Catch us on the Convention Floor

Con season is just around the corner, which means BioWare is on the road again. Come hang out with your friendly neighborhood Community Team, meet some of our developers, and let us regale you with tales of game development. If you’re lucky, you might even get your paws on some free Dragon Age or Mass Effect merch.

Here are the stops we’ll be hitting in the next few months. As we get closer to each date, we’ll give you more details on what you can expect and how to find us.

  • Montréal Comiccon, July 8 – 10
    • Booth 1011
  • Star Wars Celebration, July 15 – 17
  • San Diego Comic-Con, July 21 – 24
  • PAX West, September 2 – 5
  • Edmonton Expo, September 23 – 25
  • GaymerX , September 30 – October 2

Can’t make it? We’ll be sharing live coverage for some of these events via our Snapchat account:

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Fan Creation Feature: Solas Bust by Caroline Lui

In our latest fan creation feature, we take a look at a masterfully crafted bust of Solas by Caroline Lui. A largely self-taught sculptor, Caroline gave us a look at what it takes to bring an infamous Inquisition elf to life in stunning detail.

What made you want to sculpt Solas?

Solas is one of the best-written characters in any work I’ve ever read, watched, or played. I’ve rarely been as captivated by a story as I was by his. From arrogant elf to trusted friend, humble apostate to reluctant enemy, aloof spirit-lover to the most painful love interest in all of Thedas: whichever way you see him, he has so many complex facets that it’s impossible not to be fascinated.

Did you have a concept for the bust?

I wanted his design to express his slight stiffness, his careful reserve, and also his unexpected passion and intensity.

How did you build the bust?

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To start the head, I molded and cast a skull I’d sculpted previously in Apoxie Sculpt, a 2-part epoxy clay. I built up the face on top of the skull using small pieces of clay to get the general shapes down quickly. This step is a sketch, and while I was being mindful of resemblance, the goal was more to simply build mass.

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After it had cured, I added a “skin” layer of Apoxie, and began carving and sanding everything into place, using an X-Acto knife, calipers for measuring, and flexible, cloth-backed sandpaper.

Once I was reasonably happy with the face, I built up the neck, back of the head, and ears. I leave this for last for ease of handling—half a head is easier than a full one.

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The head complete, the bust itself began as a layer of clay over an appropriately-shaped aluminum foil armature, giving me a basic shape to work with.

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After further shaping and adding details to the bust, and ensuring the two parts fit together, the final touch was sculpting his jawbone necklace.

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How long did it take you to finish the bust?

All in, it took about two months to complete, give or take a week. I’d like to sculpt the entire Inner Circle and Advisors, as well as some characters from the first two games.

Sculpting such a big cast of characters may seem pretty ambitious, but Caroline’s already done Dorian and Cullen busts in addition to Solas. There are tons of photos of all three busts on her website.

If you’ve spotted a community creation that you think we should highlight here, tweet us!

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Coloring Age 2

Back in February, we gave you some line art from Dragon Age: Inquisition to color. Many of you picked up your colored pencils and scribbled away, so we’re sharing some more pages. Tweet at us with your masterpieces and we’ll retweet our favorites. Now go forth and bring color to Thedas!

Missed the original pages? You can find them here.

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BioWare Goose Cam

In Canada, a sure sign of spring is the nest of a Canada goose. After spending the winter in the warmer south, these migratory birds make their way back north to lay their eggs to raise the next generation of goslings. BioWare Edmonton is often visited by a couple of geese in the spring; for a few days, Twitter is awash with pictures of our favorite visitors. This year, the cheeky pair have chosen the roof of the BioWare Edmonton studio for their nest, just outside of the window of Development Manager Robyn Theberge.

Ganders, the female, sits on her nest atop the studio, patiently incubating her eggs while her hubby the Arishonk protects the nest from a distance. How many eggs did Ganders lay? When will they hatch? Do geese like Mass Effect? From 1-10, how cute is a baby goose? To satisfy our desperate need to answer these questions, we’ve set up the BioWare Goose Cam, which will monitor Ganders 24/7 as she tends to her nest. We hope you watch it too.

If you’ve enjoyed keeping updated on Ganders and her nest, or are a believer in responsible environmental stewardship, consider donating to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. The WRSE is a non-profit organization that contributes to environmental stewardship by providing care for injured and orphaned wildlife in the Edmonton area.

Happy goose watching!