(Really) Early game advice required
I've been playing IE games on and off for about 15 years when I first picked up BG II. Even after all these years I am no expert but have enough of a grasp of the basics to enjoy them.
I've just started BG again after a couple of years and am enjoying it immensely but have to ask - is the beginning really this hard or am I just that bad (or both ha ha)?
My plan is to gather my party completely before doing too much so we can level together and I'm currently on my way to Nashkel to pick up Minsc, then Dynaheir to complete my party and then start completing side quests etc.
My problem is: from Beregost on my way to Nashkel everything can and does kill me so I avoid all fights (as I don't want to give all my gold to hobgoblins/ bandits etc).
Is this what I'm supposed to be doing - i.e. avoiding conflict, then coming back to explore/ fight later when I have a couple of extra party members and levels? Or should I be fighting now and learning what tactics to use through trial and error (and luck)?
Thank you in advance for any advice/ suggestions.