Mark Plays ‘Dragon Age: Origins’: Hour 3

In the third hour of Dragon Age: Origins, Morrigan surprises me, shit comes out of the ground to attack me, and then Cailan’s poor decision making fucks everything up. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to play Dragon Age: Origins.

Hour Three

WELL, NONE OF THIS WAS EXPECTED.

Let me first state that as soon as I started my third hour of gameplay, I realized I had actually earned more skill points to delegate; every time I went to the Select menu, I NEVER PRESSED X. I also need you all to know that such basic and simple mistakes will appear frequently in these posts because I am a baby at video games.

In just one hour, I advanced to level 5, killed all kinds of darkspawn foes, stole some shit, sassed my way through most of the story, and then cheered when Ser Jory died because HOLY SHIT HE WAS SO ANNOYING. And just when I got used to the game, Dragon Age: Origins introduced the PARTY SYSTEM, something I am wholly inexperienced with. (Apparently, it’s a lot like the Final Fantasy games? I DON’T KNOW THESE THINGS, I WAS JUST TOLD THIS.) While it’s going to take me a while to get used to this, the story being told in this game is REALLY, REALLY GOOD. Oh my god, let’s first talk about THE FADE and THE BLACK CITY. (lol Alanna lol) As soon as I headed for Duncan, I stopped briefly to talk to Wynne. I’m really obsessed with completion when it comes to video games. In fact, I made it a goal of mine to discover EVERY LOCATION ON THE MAP IN FALLOUT 3 just to earn that trophy. So as soon as I saw a secondary character I’d not spoken to, I knew that she would be worth my time, if only for the fact that my brain would be satisfied. The great part about this is that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever found out what The Fade was without talking to her! It’s not information offered up in the main plot of the game, at least not yet. So when the Tevinter Imperium tried to fuck with heaven and went into the Black City, they got cast out and EVERYTHING WAS MESSED UP. I imagine that this idea – that The Fade is connected to the darkspawn – actually might be important later on. If not, I appreciate that this info was given to me regardless.

At this point, I got my first major mission from Duncan: go out into the Korcari Wilds, get three vials of darkspawn blood, and find some treaties the Grey Wardens left behind because… yeah, that seems like a bad thing. You probably should have taken them with you. And while the path to the old ruins is generally straightforward, I liked that I got this huge area to explore. AND THEN THE FUCKING DARKSPAWN CAME OUT OF THE GROUND. Oh my god, I know that someone had mentioned before, but I didn’t really pay much attention to it? I SHOULD HAVE BECAUSE HOLY CRAP, THEY ARE COMING OUT OF THE GROUND. It was then that I realized that it’s really overwhelming to have to control a party. First of all, Ser Jory was the worst. Dude, just shut up and do what I say. I couldn’t stop complaining about him! So you can imagine my relief when he was later MURDERED BY THE JOINING. Anyway, this is something I’m going to work at getting used to. Like I said before, I’m discovering that you have to develop tactics for fighting your enemies, especially when they trick you into getting surrounded by their hoard. I’ve developed a specific technique in these cases:

Butt stabbing.

No, I’m seriously, for some Maker-only-knows reason, if I stab a Hurlock in the butt, I do full or double damage every time. Apparently, Hurlocks have weak butts? Look, I don’t know, but I also find this to be an incredibly funny element of the game, intended or not. I AM ROSLIN, SERIAL BUTT STABBER.

Morrigan shows up during this part of the story, and I’m incensed that I could not choose to abandon the Grey Wardens and go on adventures with her forever. Two sassy, badass ladies taking over the realm? Volumes of epic poetry would be written about us. Hell, include her mother, too, I don’t care. These characters are fantastic, and I definitely need to see more of them.

Providing further evidence that my compulsive wandering pays off, a flower I found on a log gave me in an in with the master of kennel, AND I’M PRETTY SURE HE’S GONNA GIVE ME A CUTE MABARI DOGGY TO HAVE AS A COMPANION. Holy shit, I love games that reward you for doing small side shit. IT’S SO ENTERTAINING. Plus, the Mabari totally looks like a combination between a pit bull and a hyena. It’s so cute.

After stealing the Tranquil’s stuff (DON’T CARE, I DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT), I decided it was time to get on with the Joining. I expected a long, ridiculous ceremony after a bout of training. I assumed that this was what would happen because… well, how else could you become a Grey Warden? I knew I had to prove myself to Duncan, but never in a million years would I assume that the Joining meant YOU DRANK DARKSPAWN BLOOD AND THEN SURVIVED. Like, what the fuck??? I wasn’t too torn up about my previous companions dying (GOOD RIDDANCE, JORY, FOR REAL), but the serious nature of what had just happened was not lost on me. So, shit, now I can sense where darkspawn are because of this, right? Oh god, what other powers do I have?

