Ask BioWare

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers.

For our next YouTube video, we will be taking your questions, and our developers will be answering some of their favorites. We want you to have an opportunity to ask us the questions that you’ve been meaning to ask, but didn’t know how. All you have to do use the #AskBioWare hashtag in a tweet or comment on a Facebook post with your question(s).

Not sure what to ask? Here are some ideas:

What’s your favorite part about working in games? What is your favorite game of all time? Number-one tip for getting into the game industry? Pizza: Hawaiian or pepperoni?

We’ll take as many interesting questions as we can, but won’t be able to get to all of them. Here are some suggestions for increasing the likelihood of us answering your question:

  • Keep it respectful.
  • We won’t be giving away any secrets or talking about anything we haven’t already announced (i.e., we won’t be revealing new Andromeda details).
  • Be creative! Questions don’t have to be focused on our games.

We look forward to your questions!

Mo Money Mo Mustaches

The mustaches may be gone, but the money remains. This year, the BioWare team raised just over $7,500 among our 10 members, beating last year’s total of $6,200.

Joining the cause this year was Dorian Pavus, who bade farewell to his most trusted companion (his mustache) in support of a greater good. All in all, the enchanting enchanter raised $1,026—doubling his goal of $500.

To help raise funds this year, we held a garage sale in the BioWare office to clear out old (and new) gear. Once the mountain of plush nugs and talking elcor had cleared and the dust settled, we had raised close to $4,800 in house.

Movember is a global fundraising effort that raises money for men’s health projects, such as prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health. Each year, millions of people make their friends and relatives uncomfortable by sprouting fresh whiskers where once there were none.

This year, Movember Canada has raised close to $13 million. To date, the movement has raised over $677 million globally.

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.

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.

N7 Day Recap

This year’s N7 Day was one to remember. Fans across the globe came together to celebrate the friendships, alliances, loves, and stories we’ve all built as a part of the Mass Effect universe. We are constantly inspired by your energy and enthusiasm, and N7 Day is a testament to the strength of the community. Thank you for being a part of the celebration.

Here are some highlights from N7 Day:

A tribute to exploration and a look at the future:

Because we are all explorers.

A selection of new eye candy to feast your peepers on:

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In the spirit of exploration and N7 Day, we created these travel-themed posters:

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We’re looking for the daring, the brave, and the adventurous. Explorers Wanted.

Download the posters here.

 

Fans showed off their N7 pride and favorite Mass Effect moments:

And last but not least, a thank you from the Mass Effect team:

Thank you for celebrating N7 Day with us this year. Your support is invaluable to us—it keeps us doing what we do. We’re excited about what’s to come.