I just bought BG:EE and am in the process of starting a new character. I had played some BG in the past but don't remember much of it at all. The numbers and math of this game are somewhat daunting, especially after playing something as statistically simple as Planescape, which I just completed.
I've been wanting to play a trueclass, and I've been considering Ranger and Shaman for my first run through the game. I don't care much about minmaxing past character generation, and I'm not planning on playing the game online at all, or on any difficulty higher than maybe Core Rules. This is a purely "I want to play through the story, but have a little bit of a challenge, nothing major" run through.
However, every post I've found have mostly taken the perspective that multiclass/dual class kits are the metagame, and as a result I'm kind of confused on how to get started or how I should plan to play these classes. I just like the idea of having a naturey character raised in Candlekeep, kind of an outsider but not just a beefy fighter type. Quite frankly I find most fighter classes pretty boring in these types of games. Or at least slightly uninteresting.
Is Shaman viable? How about Ranger? And if so, what are the stats I should focus on, and what proficiencies work well? I was considering focusing on Axes, because I think they are kind of cool, but from what I read certain axes that have Throwing properties can't be dual-wielded, so that sort of stopped me in my tracks.
Considering playing as a Half-elf or Half-orc. Will pick whatever one makes the classes better.
Thanks so much for the help, and I apologize if this is overly noobish -- I did some searching using the search function but I didn't see anything that specifically answered my questions.