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Best way to do a harder playthrough IWDEE
I going to play IWD again but I want to make it a lot more difficult. There are a number of ways you can seem to do this, first, I thought of increasing the difficulty rating from the options menu, but I wasn't sure of this since increasing the difficulty just increases how much damage you take and anyone who has finished IWD will tell you that it is spell effects you have to look out for not pure damage and the increase in XP seems like it would probably balance things out again anyway. HoF mode is recommended for level 13+ party and I want to play through from level 1 so I don't want to do that.
There is also the option of rolling for HP but that seems like it could seriously damage the effectiveness of some classes (especially tanks). You can also lower the stats of characters... let me just say that this seems like the best option for me since doing this will not damage the roles of certain classes (unlike randomizing HP), characters progress at the same rate because no XP bonus and it doesn't mess with the magic trumps everything flavour of the game. any thoughts you have on the subject would be well received (note that I'm not thinking of any particular party size or composition, just the best play through that's a bit more challenging than normal).