I also managed to pick up the mission about that one guy’s last will and testament, but the back gate to the Korcari Wilds was locked, so I forced to continue with King Cailan’s horrific mission to go after the darkspawn. It was clear that Alastair wasn’t too happy being assigned grunt work, but I was satisfied just to hang out with that babe of a man. Right? Alistair rules. And then SHIT. GETS. REAL. Darkspawn have TAKEN OVER THE TOWER OF ISHAL. Oh god, this is going to be great. I’m thrust back into playing with a party, this time getting a Tower Guard and a Mage, who kept sending giant purple spheres of magic towards all the Hurlocks. Hey, my party got along much better without Jory. I think that’s a sign. HERE LIES SER JORY, NO ONE WILL MISS HIM AND HE DIED A TERRIBLE DEATH.

I hit an hour just as I got inside the Tower of Ishal, so I’ll save this terrifying tower until the next hour. I’m still continuing to build up Roslin as a super spy who loves stunning her victims. There are so many places to take my character! I don’t know that I’ll build up her archery skills just yet, but I figure I should do some preliminary stuff in case I need some long distance archery in the future. This is so terribly exciting!

Character Stats

Strength: 18
Dexterity: 18
Willpower: 14
Magic: 13
Willpower: 11
Constitution: 13

Heroic Stats

Kills: 33
Damage Deal: 3227
Friendly-fire damage dealt: 0
Greatest damage dealt: 27
Contribution to party damage: 73
Hit Rate: 79
Most powerful foe slain: Hurlock Alpha
Injuries: 0

Story

2:00:33: Wynne’s story
2:00:37: On Wynne
2:07:51: Level Up – 3
2:18:49: A last will and testament.
2:22:03: On young lovers of legend.
2:25:04: Level Up – 4
2:31:57: On Morrigan.
2:43:17: Level Up – 5
2:51:59: The Charge at Ostagar

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109 Responses to Mark Plays ‘Dragon Age: Origins’: Hour 3

  1. enigmaticagentscully says:

    Oh hey guess who FINALLY FIGURED OUT WHEN THESE REVIEWS WERE GOING UP. 6pm where I am. Tea time! No wonder I kept missing them!

    In regards to your comment in the first review…

    (EnigmaticAgentScully, please play along so all your comments can upstage my reviews like you are currently doing with Angel/Buffy.)

    Mark my dearest, I would do exactly that (well maybe not the upstaging part) except that Dragon Age Origins is my favourite game of all time and I have consequently played it approximately ten million times already. I have therefore put a self-imposed ban on myself for this game until at least a year has passed, so I can enjoy it fresh. Do I take these things too seriously? Quite probably.

    In the interests of fun, and since everyone else was doing it, I still have a screenshot (unfortunately just the head) of my character from my last playthrough…her name was Artemisia and she was a city elf too! A warrior specialising in dual blade attacks, she was swift and deadly in battle, but preferred to talk her way out of most situations with her absurdly high coercion skills.

    <img src="http://i48.tinypic.com/34pytcn.png&quot; border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic">

    But I COULD NOT BE MORE THRILLED that you are playing this game! Also you called your character Roslin let me hug you forever. This review format is really working well for this type of game, since it is very much about the story as well as the actual gameplay. I want to say more but…oh there are so many things I’m looking forward to!

    TEE and quite possibly HEE as well.

    • Peter says:

      OUR COMMUNITY WASN'T COMPLETE WITHOUT YOU!

    • snapsnzips says:

      Good on you! I tried to resist but just reading about it made me want to bust it out again and play. So I gave in and am doing just that starting this afternoon.

      • enigmaticagentscully says:

        Oh god I am TRYING SO HARD NOT TO PUT THE DISC IN RIGHT NOW.

        • snapsnzips says:

          I am downloading MODS RIGHT NOW! (hello Phoenix Armory, I see you!)

          • enigmaticagentscully says:

            I am a total sucker for mods! As you can tell from the picture, obviously. :P

            V unir gb nqzvg gb qbjaybnqvat gur 'Fxvc Gur Snqr' zbq orpnhfr gung dhrfg ernyyl trgf ba zl gvgf naq V srry yvxr…V'ir qbar vg n pbhcyr bs gvzrf fb V'ir rnearq gur evtug gb ARIRE UNIR GB QB VG NTNVA. V ungr znmr glcr guvatf orpnhfr zl frafr bs qverpgvba va tnzrf vf onq rabhtu nf vg vf jvgubhg gurz GELVAT gb pbashfr zr. Nyfb lbh fcraq gur jubyr gvzr jvgubhg lbhe pbzcnavbaf naq V trg ybaryl. :(

          • BettyTheThird says:

            that's the best mod!
            fbzrgvzrf V jbhyq nyfb yvxr n "fxvc rirelguvat bs gur qrrc ebnqf gung vf abg pbby fuvg" zbq

          • snapsnzips says:

            Everyone downloads that mod eventually. I always got lost there too. I'm sitting here now looking at presets and trying to decide what I want my char to look like this time. Except DA Nexus just started giving me http Gateway Errors so that must mean it's time to go to bed!

