Perhaps you are right. It would make sense to use real names through (we already had 7 disclosed) in order to avoid confusion.
I think it's just an off-the-cuff example the questioner used, yes.
Agreed. I find balance to be super important to me. I always try to optimize stuff, and often end up picking mostly optimal options. This means there are less options to chose from if something proves to be not viable enough. And this limits replayability.
I've also seen the balance article. I need to save it for the next time someone goes on about balance not mattering in a single-player game (the Dragon Age fanbase is very prone to that)
P.S. As for DA:I, even through I wanted to have Varric in the party, he just never was near the power level of Sera. Which was either OP with Thousand Cuts, or a liability.
In the end I used the same party in all 3 runs: Blackwall + Casandra + Solar + Knight-Enchanter/Tempest/Rift-Mage.
Edited by MaxQuest, 01 June 2017 - 04:57 AM.