BioWare at PAX Prime

It’s time to pack our bags and head to the Pacific Northwest, because the last big event of the summer is upon us: PAX Prime! We’re excited to bring Dragon Age: Inquisition to Seattle and give attendees a closer look at the game before it ships in November.

We’ll also have a brand-new demo ready to play exclusively at the Xbox Booth (#412)! Meet our producers, get your burning questions answered, and be the first to play Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer content! The Xbox booth is open 10-6 Fri/Sat/Sun and 10-3 Monday.

We’d like to thank our friends at Microsoft, AMD, and Logitech for sponsoring our show this year, and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces at the BioWare Base (Room 2AB north).

Here’s a schedule of our planned PAX activities at the BioWare Base:

10:30AM-11:00AM Egg Hunt Kick-Off
11:00AM-12:00PM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo
12:00PM-1:00PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
2:00PM-3:00PM Panel: What Excites You in the World of Gaming?
3:00PM-4:00PM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
4:00PM-5:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
5:00PM-5:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo

10:30AM-11:30AM Dragon Age Keep Demo
12:00PM-1:00PM Panel: Not Just Games: The Dragon Age Universe
1:00PM-3:00PM Cosplay Parade
3:00PM-4:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
4:00PM-4:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo

10:30AM-11:30AM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
11:30AM-12:30PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Dragon Age Single Player Demo
2:00PM-3:00PM Panel: Merchandise Feedback
3:00PM-4:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
4:00PM-4:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)

10:00AM-11:00AM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo
11:00AM-12:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
12:00PM-12:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Panel: Designing Dragon Age Inquisition
2:00PM-3:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
2:30PM-3:30PM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
3:30PM-4:30PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Trivia Contest

Following the Hunt from Gamescom to PAX

Inquisition scouts came by the Green Ronin booth at Gen Con to take on the Tevinter warrior challenge. There they found copies of the Dragon Age RPG Set 1 Game Master’s Guide and a series of 12 questions:

In the Tevinter Imperium, it is mages that rule. The old families, known as the altus, are nobles and mages both. The warriors come from the soporati, the commoner class, and they will never have the prestige of the altus in their homeland. A Tevinter warrior could really make a name in the Inquisition, though, especially if such a warrior could find a dragon egg. Such a task requires more than fighting skill, however. So, Inquisition scout, get ready for a challenge!

Take a handout and look at the list on the back. Flip through the pages of the Set 1 Game Master’s Guide of the Dragon Age RPG to find the numbers that fit the descriptions of the tasks in that list. The number you get after adding or subtracting the value you find in the book corresponds to a letter of the alphabet (A=1, B=2, etc.); if you reach the end of the alphabet, wrap around to the front. These letters will reveal a move that every warrior should know, which is your answer.

  1. Start with the basic test difficulty of Imposing.
  2. Add the bonus when the attacker is on higher ground.
  3. Apply the penalty to Dexterity from a Giant Spider’s poison bite stunt.
  4. Add the Speed of an Avvarian Hunter.
  5. Add the Dalish Raider’s defense.
  6. Subtract the maximum damage from a bite from a Giant Rat.
  7. Add the Dragonling’s attack roll bonus for its fire gout.
  8. Subtract the number of dice in damage that you suffer if you fall from Bloodcrow Bridge.
  9. Apply the bonus if the defender is unaware of the attack.
  10. Add the Bronto’s attack roll bonus for its Gore.
  11. Apply the Shade’s Strength.
  12. Add the age of the Harn and Kelsa’s oldest son, Dorn, apprenticed to Coalan the smith.

If you’ve got a copy of the Dragon Age RPG Game Master’s Guide, you can test your mettle and see if you’ve got what it takes to solve this challenge.

From August 29 to September 1 in Seattle, you can tackle the Ferelden, Starkhaven, and Chantry challenges, the latter of which can be found online. See you at PAX Prime!

Understanding Video Games

Over the last several months, BioWare has been working with the University of Alberta to help create a massive open online course. Covering topics ranging from mechanics and story to sex and culture, Understanding Video Games explores the impact of games on society.

The 11-lesson course is available online and is free to anyone (there is an associated fee if you want to write exams and receive credit from your institution). The course features interviews and discussions with several BioWare developers, including Senior Creative Director Preston Watamaniuk, Editor Karin Weekes, and Artist Matt Rhodes.

Each lesson is broken up into a series of short interactive video modules, accompanied by readings and quiz components. No background is required; the course teaches the terminology and theoretical framework necessary for discussing and interpreting games.
Understanding Video Games launches September 3, 2014.

We’re proud to have been a part of this course, and to continue working with UAlberta to foster learning and understanding around video games.

Dressing Up Your Dressing Downs

When reputation is on the line, nothing else matters. So when Mary Kirby, writer of Vivienne, oversteps in snark toward Jessica Merizan, something must be done. Indira Varma, who voices Vivienne, demonstrates in true Orlesian fashion how to deal with bullies.
After all, it’s not enough to merely rebuke one’s detractors – they must be destroyed.