Dragon Age: Last Minute Hype

Dragon Age is in my hands!

Dragon Age is in my hands!

Lately I keep realizing way too late that is coming out way sooner than I thought. In this case, it’s Bioware’s new RPG Dragon Age: Origins. I didn’t even really pay much attention to it until a few days ago and I’ll be honest, my feelings were a bit mixed. Bioware makes some stellar RPG’s, but Dragon Age looked like a straight-up Dungeons & Dragons rip-off homage and they’ve already tread that ground in both Baludur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights. But as you can see from the pic, EA and Bioware really want to change my mind. Yup, Dragon Age is in my hands right now. It arrives in stores next week, but hit the jump for a few Dragon Age-y ways to pass the time until then and get yourself some free in-game items.

Nice little packing job they did, that’s real hay. Quite a mess as well. The smaller box contains a drinkable vial of Darkspawn Blood. Yeah… I think I’ll pass.

Do I dare drink it?

Do I dare drink it?

Anyway, on to the goodies. First off, if you want a free 2D, Flash-based taste of Dragon Age, hit up http://www.dragonagejourneys.com/. Sadly, it has nothing to do with our favorite band, Journey, but it is a full-fledged mini-RPG and it’s actually pretty good. If you complete certain in-game achievements (and EA surveys), they give you special items in the real game. How? You’ll need to register a free EA account which you’ll use to log-in to both Dragon Age Journeys and Origins. Not a bad way to kill some time.

Second, if you have a PC, you can download the Dragon Age Origins Character Creator for free (make sure your PC can run it first). If you upload a character, you’ll get yet another free in-game item. Woo-hoo!

If you play with the character creator you’ll see the choices are rather limited… Male or Female Human, Elf or Dwarf in three different classes; Warrior, Mage or Rogue. Considering some of the humongous lists of character options in previous Bioware games, this seems really limited. Now, it is offset a bit by the skill trees which do a good job emulating other D&D-esque classes like Clerics, Rangers, Druids and the like. You also choose an “Origin” for your character which actually greatly changes how your game starts and events within it. I’m one of those people who really agonizes over what to make my character so maybe it’s a good thing there aren’t a lot of choices…

So what are you guys planning to play as and just for fun, what should I play as?

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Written by Mark Senger

Glenn’s second co-host on the podcast , Mark graced the airwaves from late 2007 to early 2010.

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