As someone new to both Baldur's Gate and D&D, I'm having trouble enjoying the game. Perhaps the community can help me understand where I'm going wrong. A few examples of problems I have while playing are:
I spend roughly four or five times as much time on the inventory screen as the gameplay screen.
About half the time I want to travel somewhere, I get interrupted with an attack.
There are many bottlenecks in the game. This is a general point which encompasses many of my issues.
Let me elaborate.
First, the inventory screen. Each character has roughly fourteen or sixteen inventory slots, and many things cannot be stacked. After killing an enemy, a person can pick up roughly three to six items. In addition, there are many chests and boxes with items inside, and few places to sell and trade. Therefore, I ran out of inventory space about five minutes into the game, and have been shuffling everything around constantly since then. It is maddening.
Second, the travel mechanic. I understand the idea of the attacks which occur sometimes while traveling, but it is almost impossible to keep a mage alive when he/she is stuck in the middle of several attackers. And of course, forget about casting spells since they will always be interrupted. This point could actually be broadened to include the point that this game seems to place a lot of emphasis on the positioning of the characters, which doesn't interest me since this is more of a role-playing game than an action game. Using long-ranged weapons is great because you can attack without being attacked (short-ranged, at least), but the enemy will close the distance too fast for the long-range attack to do anything, so you have to get another party member in the enemy's face. Again, positioning. The battles aren't occurring in meadows, they are occurring in small rooms, so this is difficult.
Finally, other bottlenecks (which is the term I am using to describe a situation in which there is a ratio problem, such as items to carry compared to inventory spaces). One would be the ratio of spells to spell slots. There are a lot of spells, each with a paragraph of explanation. Out of ten or so spells, I get to pick four or five to use, and one of them is going to be the completely basic ability to identify things in my inventory. So I use that spell once, and have four or more things left to identify, which apparently will never happen.
I could go on, but I think you can at least see my thought process. Please don't think that I hate the game. I'm interested in the game, and I would like to get into it, but I'm having difficulties. Let me know if you used to think this way, or had experiences like this, and how you overcame them.