Hi all! Its been a long long while since ive played icewind dale but when I saw the enhanced edition was out I figured I had to give it a try, after all the time I spent loving it those years ago. That being said im a bit indecisive on my party composition with the addition of all the new kits, so here are some of my thoughts and I'd appreciate any input. I'd like to be able to take the party I make through the game and thenreplay in HoF fury mode.
Tank- Dwarven Defender might just be able to tank through hof, Undead hunter for sheer amount of undead in the game, or blackguard simply because I have yet to try it. IIRC Pale Justice only required that the user be a Paladin, anyone know if he might actually be able to use it?
Secondary- Archer, Sun Soul Monk, or Stalker to experiment with the sneak attack mechanics. Leaning toward Archer.
Healer - Talos, predictability of enemy encounter makes storm shield considerably more useful(salamanders?), new tempus is practically a f/c, or an Avenger
Thief - Assassin. About the only one I'm decided on, with sneak attack hide and move can be relatively ignored without gimping his combat until later levels. Shadow dancer seems like an interesting class but if using sneak attack instead seems like it would almost eliminate his benefits
Mage- Dragons Disciple most likely, added survivability and no dependance on scrolls, plus havent tried one yet. Was also considering WM or pure sorc.
Extra/support- Thinking a bard here, though I have no idea which kit, they all seem viable. Jester for helping mob cc, skald song mightbe very beneficial given that the party isnt terribly melee heavy, blade to be an additional combatant, reg for song variety. Played vanilla with one so I know thier versatility, and gives a place for those scrolls with a sorc companion. If I went with a WM though having a second scroll user doesnt seem ideal.
I've heard that free action negates the defenders move penalty, or the blades offensive immobility, is that right? Dont remember if rings of free action exist in IWD though.