I've been keeping my eye on Pillars of Eternity for several months now, but hadn't yet taken the plunge.
Then, over the holiday break, it went on deeply-discounted sale on Steam.
So I made the decision.
And, wow, is this a great game!
It's everything the reviews said it was.
And the real-time nature, so far, hasn't been much of a problem. The first thing I did was to find the Options, and in there find the Auto-Pause options, and there was a conveniently-labelled checkbox: Set All.
So I checked it, and it set all, and so far I've spent 10 hours exploring this new world.