VGJ Commemorative Drawing

I drew this to commemorate some of the characters featured in early VGJs. 

Bottom row, left to right (foreground): Danette, Izabela, and Gig (Soul Nomad and the World Eaters); Taro and Hanako (Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days); Travis Grady and Alessa Gillespie (Silent Hill Origins)

Middle row: Welch (Star Ocean: The Last Hope); Chris Redfield (Resident Evil 5): Tink (D2: DHD); Amy (Soulcalibur IV)

Top row: Flemeth (Dragon Age); Meracle Chamlotte and Faize Sheifa Baleth (SO: TLH); Raphael Sorel (SCIV)

If the first several VGJs were collected into a book, this would be the cover.

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Dragon Age: Origins – Final Thoughts: Picking Up the Pieces

I was surprised at how many of those old emotions that I hold towards this game came rushing back with this VGJ. At least I understand them a bit better now. Maybe.

On the whole, DA:O may seem a bit clichéd, but sometimes, it’s more about the ideas than execution. Dragon Age is uncompromising in its portrayal of a brutal and dark fantasy world. But it has heart, too. There are a lot of sympathetic characters and even antagonists, like Zatharian. Also, there are a lot of choices and branching paths that make each player’s experience unique.

I forgot to mention that one of the customizations that you can choose for your character is to design of their portrait. You can position their headshot and give it a unique background, which is pretty cool. Dragon Age II lacks such an option. 😦

All of the companions have their own portrait, as well.

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Dragon Age: Origins – July 2nd, 2011 (Part Two) – July 4th, 2011: Miles to Go

July 2nd, 2011 Continued

Now, I get to be Anora’s right-hand lady. Joy.

Unlocked Rabble-Rouser and Recruiter. I did not see that coming…

That is to say, that recruiting Loghain was the key to unlocking the latter.

Loghain survived the ritual.

Of course he did. Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – July 2nd, 2011 (Part Two) – July 4th, 2011: Miles to Go

Dragon Age: Origins – July 2nd, 2011 Part One: Goodbye

July 2nd, 2011: It wasn’t pretty, but we managed to win over the people at the Landsmeet.

Loghain showed his true colors: more afraid of the Orlesians than the Blight. But the Orlesians were people that could be reasoned with, unlike Darkspawn.

Loghain engaged in single combat with Etheria. He’s one tough boss, even on Casual, capable of doing huge damage. I used Glyph of Paralysis, Mind Blast, and even Stonefist to keep distance between us. Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – July 2nd, 2011 Part One: Goodbye

Dragon Age: Origins – June 22nd – July 1st, 2011: The Landsmeet

June 22nd, 2011: By “best lines in the game”, I mean the little stories that Leliana tells, like that of Bon-Bon, the toy dog terror that belonged to the woman who took her in after her mother died. Leliana said that Bon-Bon loved to hide and attack peoples’ ankles. But one day, Bon-Bon attacked Leliana, who reflexively kicked him, sending him flying across the room. He was scared of her from then on.

We returned to Redcliffe Castle and asked Arl Eamon to call the Landsmeet. They hadn’t cleaned up that body in the throne room from Maker-knows-when. So hard to find good help these days.

Guess who came to talk to us? Loghain. He did not recognize Etheria from Ostagar. Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – June 22nd – July 1st, 2011: The Landsmeet

Dragon Age: Origins – June 19th -20th, 2011: Wine and Roses

June 19th, 2011: I talked to Leliana some more, and she said that she loved me.

Enemies are far more docile on Casual.

Wynne knew about Leliana and I. She went on and on about sparing us from any pain we might suffer, because a Grey Warden could not afford to be selfish. I was… displeased.

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Dragon Age: Origins – March 9th – 21st, 2010: Broken Branches

March 9th, 2010: Unlocked Hero of Redcliffe.

Bann Teagan used the Ashes on Arl Eamon, and he woke up. He asked of Connor and Isolde, so Teagan brought him up to speed.

Arl Eamon declared the party Champions of Redcliffe. He gave Etheria a special shield. Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – March 9th – 21st, 2010: Broken Branches

Dragon Age: Origins – February 24th – March 8th, 2010

February 24th, 2010: A Crimson Oars mercenary said he would rip out Etheria’s eyes and then piss in her skull if she looked at him the wrong way. Aah!

I like it when party members talk amongst themselves.

We went to Brother Genetivi’s house and found his assistant, Weylon. He did not know where Genetivi was, either. Our only lead: Genetivi said that he would be staying at an inn near Lake Calenhad. Ugh, there again? Continue reading Dragon Age: Origins – February 24th – March 8th, 2010

Dragon Age: Origins – February 23rd, 2010: Tragedy in the Forest

Trigger Warning: Mentions of rape and suicide

February 23rd, 2010: Ugh. My inventory was too stuffed full of stuff, so I idly gave Leliana a gift of flowers. They made her so happy because her mother once sprinkled flower petals on her dress. Aww.

At least with everything that’s happened/could happen to Leliana, she has that happy memory of her mother.

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Dragon Age: Origins – February 18th-22nd, 2010

February 18th, 2010: We tried to return to the Circle Tower, but a very silly Templar stood in our way. Luckily, Sten persuaded him with some cookies, and then the Templar let us cross Lake Calenhad to get to the Tower.

Graegoir said that the Tower was overrun with demons, and he had locked everyone inside. The Circle of Magi may have been lost. We could not let that stand, so we entered the Tower.

One of the surviving mages said that it was all the doing of a mage named Uldred that returned from the battle of Ostagar. Uldred wanted to take over the Circle. Clearly, the other mages resisted. How do we know Loghain isn’t behind this to?

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