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#27 Apr 07 2012 at 5:34 AM Rating: Excellent
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First place through I went with Alistair, Leliana, and Morrigan. The dialogue between them all was pretty fun, especially if you get the ladies fighting over you. I also killed Wynne instead of recruiting her by accident, so that sorta limited my options. Oops.

Next playthrough was Alistair, Morrigan, and Wynne. And I was a mage. Easiest time I've ever had; with three mages you completely own the battlefield. And Wynne as a healer meant I could focus more on dishing out pain than healing my party. I don't really like Wynne's character though; she just doesn't strike me as interesting as the others. Unfortunately she's almost a necessity if you aren't a mage or don't want Morrigan in your party.

Next one through I played a slums dwarf warrior. Probably the toughest playthrough. I eventually made myself into a decent tank, and tried to switch it up a bit; used Zevran, Wynne, and Oghren. It was more interesting... but tough.

Final playthrough was as a noble human female rogue. That was a lot of fun; all the extra points let me take every ability I could ever dream of. Took Alistair as a tank, Wynne as a healer, and Shale as a buff-bot; went straight ranged after finding that melee felt kinda limited. By the end of the game I was dishing out death left and right. Imported that character into Awakening... good Lord. Archery is unexpectedly powerful; only way I could have made it better was a Leliana + Zevran + Shale party. I watched a few videos of that combination absolutely ripping up the bosses of the game.

Granted, its power is comparable to a blood mage, but the mage will also have CC and heals and potentially the best armor in the game. Really, mages are broken.

As for companions, I suggest romancing Morrigan first, breaking it off and seducing Leliana, then rekindling the romance with Morrigan using her second specific-item (a mirror bought off a vendor in the dwarf city). It seems DA's designers didn't remember to close the logic loophole that an ended romance can be restarted with it.

As for female Wardens, I'd go with Alistair over Zevran any day.

And if given the option, "harden" both Leliana and Alistair. Makes Leliana more badass, and Alistair more decisive. Also gives better endings no matter what you choose during the game (IMO).
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#28 Apr 07 2012 at 8:29 AM Rating: Excellent
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Clearly we have very different ideas on what it means to be charming.

Yeah, well, when the revolution comes at least we won't have to fight over the broads Smiley: laugh
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#29 Apr 07 2012 at 9:12 AM Rating: Good
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Leliana for sure. Morrigan skeeves me out!
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As for companions, I suggest romancing Morrigan first, breaking it off and seducing Leliana, then rekindling the romance with Morrigan using her second specific-item (a mirror bought off a vendor in the dwarf city). It seems DA's designers didn't remember to close the logic loophole that an ended romance can be restarted with it.

It worked the opposite way with me. I romanced Morrigan and Leliana, was told to break it off with one. Broke off with Leliana but stayed friendly. She told me she was happy for me and thought Morrigan was beautiful, etc. Then I completed Leliana's personal quest and, a couple dialogue trees later, she confessed that she loved me. We knocked boots and stayed involved but neither party gave any further ultimatums. I think the loophole there was the "breakup" requirement has already been met but doing Leliana's quest when she was so favorable to me knocked her back into love. It worked out well for my character anyway since This was about the point where Morrigan goes all frigid in the ****-times department

Now I'm curious if I can replicate this with Leliana while involved with Alister or *shudder* Zevran...

Also I seem to be the only person who finds Oghran to be good times. I like having him in my party for the banter.

Edited, Apr 7th 2012 10:30am by Jophiel
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#31 Apr 07 2012 at 9:33 AM Rating: Good
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Leliana for sure. Morrigan skeeves me out!

Stop judging men who want to get creative with her shape-shifting. Smiley: mad

Oh, for whoever was just starting the game (Ugly? I'm too lazy to scroll up), you really don't want to choose Shapeshifting as a specialization. I suppose you might be able to find a fan-made fix, but it's damage calculations have been broken since the game launched. Basically, the game doesn't use your spellpower stat (a derivative of your magic) to calculate attack accuracy or damage. So you pretty much can't hit squat unless you invest heavily in dexterity.

You might also think that it melds well with Arcane Warrior, but all your powerful sustainables are deactivated when you shift.

Don't take it, and don't invest in it with Morrigan beyond what she has initially. Unless, of course, you patch it. Or randomly want to make them useless.
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#32 Apr 07 2012 at 9:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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As for female Wardens, I'd go with Alistair over Zevran any day.


Sure, pick the "good" guy who'll end up dumping you to further his political ambitions. Smiley: mad

I liked taking Sten and Morrigan in the same party sometimes, just to get them fighting. Zev and Morrigan had some pretty memorable banter, as well.
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#33 Apr 07 2012 at 10:10 AM Rating: Excellent
I found this mod which is really nice because it means I don't have to worry all the time about making mistakes

FYI for ugly. None of my content aside from the main game and awakening was actually working, apparently you need to upgrade to 1.05, which is what I'm doing now.

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#34 Apr 07 2012 at 10:17 AM Rating: Good
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I liked that, actually. It makes it feel more real. If you keep Alistair as a character with a meek constitution, then it's no surprise that he doesn't stand up for what he wants, but rather just does what's expected of him. Plus, they were technically your political ambitions, if you don't harden him, because he doesn't even want to be in power. You put him there to get what you want.

If you harden him, he wants to be king. Which also means that he's willing to stand up to the political backlash of having a mistress that everyone knows about.
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#35 Apr 07 2012 at 10:39 AM Rating: Good
Yeah I didn't find out about hardening Alistair until after I already tried to comfort him. I wish there was a second option of how to harden him, but oh well. I guess if I play through a second time as a rogue, I'll know. I think I must just suck at this game, because almost any time I even have the settings on normal, if it's a tricky encounter, my entire party gets wiped out. But then if I have it on casual, I'm bored out of my mind. My character is a blood/spirit healer mage. I don't know if I have my party members tactics messed up or what, but Wynne usually ends up dying really quick, and then Alistair goes down almost immediately after, and then me and Leliana are dead shortly there after. It's annoying.
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I wouldn't worry too much about making spec mistakes. I've found the game to be pretty forgiving much of the time.

