Oops!

When we got our first tantalising glimpse of Mass Effect: Andromeda I decided to set up a Mass Effect blog (companion to my existing Dragon Age blog) in order to post my eventual first playthrough of Andromeda. My enthusiasm cooled when I realised that I would end up with two incredibly specific blogs, and it would…

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…

Some Guidance Required

I’ve mentioned that after my disastrous first playthrough of DAO I went online and found a walkthrough – and boy am I glad that there are people who patiently find and document all the possible quests and interactions. Quick as these magical elves are when new games are released, it can often be weeks or even months…

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…

The Keep Opens it’s Doors

The news that there would be no direct save import between the games, but the World State for DAI could be set in the Dragon Age Keep, encouraged a few new DAO and DA2 playthroughs to get some perspective on ‘What If’ stories I hadn’t yet tried. I also started a notebook capturing information on my…

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 Second First Time

Unlike DAO, which I bought a good 6 months after its release, I was eagerly anticipating Dragon Age 2. I spent a lot of time on the BioWare forums in the run-up to the release and went into it almost completely spoiled. That said the game still threw up plenty of surprises – for one thing I…

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…