It is the first game in the Baldur's Gate series, and takes place in the Forgotten Realms, a high fantasy campaign setting, using a modified version of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition rules. Baldur's Gate was the first game to use the Infinity Engine for its graphics. This generates written and sometimes spoken dialogue with a short list of responses from which the player can select. As the game progresses, the player discovers new and more powerful equipment and magic, and can recruit a party of up to six characters, including the PC.Experience points are gained through completing quests and killing monsters; at predetermined point thresholds the characters' levels increase, resulting in improved abilities and skills. Taverns are open during the night, but there are no changes in the presence of customers or the barkeeper to reflect the flow of time. At the beginning of the game, the Sword Coast has entered a difficult time: iron production has virtually halted, with metal products quickly 'rotting', tools and weapons breaking easily as a result , while bandits scour the countryside seeking iron over any other treasure. Before the game's story begins, the protagonist and friend Imoen had grown up together in Candlekeep, an ancient fortress-turned-library in the rural Sword Coast region south of Baldur's Gate, under the tutelage of their guardian, the mage Gorion, both of whom were brought in as orphans.
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