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zippdementia I'm best known for my extensive work in the fields of this and that. I tend to be better at that, though I have more fun with this.

I'm an odd jobber with an even personality who isn't afraid to roll with the punches but prefers to dodge them when able.

Title: Restarted Dragon Age today
Posted: July 15, 2010 (01:20 AM)
I never got very far in my first play through before putting it down for months.

In that time, I did a bit of soul searching and realized that the characters I play in these kind of games are not the characters I actually LIKE to play.

I don't know why I do this, but I have this thing for playing elven women mages. I think, aesthetically, these characters interest me. However, I hate keeping track of spells, I can't sympathize with the elven race, and I'm not a woman.

When I started up Dragon Age again today, I couldn't remember half of the controls or how I had been developing my character. Also, she was still elven and a mage.

So I started over. Completely. And went the totally opposite direction. I'm playing a dwarven warrior male.

And I'm fucking loving it.

I still don't go in for the millions of possible conversations and, frankly, I get a little wierded out when complete strangers tell me their life's history. But now I can enjoy Dragon Age. And I intend to.
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WilltheGreatUser: WilltheGreat
Title: Re: Restarted Dragon Age today
Posted: July 15, 2010 (05:43 AM)
I've been considering playing through again as well. Though as a rogue.

But then again I live in constant denial of BioWare's inability to structure a roleplaying game on the assumption that the PC might not play a straight melee fighter or a spell-slinging combat mage. I might be right this time. Can anyone vouch for the validity of Dragon Age's roguish playstyle?
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BenUser: Ben
Title: Re: Restarted Dragon Age today
Posted: July 15, 2010 (06:02 AM)
I've spent probably 100 hours combined playing as a rogue character on Origins and Awakening. In contrast, I didn't really enjoy being a mage.
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Re: Restarted Dragon Age today
Posted: July 15, 2010 (10:28 AM)
I played the same end file a few times to see a few different endings. I was set for another reply, but found MMass effect and decided to beat that agian.

Still don't have the pary member achievments despite having the same two people in my party since forever.
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GenjUser: Genj
Title: Re: Restarted Dragon Age today
Posted: July 15, 2010 (10:34 AM)
If you're talking about the ally achievements for Mass Effect, the "most of the game" requirement includes side quests, so you can't skip many of them. I only got them for Garrus and Wrex my first time through the game. I missed some side quests but I got Garrus' during the middle of that last planet and I got Wrex right when I got to the final boss. If you're trying to get it for Liara, you pretty much have to wait on any of the Citadel side quests, get her immediately, and go back.
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Re: Restarted Dragon Age today
Posted: July 15, 2010 (10:36 AM)
Ash/Wrex. Same two I beat the game with on my first playthrough were I did all the side and main quests with them, but still got nothing. Not too fussed; I'm trying to be a super arse this time around, and it's a blast.
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zippdementiaUser: zippdementia
Title: Re: Restarted Dragon Age today
Posted: July 15, 2010 (10:59 AM)
From what I've seen already, the mage requires a lot more micro managing than the other characters, not just of the mage... but of the entire group. S/he also requires more planning, since you really have to choose the kind of spells you want to focus on and stick to that course if you don't want a bunch of weak level skills.
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SuskieUser: Suskie
Title: Re: Restarted Dragon Age today
Posted: July 15, 2010 (02:48 PM)
The ally achievements in Mass Effect are pretty much universally regarded as broken. I believe the breakdown is that you need to complete 35 story missions and 45 side quests with them, but it often doesn't seem to work right. Like, the second time I beat the game, I got Tali's achievement during the last scene but didn't get Wrex's, even though I played the entire thing with both of them. I eventually got all six through sheer perseverance (i.e. beating the game ten times).

On topic: I'm glad to hear you're getting into Dragon Age. I don't fit into the group that thinks it's totally the bestest and most awesomest game ever, but it was one of my favorites from last year and I've been meaning to return for a second run.
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