Baldur’s Gate

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Logo: Crest of Bhaal

Theme: nature vs nurture

Expansion: Tales of the Sword Coast

Team: 26 characters:

  • 1 male or female (Gorion’s Ward)
  • 10 female (Imoen, Jaheira, Branwen, Dynaheir, Safana, Shar-Teel, Viconia, Faldorn, Alora, Skie)
  • 15 male (Xzar, Montaron, Khalid, Ajantis, Kagain, Garrick, Kivan, Minsc, Edwin, Xan, Coran, Eldoth, Yeslick, Quayle, Tiax)

Lead: Gorion’s Ward

Villains: the Iron Throne, Sarevok

Favourites: Kivan, Coran, Edwin, Minsc, Yeslick, Khalid, Viconia

Dislikes: Eldoth, Quayle, Imoen, Shar-Teel, Faldorn, Ajantis, Skie

Controllable characters: anyone

Playable races: human, elf, half-elf, dwarf, gnome, halfling

Favourite playable races: elf, gnome

Disliked playable race: human

Classes: Fighter, Thief, Fighter/Thief, Cleric, Fighter/Cleric, Cleric/Thief, Mage (Abjurer, Transmuter, Conjurer, Diviner, Enchanter, Illusionist, Invoker, Necromancer), Fighter/Mage, Mage/Thief, Cleric/Mage, Fighter/Mage/Thief, Fighter/Mage/Cleric, Ranger, Cleric/Ranger, Druid, Fighter/Druid, Bard, Paladin

Favourite class: Fighter/Mage

Disliked classes: Druid, Cleric/Thief, Fighter/Mage/Cleric

Starting level: 1

Final levels: 8-9

Maximum party size: 6

Final party: Gorion’s Ward, Imoen, Jaheira, Khalid, Minsc, Dynaheir (according to Baldur’s Gate II); in effect, Gorion’s Ward and anyone you like (my version: Gorion’s Ward, Kivan, Coran, Yeslick/Viconia, Minsc/Ajantis, Xan/Edwin)

Favourite places: Cloakwood, because it’s lush and peaceful; Nashkel, because of the silly gravestones; Ulgoth’s Beard, because it’s a pleasant seaside village, despite the ambient chaos

Horrible places: Durlag’s Tower, because it’s very long and very annoying; the Thieves’ Maze, because it’s an unnecessarily long and convoluted succession of corridors (also, horrible pathfinding)

Oddities: the lower a character’s Armour Class, THAC0 and Saving Throws, the better

Systems: PC, Mac

Remakes: Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition (PC, Mac)

Overview
Storyline
Characters
Playable races
Classes
Combat system
Gameplay
Tales of the Sword Coast
Music
Mods

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