Fan Creation Feature – Hannah Friederichs

The BioWare community is full of talented artists of different stripes: illustrators, animators, cosplayers, photographers–you name it.

One such illustrator is Hannah Friederichs, who crafted these fantastic Dragon Age: Inquisition-themed pulp fiction covers.

 

We took a minute to talk with Hannah about her inspiration for this unique project.

What inspired these covers?

I love pulp magazines and novels! They have a lot in common with Dragon Age: both play with tropes and have created enduring characters. There’s a purely over-the-top joy in writing all the juicy titles, too; I get to include all of my favorite Thedas experiences.

Why did you choose to use Dorian as the damsel in distress?

I was almost finished with a sketch of Josie in that position when my husband stepped in a made a case for Dorian.  Dorian’s definitely more comfortable in the role. It’s against type for Josephine, and Bull obviously runs a bit faster in Dorian’s defense.

You can check out more of Hannah’s work on her tumblr, DeviantArt, and personal website.

A Very Thedosian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when many of us spend time with our friends, families, and loved ones. It’s also a time for us to sit down and enjoy our most favorite thing ever: food.

In honor of the holiday, we’re sharing two hearty recipes from The World of Thedas Volume 2: Pig Oat Mash and Dalish Deep Forest Comfort. These recipes come straight from the finest compilation of Thedosian culinary creations: The Whole Nug by Lady Ledoure. Preparing these dishes is sure to warm your belly and your heart and convince even the most distant bann to come over for dinner.

Planning on cooking one of these dishes? Tweet at us with the results!

PigOatMash

Pig Oat Mash

The Hanged Man in Kirkwall always has a pot of this warming porridge boiling on the fire. Several patrons apparently swear by it as a hangover cure, but only if washed down with cider spiked with brandy, of course. Even if you aren’t an incorrigible liar, an inveterate gambler, a seafaring lush, or a bored noble slumming in the greasiest dive in the Free Marches, the pig oat mash, also called Hanged mash, makes a wonderful sweet-salty breakfast, perfect for starting off your day.

Ingredients

  • Four very ripe windfall apples
  • Two handfuls of dried salt pork or a good smoked bacon, torn into shreds
  • Three handfuls of dried, rolled oats
  • One handful of berries of your choice, fresh or dried
  • One to two cups of weak ale or water

Directions

Peel and core the apples and throw them, along with everything else, into a pot placed over a fire. Boil for an hour, until the apples have softened and melted into the porridge. Serve hot.

Dalish

Dalish Deep Forest Comfort

The Dalish elf clans in southern Orlais have enjoyed this dish for hundreds of years, but the flavors are also pleasing to a civilized palate, with reasonable substitutions, of course. The original recipe calls for the use of the larvae of a wood-burrowing beetle, prized for the distinctive “pop and squish” of their “tangy innards.” No, thank you. I have used tomatoes in their place. You may also substitute for the squash a grain-based noodle of some kind, but for the purist who wants to experience a truly cultural dish, the squash is a must!

Ingredients

  • Three string squashes
  • Two good tablespoons of butter (halla butter traditionally used, but regular butter will do perfectly)
  • Four cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Two cups of wild, fresh-picked mushrooms, chopped
  • Two cups of the leaves of the elfroot plant, chopped (spinach will suffice)
  • Two cups of diced tomatoes
  • One pinch of crushed hot red pepper, for spice
  • Three pinches of parsley
  • Rock salt, ground fine
  • Three-quarters of a cup of halla cheese, freshly crumbled (or a brined goat cheese, which lacks richness but also the distinctive stench of halla, for which some may be thankful)
  • Edible wildflowers and pine nuts, for garnish

Directions

Cook the squash in any manner you desire. The Dalish roast it whole in a fire pit filled with hot coals, but you may prefer to use an oven. When fully cooked, the flesh of the squash will come apart in strings that resemble noodles. Remove this flesh by scraping it out with a fork and set the result aside.

Heat the halla butter and fry the garlic in it. After about a minute, add the mushrooms and cook until they are just tender. Add the elfroot or spinach and allow it to wilt. Elfroot leaves take much longer than spinach to cook, and if you are using spinach, watch it carefully. Mushy spinach is a sign of a poor and inattentive cook!

Finally, add the tomatoes, crushed pepper, and parsley. Season with salt to taste. Cook the mixture to your desired consistency.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 11 Notes

In Patch 11 for Dragon Age: Inquisition, our efforts focused primarily on improving game stability and addressing bugs related to the Trespasser DLC. Multiplayer also saw some fixes, including the removal of single-player portraits appearing in multiplayer for some players. Red Lyrium Weapons, previously only available to players who completed the Quest for the Red Lyrium Reapers mini-game on the Dragon Age: Inquisition website, are now available to all players in a Special Delivery Chest.

Patch notes in other languages available here.

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Dragon Age™: Inquisition Patch 11

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Increased the duration final slides in Trespasser are displayed.
Improved stability.
Fixed an issue that reduced the damage of Explosive Shot.
Fixed an issue where auto-level selected certain hidden abilities.
Fixed an issue where Cassandra was incorrectly referencing the player’s romantic interest in the Winter Palace.
Fixed an issue that caused the Horn of Valor effect to not apply when granted via an item.
Fixed an issue with Shokra-taar and Antaam-saar armors for Iron Bull.
Fixed an issue that prevented a quest item from dropping in Trespasser when using Spirit Mark on a specific enemy.
Fixed an issue that reduced the frequency of the Veilfire Multiplayer event.
Fixed an issue that could cause Single-Player portraits to be visible in Multiplayer.
Fixed a crash with the Lunge and Slash ability.
Fixed an issue where Gaspard was being referenced as being the ruler of Orlais when it should be Celene.
Fixed an issue that prevented AI controlled characters from toggling the Line in the Sand ability off when upgraded with Everlasting Barricade.
Fixed an issue that prevented progress through the final combat of Trespasser when using Tactical Camera

Dragon Age: Past, Present, and Future – PAX Prime Mainstage Panel and Trespasser Reveal

Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw, Art Director Matthew Goldman, Localization Project Manager Melanie Fleming, and Lead Concept Artist Matthew Rhodes give a look into the history of Dragon Age and where the franchise is headed next. It’s a candid look into game development and all the fun (and hard work) that goes into making a game as expansive as Inquisition. Towards the end of the panel, fans get a first look at Trespasser.

Untold Relics of Thedas Contest Winners

In just five short days we received hundreds of entries for our “Untold Relics of Thedas” contest. Among the many wonderful trinkets, trifles, and rare antiquities, four stood out. Each winning entry was chosen for the unique flavor it brought to gameplay, and its potential for encouraging new builds and playstyles with greater risks and rewards.

We present to you the winning items, along with some of the backstories our winners provided.
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