The end boss of the Warlock of Firetop Mountain Fighting Fantasy book, converted ready for AGE. This file was made as part of my overall Firetop Mountain AGE conversion project.
October 17, 2014
October 17, 2014
A Vampire in Dragon Age I hear you gasp? Well, why not? You are the GM, with the fiat God like powers to make things true. In this case, I will take you through my thought process:
Vampires drink blood. Hmmm blood…Blood mages! Blood magic…but not mages…hmmm, so, this is a person who gives himself to Blood Magic’s teachings without having any magic to back it up, you know, cutting self and drinking it. Kinda like Emo Hanger On’s, groupies to the actual blood mages…They can undertake a very deadly ceremony of blood drinking/spirit fusion with a powerful enough mage of their order (who is sacrificed in the process) to create a type of abomination. He must have his own wrists and leg arteries exposed by a runic silver blade, while ingesting all 8 pints of the blood mage.
If the cultist survives the ordeal (less would survive than do with a Grey Warden Joining!) then you have – essentially, a vampire. Their long life is then due to the trapped spirit of the blood mage inside them. I have called this a Blood Apostle Cardinal.
Because they are in touch with the other side of life, with a spirit inside them who feels the pull of the fade upon it at each and every moment, it has access to every focus, from the echoes of knowledge of life after death. This foe is very deadly, consider it only for high levels, or those who are overly foolish or brave.
You can choose to have armour on yours or not.
Because this is a live file, I always have the option of tweaking it from further playtesting, so before you print it for use, make sure you hold the current version!
October 16, 2014
Here is the minotaur that features in Riddling Reaver, converted into AGE to use with my group. I figured I would share and let you make suggestions/playtest. Note, this minotaur is of course my own creation and very different to the one you can find in Green Ronin’s bestiary PDFs. That said, there is room in this world for lots of variations of the “same” thing – after all, creatures vary throughout the species. This particular foe is very tough indeed, but is just that: A particular foe, specially for the Riddling Reaver encounter, where we find a Minotaur who can breathe poison gas and is emaciated now. I have taken it that he was once a great warrior champion of his kind, which only lets you imagine how he would be if not enslaved…
Consider this against tier 3 parties only.
U.S Link To Riddling Reaver
Uk Link To Riddling Reaver
Let me give you some more context from the book. The fight against the beast takes place as you need to claim the ring in his nose, as an adventure item. This means he probably must be slain, unless you concoct some clever ring tear mechanic into the fight for your players, or they request it.
You fight the minotaur in a ring, with a crowd watching and cheering. You are only supposed to last 7 rounds against it, which gives you your prize money.
If you hit 0 hp against this foe, it of course will end the fight, and allies should be able to come in and heal you, thus saving your life. Then, if you still need the ring, another of your party could step into the ring in an attempt to whittle it down further.
Let me know how you get on with it.
October 14, 2014
This new Inquisition trailer released 14th October shows more footage of the upcoming game. Also, is it just me, or does that dragon look a heck of a lot like the great dragon from ‘The Silent Grove’?
October 9, 2014
You had better move quick on this one. Origin are offering the original DAO for free, if you add it to your account with them by 14 October. After that, you can play it any when you please. So, my advice, even if you aren’t going to play it yet, add it to the account so you get it free.
Though it loathes me to publish anything that advertises EA, it does appear to be a genuine free offer.
September 18, 2014
With Inquisition almost upon us, another feature to the game has been recently announced.
Dragon Age Keep is a free to use application on various devices for your convenience.
With games of Dragon Age being scattered across two generations of consoles now and potentially various formats (including the extra Dragon Age universe games), this application deals with the problem with a practical solution.
It allows you to run through the choices potentially made in previous games and answer those one way or another. It is effectively writing the state of the world, based on your actions, in readiness for Inquisition.
You can choose from past heroes used, selecting the one to apply, combined with all the other states you authorise, at which point you will get to watch a beautifully stylised animation telling your personal story, along with the option to make changes as it happens.
For me, the most interesting element is the potentially expanded codex entries that will open on the app. As a tabletop RPG, these information clusters are veritable golden nuggets. If you don’t play the tabletop game, then they are at least golden nugs.
You can apply for the beta here – https://dragonagekeep.com/en_US/teaser
September 16, 2014
You might remember the article I wrote complete with a video reveal of the first volume of ‘The World of Thedas’, if not, refresh yourselves here -
Amazon now have The World of Thedas Vol 2 book up to pre-order, published by Dark Horse. But don’t get too excited like I did; It isn’t out until 21 April 2015!
Here’s what the publisher is saying
BioWare’s newest game Dragon Age: Inquisition will expand the universe of their epic series in profound ways. This comprehensive book of lore features exclusive art and information, exploring every corner of this dark fantasy masterpiece!
Newcomers will appreciate how this volume covers everything they need to know about the world and characters of these smash-hit games! Dedicated fans will revel in the abundance of never-before-revealed secrets, the perfect companion to Dragon Age: The World of Thedas Volume 1! From heroes to villains, to songs and food, and everything in between, this book puts the breath and depth of this inimitable fantasy at your fingertips.
But I do have to wonder if this will be the final reveal artwork. I do hope it won’t. Hopefully this is just an initially restricted view shot to not give away spoilers in advance of the game release ‘Inquisition’. In fact, it really looks like it will fill us in on that later time period, given that the front cover art is a seeker.