owlmoose: (da - aeducan)
I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to have to play DA:I for all three of my major canon universes. I probably would have anyway, but now I'm far more motivated to do so. Although which Inquisitor to match to which canon is still an open question. Also some thoughts on the romance so far.

Spoilers for Skyhold and Crestwood. )
owlmoose: (da - alistair sword)
It has been a week full of dragons. Inquisition continues, of course; today we took a break of sorts from sidequests and worked through some plot stuff. I was also really active in the Flight Rising Battle Royale, which ended last night. I'm quite proud of Wind's third-place finish, even if jumping out the gate in second and holding it for a couple of days gave me secret dreams of nudging our way back up there. (Not first place -- I think we all knew that Light was almost certainly going to win.) It was pretty fun, and our strong finish does give me hope of winning future battles. I don't know that I'd want to see Wind become a dominance powerhouse like Ice or Plague, but it's nice to feel like we have a chance again.

And now we take a fond look back to where all this dragon business began, at least for me. Today's question comes from [personal profile] ossobuco, who asked me to talk about my "favorite quests in Dragon Age Origins & II, why they struck you or stayed with you, and (of course) what choices [my] Wardens and Hawkes made." (See all the questions, or ask one of your own!)

My favorite of the big plot quests in DA:O is Redcliffe and the Sacred Ashes. Cutting for length. )

In Dragon Age 2, my favorite quest by far is Legacy. More. )
owlmoose: (da - seeker)
I see all these people talking about a certain location in the game and how it's "earlyish" and "the beginning of Act One".

We are finally ready to trigger the quest that will ultimately take us to that location.

We've played for almost 30 hours.

I'm a little bit scared.
owlmoose: (da - aeducan)
Spoilers through The Thing (as detailed in my previous post). Please no spoilers in comments regarding anything that happens during or after The Thing, except in regards to my question. We haven't finished The Thing yet. Update: Answered, and very quickly! Thanks. :)

When do sidequests close? )
owlmoose: (da - seeker)
Through the quest that you are meant to trigger at levels 8-11. (That Thing at Haven. You know, the Thing. With the people. And the stuff.) We were level 10, but at least for us I don't think it was enough. We've gone back to grind a bit, close out some areas we rushed past last time. I think we're 15 hours? Since I didn't finish the Thing, please no spoilers in comments for the Thing, or for after the Thing.

Spoilers, massive spoilers, things I definitely did not know in advance. )

Boo

Nov. 24th, 2014 10:23 pm
owlmoose: (da - alistair 3)
Well, it's official: I didn't properly import my backstory into DA:I. It wasn't at all clear that we needed to download the world state off the DA Keep site. So we started over -- and there was a confirmation screen this time. Still, 12 hours lost! At least it should go faster this time.

Update: I just repeated the conversation from our first attempt at DA:I that clued me in that all might not be well with my world state, and it went much more satisfactorily this time. I suppose it was worth starting again. Otherwise, it would have nagged at me the entire time. I'm just glad that T was completely willing to do so.
owlmoose: (da - aeducan)
Spoilers up to the Hinterlands, including information about the dwarf PC background. We've probably played around 10-12 hours but I suspect that number is pretty meaningless, as people spend different amounts of time on sidequests. We've barely progressed the plot at all, and still have only the original companions.

Gosh, this world sure is pretty. Also, grumping about the game import function having possibly failed. )
owlmoose: (da - aeducan)
But I don't think I've ever quite fallen so far behind as this. And I'm not really going to update now, either, because it's late, but I did want to mention that we've gotten through the prologue and are now futzing around in camp. Much more tomorrow, I hope.
owlmoose: (da - seeker)
First look at my DA:I player character behind the cut. Apologies for poor iPhone photo "screenshot". No spoilers beyond the character creator, if you've been following pre-release info that includes the character names.

She's more tough than pretty, but I'm on board with that. )

I'm sure I will have much, much more to say later.
owlmoose: (da - seeker)
I got my shipping notice for DA:I last night, and it put a huge grin on my face. I probably won't actually get to start playing until tomorrow, since I have a dress rehearsal and won't get home until too late. Unless I can convince T that we'll have time to at least play the opening cutscene. Maybe character creation. A little bit of gameplay?

