Next Castle

Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle…


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Setting Up for Dragon Age: Inquisition

I know there’s been a lot of excitement over the new Qunari character option, but I still wanted to go with my usual female elf mage on first playthrough. After making my choices I got a quick synopsis of my character:

Dragon Age: Inquisition Character

Enslaved long ago by humans, most elves still live as second-class citizens within human cities. Elves who reject this life are known as the Dalish: nomadic wanderers who strive to keep the ancient elven religion and traditions alive. You grew up in the wilderness, a member of the Lavellan Dalish clan and apprentice to its leader and guide, the Keeper. The clan wandered the northern Free Marches, and you had little need to interact with humans–until the Keeper sent you to the Chantry’s Conclave as a spy. What happened there, she said, would impact not only the Dalish but indeed all elves. She could not have known how right she was.

Before I even started my new game, however, I was asked if I wanted to import a custom world state from the Dragon Age Keep. And holy crap, what a cool feature! I was literally just talking to Nick Verboon about the choices we made in Dragon Age: Origins and how they resonated so strongly. Now Dragon Age Keep allows you to create a custom world by going through and consciously making all those choices using a really beautifully designed UI.

Dragon Age Keep

It doesn’t import your past gameplay, but I actually think this way is better, because you can click through and pick and choose what choices you want to effect your new Inquisition world. And I never played Dragon Age 2 *cough*, so I just went with their default settings for that game’s choices.

Then after making all those choices and importing my custom “world state,” I spent about 30 minutes designing my character’s physical appearance. There were some things that annoyed me–the hair options are never very impressive in these games–but overall what a fun and intensive process! They actually added in a color wheel for some of the settings, so I could pick the exact eye color, make-up color, and tattoo color that I wanted. Wild! Check me out in this early scene:

Damn, but the voice acting is SUCH an improvement. Can’t wait to really get into this game.

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Checking save data.

AAARGH!

Haven’t played Dragon Age in a while and thought I’d tune up the old PS3 tonight–start in on Awakening again. You know, get all amped up for Inquisition.

But I’m stuck at “Checking save data.” I remember this being a problem before, but it always cleared up eventually (read: 5 minutes later) or was fixed with a hard reset. Now I’ve been staring at this screen for 15 minutes and have already tried resetting 3 times. I feel like blasting something into oblivion. See:

This is how I feel. Blast you!!!!

I need something to do for the next two and half hours before I get into some late night UAT for a software release and now, in my usual stubborn way, I am determined that it will be playing Awakening. Even though I have dozens of other games and 3 other systems to play them on.


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Four. Years. Later.

Damn.

Has it really been that long?

Shit.

A lot can happen in four years: I got married. Went to Portugal on my honeymoon. Acquired 2 more cats (yeah, that makes 3). Traveled to Denmark. Cruised the Norwegian fjords. Bought a new console (PS4 FTW!!). Left my job. Moved halfway across the country. Started a new job.

… is it weird that I included buying a PS4 in that list of milestones?

Whatever. Throughout it all I’ve been gaming. Usually behind the curve. Replaying A LOT. Played through some games probably a few too many times: Uncharted 2, The Last of Us, Oblivion, and Dragon Age: Origins to name a few. I’m way too obsessive compulsive for only one playthrough, especially when I’m missing achievements. Not to mention, I totally wanted to have sex with as many characters as possible in Origins because… because… screw you, I don’t need a reason.

Speaking of Dragon Age, I am SO EXCITED for Inquisition. I’ve been watching gameplay videos and making so many high-pitched, squealing noises that my husband thinks that someone is murdering the cats. I started replaying Skyrim because I needed something to do and then I got annoyed when I was building my character because I couldn’t stop thinking about the Inquisition character creation possibilities. Ended up giving my character one white (dead) eye and horrible facial scarring.

Anyways, the minute that game is out I’m at the store. Seriously. Still need to figure out where the nearest GameStop is, though. Moving is such a bitch. Half my games are still in boxes 😦

Now to keep things light. Me playing RL Minesweeper in Oslo:

RL Minesweeper

RL Minesweeper: Handle with care.