BioWare Base at PAX Prime

The last stop on our summer con tour is here: PAX Prime! We’ve fueled the BioWare Base and are excited to land in Seattle with plenty of activities to take part in.

Join us in room 2AB, where we’ll be hosting Inquisition developer signings, a huge variety of Q&A sessions, a cosplay parade, and game station with Inquisition and Mass Effect 3 for you to play.

On Saturday, see the very best of BioWare merch with a fashion show featuring Mass Effect and Dragon Age swag. From hoodies to hats, we’ve got something for everyone.

Most importantly, don’t forget to come to our main stage panel on Saturday, where we’ll give you a special sneak peek of what’s to come in the Dragon Age universe.

Can’t make it to PAX? No problem. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for live updates.

Download or check out our schedule of activities:

Friday, August 28

Time Event & Description
10:30–11:30am Good Morning PAX: Mornings are hard, so start them off right. Join the BioWare team for good times, good stories, and special guests. Bring your coffee and questions, because this one’s worth getting out of bed for.
11:30am–1:00pm Portfolio Review and HR Recruitment: Aspiring to a career in video games? Come have your work reviewed by some of BioWare’s talented artists. Also meet with members of our HR team, who will let you know how to get a leg up on the other candidates.
1:00–2:00pm Making the Most of Merch: From in-game to on your shelf, find out how our merch gets made. Give us your feedback, and let us know what you’d like to see us do in the future.
2:00–2:30pm Break
2:30–3:30pm Players Like Me – Representation in Gaming: Join BioWare developers for a discussion on diversity and representation in video games.
3:30–4:30pm Dragon Age Developer Signing
4:30–6:00pm Cosplay Parade: Come show off your hard work and win prizes. All cosplays welcome.

Saturday, August 29

Time Event & Description
10:30–11:30am Good Morning PAX: Mornings are hard, so start them off right. Join the BioWare team for good times, good stories, and special guests. Bring your coffee and questions, because this one’s worth getting out of bed for.
11:30am–12:00pm Break
12:00–1:00pm Bug Hunting: Dive into the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of game development. Learn from the experts how they find, identify, and bust bugs, and hear some hilarious tales from the Dragon Age trenches.
1:00–2:00pm Dragon Age Developer Signing
2:00–3:00pm Breaking Into the Industry: You’ve been to school (or maybe you haven’t). Now what? Learn more about ways you can get noticed by talent scouts and how to break into the video games industry.
3:00–4:00pm Portfolio Review and HR Recruitment: Aspiring to a career in video games? Come have your work reviewed by some of BioWare’s talented artists. Also meet with members of our HR team, who will let you know how to get a leg up on the other candidates.
4:00–6:30pm Base Closed: Join us in the Benaroya Hall from 4:30–5:30pm for Dragon Age: Past, Present, and Future, for a special sneak peek of what’s to come. The panel will be streamed here.
6:30–8:00pm BioWare Fashion Show: Come see the latest and greatest that BioWare has to offer at this signature, one-night-only event. From geek chic to snuggly onesies, this show has something for everyone.

Sunday, August 30

Time Event & Description
10:30am–12:00pm Good Morning PAX: Mornings are hard, so start them off right. Come ask all the burning questions we’re betting you have after Saturday’s panel.
12:00–12:30pm Dragon Age Developer Signing
12:30–1:00pm Break
1:00–2:00pm Dragon Age Magekiller Sneak Peek: Get your first look at the upcoming Magekiller series from BioWare and Darkhorse, which takes readers to Minrathus for the first time.
2:00–2:30pm Break
2:30–3:30pm The Sound of Dragon Age: Crunching bone, slashing swords, and dragon roars – find out how we create the sounds that fill the world of Thedas.
3:30–4:30pm Dragon Age Developer Signing
4:30–6:00pm Mass Effect: Paragon Lost Screening: Cap off your day with a special screening of Paragon Lost, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. as James Vega.

Monday, August 31

Time Event & Description
10:30–11:30am Good Morning PAX: Mornings are hard, so start them off right. Join the BioWare team and special guest Allegra Clark for the last day of PAX.
11:30am–12:00pm Break
12:00–1:00pm Bug Hunting: Dive into the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of game development. Learn from the experts how they find, identify, and bust bugs, and hear some hilarious tales from the Dragon Age trenches.
1:00–2:00pm Dragon Age Developer Signing
2:00–3:00pm Dragon Age: Inquisition Developer Q&A: Sit down with the Dragon Age team for an open discussion of the series and a chance to ask any questions you might have.
3:00–4:00pm Dragon Age Developer Signing
4:30—6:00pm BioWare Trivia Contest: You’ve played the games, now answer the questions. Test your knowledge of Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and more, for a chance to win prizes.

BioWare Base Hits the Road Again

It’s finally summer, and once again we’re hitting the road. We’re packing the van full of devs, stories, and swag, and touring around. If you’re hoping to catch up with us, here’s a list of the shows we will be attending:

ConLineup

We’re also still looking for other great opportunities to meet with our fans, so stay tuned to the BioWare blog and Twitter for future updates.

If you don’t find your favorite convention on the list, let us know about it. We’re currently looking at events for our 2016 season, so tweet @bioware and let us know where you’d like to see us go next.

