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Maria Caliban

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  1. DA:O used the Darkspawn threat to let us meddle in Ferelden and dwarven politics. ME had a looming Reaper threat but that didn't stop Shepard from getting involved with the geth/quarian conflict or the genophage. If anything, BioWare games love to say "Here is a horrible, world-threatening evil... now go solve dozens of unrelated problems."
  2. The Exalted Plains of the Dales are characterized by equal measures of beauty and strife. It was here, centuries ago, that the elven nation met its bitter end. On these fields, the holdouts of the elven army faced the forces of the human Chantry and died, defending their promised land to the last breath. This legacy of conflict has endured, and battle once again rages in the Dales. The Exalted Plains are now a contested battleground in the Orlesian civil war, and soldiers fight and die here in vast numbers. As the boundaries of reality weaken across Thedas, the memory of injustices past a
  3. He's probably talking about end game slides like DA:O had. Also, screenshot:
  4. As people are talking about the endings, Mark Darrah, the producer chimed in:
  5. Pay twice as much for a game you know will not be anywhere near polished or even finished, and that the developer admit has large amounts of missing content. In fact, they say that playing it isn't even fun yet. Alternatively, they're going to offer a $49.99 version when it's close to finished that will include early access on Steam. While lurking on forums, I've often seen fans claim they'd pay to be beta testers, but I always assumed that was nonsense. Live and learn. Available on Steam
  6. XBox Magazine preview! A poster at the bioboards got his copy today and was kind enough to write a detailed summary. C+P for her pleasure. Hi fellow Dragon Age: Inquisition fans! I just bought the Official Xbox Magazine featuring their preview for Dragon Age Inquisition. (It came out today in a Singapore bookshop) Below are points that I hope you will find noteworthy and enjoy reading: 1. There will be 5 regions in Dragon Age: Inquisition: Fereldan, The Free Marches, Orlais, Nevarra and the Dales: 2 of the areas you can expect to visit are; a war-torn region in Orlais and an e
  7. But I'll miss you! Just say here and talk about what you don't like. We still want to hear your opinion.
  8. But you'll still post on the thread, right?
  9. And another Viv update. This is apparently her week. To bring a Dragon Age: Inquisition character to life requires hard work and iteration from a team of experts. After several initial stages of visualization, the character is refined through a collaborative process until the details are just right. With our continued spotlight on Vivienne this month, we checked in with the team behind her creation. “Vivienne was a truly great character to build,” says senior artist Rion Swanson. “I was hooked from the very beginning when I saw the first concept.” Swanson credit
  10. Other than the first hour of Origins, the player never experiences this. If players could spend an entire game attempting to scrape by as a casteless dwarf, an Orlesan peasent, or a Tevinter slave, they'd probably think the mages have it good. That wouldn't be a very fun game though, so instead we end up joining a powerful organization (the Grey Wardens, the Inqusition) or being rich and of noble birth (Hawke and some of the origins). She's a court mage in Orlais. Her current life is one of relative power and privilege. If you wanted to draw parallels between the historical treat
  11. Is it? I have no idea. I think I was half awake when I posted those. Sorry.
  12. More images. Eurogamer has the entire batch, including the ones I posted earlier.
  13. If you're in to common sense. Me, I like the purest form of indignation only available with early adoption. Sweet, sweet complaining is best when fresh and deserved. See my signature. I'm pre-order the CE as soon as it's available.
  14. Varric was Mary Kirby. Gaider wrote Fenris in DA II.
  15. Because you said "in my understanding there was no way to let him down gently without him getting petty/unpleasant/earning a heap of rivalry points." That sounds like you're going on second hand knowledge. Amusingly, I didn't read your post as a criticism of the game, but of gamers.
  16. I would guess because Patrick Weekes is also a novelist. For Dragon Age: Last Flight, they hired a non-BioWare novelist. It would be nice if EA/BioWare hired a decent fantasy artist to do their covers. The Last Flight one looks like they used one of Tor's in-house artist.
  17. The Masked Empire comes out April 4th. In other news... "As the life was torn from his body, Robert knew this was the perfect time to... dance"
  18. He was referring to Anders in DA II. Which I believe he also hasn't played, but likely has heard about. Anders isn't gay, and if you're referring to non-straight characters there isn't just Anders but Zevran, Leliana, Merrill, Isabela, Fenris, Branka, Hespith, Wade, Harren, and now the Orlesan Empress. If you think they're all terrible, and some people do, then it's probably because you dislike most BioWare characters. Fair, but hardly limited to queer characters.
  19. This is still unconfirmed. It appeared in a German magazine, and none of the developers have commented on whether it's accurate or a misunderstanding. Sadly, they have not done so. I wish they would; it's their first game on Frostbite and I'm wondering if I should upgrade or no.
  20. His fashion sense is questionable.
  21. More images. (Giant) (Varric) (Cassandra & Solace)
  22. Images for the new companion, Solas. Solas is an apostate mage and a somniari. Some larger images in the spoiler -
  23. The magistrate's son quest is an excellent example of how many corners were cut in DA II. I can't believe for a moment that they had the magistrate swear vengeance with the expectation that he'd never do anything or even appear again in the game.
  24. I do not typically turn to BioWare RPGs for sophisticated moral philosophies, good or evil or otherwise.
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