          • misterbernie says:

            (spoiler* DON'T CLICK MARK!) Mods are awesome.

            Naq guvf vf jul Qentba Ntr ba gur cp vf unaqf qbja gur orfg irefvba. V QVQ GUR SNQR BAPR NAQ VG JNF RABHTU

            *well, kinda

          • megotelek says:

            V WHFG QVQ GUNG LRFGREQNL. Gurer jnf n ybg bs zr lryyvat "QNZZVG!" naq cbffvoyl guebjvat guvatf. V'z n zntr, V'z fdhvful! Jryy, bapr V tbg tbyrz sbez gung jnf n yvggyr orggre, ohg qrne ybeq V nz fb tynq gung'f bire. Gur bgure bar gung xvyyrq zr jnf gur oevqtr chmmyr va gur Tnhagyrg gb trg gur hea. Nyfb nccneragyl V pna fhzzba gur qentba hc gurer? V qvqa'g jnag gb. Fubhyq V?

  2. Randomcheeses says:

    Yep! Alistair rules! As does Morrigan! There are so many wonderful characters in this game, but these two just excell at being sarcastic and sassy and wonderful!

  3. misterbernie says:

    I think the technical term is backstabbing. But hell if I won't use buttstabbing from now on.
    YOU HAVE EXPANDED MY VOCABULARY, GOOD SIR

    Character spoilers: V jbaqre vs Znex'f bcvavba jvyy punatr bapr ur yrneaf gung Zbeevtna'f na bowrpgvivfg.

    NYFB LNL ZNEX VF TBAAN TRG GUR ZNONEV LRF TBBQ

  4. enigmaticagentscully says:

    Also…

    <img src="http://i49.tinypic.com/2mmfl3l.gif&quot; border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic">

    <img src="http://i45.tinypic.com/2aj5lvk.gif&quot; border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic">

    Not my gifs, obviously, but DANG ALISTAIR I LOVE YOU MORE THAN MOST THINGS.

  5. Ryan Lohner says:

    First Time Playing

    So, Jory is now the go to name for fantasy characters who die early, I guess. I'm not going to miss him too much, but why did Daveth have to die? He was the Dolorous Edd of the group! And he had an amazingly developed character for such a brief role; a boxed crook who is nevertheless fully on board with risking his life to stop the Darkspawn, knowing he's dead anyway if they win.

    Kate Mulgrew! I'd know that five-packs-a-day voice anywhere. So, is she a good guy or a bad guy? Or just chaotic neutral? That's it, isn't it? And speaking of voices, I also found out that Duncan is Splinter from the original Ninja Turtles cartoon. Oh, the nostalgia.

    Still having trouble with fighting, but at least button mashing is doing it for me for now.

    • enigmaticagentscully says:

      Hee Kate Mulgrew! It actually took my second play of the game to be like…heyyy…hang on a minute, that voice seems familiar…

      • Wait a second…. (googles Kate Mulgrew and Dragon Age)… I did not know this! I mean I knew Flemeth's voice was familiar but I didn't place it. No seriously I've played through nearly 6 times and didn't place her voice.

      • mreeb says:

        I hadn't seen Kate Mulgrew in anything before (that I know of) when I first played (I know, I know, I'VE REMEDIED THIS NOW), but my cousin walked in on me playing the part where you meet her and was all "Hey, is that Captain Janeway?"

        Naq gura V fcrag zl svefg rcvfbqr bs Iblntre rkcrpgvat Wnarjnl gb ghea vagb n qentba. V'ir tbggra bire gung abj. Ohg lbh unir gb nqzvg, vg jbhyq'ir orra onq nff.

    • BornIn1142 says:

      Still having trouble with fighting, but at least button mashing is doing it for me for now.

      What about all the awesome advice you were given yesterday? :(

    • Peter says:

      I saw SO DAMN HAPPY when I recognized that voice.

      (very general Bioware game spoilers)
      Ovbjner unf nyy gur jva ng trggvat sna-cyrnfvat ibvpr npgbef!

  6. knut_knut says:

    I have never played this game and I’m not playing it now but your serial butt stabbing and hatred of Jory made me laugh so hard. I have no idea what’s going on but your reviews are entertaining as hell. Bless you, Mark.

  7. Dorian says:

    Flemeth and Morrigan are my favourite mysterious woodswomen for sure. So great.

    And yes, buttstabbing is generally known as backstabbing, and it is the shit

    NO PUN INTENDED OH MY GOD but I am leaving that there so you can marvel at my poor word choice

  8. BornIn1142 says:

    Any science fiction fan worth his or her salt will obviously recognize Morrigan's voice actor right away…

    That's right, it's Pynhqvn Oynpx – abar bgure Nqzveny Qneb'Kra inf Zberu!