BioWare at Edmonton Expo

Edmonton-Expo

 

With September drawing to a close, it can only mean one thing: Edmonton Expo! We’re excited to return this year and bring the BioWare experience to the Edmonton Expo Centre. With Edmonton Expo happening (almost literally) in our own backyard, we’ve got a full slate of appearances scheduled at our booth (Hall C: booths 1259, 1260, 1359, 1360), as well as several panels for you to attend during the show.

EdmExpoMap

Friday, September 26, 2014

3:00pm-5:30pm – BioWare Booth

Signing: Meet Jennifer Chan and Nolan Cunningham

5:00pm-5:45pm – Room 105-106

Panel: A Day in the Life of BioWare with panelists Amy Fraser, Rob deMontarnal, Shanda Wood, Jon Warner, Tulay McNally, and Conal Pierse.

5:30pm-8:00pm – BioWare Booth

Signing: Meet Jennifer Cheverie, David Mergele, and Brian Almquist

 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

10:00am-1:00pm – BioWare Booth

Signing: Meet Robyn Theberge, Luke Kristjanson, and Thomas Perlinksi

1:00pm-4:00pm – BioWare Booth

Signing: Meet Arone Le Bray, Amelia Von Haden, and Jason Baxter

2:45pm-3:30pm – Room 105-106

Panel: Behind the Scenes of Dragon Age Online Department with panelists Fernando Melo, Renata Cronin, Jeremy Smereka, Jeff Roussell, Justin Edmond, Leah Shinkewski, Ryan Warden, and Conal Pierse

4:00pm-7:00pm – BioWare Booth

Signing: Meet Mel Fleming, Steve Middleton, and Richard Boisvert

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

10:00am-12:30pm – BioWare Booth

Signing: Meet Reid Buckmaster, Sheryl Chee, and Andre Santos

11:15am-12:00pm – Hall D

Panel: Dragon Age: Preparing for the Impending Inquisition with panelists Mark Darrah, Mike Laidlaw, David Gaider, Cameron Lee, Matt Rhodes, and Conal Pierse.

12:30pm-2:30pm – BioWare Booth

Signing: Meet Carlos Arancibia, Mike Webb, and Kevin Ng

2:30pm-5:00pm – BioWare Booth

Signing: Meet Sebastian Hanlon, Ashley Matheson, and Michael Liaw

That’s not all! The Dragon Egg Hunt continues with our friends from Loneshark Games and will be running all throughout the show. Make sure you stop by and take a crack at the latest challenge for a chance to win cool prizes.

Hope to see you there!

Montreal Comicon Mage Challenge

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The templars are the militant arm of the Chantry, watching over the mages in the Circles of Magi and hunting down apostates and blood mages who threaten Thedas. The mages and templars have been at war since Kirkwall’s cathedral was destroyed by the apostate Anders.

A group of templars recently tracked down nine rebellious mages, each of which hasuttered a quote. The quotes are broken into groups of three letters (sometimes fewer at the end of a quote). The numbers show the lengths of words in the quotes. Searching the web for the exact quote will reveal the name of the mage who spoke it. The first letters, in order, from the names of the quoted mages spell out the answer.

 

MAGE ONE

“4 1 5 3 3 4 4 5 3 8 2 3 8 8.”—6

APS CET EEN EHA ENS EOF ERI HAF HEC INT MPE MPE OLL ORC R RIU SIN SNO SUC TBE TEV THE THE

MAGE TWO

“4 4. 1 7: 1’1 1 4.”—4

AMA CON FES GER HYS LLI SIM VER YWE

MAGE THREE

“2 6 6 6 7 3 8 4 2 10!”—6

ACC ANN EOP HEM INO ION ITH LEC MYP NEE NGT OFC ORR ORS OTS OUT UPT USI YOU ZEW

MAGE FOUR

“3 8 5 4 7 2 7 3 4 12?”—8

ANA ECR ESS ESY GED HET ICF MOR MPA OOL PAT RON SBA SHA THE THI TOR UIT VEM YET ZER

MAGE FIVE

“7 6 4, 3 3 11 6 6 3 7!”—7

ANT DDE EED EFO HED LDE LLA NAL NDT NON OMA OWN RFR RIV SAL SFA SST TRO TYR WAY WAY

MAGE SIX

“2 3’2 5 2 6 3 5, 3 6 3 7 11.”—6

ART DGE DIA DYO EDI EGO GET HAN HEW IFY ING MME N ORL OUL OUR RRI TEL TOC TST USH YTO

MAGE SEVEN

“2 6 5 7 2 6, 10 2 8 5.”—6

EIZ EMO ESI FLE HOU IAL LDS LED LYI MEN NG NTR OUB PEC RVI TIM TSO VIT WES YES

MAGE EIGHT

“2 8 2 4 7 4 5, 3 3 4 6 4 3 5 6.”—5

APA BEI CIT DIF FEE FER FFE FRO HER IN LDI LOT LSO MAL MYC NGS OUA OWA ROM RSB RSF UTY YOU YTO

MAGE NINE

“5 6 1 3 4, 3 5 5 3 7 3 2 2.”—5

ALL ASF DEM EED ENI ESL ETH EVE HER ING INU OFF OFM ONW OTH RYM TEI WAS

Following the Hunt from Gen Con 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!