Finally started playing this game. Pretty good so far. I ended up just hiring 4 guys from the Inn to customize them as much as possible similar to Icewind Dale. I think I really suck though. I've got a paladin, fighter, rogue, and 2 ciphers and there's some fights I get my butt handed to me despite it being on easy.
I finally finished the game. Kinda got boring towards the end of it. GOG had a big sale on D&D games so I ended up getting IWD2 and playing that now. Graphics aren't nearly as good as PoE, but I definitely enjoy it more.