I know three's a ton of these, but none seem to satisfy me and I may have to end up making a few new characters of my own. I've done my 1st play through in the same order I always did in old vanilla. Go all the way to Candlekeep part deux, then do both ulgoth's beard quests and now doing durlag's tower before returning to bg and finishing it. I did it with me(paladin), imoen, minsc, branwen and 2 of the new chars, neera and rasaad. Now that I'm finding rasaad being less and less useful as the game gets harder and although I had fun with neera(until she did 3 straight wild surges fighting greater wyverns and forcing 3 reloads) on my next game I need to shake things up while not going with my boring old standard cannon party. This is like playthrough 15 since I 1st bought the game eons ago and now with EE, time for something new(ish).
I plan to do another go with this
me(paladin of course, I never get tired of paladins)
Imoen but this time wait to change her to mage after lvl 7 thief not 6(I ended up with 95 lp but only 75 for traps and some of the later traps were giving me fits unless I sucked down potions which got expensive after a while.
Jaheira(what can I say, I love the sassy, bossy hag)
After that I'm stuck. I always prefer branwen over yeslick as she's a pure cleric vs him being warrior/cleric, but tired of branwen and I never have nor will I ever play evil (I just don't have it in me to play evil)so scrap viconia as a cleric and all the other evil chars. Doesn't leave much. Minsc I know is my sentimental addition, but I always hear that Kivan is a kick ass archer and a ranger to boot and having 2 rangers...nah! Sorry boo.
So ok, add Kivan I tell myself and that's 4, i'll need a good temporary thief until imoen returns from her thieving hiatus and I heard that safana is probably the best bet, so adding her as a temp, still leaves me 2 holes to fill once imoen regains her theivery. A 2nd mage is always a good option but I dislike most of them or played them enough(dynaheir, quayle and xan) and a dedicated healer would complement jaheira.....but that leaves poor me as the only good melee fighter(though I know jaheira can hold her own). So AAARRRGGHH!!! maybe I should, as mentioned go against the grain and make 2 chars of my own, another mage and maybe a better version of Yeslick as fighter/cleric. This used to be so easy.....then I got old and now I just can't make up my bloody mind without risking my last 3 remaining grey cells. HEWP!