I'm playing through BG for the first time after spending years being too intimidated to try. So far I love it, though I'm very early in. One thing I'm having difficulty wrapping my mind around is how combat functions.
At a high level I get that each attack is a dice roll, and that first there is a roll to determine if you hit, followed by a roll to determine how much damage. I also understand that the game performs these rolls automatically in the background.
I recently turned on the dialogue option to show the rolls. What I don't get is, how do I tell what rolls need to be achieved in order to hit a certain enemy? And what do enemies need to hit me? I see them rolling, but I don't know what's going on. For example:
Kobold: Attack Roll 12 + 1 = 13 : Miss
In that instance, is 12 their dice roll, and 1 some sort of multiplier? How do I tell what number they would have needed to roll to hit me?
I initially thought I would just not bother figuring this stuff out and just go wail on things and hope I win, but I figure I'm not going to be able to effectively plan my moves, upgrades, combat pairings etc if I don't get this stuff.
Thanks so much!
PS: In the above example, I had just wandered into Ulcaster and got slaughtered by a bunch of kobolds and skeletons!