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!

BioWare at GaymerX2

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We’re excited to return to GaymerX again for another year to celebrate its inclusive mantra #EveryoneGames! If you’re planning on attending the convention, here’s a rundown of panels and signings where you can find David Gaider, Jessica Merizan, Robyn Theberge, Karin Weekes, and Patrick Weekes throughout the weekend. For those of you at home, we’re hoping to record and upload some coverage of the event to share with you.

Friday July 11

  • Opening Ceremonies & Keynote (with David Gaider, 9:55AM Grand Ballroom)

Saturday July 12

  • Yes, And? An Improvised Approach to Inclusion (with David Gaider, 12:00PM Room A)
  • Meet BioWare’s David Gaider (2:00PM Room B)
  • Building a Better Romance (with David Gaider, Jessica Merizan, Robyn Theberge, Karin Weekes, Patrick Weekes; 3:30PM Room A)

Sunday July 13

  • Freaking out the Neighbors (with David Gaider, Jessica Merizan, Robyn Theberge, Karin Weekes, Patrick Weekes; 11:00AM Room A)
  • BioWare Developer Signing (with David Gaider, Robyn Theberge, Karin Weekes, Patrick Weekes; 1:00PM Room C)

You can find the entire schedule here! Enjoy some of our panels from last year here!

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BioWare Base 2014 Season

We’re pleased to announce our North America Community Team “BioWare Base” conventions for 2014 after a thrilling PAX East last month! If you’re attending any of these conventions, we hope you’ll join us for panels, activities, and the return of the Dragon Egg Hunt!

PAX East

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San Diego Comic Con

PAX Prime

Montreal Comic Con

Edmonton Expo

GeekGirlCon

This list may change and Dragon Age: Inquisition will likely be at other events not listed here.

If you don’t see your favorite convention represented this time, never fear, we’re currently looking at events for our 2015 season. If there’s an event you think we should be at, tweet @bioware & @jessicamerizan to let us know! We’ll also have online components for many conventions so everyone at home can virtually partake in activities!

Hope to meet some of you IRL this year!

BioWare at GeekGirlCon

The leaves are changing from green to gold, and that can only mean one thing: GeekGirlCon is almost here! This year’s event will take place on October 19th and 20th in Seattle, Washington.

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BioWare is honored to attend GeekGirlCon alongside our partners at EA and PopCap Games. We will all be hanging out in our EA Game Room where you can chat and play games with our devs.

BioWare team members scheduled to attend include Sheryl Chee, Mary Kirby, Karin Weekes, Melanie Fleming, Ann Lemay, Sylvia Feketekuty, Kris Schoneberg, Jessica Merizan, and Hilary Shapiro. The Game Room will be located in the basement at the north end of the WA State Conference Center.

But that’s not all! Sunday only, stop by our table in the Connections Room (level 1 of the Conference Center) to receive one-on-one mentoring sessions with the BioWare team.

We’re not done! BioWare will also be participating in The Family Who Games Together: Gaming with your Kids… AND Your Parents panel on Sunday at 2:00 PM in room LL2.

From GeekGirlConAs the first generation of gamers has become parents, the perceptions and definitions of games and families began to change quickly. Do gamer girls stop being gamers when they become moms? What about gamer dads? Did you get into games because of a parent? This panel will discuss the assumptions, perceptions, trials, and tribulations that come along with being a multi-generational gaming family.

GeekGirlCon is our last con of the 2013 season, and it’s going to be a blast. We hope to see you there!