Dragon Age anyone?

Discussion in 'Fan Town' started by Kittenly, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    im thinking of starting a new DA:O game. should I bother with any of those big content-changing mods that do stuff like restore cut content, change npc behavior, etc? please keep in mind that my computer is sad, old, and afraid. i'm using extra dog slot and lock bash because obviously.
     
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  2. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

    I've never used any of those, I'm a fearful little nerdlet who does not use mods at all xP
    If you do use them, pls tell how it went!
     
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  3. Mercury

    Mercury 17 Quicksilver Scribe Tramples The Unrepentant

    If your computer can handle the game, it can probably handle most mods. The ones that are likely to introduce the most load are mods that replace textures and models, as well as having tons and tons of mods, period. The ones restoring cut content and tweaking some behaviors should be just fine.
     
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  4. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    well i might not be using any, because when I try to download mods my computer refuses to acknowledge the fact that i've downloaded a mod manager :/
     
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  5. Kittenly

    Kittenly Just Squish That Cat!

    That's irritating. My DAO is pretty heavily modded. Dog Slot, Respec Raven, and DA2 warden armor are the ones I won't play without. I'm sure there are others, but i'm not on my desktop atm. And like Mercury said, if your computer can play the game, unless you're doing a big graphics overhaul mod or have 500 mods, you shouldn't see much change in performance. I was playing a pretty heavily modded game on my freaking 2011 macbook, and there wasn't much different between modded and unmodded in terms of how well it ran.
     
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  6. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    i’m gonna come back to it in a bit and try to figure out how to do things manually. i’ll add that warden armor to my list too (as long as it doesn’t conflict with the no boobplate mod), it was one of the ones i was eyeing!
     
  7. keltena

    keltena Probably Exists

    So, I finally started playing Inquisition recently! (Five years late is basically standard timing for me at this point.) I'm probably going to stay clear of this thread for the most part until I've finished the game and no longer fear spoilers, but I've been liveblogging over on Fail Fandom Anon, and it occurred to me that might be relevant to some people here's interests? So if you're like me and enjoy watching new players flail excitedly over video games and/or get too into roleplaying, here's links:
    Prologue
    Hinterlands/Val Royeaux
    Recruiting/In Hushed Whispers
    In Your Heart Shall Burn
    A bunch of words about why I like characters

    (Someday I will actually finish this game and hang out in this thread for real.)
     
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  8. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    Somehow, the funniest part of this to me is Varric politely abiding by the restriction.
     
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  9. Lazarae

    Lazarae You won't be the death of me

    I don't see him politely abiding by it so much as shrugging because he's got a cooler weapon anyway.
     
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  10. keltena

    keltena Probably Exists

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  11. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    *Blackwall voice* "Good morning, Inquisitor. I have been practicing some new combat techniques that I hope will aid the Inquisi-" *everything dies* "...Understood, Inquisitor. It would be an insult to the honor of the Grey Wardens to not give the enemies a sporting chance. I shall never practice these forbidden arts again."
     
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  12. Mercury

    Mercury 17 Quicksilver Scribe Tramples The Unrepentant

    @keltena you are, as far as I can remember, actually spot on about Varric and Cassandra's dynamic. It's never really lighthearted; Varric always pointedly remains distant toward her. (Been a few years since I played, though, so I could be wrong... but I'm positive I'm not.)
     
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  13. keltena

    keltena Probably Exists

    @Mercury Oh, good! I was really pleasantly surprised by the first indications the writers were actually taking it in that direction, because it's exactly what I would have wanted most.
     
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  14. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

    Hi! You may not know me, but I love Dragon Age, even if I only started playing the series last year. That’s why I’m doing a big stream over on twitch in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of DA:O’s release from the 1st to the 3rd of November. I’m going to run through at least Leliana’s Song and Golems of Amgarrack, some of the Origins, the beginning of Awakening and maybe even Witch Hunt or Darkspawn Chronicles, possibly some of the Dragon Age Inquisition DLCs as well, and I would love for you all to join me in celebrating this amazing series together! I will try to keep the stream running as long as possible on each day, so please feel free to come by whenever.

    I’m looking forward to chatting with y’all! <link to the event
     
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  15. Kittenly

    Kittenly Just Squish That Cat!

