I have a super busy work schedule and will have time to play just one run that will likely take me a few months. I played a bunch when the game first came out but now it's been over a decade so I can't rely on memory and I dont want to be bummed out by bad decisions half way through my game.
So for players that have played through BGEE to SOD to BG2EE, I need just a few recommendations:
1. Which is the best/most fun class to play for your primary character? Like being able to use items, quests, etc.
2. What NPCs are the most fun to pick up? Side quests, cool items to use that you wont be using on your main, etc.
I'm a bit of a completionist so I'll be doing every quest possible, leave no rock unturned. I'm a big fan of sticking to one party so I'd rather not pick people up just to lose them later (Having characters forced out of my party was a big bummer playing BG2 on my first play through). I prefer playing neutral/good where possible.
Edit: just for example, it sucks making a mace fighter only to find out that all the best weapons are swords, etc. Which is find if you want to play once 'naturally' and then play again to min/max. But I don't have time unfortunately. And I know I could do research but I also want to avoid spoilers.