Baldur's Gate and LOTR?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Peter Harkess, Aug 5, 2001.

  1. Peter Harkess

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    I am playing through BG1 for the second time (as a Necromacer, last time was a Paladin) and was wondering if anyone had tried it using an LOTR based party.
    My guess is it would look something like this:
    Frodo - Halfling Fighter
    Boromir - Human Fighter
    Aragorn - Human Ranger
    Gimli - Dwaven Fighter
    Lelolas - Elven Ranger
    Gandalf - Human Mage (Diviner or Illusionist?)
    The problem seems to be that any LOTR party has no real healing ability. Has anyone been through the game with a LOTR party? How did you fare?
     
  2. John Chow

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    Hmm...well it would probably work better if you used a general LOTR party, rather than the more specific FOTR party. This way you could throw in Elrond as a Cleric/Mage/Fighter or just a figher/cleric if you want him to level faster. I would also make Frodo a Fighter/Thief. I'd also probably make Aragorn a Paladin, since in my mind he really is more of a Ranger/Paladin, but playing by AD&D rules, you can't do that. I forget whether or not you can use Dual-Class characters in Baldur's Gate, otherwise this would be the more accurate way to do this, although actually getting him to a reasonable level in both classes would take forever. This would get you a tad more healing capability as well. I guess the main thing is that in the LOTR, the party basically just healed at pit stops along the way to their destinations. I usually play through rpgs with a sort of LOTR party, but I grab anyone I feel like out of the book, rather than limiting it to the more specific fellowship.
     
  3. Peter Harkess

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    You can use Dual and Multi-Class characters in BG so your idea of making Frodo a Fighter/Thief would work. I've realised that we can't have an Elven Ranger so Legolas would have to be a Fighter. An Elven Fighter/Druid would be better but he doesn't display any Priest abilities in the books.
    We could push the boundaries and, as you've suggested, make Aragorn a Paladin which again would be useful for healing needs. I did want to stick to the Fellowship rather than picking from all characters.
     
  4. John Chow

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    Hmm... yah, i knew baldur's gate allowed multi-class, just wasn't sure about dual-class(human specific). I guess since you want to stick with Fellowship, another stretch would be with Gandalf. Now technically, he's not really a human, but unfortunately you can't pick a race of lesser god. Now we know he is definitely a fighter/mage, since throughout the books he is the one wielding Glamdring. I'd be willing to bet that he would have some healing ability, although I can't really think of any examples. I'd probably go ahead and make Legolas a half-elf so that you can get the appropriate class. There really are too many rule restrictions in AD&D to structure everything appropriately. The FOTR party really isn't very balanced, since it's basically just a bunch of fighters + gandalf. I guess that's a good thing though, when you're going off to fight a war.
     

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