had that sidebar in live mode? Or is there something wrong with my game? Or did they just take it out in EE? I can only switch between party members now by finding them on the screen and trying to guess who is who. It usually takes several clicks before I can find the one I am looking for.
Second, I ALWAYS fail at stealing now. No matter what I do, I can't open a locked chest without getting caught. I have even saved and retried multiple times - I fail every single time and get caught by the guards. Even with Alora. I can put her in hide-in-shadows mode but she still gets caught. I am positive that I never used Algernon's cloak because I've never had it. My thieves have never had "charm person". So I have no idea what I am doing differently, but I cannot get anything out of a locked chest anymore if there is anybody anywhere near the chest - not even in the same room as the thief sometimes, like the desk in the healer's hut in Candlekeep. Or the one behind the guy with the pantaloons. I know I've gotten that opened before and successfully scarpered with the contents. There was some way to grab the contents and run away before the guards appeared, and if you came back later, they weren't still looking for you as long as they hadn't found you before you scurried off. Now, when they see me next time, they immediately turn red and demand buckets o'cash, even 3 or 4 days later. What could I be doing wrong?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.