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Old Sat, 11th Feb '12, 12:06am   #1
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Over my last few runs I realized I'd been creating the same parties over and over so to break the loop I wanted to hear how everyone built their BG1 parties. I'm especially interested in tactical parties and just plain weirdly-themed ones. If you have an idea for a party you haven't tried feel free to post just as long as you (explicitly) state that you haven't tested it yet.

I'll start by sharing the three variations I usually go with:

Lotsa Archers
Example:
Fighter/Thief PC
Coran
Kivan
Khalid - Good tank early, and an excellent archer later on.
Jaheira - Healer and Tank.
Edwin - Magic Missiles.
-Ranged weapons are just that powerful in BG1.

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Example:
Bard PC - Dump nuke spell scrolls here.
Garrick - Dump nuke spell scrolls here.
Xan - As far as arcane spells go, everything else.
Yeslick-
Faldorn - Level 5 divine spells.
Imoen (dualed early)
-Used Khalid/Jaheira until Faldorn.

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Example: (Me, the crazy guy and the little people)
Human Druid PC - Me
Xzar - the crazy guy
Alora- eeny
Montaron - meeny
Quayle - miny
Tiax - moe
-Besides teaching a valuable lesson on how a druid, a fighter-thief and a mage could could do so well early game, lots of interesting interaction once the party reaches Baldur's Gate.
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Old Sat, 11th Feb '12, 12:24am   #2
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This is the most fun I've ever had with BG1. I heartily encourage giving it a go. http://www.sorcerers.net/forums/showthread.php?t=49500
(In short, you can't reload, ever, and you have to kick out NPCs when they die.)
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An ironman game? Sounds fun, i'm tempted to try it out.
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It would be an interesting experience. Maybe after a complete test run...
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Xzar and Monteron are a riot to have in a party. I would like to get Larry, Darryl, and Darryl for a bit ... too bad they don't join you.

I've never been able to handle Alora's voice -- I want to kill her when every time she comments.
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My most theme-related party got it's inspiration from the UN, and countries cooperating together. It's called the United Races party. Basic rule: create a party of 6 representing all possible BG1-races (actually, I run the Tutu engine, I don't now if a half-orc barbarian is possible in vanilla). I came up with:

Zulecha (half-orc Barbarian, as only the PC can choose the half-orc race),
Kagain (dwarf)
Branwen (human),
Alora (halfling),
Quayle (gnome),
Xan (elf)

Edit: tactically speaking, I always created balanced parties, so most will have at least 1-and-1/2 warrior, 1 divine caster, 1/2 thief and 1-and-1/2 mage as a minimum (1/2 classes meaning half of a multi- or dualclass of course).
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