Hello everyone. I'm a relative newcomer to making mods for the Infinity Engine games (I've only been at it for a few months), but I played the games even when they first came out in a cardboard jacket. Now that time has passed and I mod more than play, I still admire the achievement of Bioware, but I want to take departures from the tried-and-true formula, because, while it is true, it is also very much tried. I respect others' efforts to add realism to the games, new NPC or better balance for combat and magic; my own ideas tend towards reinventing things or creating something new whole-cloth, and I feel free to draw on inspiration from very different sources. Now some mods of mine are beginning to come out. If a mechanic from Jagged Alliance comes to mind and strikes me as interesting, I don't hesitate to try and adapt it for Baldur's Gate. If I think of a book reference, a movie monster or a device in a tabletop RPG, I may borrow there as well, mix and match, let them steep and harmonize. I question assumptions and I don't know in advance what will happen (though I do scrap the worst ideas).
Now, this is all just creativity 101, and there is merit in conservative changes and tweaks. But I would like to know that ideas like mine have an audience here, limited as it might be. And so, this poll. Cast your vote and confess yourself a traditionalist or an, emm, modernist. The answers aren't going to stop me from modding, it is too enjoyable, but if I see that hardly anyone is interested in changing the basic gameplay, I will find it easier to limit myself to small projects and short hours rather than treat modding as a vehicle of self-expression and hack into the toolset with a crusader's zeal.