    Bu lrnu, naq Nrelf shpxvat Fha?

    Oh yeah… and Vala Mal Doran, I guess.

  9. Tahaneira says:

    And so the siege begins.

    Alistair continues to be wonderful. So much snark, so much sass. It serves as an indicator that shit has become real when the snarking stops, such as at the Joining.

    Oh God, the Joining. I'll gladly join in on pitching Ser Jory into his grave and bidding the worms bon appetite, but I was sad to see Daveth go. He was such an irreverent scoundrel, but when it came down to the line, he was more than willing to admit that there were things bigger and more important than him, and that his life meant nothing next to the stopping of the Blight. He would have made a good Warden. RIP, Daveth.

    Things are still just getting started. There's not really much more to say, other than:

    You are not prepared.

    Quote of the day:
    Alistair: Yes. Swooping is bad.

  10. Someone has already mentioned that swooping is bad, and I have nothing more to add to this. Except:

    You called Alistair a babe, so here's some pictures for you:
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/nxtQO.jpg&quot; alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" />
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/sDteM.jpg&quot; title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" />
    <<img src="http://i.imgur.com/InBvK.jpg&quot; title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" />

    They link to the originals on DeviantArt for the interested, but I didn't want to send Mark through a possibly spoilery link to see the non-spoilery pictures.

  11. Lyndsey says:

    I apparently am entirely used to these kind of things, because the minute I met Daveth and Sir Jory I was all 'hello dead man one and two'. I did end up liking Daveth despite myself. Thieves with hearts of gold are sort of my thing. And I was ripped apart by the death of Sir Jory. Not so much because he died, but because DUNCAN did it.

    I…. sorta fricken adore Duncan ok? And by the time I first got to this part (an incomplete city elf) I had decided that he was the greatest superest awesome white knight ever. Like he was this huge beacon of light or something, and then he goes and kills someone in more or less cold blood. He had a reason, but it was still pretty damn cold. And that was when this whole reality of Grey Wardens hit me and I'm sitting there tearing up going 'Noooooo. my innocence!'

    This game gives me a lot of feels. I am not ashamed.

  12. mreeb says:

    I don't really have anything to say except this game, you guys. THIS GAME. omg so excited

    And nuns, you are not prepared, etc, etc…

  13. guest_age says:

    I'm sorry, I was going to comment on my experiences with this portion of the game and then you called Roslin a "serial butt stabber" and now I'm just over here giggling helplessly because oh my god.

  14. cogsandcurls says:

    I always felt sort of sorry for Daveth and Jory – Daveth always seemed to have a backstory with a whole bunch of potential (Rfcrpvnyyl pbafvqrevat uvf onpxfgbel vf nfgbhaqvatyl yvxr Qhapna'f, naq gung'f cbffvoyl jul ur tbg erphvgrq va gur svefg cynpr), and Jory had a young family.

    But then in my most recent playthrough they were both ASTOUNDINGLY SEXIST TO MY PC so now they can go fuck themselves. There's no room for sexism in the Wardens as far as my character is concerned >:|

    (PS Duncan is the best. THE BEST.)

  15. Peter says:

    VOTE LAURA ROSLIN FOR PRESIDENT 2012
    She'll stab the terrorists in their butts and then toss 'em out the airlock!
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/05/LauraRoslin.jpg/220px-LauraRoslin.jpg"&gt;

    First Time Gameplay

    O hai Morrigan, you rock. Also Morrigan's mom, you rock, too!

    I'm having so much fun posting on a project that I'm working through for the first time. It's so great to document my experiences as they happen along with Mark. Ostagar and the Korcari Wilds were definitely where I realized I really liked this game. The whole feel of the abandoned ancient forest, the impending darkspawn invasion, and all of the varied and interesting character you meet at that ploint. It's great – I can really see this world coming together here.

    Mark, I find it hilarious that you felt that way about those two disposable companions. I'd forgotten Ser Jory's name and I *still* don't remember the other one's name!

    And then darkspawn attack the tower and shit just got so real!!!!

    Ugh I kind of wish I could post an image of my character, but my Xbox can't connect to the internet because PROBLEMS.

  16. monkeybutter says:

    then cheered when Ser Jory died because HOLY SHIT HE WAS SO ANNOYING.

    First of all, Ser Jory was the worst.

    GOOD RIDDANCE, JORY, FOR REAL

    Hey, my party got along much better without Jory. I think that’s a sign. HERE LIES SER JORY, NO ONE WILL MISS HIM AND HE DIED A TERRIBLE DEATH.

    <img src="http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6cjhcxJaC1qd5d2lo1_250.gif"&gt;

    How could you, Mark. How. Could. You.

  17. Sternenblumen says:

    Oh hai! A reason to come out of lurkdom – like my favourite game of ALL TIMES (or at least right now :p)! I'm enjoying reading your journey, Mark :D!

