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Did anyone get the full book by the way?

 

A woman I know on the DA board bought 25 copies and sent one to me.

 

Who did that? Imported Beer?

 

Yes. Though I think she only ended up buying ten.

 

Either way, instead of sending me a copy, she ordered one from amazon.com and sent it to me. Now I'm trying to figure out what to send her.

 

You could always send her a copy of Dragon Age or perhaps some sort of Dragon Age module after they are released. :p

 

A bouquet of flowers might be appreciated too, but then you might have her husband hunting you down! :lol:

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Wait, there's actually books about Dragon Age? Are they prequels of some sorts, or are they something of a kin of Silmarillion-wannabes?

 

I think it's a tad hubristic to release your fan-fic before the game is a huge success.

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Elves are everyone's b*tches in Dragon Age, so that's more like the Witcher. Dwarves give lip service to honor and duty, but most noble houses use assasination and trechery to get ahead while casteless dwarves are thought to have no soul. I do recall a fantasy story like that, but I don't know which one. The humans of Ferelden are barbarians compared to their neighbors, which is more Conan. The quanri are a race of giant militant Buddists, while the human religion IMHO is a very cynical take on real world Christianity.

 

I do agree that Dragon Age borrows from other fantasy works, even LotR, but disgree that it *is* LotR.

 

It may not be Lord of the Rings, but it is very much Wheel of Time and especially Song of Ice and Fire. Said as much once we got to learn a bit of the world of Dragon Age. David Gaider, the lead writer, mentioned both books in this joystiq interview.

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I believe that BioWare attempted to match the tone and feel of A Song of Ice and Fire; I am not sure they succeeded, but I will reserve judgment for when I play.

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I think we should be carefull in reading too much into such comments similarly to how we shouldn't read too much into the stuff about the game being a spiritual successor to BG.

 

DA will be as much ASoIaF as it'll be 2d and set in the sword coast. It would be very hard to match the tone of ASoIaF in the kind of CRPGs that Bioware makes.

 

It obviously also depends on what you think the tone of ASoIaF is.

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I think we should be carefull in reading too much into such comments similarly to how we shouldn't read too much into the stuff about the game being a spiritual successor to BG.

 

DA will be as much ASoIaF as it'll be 2d and set in the sword coast. It would be very hard to match the tone of ASoIaF in the kind of CRPGs that Bioware makes.

 

It obviously also depends on what you think the tone of ASoIaF is.

 

After going through all the GDC week podcasts "Dark heroic fantasy" still rings in my ears. Pretty much every other sentence the Bioware "doctors" said was something along the lines of "LotR sucks right, so we're going with dark heroic fantasy like ASoIaF"

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Only problem is that ASoIaF isn't dark heroic fantasy. :down:

 

They need to utter a few words that you know well in order to properly hype a game but that doesn't mean that the game will concentrate solely around those few well known words.

 

ASoIaF does contain dark heroic fantasy elements just as I'm sure DA will. That doesn't make DA "A game of Ice and Gaider: The Bioware Song" or anything like that.

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It's for the good. I really disliked A GAme of Thrones. I'd rather play Bioshock. But not Oblivion.

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I did like the Wheel of Time, though.

 

 

The series started off well. The Eye of the World was quite good and The Great Hunt was pretty decent. AT some point though the forward progress seemed to stop. SOmewher around Book 4 or 5 I suddenly realized this was all a huge waste of my time.

 

And that was that. How many books did it finish at? 9?

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I did like the Wheel of Time, though.

 

 

The series started off well. The Eye of the World was quite good and The Great Hunt was pretty decent. AT some point though the forward progress seemed to stop. SOmewher around Book 4 or 5 I suddenly realized this was all a huge waste of my time.

 

And that was that. How many books did it finish at? 9?

 

At the moment there are 11 books with the final 12th one "A Memory of Light" coming this fall from another author(Brandon Sanderson), because the original author(Robert Jordan) died a year ago.

 

It did slow down in the middle, but it didn't bother me as much, because I listened to the audiobook(unabridged). It does kind of pick up again after a while. Poor Rand is barely alive at the end of the 11th book. What I really like about the series is that it shows the events from a lot of different perspectives including the bad guys and random people on the other side of the world.

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lol 12 Books? Crazy.

 

at, what, 700 pages a book that is 12*700 = 8400 pages.

 

Seriously that has to be one of the longest continuous written narratives in the entire history of books.

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lol 12 Books? Crazy.

 

at, what, 700 pages a book that is 12*700 = 8400 pages.

 

Seriously that has to be one of the longest continuous written narratives in the entire history of books.

 

Probably, that's why the unabridged audiobooks were so handy.

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lol 12 Books? Crazy.

 

at, what, 700 pages a book that is 12*700 = 8400 pages.

 

Seriously that has to be one of the longest continuous written narratives in the entire history of books.

 

Probably, that's why the unabridged audiobooks were so handy.

 

 

That was a pretty clever way to get around the insane word count. I might try that nyself.

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Seriously that has to be one of the longest continuous written narratives in the entire history of books.

 

Maybe, it is estimated to have 3,430,682 words and that is more than the next runner-up. :ermm:

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lol 12 Books? Crazy.

 

at, what, 700 pages a book that is 12*700 = 8400 pages.

 

Seriously that has to be one of the longest continuous written narratives in the entire history of books.

 

Probably, that's why the unabridged audiobooks were so handy.

 

 

That was a pretty clever way to get around the insane word count. I might try that nyself.

 

The two narrators are really awesome too, one does all the male voices and the other does all the female ones. Also they pronounce all the crazy names correctly.

 

You can listen to audio samples at audible

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A Song of Ice and Fire could be described as dark, heroic fantasy if fantasy readers used those terms.

 

It's for the good. I really disliked A GAme of Thrones. I'd rather play Bioshock. But not Oblivion.

 

Why did you dislike it? I found A Game of Thrones good, but the last novel (something Crows) was just bad. I mean, 'you couldn't get this published if it wasn't part of an ongoing series' bad.

 

At the moment there are 11 books with the final 12th one "A Memory of Light" coming this fall from another author(Brandon Sanderson), because the original author(Robert Jordan) died a year ago.

 

Brandon Sanderson is writing three books, not one.

 

lol 12 Books? Crazy.

 

at, what, 700 pages a book that is 12*700 = 8400 pages.

 

Seriously that has to be one of the longest continuous written narratives in the entire history of books.

 

That's pretty tame compared to mystery series. Miss Marple, 12 books. Hercule Poirot, 33 novels and 51 short stories. The ‘in Death’ series, 29 novels and going.

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[After going through all the GDC week podcasts "Dark heroic fantasy" still rings in my ears. Pretty much every other sentence the Bioware "doctors" said was something along the lines of "LotR sucks right, so we're going with dark heroic fantasy like ASoIaF"
The doctors are so stuck in hype now I hardly pay attention to them anymore. Every game they make is "their best ever and awesome and fantastic!" I'm halfway through The Stolen Throne, and it doesn't seem very dark at all so far.

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I'm really not sure what to say right now, I started to care a lot more about the characters but some events just don't make much sense to me, which really annoys me.

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