I've gone all these years and have never played BG1. I'm downloading it now and excited about starting--would you guys recommend installing any mods, or going through the "normal" way? One thing I really don't want is instability/crashes. Thanks for any tips.
It is your first time playing, therefore you owe it to yourself to not install any mods. BG1 is quite stable on it's own -- I have played it many, many times, and it has never crashed on me once in it's vanilla format. Think about mods later, once you have experienced BG1 as it should be... at least for the first time.