Print Your Dragon Age Keep Tapestry

If you’ve ever looked at the Dragon Age Keep’s artwork and thought, “dang, that would look nice on my wall,” you’re in luck! We’ve teamed up with CanvasPop to bring you high quality, customizable prints of your favorite tiles and tapestries from the Keep.

To kick off this new feature, we’re giving away a free 8×52 canvas print. Just RT this tweet for a chance to win. If you’re a Keep user, you’ll have the option to print your own tapestry. Not a user? That’s cool too. You can still enter to win this magnificent set of tiles:

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One winner will be chosen by February 29th, 2016.

How it works:

Print a tapestry based on your preferred world state in the Keep or customize the appearance of the CanvasPop print however you like.

Print Your Own Tapestry

If you’d like a print based on your personal Dragon Age world state, visit the Keep, load or create your desired world state, and click the “print” button in the upper-right corner. Once you’ve chosen your tapestry, you can customize it further by swapping images in and out.

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Customize the Print

If you would prefer a custom layout of Keep artwork, visit the Dragon Age section of CanvasPop to start fresh—or just scroll up and choose another layout if you’ve already selected a tapestry print.

Once you’ve made your purchase, your customized Keep art will be on its way to you in no time. For detailed instructions on how to print a tapestry, see our tutorial.

Visit the Keep to print your tapestry or create a custom collage today!

Coloring Age

Dragon Age: Inquisition is all about choice, as are coloring books, which is why we’re sharing three pieces of uncolored concept art for you to get scribbly on. You don’t even have to color between the lines if you don’t want to, you rebel.

Just download the pages and get coloring! Once you’ve finished a page, tweet at us with the results, and we’ll share our favorites.

Concept art courtesy of Matt Rhodes.

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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!

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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.

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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.