Dragons in Seattle

EggHuntLogoAs Inquisition scouts prepare to descend on the Montreal edition of the Dragon Egg Hunt, let’s look back at how our persistent puzzlers fared at PAX Prime. In Seattle, they encountered the Ferelden, Starkhaven, and Chantry challenges—trials that tested mind, body, and soul.

The Ferelden rogue egg required pawing through a box of inscribed buttons to find those that matched items of Ferelden clothing on a neighboring clothes rack.

With the correct buttons in hand, players were then left to unscramble the following collection of letters: CINSTU.

The Starkhaven warrior egg was a gastronomical challenge. Players were instructed as follows:

The independent city-state of Starkhaven is known for its opulence. In its noble estates you will find the finest goods in all the Free Marches, and every chef has a personal variant of the city-state’s signature dish: fish and egg pie. It is traditionally made with three deboned fresh fish, boiled eggs, dried fruit, spices, and thickened cream in a light crust. Some nobles in Starkhaven would like to elevate the dish by replacing chicken eggs with dragon eggs, making it a meal worthy of the wealth and power of Starkhaven. You have been welcomed into the kitchens of one such noble. Here there are 14 dishes and implements, grouped into seven pairs. In each pair the letters of each item are the same, though in a different order—except for one letter in each. Write down those letters. For example, if there was a LIME in #1 and MILK in #5, you would note an E as #1, and a K as #5. Put the letters together in numbered order, and you’ll get a phrase showing something a Starkhaven noble never does.

You can play along by looking at these images.

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The Chantry mage egg? Well, that required a bit of canonical charisma and ecclesiastical enthusiasm. Here’s what the Chantry demanded:

The Chantry is the most powerful religious institution in Thedas. They have spread their beliefs across the land with a fervor rarely seen in this world. The teachings of Andraste, the Prophet of the Maker, are collected in the Chant of Light. It is said that when its words ring out from all corners of the world, the Maker will return and usher Thedas into a new age of glory. You must join the ranks of the faithful and proselytize Andraste’s message of hope. Take a video of yourself somewhere in this convention spreading the word of the Chantry to the unenlightened. We suggest you use one of the official verses of the Chant of Light, many of which can be found here.

A whole lot of people went out to spread the good word. This was our favorite.

When they came back, we gave them the answer: ORACLES.

Keep your eyes peeled and your minds sharp, for later this week Dragon Egg Hunt comes to Montreal Comiccon!

Slaying Dragons on the Big Screen for Charity

The only thing better than dragons in 1080p is dragons on the largest screen in the province. BioWare has partnered with Extra Life Edmonton to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Come join us at 7 pm on September 13th at the Telus World of Science, where we’ll be holding a special walkthrough demonstration of Dragon Age: Inquisition on an IMAX screen. Then, at 8:30 pm, the top ten Extra Life fundraisers from the Edmonton area as of Saturday will be invited to play on a  Barco HD digital projector with an earth shaking 17,000 watt digital sound system. There’s no charge to attend and tickets are available here.

If you want your chance to see the game on an IMAX screen, all you have to do is register and create a personal fundraising page, then collect as many donations as possible before September 13th. The International Extra Life marathon for charity begins Saturday, October 25th at 8 am.

BioWare at PAX Prime

It’s time to pack our bags and head to the Pacific Northwest, because the last big event of the summer is upon us: PAX Prime! We’re excited to bring Dragon Age: Inquisition to Seattle and give attendees a closer look at the game before it ships in November.

We’ll also have a brand-new demo ready to play exclusively at the Xbox Booth (#412)! Meet our producers, get your burning questions answered, and be the first to play Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer content! The Xbox booth is open 10-6 Fri/Sat/Sun and 10-3 Monday.

We’d like to thank our friends at Microsoft, AMD, and Logitech for sponsoring our show this year, and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces at the BioWare Base (Room 2AB north).

Here’s a schedule of our planned PAX activities at the BioWare Base:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29
10:30AM-11:00AM Egg Hunt Kick-Off
11:00AM-12:00PM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo
12:00PM-1:00PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
2:00PM-3:00PM Panel: What Excites You in the World of Gaming?
3:00PM-4:00PM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
4:00PM-5:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
5:00PM-5:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
10:30AM-11:30AM Dragon Age Keep Demo
12:00PM-1:00PM Panel: Not Just Games: The Dragon Age Universe
1:00PM-3:00PM Cosplay Parade
3:00PM-4:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
4:00PM-4:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31
10:30AM-11:30AM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
11:30AM-12:30PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Dragon Age Single Player Demo
2:00PM-3:00PM Panel: Merchandise Feedback
3:00PM-4:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
4:00PM-4:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
10:00AM-11:00AM Dragon Age Single-Player Demo
11:00AM-12:00PM Panel: Dragon Age Multiplayer
12:00PM-12:30PM Inquisition HQ Demo
1:00PM-2:00PM Panel: Designing Dragon Age Inquisition
2:00PM-3:00PM Dragon Age Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
2:30PM-3:30PM Mass Effect Signing (+HR Recruitment Q&A)
3:30PM-4:30PM Dragon Age Keep Demo
5:00PM-6:00PM Trivia Contest

Following the Hunt from Gen Con to PAX

Inquisition scouts came by the Green Ronin booth at Gen Con to take on the Tevinter warrior challenge. There they found copies of the Dragon Age RPG Set 1 Game Master’s Guide and a series of 12 questions:

In the Tevinter Imperium, it is mages that rule. The old families, known as the altus, are nobles and mages both. The warriors come from the soporati, the commoner class, and they will never have the prestige of the altus in their homeland. A Tevinter warrior could really make a name in the Inquisition, though, especially if such a warrior could find a dragon egg. Such a task requires more than fighting skill, however. So, Inquisition scout, get ready for a challenge!

Take a handout and look at the list on the back. Flip through the pages of the Set 1 Game Master’s Guide of the Dragon Age RPG to find the numbers that fit the descriptions of the tasks in that list. The number you get after adding or subtracting the value you find in the book corresponds to a letter of the alphabet (A=1, B=2, etc.); if you reach the end of the alphabet, wrap around to the front. These letters will reveal a move that every warrior should know, which is your answer.

  1. Start with the basic test difficulty of Imposing.
  2. Add the bonus when the attacker is on higher ground.
  3. Apply the penalty to Dexterity from a Giant Spider’s poison bite stunt.
  4. Add the Speed of an Avvarian Hunter.
  5. Add the Dalish Raider’s defense.
  6. Subtract the maximum damage from a bite from a Giant Rat.
  7. Add the Dragonling’s attack roll bonus for its fire gout.
  8. Subtract the number of dice in damage that you suffer if you fall from Bloodcrow Bridge.
  9. Apply the bonus if the defender is unaware of the attack.
  10. Add the Bronto’s attack roll bonus for its Gore.
  11. Apply the Shade’s Strength.
  12. Add the age of the Harn and Kelsa’s oldest son, Dorn, apprenticed to Coalan the smith.

If you’ve got a copy of the Dragon Age RPG Game Master’s Guide, you can test your mettle and see if you’ve got what it takes to solve this challenge.

From August 29 to September 1 in Seattle, you can tackle the Ferelden, Starkhaven, and Chantry challenges, the latter of which can be found online. See you at PAX Prime!