Hi; my experience with grid based and these types of party based RPG's pretty much starts and stops with legend of grimmrock and fall of the dungeon guardians (great little gem, highly recommended) and i fell in love with the genre from those 2 so i went looking and found wizardry 8 and read that it was basically the holy grail of this genre so i had to try it.
since this game is incredibly old im having a little trouble getting use to well.. just how vast and extensive this type of party customization is so im looking for any type of advice or help with my current party laid out, ive done a little research on these forums (redirected here from gamefaq's) and i remember reading something about "Training"? and how bishop is bad without it (if im wrong in any of this feel free to correct, id rather learn the right way than be wrong). i dont plan to do any sort of training per se and just plan to play the normal game at the normal difficulty completely blind. I would like to get the party compesition right so i dont feel at any point in the game that its my party thats wrong rather than what im doing (if thats even possible) i also plan to probably take the same party comp into expert mode eventually
Female Dragon Fighter <<< Main tank basically party position top left
+20 STR +20 DEX +20 SPEED
+5 SWORD +5 SHIELD +5 CLOSE COMBAT
plan to build this guy basically a brick wall, is that good? is there even taunts in the game? should i bother?
Female Hobbit Rogue << Party position top right
+20 STR +20 DEX +20 SPEED
+5 DUAL WEAPONS +5 DAGGERS +5 LOCKS AND TRAPS
plan to build this guy glass cannon basically with offpoints in locks and traps
Female Rawluff Bard << Middle left
+5 INT +5 PIETY +5 SPEED
+5 ARTIFACTS +5 COMMUNICATION +5 MUSIC
i think the bard is a party buffer enemy debuffer? so moving along those lines, with minor points in the speech and identification things
Male Mook Ranger << Middle right
+14 DEX +14 SPEED +12 SENSE
+5 RANGED COMBAT +5 SCOUTING +5 BOW
shoot stuff and scout stuff i guess?
Male dwarf priest << Bottom left
+17 INTELLIGENCE +17 PIETY +16 SPEED
+1 HEAL WOUNDS +1 BLESS
+5 DIVINITY +5 DIVINE MAGIC +5 MYTHOLOGY
Purely ok with this dude been pure defensive and just on bitch duty, went with mythology instead of communication because bard is better at it (apparently priest is useless? even with no training?)
Male elf mage << bottom right
+15 INTELLIGENCE +15 PIETY +15 SPEED
+1 FROST (does it slow or freeze?) +1 SLEEP
+5 WIZARDY +5 FROST MAGIC +5 AIR MAGIC
pew stuff from behind the deck, general aoe spam i guess?
if theres anything that should be changed just yell this is just going off best guess and what the ingame descriptions say. should i change any classes? i dont know what questions i should be asking because blind lol
also what about teh formation thing in the bottom right, should i just leave it?