Baldur's Gate 1 + 2 Full Story Recap

Before the eventual release of Baldur’s Gate 3, we thought it would be fun to go through the 1998 adventures of Gorion’s Ward, Sarevok, Minsc, Volo and the rest of the gang from Baldur’s Gate 1 + 2 as we recount the main stories of the base games, as well as the Siege of Dragonspear and Throne…

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  1. Just looked up some of these voice actors for Balder's Gate 1 and holy crap, like a third of them were in almost every cartoon TV show I watched as a Kid or played as a video game.

  2. finally finished BG1, came here to just learn what happens in BG2 so i don't have to play it to know what happened.

    because BG1 was so delightfully lacking any form of explanation how to deal with anything and where to go so it was basically a bunch of mazes that i essentially brute forced myself to the end to beat last boss at lvl 6 which took me some game manipulation to only face the boss and not his minions and gave him a thrashing sacrificing khalid, jaheira and minsc in the process.

    BG1 was nice storywise, but mechanically how to play that game when it came to basically anything was a total disaster.
    most bosses were higher level and would do things that you can't do anything about (seemingly) because really you have no idea how to so you cheese your way through it as best as you can.

    so many cheesy moments where the game cheeses you, so the only fair way you can play is to cheese it back.

    my suggestion, be a mage, have imoen find traps 110, put cheetah boots on imoen until the end where you take the boots for yourself.
    why you want to be a mage or have one, identify spell and there's a ton of broken spells in this game that you will want because if you're not using them, the enemy will surely use them.

    for example sleep, basically kills any low level encounter, magic missile to deal with enemy mages spellcasts and mirror images.

    don't know how to make spell immune mages and characters not spell immune though, i thought dispel magic would do that but apparently not.
    good luck.

  3. I think they missed a trick with BG3 by bringing the engine and look up to date. I watched the turn by turn play in the showcasing, and it just put me off.

  4. BG1 party size = 6
    BG2 party size = 6
    BG3 party size = 4

    Why smaller? Because casuals have a hard time managing more than 4…. back to the mods….

  5. I have to play this again. I could not remember this Interface and I barely remember that you had a Keep in BG2. Also I remember an DLC with a tower full of traps built from a dwarf I guess. Anybody remember this?

  6. Oof, hearing the soundtrack made me get shivers. I need to play bg2 again, such a fantastic story. I was in my teens when I last played it, surely a lot of the story flew right over my head back then.

  7. Despite playing countless hours of BG2, I never progressed past act 2. I enjoy exploring and side quests too much… and starting over with new characters.

  8. When this came out back when, the expansion packs were Tales of the Sword Coast and Shadows of Amn. Much fun. But this recently released as a more complete edition and revisiting this is nothing short of good entertainment. I love it. But there is something about the Siege of Dragonspear and Throne of Bhaal expansions that feels too linear and not very D&D. Skyrim unfortunately gave us a TON of flexibility and customization. But both of them really give players 100s of hours of fun, for that I can’t compliment these games enough.

  9. It's been 20 years since I've played these games but I didn't remember builders gate 2 being and immediate sequel to the first one for some reason

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