That’s really up to you. The expansions add new acts to explore, new masteries, new factions, etc, but you can certainly play the base game without them and have a lot of fun.
Depends on what you call must haves. Grim Dawn Item Assistant or GDStash are the main storage systems people use. GDStash also has editing features. Grim Interrnals is another tool a lot of people use, though some of it’s main features were included in a recent patch to the game.
Not sure what you mean by mods being curated. Many mods/tools are here of course, but not all of them. And they’re not overseen by Crate if that’s what you’re suggesting.
About the mods, I’m asking if they are all listed here or I have to go to a third party website to search and download them.
About the expansions, if I’m going to buy them anyways at some point, am I missing out in anything right now by not having them installed–even assuming that I don’t venture into those content areas till I complete all of vanilla?
If you enjoy the base game and think you’ll be playing it long-term (like someone would do for other ARPGs), then I’d highly recommend getting the expansions as soon as you can, or at least Ashes of Malmouth.
Both add a hefty amount of new features, mechanics and items that are great to have. They really are worth the pricing for how much content and playtime you can get out of them.
Try playing around and building a few characters. If you’re diggin the vibes, and want more character building diversity options, then pick up the DLCs. Malmouth will give you 2 new classes and some devotions, and Forgotten Gods will give you another new class and more devotions to choose from.
If you get pleasure from build crafting and experimenting, this game will provide you with IN-SANE replay value, hours upon hours of entertainment, and the expansions only add to that, so yeah I highly recommend them if you’re liking what you see so far.
It’s also worth mentioning that Black Friday sales and Xmas sales are just around the corner - the expansions likely won’t see as deep a price cut as the base game but it’s something to consider. With that said, they are more than worth their default prices, imo.
The base game is like a huge demo for the full game, so if you enjoyed it so far, there’s really no way around the expansions for you They add not only massive content, but also new features like the Illusionist from AoM and the Transmuter from FG. So yeah get them immediately, or at least asap
I’d also like to recommend the Steam Loyalist Packs