TOEE is a pretty decent RPG, and the Icewind Dale games are kinda a traditional RPG/hanck-and-slash combo. They are not that hard to get into, but fighting and character planning is a major part of the gameplay. Demon Stone is a simple action-packed hack-and-slash (granted pretty good at that), and the D&D game system is pretty much non-existent in it.
On another note, if you couldn't get into Baldur's Gate 1 due to the difficulty at the neginning of the game, try BG2. It's much more forgiving on new players. (Although there's some spoilers for BG1 at the beginning of BG2, if that bothers you.)
You, Sir, have my deepest thanks. This is almost exactly what I wanted to know. The difficulty in BG1 is almost entirely what put me off. No matter what character I chose it seemed to get slaughtered on the very first screen enemies appear. Spoilers are a non-issue since I usually check Wikis for games if I like em anyway.
I'll take what you said into consideration. I'm not totally convinced yet, so perhaps I should hit up YouTube and some review sites to see what the other games are klike before throwing money down on em.
You simply have to be wise when approaching those initial battles. For my character, the wisdom has always been to not get into them in the 1st place, and simply stick to the road to get to the initial destination. Unlike modern cRPG's, BG1 has an open ended world wherein many of the fights are optional. I find that makes for an awsome RP experience.
As for the promo, PS:T was the first game I bought here, I bought the BG series & IWD series when they were on sale back in December '10, & I managed to make backup disks of my retail NWN Platinum copy (I did it also for my retail BG copies, but simply bought'em again from GoG for joy's sake, not knowing they offer improvements from my retail copies!) & am not that interested in the Kingmaker expansion to buy it again from GoG.
Knowing it'd eventually come, I wanted to celebrate this promo wholeheartedly w/fellow GoGer's, but I don't like how I feel about the new promo system. Why should folk have to buy inferior games like Dragonshard & Demon Stone, simply to get the true classics (the Infinity Engine games & NWN) at a more proper discount? I think it's disheartening some that BG1 & BG2 are on sale for 20% off if you want to buy them without buying other games. I got them for 30% off ($6.99 each) in the great December '10 sale.