This is going to be a slippery slope, isn't it, leading to the spot at the bottom where we look up and it's 3am on a worknight.

As long as I'm here, a reminder that I have to imagine ought to go without saying, but then again there are some new folks about (hi, new folks!!), so here goes: please, please, for the sake of me and for other folks reading this journal, please no spoilers for DA:I in comments. I will be very clear how far I am into the game when I post about it; feel free to post information up to that point, but no further. Thank you, so much.

DA Keep!

Nov. 17th, 2014 12:09 am
owlmoose: (da - aeducan)
We ran through Dragon Age Keep tonight to set up our import for DA:I.

A few thoughts behind the cut. )
owlmoose: (da - isabella)
So yesterday or the day before, T and I were out driving, and he made an offhand comment about how I hadn't been called in for jury duty for awhile. I should have made a sign to ward off evil or something, because guess what came in the mail today?

December 9th. Yay.

Meanwhile, tomorrow Bioware will lift the embargo on spoilers in reviews of Dragon Age: Inqusition, which I suppose is as good a time as any to make my Tumblr hiatus official. I've barely been over there since my Hawaii trip anyway, so it's more a formality than anything. By the way, have I mentioned how nice it is to see more Tumblr people following me here now, and more folks commenting? Definitely nice. :) Welcome aboard!

I also need to finish my signup for DA Holiday Cheer tonight. That'll be a good note on which to take a Tumblr break. (Is it wrong that I'm actually looking forward to this Tumblr break?)
owlmoose: (da - aeducan)
The pleasures (if you can call them that :D) of being on the other end of a live text while someone else is playing through the end stages of the Deep Roads for the first time.
owlmoose: (towel dog)
Now that I'm earning a little bit of money again, T decided he could stop stalling and buy a PS4. We'd been holding off partly for budgetary reasons, partly because there isn't a showstopper game out yet, and I'd resigned myself to playing DA:I on the PS3, but now I can have the shiny new graphics, yay!

I guess that means I should pre-order now. Any thoughts on the best option for buying? Since I've been avoiding information from Bioware like the plague (their idea of what is a spoiler and my idea of what is a spoiler is... quite different), I don't actually know which retailer is offering the shiniest goodies. In particular, if anyone is selling an edition Day One DLC, I want to hear about it. Because I came to the franchise late, I missed out on both Sebastian and Shale the first time through, and I don't want to risk that happening again.
owlmoose: (CJ - make out)
So a week or so ago, I reblogged a post with a bunch of kissing-related prompts over on Tumblr. This turns out to have been a ridiculously good idea -- it's been like a mini-kiss battle in my inbox. So far I've mostly written a bunch of fluff (with a few exceptions). The inbox is still open if anyone else wants to make a request. :) All Dragon Age and FFX-2.

Fandom: FFX-2
Characters: Paine/Nooj
Prompt: Breath Kiss

"What do you think will happen tomorrow? And then— after that."

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Fandom: Dragon Age
Characters: Bethany/Fenris
Prompt: Surprise Kiss

Bethany, Fenris, and a quiet moment in the Gallows.

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Fandom: Dragon Age
Characters: Alistair/Anora
Prompt: Hickey
Notes: Okay, I admit it -- this one was just fun. :D

Anora stepped into the parlor she shared with her husband and dropped down onto the couch, kicking her shoes off with a sigh.

---

Fandom: Dragon Age
Characters: Alistair/Bethany
Prompt: Forehead Kiss

Bethany twisted the last of the wrappings around Alistair’s foot, tucking the end of the linen neatly underneath itself.

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Fandom: Dragon Age
Characters: Leliana/Teagan
Prompt: Rain Kiss

"Hello, Bann Teagan," the red-haired woman said, smiling at him.

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Fandom: FFX-2
Characters: Paine/Nooj
Prompt: First Kiss
Notes: This is a concept I've explored for Paine and Nooj before, so it took a bit of thought to come up with a completely new context. But I like this one a lot.

"Your work’s done." Nooj looked over his shoulder at Paine, then turned around with a small smile. "Why are you still recording?"

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Fandom: Dragon Age
Characters: Bethany/Nathaniel
Prompt: Take-My-Breath-Away Kiss
Notes: This one is pretty much shameless fluff, and I am so totally okay with that.

