Ok, first of all I noticed there's another similar thread, but that one is only about BG2, plus it looks to be an old one, since the links provided in some of the answers are broken.
I've played BG1 briefly, without finishing it, and I've played BG2 extensively and repeatedly. But always without any mods. I figured this time around I should give it a try.
I'd like to know which mods you guys consider the best around (and why), for both BG and BG2 (including those that work on both games, of course) and their expansions.
I'm led to believe that none of the mods will be compatible with BG:EE at launch, so please, when giving your answer, consider which ones you know or you have reasonable motive to believe will be implemented soon: if they have an active community behind, for example, as opposed to dead, abandoned projects; or if they're technically easy to implement, to your knowledge.
Also, I'd like to know whether any fanmade mods have been already implemented in BG:EE (other than bug-fixing mods).
What I'm looking for:
1 - More NPCs (party members), more romance options, more dialogue options;
2 - As an extension of that, mods that allow you to bring back "permanently dead" characters or absent prequel characters;
3 - More quests, fights, bosses, encounters, gear, strongholds... more content in general;
4 - More player races and classes (3rd edition? 4th edition?), more kits;
5 - A mod that allows you to have a party of 7 or 8 people (and maybe party formations fitting to the situation): does something like this exist?
What I don't want:
1 - Overpowered NPCs, Mary Sue / Gary Stu characters, unsufferable romances, over-talkative characters (that speak much more than the regular ones), out of character or inappropriate dialogues;
2 - Overpowered gear, races, classes, kits and abilities;
3 - As a general rule, anything that makes the game harder or easier (save for point 5, above);
4 - Customized NPC portraits or other changes whose only purpose is to satisfy the modder's arbitrary aesthetic sense;
5 - "Broken" or incomplete mods, that lead to bugs or inconsistencies (of course).
Thank you for your attention.