Currently I’ve been playing Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition in order to review. While I am an avid RPG fan and a fan of BioWare in general, I must admit I am new to the Forgotten Realms universe. And my first observation is, wow, modern RPG players are really very spoiled. Baldur’s Gate II uses the intricate and rigid rules set of Dungeons & Dragons Advanced 2nd Edition. Having no experience with AD&D 2nd Edition, these rules are taking some getting used to. For instance, race restrictions include only humans are able to dual class, changing classes after you reach a certain level, while elves, dwarves, halflings and the like can multiclass which includes leveling up both classes at the same time. Elves are also excluded from being paladins and monks. Classes have various restrictions, plusses, and minuses. Mages, are unable to wear armor (and use magic) at any time, but clerics and paladins can. Interestingly, and possibly “racist,” only humans, elves, and half-elves can pursue romances.
The most difficult part of any RPG for me is building my character. And this case was no exclusion. I finally decided to go with a multiclass half-elf fighter mage. I understand playing a half-elf doesn’t provide any advantages, but I was curious to see if there are any interesting conversations dependent on the fact that my player is a mixed race. I also like playing battle mages. I want to use magic but I never liked wearing robes and I want my player to be able to defend themselves physically. Pure mages always come across weak because they usually are. Though I understand mages are more complicated to grasp in the Baldur’s Gate universe, so I will likely be spending a good deal of my time fighting away.
Setting my intimidation aside I’m jumping in head first. Abilities, saving throws, THAC0 scores and all.