I'd like to get opinions on methods of making a mercenary get his pay. My current idea is to have him be paid on a weekly basis, but before I do that, I'd like a little feedback on some thoughts I had regarding that.
1. How long does it take you (in game time) to finish BG2 without the expansion? I'm a somewhat slow player, so I'd end up paying him quite a bit of gold because the game drags on and on. I think I was at thirty some days near the end of the UD, and that was rushing to get there as fast as I can. Am I just slow, or do a lot of people take so much time to get through?
2. What's the average person going to take in as far as gold? I know that I tend to pick up every spare item I can and sell it/stash it so that I can have as much coin as possible. Because of my method, I typically have plenty of gold available for purchasing anything I want. However, I want to make the NPC's price reasonable for players who don't necessarily try to get every gold piece. I realize that as the game goes on, money is really no longer a problem, but it can be short at the very beginning. Knowing this can help set a price.
3. Someone in another thread mentioned that there should be a way to have him in the party without having to pay him. This is ONE reason why I decided to do the romance because it was the most practical way I could see accomplishing this. I have a couple more ideas to which would bind him to the party without pay for some time (like the Underdark area makes sense) without sprinkling gold before his eyes. Any other ideas on this?
Though I have a general plan for this, I'm open to ideas to all of the above and would appreciate feedback on it. Thanks!