Originally posted by The Gray Mouser:
Does anyone else have trouble deciding who to keep in they're party besides me? It was tough to get rid of Yoshimo for Jan. I now have Myself(Mage), Minsc, Anomen, Aerie, Jan and Jaheira. I am looking for Keldorn to drop off the ****y Anomen, but my Rep. is so low I don't think he would join anyway. What is the BEST combo for a group?
I'd say you've got a fine party going as is. You've got a nice balance between magic and might - With a couple items Jaheira makes a fine tank, as does Anomen, and if you keep your reputation up Anomen will become less annoying. Also, since you have none of the evil NPCs, you can get as high a reputation as you like and take care of discounts at all the shops. The rest depends on whetther you're the type who will replay a game like BGII or not. If you will, stick with any lineup you like and try different ones later (some characters take a long time to develop fully)if you won't replay, I'd hold onto Jaheira, Aerie, and Jan (multi-classed, need much exp.) and rotate other NPCs in and out of Minsc and Anomen's roles.
the main thing I want to say is that the game is set up so no NPC is useless, and they all can be tremendous assets if played correctly. Remember to ROLEPLAY. Think about your character. Who would he or she like to hang out with? Who would he or she trust? Easily as interesting as the main plot to the game are all the intricacies of interaction the creators have constructed between NPCs. Every time I see someone ask for help in forming a party, 9 out of 10 responses assert what they think is the most POWERFUL party. Pick a party that is fun and engaging for YOU. We're all god-like superheroes by the end of this adventure....
Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light,
only in dying, life:
bright the hawk’s flight
on the empty sky."