    Also, obligatory fangirl moment: DUNCAAAAN! I'm sorry, I mean Alistair is cute and all, and I love his humor, but … DUNCAN! Seriously, he's beyond awesome! That moment where he killed Jory chilled me to the bone, though. Considering we got to know him as a hero, righteous and selfless, it was intense to see him kill someone in cold blood.

    I felt rather sorry for Jory – sure, he was a bit annoying but he was a good guy. And Daveth looked like he's got such potential!

    Looking at the other comments, I'm kinda disappointed that no one seems to have played the dwarf origins. It's really a pity because the dwarves are one of my favourite parts of DA! My first playthrough was the dwarf noble, and right now I'm playing a dwarf commoner. I'm curious what you'll think of them once you get there :).

    Also, DUNCAN!

    • cogsandcurls says:

      A fellow dwarf fan? Hooray! My canon girl is a Dwarf Noble. She's great and I love her, but I can't really say much about her unique playthrough at the moment without it delving into spoilery territory, so I've kept quiet about her!

      • Sternenblumen says:

        Hi! I'm glad to see there are other dwarf fans out there :D! I'm really curious if Mark will try out other origins once he has finished one playthrough or if there is any other way we can talk about the different origin stories? 'Cause I really love the dwarf origins and I'm dying to talk about them XD. And it would be so long until we get to the dwarves (or at least I expect to because most people seem to do Erqpyvss, gur Pvepyr naq gur Hea bs Fnperq Nfurf before Bemnzzne) …

        BTW, I completely forgot in my first comment (because I am EXCITE): Do you know there's a Dragon Age pen and paper game, too? My friends and I are playing it, and of course my first character is a dwarf, too (though I have a lot more by now, and sadly I haven't had opportunity to play her lately).

        • cogsandcurls says:

          I'm sort of wondering if the mods will allow us to discuss our respective Origins once they each become…relevant in Mark's playthrough (if you know what I mean). This is a strange game in that there are spoilers/bits of context that Mark simply isn't going to come across AT ALL in his playthrough simply because the Origins are the only way to find out (jvgu Ouryra naq Uneebjzbag, rfcrpvnyyl). Maybe we should all keep quiet and have a big "well, here's what you DIDN'T KNOW when you made that choice!" party at the end?

          (And good lord, I would hope gung Znex qbrf Bemnzzne ynfg, yeah. I'm on my 3rd playthough and I still don't dare try tackling that unti after Xvaybpu, gur Oerpvyvna Sberfg naq hfhnyyl Erqpyvssr gbb. I just find it too hard otherwise!)

          And I do! My boyfriend was nice enough to give me the first set for my birthday although we haven't had a chance to play it yet. I'll admit I mainly wanted it for the map and the little bits of extra lore in the handbook! :P

    • accidentalbeard says:

      My first/canon Warden playthrough was a dwarf commoner! I am sad that the dwarven origins don't seem to get much love but the fans are out there for sure. =)

    • stumpoman says:

      Always dwarves. Any time a game gives me an opportunity to play as a dwarf I pick one. I imagine this is due to my intense love of The Hobbit. You wouldn't believe how excited I was when I heard about Dwarf Fortress….

    • cat says:

      I'm thinking real hard about starting to play with my Dwarf commoner again from the beginning… Hands-down my favorite origin, and the second one I played, years ago now. Also the only one that made me genuinely tear up when Qhapna qvrf. ;_;

    • OMG are we twins? My first and favourite playthrough was a Dwarf Noble, and I'm planning on finishing my Dwarf Commoner alongside Mark's playthrough, though like everyone else I won't be able to discuss either playthrough much without rot13 because of spoilers. But yeah, I really love Dwarves in this game. They're super cute and as someone else mentioned, Aimo does wonderful Dragon Age art, especially of her Dwarf Noble character and of course of Alistair which I actually discovered before I even heard about the game and was the reason I bought it and made a Dwarf Noble as my first character.

      • Sternenblumen says:

        Well, I'd have to ask my parents if they have kept secrets from me XD … But yay, I'm so glad to have all the dwarf fans come out of hiding :D!

        (Right now I'm sooo tempted to start a new playthrough with a female human noble because it would be fun to play along with Mark and I'd love trying out my P&P OC Valérie in the game. Oh, the possibilities!)

    • TheDMG says:

      My only two full playthroughs were dwarves. My first game was with Drew, a commoner dwarf who was a sword-and-shield tank because I was so inexperienced at these games that I figured there was no way I'd survive without a shield. Then I played the rest of the origins and I chose to keep playing with my Dwarf noble rogue Geneva, so it was quite fun to see things from the other side. Ba zl bayl cynlguebhtu bs Njnxravat, V guvax V gbbx Qerj sbe nabgure bhgvat.

  18. Nanima says:

    What always struck me about Cailan, besides him being a reckless fool, is how open-minded he is.
    No matter how much you insult him during your first conversation he always stays amiable and friendly.
    It's true that he is naive and ignorant at times (doesn't know about the plight of the elves and his views on the dwarves are based on stereotypes), but he isn't angry when proven wrong in his beliefs and ready to correct them.

