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Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate II remain cult classics not only among D&D fans, but cRPG gamers in general. With countless hours of gameplay, captivating stories, colorful characters, and many memorable locations they're one of the most intense and extensive role-playing experiences you can get while sitting in front of your PC. But to say that they didn't age at all might be a bit of a stretch. That's why some people would go a great distance modding and upgrading both those titles to combine them into one, seamless, visually updated game--an enhanced edition, if you will.

We're well aware of a commercial project aiming to achieve that goal. Originally, actually, that was scheduled to release today. That didn't happen, unfortunately, but that does give us a great reason to tell you how to make your own enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate. It's very nearly hassle-free and (especially with the sale going on) it won't cost you much at all. There's one catch, though: you need copies of both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2 in order to enhance your game. Let's see how! One of our users, GoJays2025, committed his time to write a comprehensive guide on the topic. We know not all of you dare to venture into our forums, so we thought that sharing this guide here, might be a good idea--even more so during our Diamonds of D&D where you can get both Baldur's Gate games for as little as $7!

So, are you ready to enhance your GOG.com edition of Baldur's Gate saga and play both games as one, seamless adventure with the visually superior BG2 version of the engine and its updated mechanics, and with high-res graphics better suited for your modern wide-screen display? Here's how you do it, according to GoJays2025!

1. Fully install Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga
2. Fully install Baldur's Gate II Complete.
3. Download Baldur's Gate II Fixpack (Download links are on the left side) and extract it to your Baldur's Gate II directory.
4. Run the newly extracted setup-bg2fixpack.exe (if not automatically started).
5. It is safe to select yes for all the optional fixes, but if you want to learn about each in detail, consult the readme file that comes with the fixpack.
6. Download BGT-WeiDU and extract it in your Baldur's Gate II directory.
7. Run the newly extracted Setup-BGT.exe and follow the instructions. You may need to run it in administrative mode in Windows Vista/7.
8. Enter Baldur's Gate I's directory when asked (if not already provided)
9. Wait for BGT-WeiDU to finish installing.
10. OPTIONAL: Download and install Baldur's Gate 1 Unfinished Business as well as BG 2 Unfinished Business. These mods restore things that were previously cut from the released product, so while you don't need them, and they do add new content, they're pretty nice to have, especially if this is not your first time.
11. OPTIONAL: Download and install any user-created material (banter packs, expansion mods, new NPCs, etc.)
12. Go to your Baldur's Gate II directory, then find and run the file Setup-BGTMusic.exe and select 'Hybrid Baldur’s Gate/Shadows of Amn/Throne of Bhaal music'. This makes it possible to hear the original Baldur's Gate music when playing Baldur's Gate I.
13. OPTIONAL: (for more experienced users) Download Baldur's Gate II Tweak Pack (if this link doesn't work, please try the emergency mirror site) and apply it in the same way as the fixpack. Consult the readme file for details of each tweak - too many to list here. If you don't know what a tweak does even after consulting the readme, just skip it.
14. OPTIONAL: Download and install the Bigger Fonts for BGII mod if you plan to play in really high-res and don't want to strain your eyes reading tiny text.
15. Download the widescreen mod and apply it in the same manner as the fixpack. This makes it possible to play the game in high resolutions and in widescreen format.
16. Remove the Baldur's Gate I installation if you wish - it's done its job!

Now you should be able to play the game all the way from Baldur's Gate I to the end of Throne of Bhaal in one continuous game! Enjoy!

[i]Note: If you're on Windows 7 you might want to install the games in a directory other than C:Program Files or C:Program Files (x86) to avoid potential problems. C:Games should work.

The original forum thread, that also includes some other installation options, can be found here:
Baldur's Gate saga essential mods by GoJays2025[/i]
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bevinator: katanas and scimitars are quite rare in BG1.
is there katana in bg1? don't remember one. they are rare in BG2.

but scimitars are present but they are weak. i think there is only one +1 scimitar in whole game.
Posting about this on the front page was a great idea. Thanks!

Great timing too, noting that the Baldur's Gate enhanced is off-schedule.
Drizzt has two on him. Try killing him and taking his. Melchor Harpell (or whatever his name is) can be dealt with in BG2, but in BG1 you should have no issues with using them. Though the "+5" defender only can be used by good characters.

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bevinator: katanas and scimitars are quite rare in BG1.
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lukaszthegreat: is there katana in bg1? don't remember one. they are rare in BG2.

but scimitars are present but they are weak. i think there is only one +1 scimitar in whole game.
Post edited September 20, 2012 by geoguy2011
Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition is under development and will be out soon. It will make just this. Merge the both games with support of widescreen resolution, some additional content and a couple of new NPCs. Ah.. and will be runnning on tablets seamlessly according to the developers

check out
http://baldursgate.com/
Thought this thread was going to be a shameless plug of that re-release

You show em GOG, the only "Enhanced Edition" is on gibberlings3!
like others have said before me. I had pretty good luck with TuTu. it ports BG1 over to the updated BG2 engine.
Thanks guys, both GOG and GoJays2025 did great work here (well, mostly GoJays I guess ;P).

Also: So I can play BG I while actually playing BGII? O_O
Hell of a mindfuck.
Post edited September 18, 2012 by F4LL0UT
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lukaszthegreat: is there katana in bg1? don't remember one. they are rare in BG2.
There aren't any, but you can simply use a cheat to create one. Just throw some gold away if you don't want it to feel like cheating.
This could not have come at a better time. I haven't played BG in years, I've been craving it for a while, I was holding off for BG:EE, and now not only does that get shoved back to the ass end of Novemeber, I've had a hellish day at work so far.
I've got all the games on their original disks back home, but because GoG is so awesome (seriously, taking the games I already own into account on the sale discount slider? That's class), and probably also because I'm lazy, I'm going to rebuy the whole damn thing from GoG right now, and make my own Enhanced Edition when I get home.
My Tuesday has been dramatically improved.
Thanks GoG (and also GoJays2025)!
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Crosmando: You show em GOG, the only "Enhanced Edition" is on gibberlings3!
Well, sorry, but uhm... no. Just no.
Maybe somone puts this info also on the gogwiki. There search engines might find it even easier than here.
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anothername: All this make me feel a bit uneasy about BG (& related classics) future on gog. How good are the chances that it gets pulled? I assume the easy to archive, DRM free & easily to mod up versions of these would be a nasty thorn in the eye of those that want to resell the pre-enhanced version as new stuff.
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TheEnigmaticT: ...why would it make you uneasy? We have games. They're on sale. This is not an unusual thing for us. :P
WHAT IS THIS MADNESS. NO ONE TOLD ME THERE WOULD BE SALES. I DEMAND FOR IT TO END IMMEDIATELY.
Tempting, but I like to play my games first at least once vanilla, and I'm quite close to the end in BG1 already. I'd probably screw it somehow and have to restart BG1 from beginning. :)
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timppu: Tempting, but I like to play my games first at least once vanilla, and I'm quite close to the end in BG1 already. I'd probably screw it somehow and have to restart BG1 from beginning. :)
I normally recommend that too, but the BG2 engine is simply superior to BG1's in just about every way.

The engine mods (especially Tutu) don't change much in terms of gameplay, so you should still have an experience very close to what the devs intended, but playing with a much improved interface.
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lukaszthegreat: is there katana in bg1? don't remember one. they are rare in BG2.
When I played Baldur's Gate Trilogy the last time, I recall finding katanas and other BG2 weapons in the BG1 part. Though it might have been due to the BGT Tweak Pack which I've used with the core BGT.

And yes, I strongly suggest playing BG1 with either BGT or EasyTutu - it is much, much better this way.