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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]
Thanks GOG and GoJays2025 :) I definitely have to try those mods!

/e: I always ended at step 9 :D
Post edited September 18, 2012 by makr3la
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GOG.com: how to make your own enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate.
G-Doc's so clever. I had no idea what he was talking about. :P
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GOG.com: how to make your own enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate.
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TheEnigmaticT: G-Doc's so clever. I had no idea what he was talking about. :P
That is indeed a mighty fine jab!

How about linking to that on the product page. You could cut the "GOGmix box" in half and make a little "related articles box". Just a suggestion.
Awesome!! Thanks guys for this. Another reason why you guys are the best and the brightest.
Whoa, you're turning a promo into a bonafide event. What are you guys up to? >_>
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TheEnigmaticT: G-Doc's so clever. I had no idea what he was talking about. :P
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SimonG: That is indeed a mighty fine jab!
Indeed, it is. Frankly, I still can't understand how anybody can get excited about Beamdog's thing.
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GOG.com: how to make your own enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate.
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TheEnigmaticT: G-Doc's so clever. I had no idea what he was talking about. :P
You mean you let your employees make decisions without your express approval and consent? No flaying or anything?

Wow, what a great job.
Does it work with polish edition of BG1 and 2?
Can I do this if I only have BG2?
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PaulMuadDibUsul: Does it work with polish edition of BG1 and 2?
Nie wiem.
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eagarza12: Can I do this if I only have BG2?
No, sadly. you need both.
Post edited September 18, 2012 by TheEnigmaticT
I think it is only fair to point out that the Enhanced Edition originally scheduled to release today was never going to combine BG1 and BG2 into one game. BG:EE was going to be released today and include the original Baldur's Gate, Tales of the Sword Coast, 3 new characters, and a standalone adventure. Then next year they would release BG2:EE including Shadows of Amn, Throne of Bhaal, and whatever other additions they decide to include. They were always going to be released individually.
Already did some Tutu'ing on my BG's, but i'll gladly check the alternatives too. Thanks!:)

Just want to point out, 11 might be marked as optional too. ;)
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eagarza12: Can I do this if I only have BG2?
If you don't want to bother with BG1, just do steps 2-5, 11, 12, and 14.
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ThorThunderfist: I think it is only fair to point out that the Enhanced Edition originally scheduled to release today was never going to combine BG1 and BG2 into one game. [...]
Potato - potato... oh, wait. That only makes sense when you say it out loud.