    In short, yes his attituted is awfully reminiscend of Sansa in AGoT but he really isn't a bigot.

    • kartikeya200 says:

      This. My Dalish elf is always like 'YOU AREN'T MY KING STUPID HUMAN GUY' and he's actually really respectful, if ignorant, no matter what she says to him.

  19. BradSmith5 says:

    Okay, so this party system. Mark made it sound like you could switch between your guys freely. But what do they do when you aren't controlling them? Do they have AI options? Like "hit the guy I'm hitting" or "stay out of my way so I can be the hero." I do not like helpers getting in the way of my make-believe glory!

    And Mark! You actually found every place on the Fallout 3 map!? Man, I always saw this place waaaay up in the corner called "The Republic of Dave," but I never actually made it up there. It bugged me that I never found out the story behind that one. :(

    • AzuraLuna says:

      ROT13-ing gameplay stuff in case Mark wants to figure it out on his own

      Lbh pna fjvgpu orgjrra cnegl zrzoref gb gryy gurz jung gb qb va gur zvqqyr bs onggyr, ohg gurer’f nyfb gnpgvpf gung lbh pna frg va bar bs gur zrahf. Lbh pna tb jvgu trareny barf (or ntterffvir, or qrsrafvir) be frg phfgbz barf (yvxr gur rknzcyrf lbh tnir, be “vs lbhe UC trg orybj n pregnva %, hfr n urnygu cbhygvpr). Vg trgf or naablvat naq grqvbhf vs V unir gb pbafgnagyl fjvgpu orgjrra cnegl zrzoref gb zvpebznantr gurz, fb V hfhnyyl frg hc fbzr gnpgvpf fb V pna sbphf ba jung zl CP vf qbvat.

    • cat says:

      Gameplay mechanics details again
      There's a little icon in your menu that looks like a target, and brings up your 'tactics' settings (or on a keyboard, push ). You should be able to fiddle with all your characters' AIs there, and as you gain levels, there are opportunities for you to increase the number of options you can choose at once. Also, you can give commands to all your characters while the game is paused- so if you click one guy as yourself, another as your party member, then un-pause, both of you will run off immediately to get their assigned enemy. IIRC you can only give each person one command at a time, though, so once they finish the action they'll do whatever they want.

      • BradSmith5 says:

        Oops, did you already say all of that earlier? So sorry. I owe you one, Cat! ;)

        • cat says:

          Not at all, we did talk about it in an out of the way thread yesterday, but there's no reason for you to have seen it! I only meant that I was using a bold header to warn for the same kind of not-plot-spoiling gameplay discussion it's been being used for in other comments recently. :)

  20. Sybylla says:

    Question for the mods: V xabj Znex qbrfa'g jnag nal xvaq bs tnzrcynl fcbvyref, ohg vs vg'f nccebcevngr, znlor bar bs lbh pbhyq jnea uvz gung ur'f tbvat gb znxr uvf tnzr (rfcrpvnyyl gur raqtnzr) haarprffnevyl zhpu zber qvssvphyg vs ur fgnegf chggvat cbvagf vagb obgu qhny jvryqvat naq nepurel? V pbhyq pregnvayl or jebat nobhg guvf, ohg vg frrzf yvxr vg'f va n qvssrerag pngrtbel guna gryyvat uvz gb fgvpx jvgu gjb qnttref gb znkvzvmr uvf QCF.

  21. Lor says:

    I am so excited your playing this game, when I saw that you were I came straight over!

    Alistair is amazing I agree! Jory was the bane of my existence, I was super happy when he kicked it.

    I can't really say anything else but

    YOU ARE NOT PREPARED.

  22. kartikeya200 says:

    So how about that opening battle sequence? Because the Ostagar battle sequence gives me literal chills every single time I watch it. I just love 'Ferelden at War' (the track played during this cutscene), and how 'shit has just got real' everything gets.

    Also the war dogs ohnoes puppies. :(

    • accidentalbeard says:

      Every time I kill a mabari I feel terrible. Poor puppies! They make such sad yelps.

      • megotelek says:

        V hfrq gb srry gung jnl, naq gura V tbg gb gung bar ebbz va Erqpyvssr Pnfgyr jurer gurer'f n jubyr tebhc bs gurz va n fvqr ebbz gung fjnez naq xvyy lbh, naq abj V qba'g srry gbb onq nobhg vg nalzber.

