I think you really nailed what I have not been able to so far : indeed, the SOUL of BG was also that :
A fresh start, meeting very basic, ordinary and simple people (kind of "realistic" !), and then, very gradually, feeling the progression and the Epic (with something close to the progression in levels)
Of course, they can't reverse that, but maybe they can introduce more "fresh simple" stuff at times in baldurs gate or villages...

And actually, they could still bring this flavor !!
You begin in a small peaceful village (or a small portion of a big city), level 1, speak with some common folks, learn the first steps, have two or three fights, maybe get 1 level...
and then, boom, you are captured by the illithids !

Last edited by Lunar Dante; 27/01/21 10:36 AM.