The Ultimate Baldur's Gate Experience

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    Atropos

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    Samantha-Cartsey said on November 20, 2014 :

    I’m going to download everything and follow every step just like you said. However, what if I try to add NPCs like Gavin (BG1 and BG2 if both mods are installed), Valen (BG2), Solaufen (BG2) which are all romantic interests, or Romantic Encounters (BG2)? Is there an order I have to follow or is it not compatible with this whole… thing?

    I’m not 100% positive, but most WEIDU mods are compatible with each other (at least to some degree).

    That being said, I should offer the disclaimer that now that BG2 Enhanced Edition has released, that arguably offers an equally good start-to-finish experience as BGT does.

    If you do go the above route, I would recommend installing all BG1 related packs and mods first, then following up with anything relevant for BG2. I would probably add additional NPCs and romances after the other tweaks to core BG2 NPCs. Good luck!

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    Samantha-Cartsey

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    Thanks. I just really prefer the old-fashion games instead of their new releases. Although I plan to try out Planescape “2” when it comes out, if it comes out at all.

    Its like re-doing Alpha Centauri when its just perfect the way it is, although I suck at it because I’m more of Growth rather than Military.

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    ShapeShifter

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    I also just found out about this post today and it’s been a great help in getting the whole BGT set-up. I’ve wanted to do this for a while now but the whole process seemed daunting without a guide so thank you for this post a million times over!

    When you say BGII:EE gives a similar experience to BGT do you mean they have implemented a lot of the mods into the new re-release?

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    Samantha-Cartsey

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    Sorry for answering so late. Actually, there’s nothing new in the Enhanced Edition. If something, they simply polished the main interface and added widescreen mod to it, along with some bug fixes and “enhanced” graphics and added their own new romances which feel hollow compared to many that are out there.

    Nothing that you didn’t have already.

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    ALIEN

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    Hi,

    this topic is popular so i decided to post some information here: best way is to use Big World Setup

    https://forums.beamdog.com/discussion/44476/tool-big-world-setup-bws-mod-manager-for-baldurs-gate-enhanced-edition-trilogy-for-windows

    If you have any questions, please post them at shsforums.net

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    Immersivestorm

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    What would be the best way to go now? should i play this modded up way, or should i play the BG1 and 2 EE? Thanks

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    tolavon

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    Does this installation work with windows 7 (64 home premium)?

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    mrowmrif2

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    Really old thread but baldurs gate never dies :)

    big world mod is fantastic, it is a 36+ gig installation with all the mods, so it is immense…  There is actually a guide out there on how to hack the install so you dont have to actually have the discs to run it…  I did it and can move the whole folder to root C: on any PC and just execute the game to play it just fine.  Yes win7 64 bit for sure, and i assume win8 and win10 as well if you do it the hacked way.  It is still just a .exe file to run the game, which is universal to all windows systems.

    i also bought the EE from steam for bg1 and bg2 just to have them playable more easily with friends…  Bigworld requires the others on multiplayer to have the exact same version and mods or the game crashes…  So i totally recommend it for solo play but it is glitchy multiplayer.  EE on steam is even a bit glitchy…  But it works!

    I played bg1 through throne of bhaal all through college and afterward while working… It is timeless and epic.  Probably the best game ever, and for a Final Fantasy fanatic like me, that is saying something when there are games like ff1, ff4, ff6, ff7 and ff8 out there.

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    Imiona

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    Is this still the “Ultimate” Guide to enhance the Game (because its 3 Years old) or is it superseded bye another one? I want to buy this because i lost my Game Copy Years ago, is it compatible with this Guide here?

    Also my guess is, this is will not work with a German Version/German Language Patch of the Game, right? :)

     

    Thx

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    To the community, I just want to say that I followed these instructions, and so far I’m loving this.  I encountered a couple of seemingly small errors during the installation process that don’t seem to have affected anything (so far).  Just some minor options that had conflict errors when I tried to install them.

    This is the way to experience this game.  I did some research on the Expanded Edition, and from what I saw, in my opinion there is too great a potential for conflicts when trying to mod to this degree.  Maybe I’m wrong, but this is working great on my modern computer.

    I’ve only made it to Beregost so far with the Imoen, Montaron, his crazy mage companion (blanking on name), Khalid and Jaheira.  All the extra banter and flavor that I’ve experience in a short time is not only taking me back to 2000, but is getting me pumped to experience a new updated adventure.

    I’ll come back here and reply if I experience any technical issues.

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    I do not recommend the BGSpawn System.  I was experiencing issues where random spawns exhibited strange behavior.  They would at first be neutral NPCs, with a blue ring, and then would stutter-stand there as though uncertain what to do.  Sometimes after many seconds they would then become hostile, sometimes only if I attacked them, sometimes not at all.

    The last straw was at the Gnoll Stronghold.  The Gnolls seemed to exhibit very poor AI, and also the “stutter-stand there” effect.

    I installed the BGT Tweaks Altered Spawn setting after uninstalling the BGSpawn System.

    For concerned noobs (I was one), don’t be intimidated at installing mods.  Most/all of these mods are Weidu-based.  That means if you later need to uninstall a mod, double-click the setup file for it to re-run, and select the uninstall option.  The weidu based scripts know what order they were installed in.  So Weidu temporarily uninstalls the mods you added after the troublesome mod, then uninstall the troublesome mod, and then reinstall all the later mods with your previous selections.  This makes it very quick to remove troublesome mods.

    Installing mods in the ideal order is the most important consideration, and the writer for this guide Atropos has already provided that order for you.

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