I made my main character into a wild mage in Baldur's Gate because I thought it would be funny. It is funny. Flaming cows falling from the sky and almost taking out the entire team and the enemies is kinda funny.
What is not funny is realizing that SUDDENLY you are missing 80k in gold and your reputation is somehow at 4 even though you have done nothing to warrant people's hate. I could backtrack enough for the gold, but... well, I guess people are just going to have to hate me despite having done nothing but good. And recruiting drow.
People really hate the drow (because they have no taste)
I recruited the Wild Mage NPC. Literally the first spell she cast turned into a fireball that killed my entire party...
I don't know, hate towards a race out of which 99.9% are evil(and loving it) seems kinda warranted...
...for some reason I want more and more to try out this game.
@Norgrath: Of course it was. Naturally. Why would you expect anything else?
@Sharp-Claw: There is a difference between being evil and functioning in surface society. Rogues are not lawful and yet we tolerate them. And maybe the drow just need to be shown a better way and-
@mam1iser: As well you should. The game is old, but that also means that it can run on pretty much anything.
@zenat: Because she wasn't a high enough level to cast fireball to start with?
@Norgrath: Wild magic doesn't care. Wild magic does what wild magic wants. I assure you, my charname was most definitely not at a high enough level to summon a vicious hellbeast to murder his enemies and allies alike, but lo and behold...
Wait wait wait...a flaming cow that falls from the sky? Why is this not a spell in EVERY GAME EVER?
It seems to me that the best way to employ that kind of mage would be to order them to cast a spell while the rest of the party hides behind them.
And even then it's a risk.
Also, the first thing that came to mind when I read this was Sheogorath's dogpocalypse from Oblivion. Seems like this style of magic would be right up his alley.
One of these days, I will allow wild magic in my party. One of these days...
For now there are the Edwin and Xan romances. And Baeloth.
wild mage for life, their spells are awesome can cast level 8 or 9 spells with a level one slot. Even if my character sometimes ends up a woman for a day in the first game. chaos shield is your friend.
@Guesty Guestface: That is a question I have no answer to, but it is a contributing factor to Baldur's Gate being the best.
@Guest: To be fair, you don't put the squishy mage in the front. And most of the time the magic works like normal... most of the time...
@warrion: Why not... both? Why not suffer through the pain of an all mage party, knowing that every battle lasting more than one round will be hell?
@wild mage guy: At least you will have something to talk to Edwin about, come BG2?