        • accidentalbeard says:

          Lbh xabj, V tbg gb gung RKNPG EBBZ ynfg avtug naq ernyvmrq, whfg nf V ragrerq, gung vg jnf gur Ubeevoyr Znonev Ebbz gung xvyyrq zr fb znal gvzrf gur svefg gvzr V cynlrq gur tnzr. Unccvyl V bayl qvrq bapr ynfg avtug naq gura znantrq gb ubyq gurz bss gur frpbaq gvzr jvgu bayl Mriena bapr gubfr qbtf xvyyrq rirelbar ryfr. Fb lrnu, V guvax lbh'er evtug. Gung ebbz qbrf yrffra zl thvyg fbzrjung; V'q whfg oybpxrq vg sebz zl zrzbel orsber!

  23. affableevil says:

    there's so much

    I can't say

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  24. eleniel says:

    Morrigan is the sassiest: fact.

    I'm such a goody-two-shoes RPG player, I always play the super helpful paragon type for some reason, so it is a lot of fun reading about you gleefully stabbin' and stealin' and sassin' xD

    • misterbernie says:

      I tend to play goody two shoes, too… who nevertheless,er, requisition a lot of goods to help save the world.

      Skyrim spoiler: V unira'g wbvarq gur Guvrirf' Thvyq be gur Qnex Oebgureubbq sbe gung ernfba lrg. V arrq gb perngr na nffubyr-ba-checbfr punenpgre sbe gung.

  25. AmaneSaiko says:

    I don't have too much to say because ~spoilers~

    So I'll just fangirl over Morrigan a bit, she is my SOUL MATE.

    Also,Morrigan's mum and her laugh, I love her, so much.

    Sassy adventures with the two of them would be…. interesting to be sure!

    I think I am slowly being converted to an Alistair fangirl, between here and the BSN y'all are making me think of him in a non-friendly way. Meh, I've already joined the Phyyra cult WHY NOT ALISTAIR TOO! I can has all the Templars muwahahaha, my mage will be so disappointed in me ;__;

  26. ensignkt says:

    I'm kind of glad you're not playing on PC as it somewhat quashes my urges to offer gameplay advice; I have no idea what buttons do what.

    I'm really jealous of Morrigan's hair. And her skin looks soft too; what is she moisterizing with out there in the wilderness? Maybe I don't want to know. Maybe it's magic. Maybe it's Maybelline.

    Aw, poor Jory. Sure, he was a whiner, but he got in over my head (that's my opinion.) And I consider Daveth to be a Grey Warden; he just didn't survive the Joining. Still counts, as far as I'm concerned.

    I love that video of the attack on the Darkspawn before you go to the Tower of Ishal, when it starts raining…so epic, and then you're thrown right into the battle getting across that bridge.

    • misterbernie says:

      I agree with you on Jory, the poor sop.

      Awakening spoiler: Vs V erpnyy pbeerpgyl, gung'f gur bssvpvny cbfvgvba. Lbh qevax, lbh ner pbhagrq nzbat gur Terl Jneqraf, jurgure lbh fheivir be abg.

  27. curagas says:

    MORRIGAN. The most fabulous.

    Nyfb, V jbaqre vs Znex jvyy ebznapr nalobql? Yryvnan, Mriena, Nyvfgnve? Obb sberire gung Zbeevtna vf abg na bcgvba va guvf pnfr.

    V nyjnlf raq hc ebznapvat Mriena sbe fbzr ernfba. Yvxr, ba zl svefg cynlguebhtu V ebznaprq Nyvfgnve naq gura nyy bs n fhqqra jrag onpx gb Mriena'f grag. Vg jnf whfg n guvat gung unccrarq. Fbeel, Nyvfgnve, zl pvgl rys nccneragyl yrnirf n genvy bs oebxra urnegf va ure jnxr.

    • »Paula« says:

      Unun, fnzr vf unccravat gb zr evtug abj. V jnf nyy "Lnl, V'z cynlvat n znyr punenpgre! Zbeevtna, urer V pbzr! &lt;3 " naq gura V whfg raqrq hc syvegvat jvgu Mriena nyy gur gvzr! :D

      • curagas says:

        V guvax jr fubhyq pnyy vg gur Mriena Frqhpgvba Rssrpg. Orpnhfr V fjrne vg whfg xrrcf unccravat!

    • misterbernie says:

      V graq gb tb gur bccbfvgr ebhgr nyy gur gvzr. Orq Mriena jvguva na ubhe bs erpehvgvat uvz, gura zbir ba gb Nyvfgnve. Vg jnf irel qvssvphyg gb svavfu zl zntr cynlguebhtu fgnlvat snvgushy gb Yryvnan ohg V jnagrq gb haybpx gung npuvrirzrag rkcyber n arj cngu.

  28. megotelek says:

    First Time Gameplay

    Um, so I might have accidentally played for about 7 hours yesterday because every time I thought I was getting to a good stopping point, something else would happen and I'd have to keep going.

    The battle at Ostagar gave me chills though, having to run across the bridge while it's under attack, only to get to the tower and be told that it's been completely taken by darkspawn? That was the point at which I was like, okay, I need to remember to save the game after EVERY FIGHT because I do not want to have to do this more than once. I did eventually have to turn down the difficulty to easy (orpnhfr SHPX LBH Eriranag va gur Erqpyvssr pbheglneq. HTU.) but since then it's been mostly smooth sailing.

