When I was growing up I had BG ToTSC on a five CD set and loved the game. From an early age I was stricken with restartitis and I never quite finished. The furthest I ever got was beating the fight at the top of the Iron Throne.
Some 15 years later I find out that there are new Enhanced Editions out. I'm super excited to be able to play through BG1 again and get a first time experience of BG2.
I never got to use the additional kits and classes of BG2, so the EE versions are still relatively new to me. I've always been a sucker for character builds and when I heard about the more combat oriented IWDEE where you can roll up a full party, I snapped it up. I've always enjoyed icy settings as well, and I'm having a blast experiencing the fights, traps, and story for the first time.
Although I've already restarted for or five times, I think I'm settling on a few parties I like (one for each alignment) and I've gotten to Dragon's Eye 4. I was initially playing on Insane but have since switched back to Core rules for experience and damage as intended by design. I did keep the insane spawns though, thanks to a mod I found here on the forums. I'm also playing using the no +/- rolled stats method that I read about here as well, and it's been great. I'm much more attached to my imperfect heroes than I ever was to my minmaxed clones.
The general idea is to learn about the different classes, spells, and abilities before I go back and re-experience BG1 before going on to the BG2 storyline for the first time. I'm really looking forward to it and have a much greater appreciation for that unspoiled first time experience of another game.
I'll likely be hanging out in the IWDEE section for a while until I finish a few runs of the game and migrate over to BG.
I wouldn't be surprised though if IWD ends up still being my favorite. I love the setting, the party creation, and Druids.
Anyway, see you all around! I love how informative and helpful the community is.