I've only installed one mod and that's "Skip the Fade" which is, in my opinion, a must have for subsequent play-throughs. I wouldn't advocate skipping it the first time you play but it's easily the place the game drags most. I might install one or two quality of life style mods (there's one for a storage chest in your camp) next time around. I'm not really looking to replace all the model graphics or anything -- while some of them look great as models, I'm too used to the people being the people I know.

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Leliana for sure. Morrigan skeeves me out!
Stop judging men who want to get creative with her shape-shifting. Smiley: mad

Is it the spider you want to stick your **** in, or the swarm of bees?

Edited, Apr 7th 2012 11:48am by Jophiel
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#37 Apr 07 2012 at 11:38 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
Timelordwho wrote:
Clearly we have very different ideas on what it means to be charming.

Yeah, well, when the revolution comes at least we won't have to fight over the broads Smiley: laugh

No wonder TLW doesn't want me romantically. Smiley: cry. Looks like Joph and I end up together, religious differences notwithstanding, after all!

Who am I kidding, I won't last a day.
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Gods, yes.

I have a few mods to add eye colors and hair styles, silly stuff like that. There are some interesting-looking mods that require you to use the tool kit, and I'm pretty sure if I ever got that into it I'd lose two weeks in "make it pretty!" ****.
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#39 Apr 07 2012 at 10:59 PM Rating: Good
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I have it on the 360, so I'm not sure there really are any mods for me, however I was kinda stuck, so I lost interest. I rolled a Dwarf Noble Warrior, and couldn't get past some fight in some tower. I restarted and am now in the Brecilian Forest ready to enter some temple or something.
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#40 Apr 08 2012 at 1:31 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
Timelordwho wrote:
Clearly we have very different ideas on what it means to be charming.

Yeah, well, when the revolution comes at least we won't have to fight over the broads Smiley: laugh


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Jophiel wrote:
Timelordwho wrote:
Clearly we have very different ideas on what it means to be charming.

Yeah, well, when the revolution comes at least we won't have to fight over the broads Smiley: laugh

No wonder TLW doesn't want me romantically. Smiley: cry. Looks like Joph and I end up together, religious differences notwithstanding, after all!

Who am I kidding, I won't last a day.


Hey, you can still be in my party to check for traps and ensure the treasure is unlocked!
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Hey, you can still be in my party to check for traps and ensure the treasure is unlocked!


Sure, if you're willing to wait an hour for each to be 'disarmed'.

Don't you need a surgeon's license for that, anyway?
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#42 Apr 08 2012 at 2:01 AM Rating: Good
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Is it the spider you want to stick your **** in, or the swarm of bees?


That is a sigworthy question
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#43 Apr 08 2012 at 6:56 AM Rating: Good
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Sten is just... meh. Not enough personality, no second specialization slot, and annoying dreadlocks.
But...cookies. Smiley: frown
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Ohgren, frankly, disgusts me.
While I didn't much care for him on the mission going after Branka, he's pretty much my favorite companion. Especially partied with Wynne.
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As for female Wardens, I'd go with Alistair over Zevran any day.
Sure, pick the "good" guy who'll end up dumping you to further his political ambitions. Smiley: mad
He won't dump you if you happen to be a noble. Fairy tale wedding and all, then he shows up in Awakening and is all "Hey, I love you, but I can't hang out and help you. So good luck with that."


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Sure, if you're willing to wait an hour for each to be 'disarmed'.

Don't you need a surgeon's license for that, anyway?
I think he wants me like a walking talking pebble. If we get to a treasure box before a trap, I can lift the lid, while the rogue is doing more important things. If it's locked, I can notify the rogue s/he's needed. When we get to a trap, throw me, and if I blow up, it was armed. Except I can amble over, no throwing required.
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I really would like them to change it in DA3 so that having a Rogue in your party is sufficient for opening locked chests with your main. They don't need to change traps, since that's actually a tactical change...
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Then you don't get to hear Leliana laughing at how stupid you are for including her in the party trying to do it yourself.

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No, no. I'm sure he has the utmost faith in your ability to spot traps and get inside people's boxes.
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Leliana is even more annoying than when you ask Lydia to carry something...
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As for female Wardens, I'd go with Alistair over Zevran any day.
Sure, pick the "good" guy who'll end up dumping you to further his political ambitions. Smiley: mad
He won't dump you if you happen to be a noble. Fairy tale wedding and all, then he shows up in Awakening and is all "Hey, I love you, but I can't hang out and help you. So good luck with that."




Oh, I know. But then he got all mad when I spared Loghain anyway. He's just so sensitive. Smiley: laugh

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#49 Apr 08 2012 at 3:23 PM Rating: Good
I like Leliana. Smiley: frown Then again, I like pretty much all the characters thus far, except Sten. He's boring. Although the cookie thing was pretty funny. I just met Oghren for the first time, so he's not in my party yet.

It really sucks that Morrigan got stuck with crappy shapeshifting as her specialization. Wynne makes a much better healer, but the conversations between Morrigan and Alistair when you're out exploring are just hilarious. I miss those.
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Leliana is even more annoying than when you ask Lydia to carry something...

You take that back or I'm karma camping you
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Leliana is even more annoying than when you ask Lydia to carry something...

You take that back or I'm karma camping you


Okay, so maybe she's not THAT bad. But it's a lot closer than it should be.
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