Nathaniel trudged up the hill and toward the gates of the keep at Ansberg, five weeks of Deep Roads dust and darkspawn blood weighing down his boots.

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Fandom: FFX-2
Characters: Gippal/Baralai
Prompt: Surprise Kiss

The sun had set long since, and Baralai moved closer to the fire as the wind knifed down the edges of the sand dunes, cold as a thousand needles pricking at his skin.

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Fandom: Dragon Age
Characters: Alistair/Zevran
Prompt: Back Kiss

The day’s walking had been a long, hard slog down muddy roads, and every muscle in Alistair’s body ached, so when Zevran had offered him a massage, he couldn’t think of any reason to turn it down.
owlmoose: (da - anora)
Title: Down to You and Me
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: Teenish
Wordcount: 4,172
Characters: Anora Mac Tier/Teagan Guerrin, Eamon Guerrin
Spoilers: For the Landsmeet
Notes: Written for the 2014 Dragon Age Reverse Flash Bang. Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] cherith's Anora/Teagan fanmix, Dust & Ashes. The title is a lyric from one of the songs, "Dust & Gold" by Arrows to Athens.

Anora Mac Tier and Teagan Guerrin started out on opposite sides of Ferelden's Civil War. As alliances change and power shifts, they learn that they might work better as allies -- and possibly more than that.

On AO3
owlmoose: (da - bethany)
Title: Orders
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: Teen (for violence)
Wordcount: 12,622
Characters: Bethany Hawke, Carver Hawke, Alim Surana, Nathaniel Howe, Sigrun, Oghren, Velanna, Janeka, Stroud. Hints of Bethany/Nathaniel
Spoilers: For Awakening and the DA2 Legacy DLC
Notes: My entry for the 2014 Dragon Age Big Bang. Illustrated by [tumblr.com profile] veusovon. The artwork is embedded in the story and posted to the artist's Tumblr.

Thanks to my artist, to my beta [tumblr.com profile] spiritofemby, to my fantastic co-mods [personal profile] seimaisin and [livejournal.com profile] cherith, and to everyone here who helped me figure out what story I wanted to tell. :) I literally could not have done this without you.

Summary: When a Deep Roads misadventure forces Bethany Hawke to join the Grey Wardens, her brother Carver chooses to go with her. But instead of a safe haven, the twins find trouble in the Wardens: commanders who want to separate them, a mysterious woman who takes a strange interest in them, and a series of ambushes by the Carta.

On AO3
owlmoose: (da - seeker)
Since, as I mentioned to [personal profile] vieralynn in comments, I can't imagine I can avoid what's in the trailer forever, and I'd rather learn it by watching now than via random, not-as-vague-as-they-think-they-are comments in random Tumblr posts. :)

Not spoilers really, if you've been paying any attention to advance news at all. )

October? October. Good deal.
owlmoose: (da - flemeth)
1. My Tumblr dash is over half blocked posts. Must be new DA:I content! From the things that have slipped through (gaaah people why must things slip through), it sounds like a new trailer, which I would actually be interested in watching (just not dissecting in intense detail), so I'll have to check it out when I'm on a better Internet connection.

2. Speaking of Dragon Age, I'm still in need of a beta read for my Dragon Age Big Bang story. Any takers? At this point, given that it's due in less than a week, I'd be happy just for a quick read-through to look for egregious problems. Let me know.

3. I saw Winter Soldier again last week. It definitely holds up. I need to see it again. I posted my thoughts to Tumblr. Note, the entry also contains a significant spoiler for the two post CA:TWS Agents of SHIELD episodes. (Although it's the kind of spoiler that might actually lure some people into watching.)

4. We have another guest conductor this quarter. In some ways, he's as brilliant and as difficult as the guy we had in the Fall, but he has a way of communicating that makes him much easier to work with. The repertoire (church music by Holst and Vaughan Williams) is quite challenging -- so challenging that he actually pulled one work and substituted a much simpler one. It's a little disappointing to put three weeks of work into a piece and then not perform it, but it was absolutely the right choice, because now we can concentrate on making the rest of the concert amazing rather than struggling just to put it all together.

5. DOINK! I have my assignments and know which one I want to do. Now I just have to decide how I want to approach it. And see if I can manage to avoid all the shiny Steve Rogers distractions that the movie has put into my head.

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