    I did notice that you can stretch the quickbar all the way across the bottom of the screen (23" monitor FTW!) but can you add more rows/side quickbars or change the mapped keys to them? I'll probably just poke around in the settings and it's probably super obvious.

    Grey Warden storyline spoilers
    Right now, I'm in Qrarevz, V'ir svavfurq Ybgurevat naq V qvq gur Fbyqvre'f Crnx QYP ba zl jnl gb Erqpyvssr.

    Fb. Erqpyvssr. Vg jnf njrfbzr gb zrrg Wbjna ntnva, univat nyernql zrg uvz nf cneg bs gur zntr bevtva fgbel, fb V nyernql xarj ur jnf n oybbq zntr naq rirelguvat. V jrag vagb gur Snqr zlfrys gb onggyr Pbaabe'f qrzba, naq onetnvarq gb haybpx gur Oybbq Zntr fcrpvnyvmngvba sbe zlfrys. Fb abj V'z ba n Ubyl Tenvy-vfu dhrfg gb svaq gur Hea bs Fnperq Nfurf, juvpu oevatf zr gb Qrarevz.

    V qvq gur dhrfg jurer lbh svaq Nyvfgnve'f fvfgre (naq jbj, fur jnf n cvrpr bs jbex). Hasbeghangryl V yrg Nyvfgnve tvir ure zbarl naq abj V unir gb enpx hc fbzr zber tbyq orsber V pna ohl gur obbx gung haybpxf Fcvevg Urnyre (V'z tbvat Oybbq Zntr/Fcvevg Urnyre, V guvax). V'ir bayl ernq fcbvyref nf sne nf fcrpvnyvmngvbaf/ohvyqf fb V pna cyna bhg jurer V'z tbvat gb or chggvat zl cbvagf.

    V guvax V'yy or va Qrarevz sbe n juvyr, V unir nccebkvzngryl gjragl tnwvyyvba dhrfgf abj orgjrra gur Punagre'f Obneq naq nyy bs gur fyvtugyl vyyrtny guvatf V nterrq gb qb.

    • accidentalbeard says:

      Gurer ernyyl vf n ybg gb qb va Qrarevz, vfa'g gurer? V jnf ernyyl hacercnerq sbe ubj zhpu jnf tbvat ba gurer, jura V svefg neevirq.

  29. @Ninjababe says:

    I'm very materialistic in games. If it's a chest, I want it. If it's pick-pocket able, I take it. In fact, all but one of my playthroughs of this game was as a rogue. And, I barely got through the origin section on my mage. Because I wanted into those chests darn it!

    So, second time I met Morrigan? Jory and Daveth were stripped of their stuff because I wanted to sell it. That's when I found out that when a character is in his tighty whities? It shows up on the conversation. It was awesome having them talking about how cold it was while standing around in their underwear. And, them meeting Flemeth just gave me an extra cackle… :)

    • misterbernie says:

      Opportunity to post this Stolen Pixels comic here (link non-spoiling, but other comics spoil for both Dragon Age and other confirmed games):

      <img src="http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbhp3xs9z31r7k3tso1_500.jpg"&gt;

      • Plactus says:

        Not necessary in this case, however; all of Daveth and Jory's equipment gets dumped in your inventory after they bite it.

        I believe temporary companions from the Origins are the same.

    • ShadowLash says:

      I’m like that, too. I always have at least one person capable of picking locks in my party, and I take pretty much everything that’s not nailed down. I actually found a pretty awesome mod to help me with my shameless looting. There’s one called Lock Bash, and it lets you just say fuck it if you fail the check to open something and bash it open to get at whatever’s inside. Bonus: you still get XP for doing so. (Also, I’m totally guilty of the same thing with my mage. Must. open. all. the. chests.)

      I’m one of those people who’s all about killing everything and looting the corpses. My characters are usually basically decent people (if enormous smartasses), but they’re not stupid enough to let good equipment go to waste. Not like the dead guys care or need any of it anymore, right?

  30. tethysdust says:

    I think my character, Li Yen the elvish mage, ran a little less sass and a little too much straight-up mean at this point, because I remember Alistair didn't like her too much on the first impression. I love Morrigan, she is a fantastic character. Also, the mythology of this world was really interesting to me, and I loved reading about its history and whatnot in game. I think the Fade and the Tranquil were some of my favorite parts (the Tranquil are horrifying, but it was a really cool idea).

  31. baruchan says:

    I'll admit that I flailed at the computer screen for about 5 minutes when I saw the header for Mark Plays. Dragon Age: Origins is one of my favoritest games to ever have played and I'm so happy that I just downloaded a bunch of mods a few days ago so I can start a new campaign and play alongside Mark!

    Also, ALISTAIR <3

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