You might as well consider using Kensai as cheating, because they can use magic weapons in the game.
Yeah, it's really too bad they split up. Bioware is good at the creating game engines and interface, but they seriously suck at RPG dialogues. Take Jade Empire for example: great game, great concept, awesome gameplay, decent graphics... and romance dialogues that made me shudder (not in the good way, either). Same thing with NWN. Compare the dialogues in HotU with BG2, and you'll see the huge difference in quality.I recently started playing Planescape: Torment, it's the only oldschool dnd game I haven't played (I actually played the rest when they were brand new :| ). It's amazing. The story is better than most books I've read. With some player made fixes and a resolution tweak it looks great, too. Black Isle games really are the best. Baldur's Gate 2, Icewind Dale 1 and 2 are up next.