The Ultimate Dragon Age Party

I’m guessing you already know that the Dragon Age team are running a social media contest to determine the Ultimate Dragon Age Party. While the voting process has only just begun, I know who I’m backing to win: The Warrior – Alistair Therin Warrior had some strong contenders: Sten, Aveline, Cassandra; in some ways one of…

Ah, Romance…

The eagle-eyed among you will have noted that my recent post on companions avoided reference to romance options in the games. Well it was called ‘Old Friends’! Leaving romance out of that post was a deliberate decision, because it’s only a small part of the Dragon Age games, and discussion of it can get blown out of…

What’s in a Name?

The first few times I played DAO I just used the names BioWare had assigned to each origin; partly out of laziness, partly because I quite liked the names they’d chosen. As I racked up multiple playthroughs I had to start coming up with my own names and I’ve noticed that I can often tell…

Old Friends

The main thing I remember about the review that led me to purchase DAO was the mention of the companions who would join your party and how fun the party banter was. It does feel very different from the majority of SP games where you wander the world alone, or at best with a largely…

Canon Run

Since the thing I love so much about Dragon Age is the opportunity to create multiple unique stories out of one broad storyline, it may seem odd that I have what I refer to as a perfect ‘canon’ run. Essentially I have a story for both Elissa Cousland: and Aimée Hawke: from which, in my…

Play Like a Girl

I’ve mentioned previously that I didn’t really play RPGs before Dragon Age entered my life. A lot of female gamers cite the fact that you can choose to play as a female character as one of the attractions of the games (and BioWare games in general) but I didn’t realise how big a deal this…

The Race Question

It honestly didn’t occur to me to play as anything other than human the first time I fired up DAO. I’d like to think this is because I opted for familiarity when playing an unfamiliar genre of game, and not because I’m a fantasy race racist. In due course I played all the origin stories…

Classy Lady

My first Warden was almost the default – a human warrior, but a girl. That may go some way to explaining why my first playthrough went so badly: warrior does NOT play to my strengths; I really don’t like to be the centre of attention. Luckily I’m a completionist so I tried all of the…

The First Time Was Terrible

I wasn’t an RPG gamer. I started out, aged 11, with a Gameboy (Tetris and Super Mario), and moved onto sims and strategy games. I heard good things about Dragon Age: Origins though, so I gave it a whirl. My first warden was Elissa Cousland. I gave her olive skin and bright red hair, and…

All About Context

In 2010 I celebrated the first pay cheque of a new job by purchasing a game called Dragon Age: Origins. Luckily I bought it on the Saturday morning of a Bank Holiday weekend, as I went on to play it obsessively for 3 straight days. In 2011 Dragon Age 2 was the reward for a…