Year of the RPG: Baldur’s Gate

So… even though Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn is often considered the better game between the two, I decided to play the original game, in the same way that I came across an advertisement for Dragon Age: Inquisition before I played Dragon Age: Origins, and decided to start the series at the beginning.

We all know how that story ends.

And boy, does Baldur’s Gate feel like a 2D Dragon Age. This isn’t surprising, as it was made by the talented folks from BioWare. Needless to say, I’m so excited, you guys.

But I digress.

We’re already into our fourth game for Year of the RPG, and it’s been a wild ride! But we’re safely back in third-person viewership (or at least not-first person), and operating under fairly familiar rules. And by that, I mean the rules of Dungeon and Dragons as presented by BioWare. I’m not much of a PC gamer anymore, but the promise of good old-fashioned point-and-click controls is pretty enticing.

The Adventurer

Name: Daesala

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Those eyes, though…

Species: Half-elf

Class: Ranger

Alignment: Lawful Good

Backstory: Daesala doesn’t remember anything of her parents. Her entire existence has been in the citadel at Candlekeep, where she was raised by the sage named Gorion. She was always very studious and quiet, and was Gorion’s favorite by far.

From her education, she learned to put the good of the many over the good of the few, and decided that the best way to do that was by being a champion of the just laws of the land. Her friend, Imoen, was always a foil to her: lighthearted and with a sense of humor, easy to get along with, and never taking herself too seriously.

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BioWare loves their red-haired thieves, don’t they?

While respected within Candlekeep, Daesala sometimes comes across as knowing best. Her conclusions of what constitutes “good,” and her somewhat blunt presentation of her ideas, has occasionally ruffled feathers that Gorion or Imoen was forced to smooth out again. She is often teased for saying, “Everyone listen to me now,” when she feels that things have gone too far off-topic.

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Generally affable, Daesala fiercely defends friends and allies, and is unwaveringly loyal to her friends, especially Imoen. When she gives her word, she keeps it at any cost, and her reliability and overall friendly nature gives people many reasons to overlook her flaws, which they do. Even when presented with an individual who is believed to be guilty of wrongdoing, Daesala will wait for concrete evidence before exacting or defending any sort of punishment. Her strong personal code for what is right and what is wrong has guided her for most of her life, and has yet to truly guide her wrong.

She is also very loyal to Gorion, and when he teaches, she listens to him and takes his words to heart. She respects him like he was her father, and enjoys sneaking him gingerbread cookies when she finds out they are being baked in the kitchens. He shakes his head, but can never contain his smile. Even the most lawfully good can have one moment of weakness, can’t they?

Oh, and she hates giant spiders.

Off She Goes to Watch Something Horrible Happen To Someone She Cares About Within the First 45 Minutes of the Game

Yeah. I know how BioWare games work.

But in all seriousness, I’m interested to see how playing as Lawful Good works out. One thing that I’ve learned along my RPG journey is that I tend to rock the Neutral Good, as that tends to be (as far as I can tell) my modus operandi in the physical world, as well. Playing as a character that upholds the law, to the detriment of the individual if necessary, will be an interesting way to play. I don’t believe that people should serve the law – even if it’s only when the law is seen as “good” – but rather that the laws (and government) should serve the people, so this level of goody-two-shoes will be, again, a new alignment for me to explore.

Off we go on another whirlwind adventure! Mailboxes are standing by, and my trained little dragonling is ready to carry the oodles of letters I might receive. If you’re on an adventure in Baldur’s Gate, drop me a line! Or, if your on an adventure somewhere else, let me know about that, too!

Oh, and if there’s anything I should absoutely know before venturing out, advice is welcome, too.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you soon!
~Athena

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11 thoughts on “Year of the RPG: Baldur’s Gate

  1. Baldur’s Gate 2 isn’t just the better game, it’s the BEST game. The original is good, but the follow up takes everything that had happened so far, and built on it so incredibly well. During my time at university I must have finished it a good 5 times. I always had to err towards playing a magic user though, as there seemed to be a glut of melee-centric characters who could join your party.

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    1. I’ve heard it’s really good! And I chuckle to myself every time someone mentioned Amn because I know that’s at least in the subtitle of the subsequent game… With what I’ve seen so far, I’ll probably (definitely) go on to play the second… Noted about the magic user… maybe I’ll have to try my hand at that!

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  2. Yay Baldur’s Gate! I played this game as a kid but way before I understand how D&D worked, so I never progressed very far in it. I basically just redid the first four or five hours as different characters – to this day I’m still a sucker for character creation in RPGs. I love coming up with backstories and abilities!
    Anyway, I’m definitely interested to see your thoughts on this one. Looking forward to that first letter!

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    1. Yay Baldur’s Gate! haha Yeah…. I’m bumbling my way through some of the stat stuff, but I can’t imagine this as a very first introduction to D&D as a kid without guidance! Character creation is always a great time!!

      It’s coming… I heard a tap-tapping on my window earlier…

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  3. Good luck with this one. I came to it the first time years after it released, and really didn’t enjoy it much at all. So much of the gameplay, the pacing, the control scheme, just doesn’t gel with me. But yeah, it’s very well regarded, and I assume that’s for a reason. I hope you’re able to find it in there!

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    1. Thanks! I’m enjoying it so far. I’m never sure if control schemes are poor, or if I’m just bad at using them (haha), but this makes me feel better. I can already see some of the pacing issues, but I’m invested in the story and the characters are neat so it’s doing a good job of placating me at this point!

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  4. One of my favourite games! I think they had to make a few changes between this and the sequel because at one point my magic user could summon a skeleton army to do his bidding which made parts a lot easier than they should have been. 🙂

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  5. Oddly enough, I have a habit of playing the second in series games first (Dragon Age II, Uncharted 2, Metal Gear Solid 2, Jak II, etc.). I’m not sure why, haha.

    Lawful Good sounds like a neat time. Chaotic Good will always be my favourite playstyle in games, though. 😈😇

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    1. Hey, as long as it’s working for you, that’s all that matters! haha

      OH! You played the original ME before ME2, though… 😉

      I definitely get a “chaotic good” vibe… Haha you and BadgersAndBowties really need to meet sometime.

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