    This definitely matches my memory. Varric /does not like her/. I very much like how Varric exists in DAI, in terms of character. He certainly likes people, and the right inquisitor well enough, but there's always the sense that he's holding back. You're never going to be bffs 5eva like Varric and Hawke often are. And you definitely get the sense that Varric, if necessary, would put Hawke/his Kirkwall fam before the inquisition.

    I know people really love the romances in BioWare (Me included!) but holy shit they also deserve so much credit for the friendship-relationships. Cause I'm just as liable to burst into tears about how perfect and ride-or-die Varric and Hawke or Shepard and Garrus are. (I know Garrus /can/ be romanced, but his friendship arc is just as compelling).
     
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  16. TwoBrokenMirrors

    TwoBrokenMirrors Succulent Vex Belly

    they do have a couple of party banters that indicate they at least soften towards each other a little at some point, not that anyone's wrong that they have a relationship primarily based around jabbing at each other.

    Cassandra: I still don't understand how drakes take that hand.
    Varric: ...hmm. Maybe we should start you on Shepherd's Six.
    Cassandra: Isn't that a children's game?
    Varric: Yeah.

    Varric: Think you'll ever go back to Nevarra, Seeker?
    Cassandra: Why? Are you eager to see me go?
    Varric: I wasn't, actually. But, now that you mentioned it...
    Cassandra: How do you know I wouldn't just drag you along?
    Varric: Be still my heart. I've grown on you.
    Cassandra: Like fungus.

    not to mention that he gives her a preview of the tale of the Inquisitor in Trespasser, lmao. and i don't think he's quite enough of a meanspirited douchebag to make his depiction of her as it's read in the credits as honestly rude as it is on face value

    as for his relationship with the Inquisitor, it's entirely different to his with Hawke because the entire circumstances of it is different. varric is very much out of his comfort zone in Inquisition, and his overtures of friendliness to the inquisitor are usually based around trying to make things more comfortable for himself: he wants a regular wicked grace circle, for example.
    He outright tells you in a cutscene that he's never been a devout disciple and he doesn't know how to manage it, and he isn't comfortable when you tell him you're just you because he recognises that everything about your position places you above him, even if you deny it. he likes it, because he wants to believe you're just like him just like hawke and the kirkwall gang were all lowlifes together, but he knows it isn't true.
    i mean hell, in trespasser he gives you a title and a house in Kirkwall if he likes you. he is, again, trying to put you in a place where he's more comfortable and not constantly on the back foot so you can have a relationship more like what he has with Hawke.
    Honestly, everything in Inquisition is designed to make Varric have a Bad Time, and it really does show in how differently he acts.
     
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  17. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

    He also doesn't have nearly a decade of constantly being around eachother with the people in the inquisition (except for Isabela, who he canonically gets involved with things), so that means we're like. at most in Act 1 of DA2 territory with how far any of these friendships could have developed so far? Idk it's a very different situation and I don't think Varric comes off as nearly so reserved as people seem to remember here.
    Plus there's also the whole thing where essentially Varric fulfils the role of spymaster in DA2, and if you ask him about it in Haven he basically says Leliana's got it covered and he's too softhearted for that job when things are this dire and important. There's also the small things. You find him in the main hall in Skyhold where he can keep an ear on things, but not the tavern where he could keep an eye on the mood inside the Inquisition, and where you would expect him. He's where the nobles banter and circle eachother. He's constantly complaining about all this merchant's guild shit going on, and how he hates paperwork. It's not just that he's uncomfortable with things in the Inquisition, he's like uncomfortable in general because like... Bartrand's been out of office as the family head for not that long yet, Varric has a lot on his plate running things, whcih he never wanted to do because he's a Career Younger Brother, and then Cass' whole interrogation happened so he pretty much just didn't get to deal with shit for like a year probably, so he's also stressed as hell in general between the businesses house tethras owns, his spy network, the shit going on where someone's trying to fuck up his career as a writer, the merchant's guild harrassing him, Sebastian trying to start a war with Kirkwall/being annoying about Kirkwall due to other stuff. And he has to do all of that from out of town.
     
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  18. IvyLB

    IvyLB Hardcore Vigilante Gay Chicken Facilitator

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  19. keltena

    keltena Probably Exists

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  20. keltena

    keltena Probably Exists

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