Thanks for the MOD. I'll give it a try just so I can enjoy the silly dialogue.
I'm probably one of the only people in the world who thinks that Irenicus's dungeon is worth exploring even after restarting the game a dozen times. It's not because I enjoy fighting goblins and duergar dwarves. It's just because it's not a bad way to start the game, from both a practical standpoint as well as a role-playing standpoint. If all of your money and equipment has been taken away from you, how are you supposed to replace it? Why should it be easy to escape from your captor? Imoen's dialogue allows me to feel at least some attachment to her before she's snatched away. If I let myself get into it, the dungeon actually creates a mood that's almost as effective as it was the first time I played (dark and creepy, although it's never scary anymore). I know this sounds funny, but when the cut-scene is over and you're standing in Waukeen's Promenade and everything's quiet and you're wondering what to do next, it creates a sensation that wouldn't be possible if you hadn't been through all that crap.
And some of the little side-quests are worth doing. The only problem with the first level of the dungeon is that it requires so much walking back and forth, which I consider to be a flaw in the game, since you're supposed to be in a hurry to leave. I can solve that problem by using the Ctrl-J cheat key, and that's what I usually do. Okay, I'll admit that Imoen's dialogue gets old, and so do Aataqah, Rielev, Frennedan, etc. But I'd hardly call it "more painful than a root canal".
And there's not that much on the second level that you can't just run past and skip if you want to avoid it. You just need to kill a few bandits and a few mephits that are in your way if you don't mind skipping the treasure. It's really not much different from the rest of the game, so what's the point in crying about it?
If I wanted to skip the first level, all I'd have to do is cheat in a Portal Key and use the portal next to Jaheira's cage. But then I wouldn't be able to do the Nymphs' quest or get the Sword of Chaos +2 or the other treasure that's on that level. So I usually end up going through it just the same.
If Chapter One is so bad that you want to skip it, you might also consider skipping Chapters Two through Six. There's an easy way to do it. All you have to do when Imoen lets you out of your cage is enter the following CLUAConsole commands:
Then talk to Elhan, and he'll take you straight to Suldanessellar.
But once again, thanks for the MOD. I'll restart the game just to see it for myself.