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.

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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!

Dragon Age Keep Features Reveal at PAX Prime

Learn how the Dragon Age Keep works and discover some of its key features. In this presentation from PAX Prime 2014, developers Fernando Melo, Leah Shinkewski, and Justin Edmond discuss how the online platform works to get your game ready for Dragon Age: Inquisition.
For more information on the Keep, check out our FAQ at: http://forum.bioware.com/topic/510457-dragon-age-keep-faqs/

Les Oeufs de Dragon à Comiccon de Montréal!

EggHuntLogoThe Dragon Egg Hunt tore through Montreal Comiccon this month, with Dragon Age fans braving bilingual puzzles in both French and English. So before we move on to the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, let’s take a look back at the Montreal Hunt.

The Templars Mage Egg required Inquisition scouts to identify mages from scrambled quotes.

For the Orlais Warrior Egg, players had to decipher a single word spelled out over five ornate masks.BW_masks

Orlais is the most powerful nation in Thedas, and Empress Celene rules from the capital city of Val Royeaux—also the center of the Chantry’s power. Here, the lines between the nobility and the common folk are starkly drawn. Among its famed excesses, the Orlesian noble class wears extravagant masks in public; the colors and designs indicate a family’s lineage. Here you will find five masks, whose ornateness colors the perceptions of those they interact with. Their initial letters will spell your answer.
Here’s a hint if you’re trying to solve this: remember where this puzzle was held.

The Elves Rogue Egg was a hidden maze that had to be experienced to be believed.

In centuries past, the elves of Thedas were slaves of the Tevinter Imperium. Andraste helped the elves win their freedom, but it was not to last, and their new homeland was destroyed. Today, those who do not live in city ghettos now wander Thedas as nomads. Though slavery is technically illegal, it continues to thrive—particularly in the Tevinter Imperium. As an Inquisition Scout, you helped a band of elves escape from Tevinter slavers. Now you must lead them to freedom through a dark maze. The good news is that the elves can see in the dark; the bad news is that you can’t. To find the path, you will be given a maze that you cannot see. Find your way through the maze using your finger to trace your path, and with your other hand draw the correct path on a piece of paper. If you do that successfully, an elf will tell you the word that indicates the way out.
When players navigated the maze in the dark, they were told the word TOP.

Those are the puzzles from Montreal.

Next stop, our home convention of the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo.

Take Your Place in the Inquisition: Winners

Back in March, we offered fans an opportunity to Take Their Place in Dragon Age: Inquisition by voicing a character in Thedas. We received more than 2,000 entries, and after many hours and many tough decisions, we came up with two winners: Steven Kelly and Rosie Bucknell.

We flew Rosie and Steven to our London studio, where they worked with our talented voiceover producer Caroline Livingstone and met Inquisition actors Alix Wilton Regan, Ramon Tikaram, Indira Varma, and Miranda Raison.

After two action-packed days, we successfully stole their voices with our advanced recording technology, forever encoding them in a series of zeroes and ones. Keep your ears open, because come November 18th, you’ll be able to meet them in the game.

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