Okay, so, first, if you have been playing this thing since original release like I do, you also clearly have an OCD. You may want to seek help.
Speaking of OCD, here are two very simple ground rules that constitutes *The Way* for the most fun ever:
1. Do NOT adjust ability scores when you roll.
(Depending on how tough you're feeling, you can take the first roll, or re-roll as long as you want, but no 18/18/16/18/3/5 for that Bard of yours -- it's cheesy & unnatural.)
2. No Reloads!
The first rule gives gravity to your very first choice, the character, and ensures that you will have handicaps, rather than a cookie-cutter.
The second rule gives gravity to all your immediate choices, every round. (Are you gonna fight or flight, when three party members are dead and you have to pick between loosing their equipment or loosing the last 50 hours of your gaming effort in a last ditch charge.)
To taste, you can add:
- SCS [indispensable for me; but I only use the AI enhancements, not encounter 'improvements' which are mostly unbalanced]
RESULT: inexhaustible, countless hours of edge-of-the-seat gaming.
Not Dragon Age, not Mass Effect, not NWN, not Witcher -- none of those give such a well-balanced "maybe this time I can make it!" experience of survival. Those games are not balanced for no-reload play: Baldur's Gate can be consistently beaten no-reload if you play well. Every single one of deaths happened, because I was foolish at that moment!
[Since my initial completion of BG1 & BG2 upon their release and my switching exclusively to trilogy no-reload play, I finished BG1 only twice and BG2 not even once. This may take me an extra decade to accomplish, but what a feat that will be.]