Walking Tall with Miranda Raison

We talk with Miranda Raison, who voices Cassandra Pentaghast, about what it takes to step into the shoes of the Right Hand of the Divine. She tells us how Cassandra has changed since we last met her and what we can look forward to with her in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

The Dragon Egg Hunt Comes Home to Edmonton

The Dragon Egg Hunt arrived in BioWare’s home city for Edmonton Expo, where well over a thousand people tried their hands at some devilish, draconic puzzles from Lone Shark Games. Before we head off to GeekGirlCon in Seattle, here’s a rundown of what went on in Edmonton.

Ring puzzle
The Anderfels Warrior Egg was a twisted ring challenge.

The Anderfels is a kingdom of tragedy. Three of the five Blights to date have ravaged it, leaving much of the land devastated and bereft of life. Yet there has been survival and triumph too. Archdemons have been slain there. The Grey Wardens were founded in the Anderfels and maintain their headquarters there in the mighty fortress of Weisshaupt. Recently, a great dragon egg was recovered in the Anderfels. However, during one of the periodic darkspawn attacks that plague the kingdom, an ogre shattered the egg into its component rings. The Grey Wardens have given you the task of putting the egg back together. A fake copy of the egg is displayed with the rings in the right order. Figure out how to place the rings correctly, and then the completely trustworthy noble will give you an answer that explains what your reconstructed egg is.

When players reconstructed the egg, they were given the answer RUSE.

Shake an egg puzzle

The Seekers Rogue Challenge required attention to detail.

As the templars watch over the Circle of Magi, so are the Seekers of Truth charged with overseeing the templars. A secretive order that reports directly to the Divine in Val Royeaux, the Seekers of Truth combat corruption in the Templar Order and protect the Chantry from a range of other threats. Recently, the Seekers brought down a corrupt templar who had been making huge amounts of money selling fake dragon eggs to the gullible. You have been asked to help find the remaining fake eggs. Each one has something inside it to make it sound like an unborn dragon moving inside. Identify which egg has which objects inside, and use the letters associated with those objects to spell a description of the Seekers.

Inside the eggs were various objects. When players figured out which object went with which egg, they spelled out the word ARDENT.

brick wall puzzle
The Kirkwall Mage Challenge demanded an ability to think in chains.

Long before Kirkwall was the flashpoint of the mage-templar war, it was the center of the Tevinter Imperium’s slave trade. At one time over one million slaves toiled there, earning it the sobriquet “City of Chains.” Kirkwall is a free city now, but its past is there for all to see in graven stone. Here, you will see a fragment of one of the city’s mighty walls. On it is a chain of several words. Nested in bricks between the words are linking sets of question marks and exclamation points, which represent words you can place between the neighboring words to make compound words or phrases. For example, you might place between HORSE and GROUND the word PLAY, making HORSEPLAY and PLAYGROUND. Figure out all of the link words, and take the letters represented by the exclamation points to make a word that often comes to Kirkwall.

We’ll leave you to puzzle that out for yourselves.

Next week we roll our eggs into GeekGirlCon. See you in Seattle.

What Does N7 Mean to You?

Normandy (1024x1024)With fall on our doorsteps and the long dark Canadian winter not far off, we here at BioWare are always on the lookout for bright spots to get us through the next few frigid months. That’s is why this N7 Day, we want to hear about what the iconic symbol means to you. Whether you got a tattoo or a bumper sticker, met your spouse, or named your kid Tali, we want to know how N7 has impacted your life.

Each year at cons and events, we hear countless stories from fans that make us laugh, cry, and appreciate how much Shep and crew mean to our fans. But as much as we’d like to, we can’t be everywhere, and we can’t meet everyone. That’s why we’d love it if you took the opportunity to put together a video on what N7 means to you and share it with us using the hashtag #N7Day14.

We’ve got plenty more up our sleeves for N7 Day, so stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

For more inspiration, check out this video on the amazing fan art wall we built in our Montréal studio.

Another Pic on the Wall

It’s no secret that we feed off the love and enthusiasm of our fans. You might even call us fanpires—wait, no, don’t call us that.

And because there’s so much fantastic artwork, cosplay, stories, and countless other projects that people like you are doing out there, we wanted a way to showcase it in our studios. We decided to build a wall dedicated to fan art in our Montréal studio, where they are currently developing the next Mass Effect. And while it may only be seven feet high and a couple feet wide, this busy section of hallway serves as a constant source of motivation for our team.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this project and to all of you who continue to inspire us.

Dragon Age Keep Features Reveal at PAX Prime

Learn how the Dragon Age Keep works and discover some of its key features. In this presentation from PAX Prime 2014, developers Fernando Melo, Leah Shinkewski, and Justin Edmond discuss how the online platform works to get your game ready for Dragon Age: Inquisition.
For more information on the Keep, check out our FAQ at: http://forum.bioware.com/topic/510457-dragon-age-keep-faqs/