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I'm at that awful place where I have to relearn how to play this game. When I left off I had some momentum. Now it feels overly twiddly and overly cerebral again. Frankly, Dragon Age does a kind of poor job teaching you how to play it. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Also I think I made a mistake going straight to Redcliffe. I reloaded at the first camp and am going to try Broken Circle instead.

Hopefully I'll feel the love again soon. It looks purty tho.

Also, Tactics seems to have suddenly broken. I guess I'll try resetting it all.

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Redcliffe: Did you speak to everyone in the Village before nightfall? If so, you'll discover there are a number of things to do that will bolster your chances of surviving that battle. Fire is your friend for the battle next to the windmill. Once you've secured the Village, getting to the castle forecourt is fairly easy comparatively speaking. The Revenant in the forecourt is another matter entirely.

There's an online manual that people have said is helpful.

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I'm back to playing after 10 days away. We went to Redcliffe and on to the castle. Riordan finally told us the secret of the Grey Wardens.

Help! I have a problem with my character. He is walking strangely and stooped over. It looks awful. Even in the cutscenes he is bobbing and bent over. What is going on?

Edit…problem solved with reloading. Wonder what happened?

I'm beginning to wonder if I made the right choice when I picked the ruler. Talking to people has raised doubts. I hope it works out in the end.

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I remember having that problem with Wynne at one point. I have no idea what the issue was, but it eventually went away without having to reload.

Yeah, Riordan (of the lovely soft French accent) dropped a bombshell with that little secret. I was yelling (along with my character) why no one had mentioned it before. He had a good answer, but still...

I'm eager to hear all your decisions, Pokey.

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I backpedaled to Denerim with a quick stopover at the Mage's Tower to stock up on potions. I'm still working out how to use Morrigan's Cone of Cold spell. It's tricky positioning her so that she doesn't freeze friend along with foe. It works great to freeze the first wave of a mob and free up the rest of the party to whittle them down. I'm moving her along the edges of battle, freezing what I can. I'm getting payback for the all the pickpocketing but so far it's cost me nothing more than a few extra health and mana potions. I'm trying to level up a bit before entering the Mage's Tower as I think once I'm in I can't return till it's over, much like the Ogre Tower at the begining.

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You are correct sir. You will be locked in for the duration of that quest line; however, on the up side you'll meet Wynne - healer extraordinaire.

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It's the final battle. We have defeated the generals and held the gate and are at the entrance to the tower. That was quite a scene with Riordan and the dragon. Guess we can't count on him. I think I made a mistake using the mages. They are hitting my team with fireballs as much as the enemy. Hope I can switch them out later.

It will be interesting seeing how my decisions pan out. On to the archdemon now.[Image Can Not Be Found]

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Finished! The archdemon is dead and relative peace has descended on Ferelden. What a great game and an excellent ending. You really come to care about your companions. I talked to every one I could find at the end of the game.

Toger, I want to list how my game was different from yours but I can't figure out how to use a spoiler tag. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Oops, now I see it as soon as I post.

Spoilers:

I did just about everything that Toger did except that I accepted Morrigan's proposal. I was doubtful until she said she was leaving immediately if I didn't. I needed her cone of cold. I wanted to believe her and maybe all would survive. My character killed the archdemon, but when we returned to the castle, I couldn't see Alistair. Anora said something about the cost and mentioned Alistair. Then I turned and saw him. He looked magnificent in golden armor. I was so glad he was alive.

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We have spoiler tags?! How? edit: found it.

Congrats Pokey! Wasn't it a spendiferous ending?

Only everyone lives in your ending since I chose not to take Morrigan up on her offer. Did you make Alistair King or no?

I did the Dwarf Commoner origin last night… wow, just wow. I thought being an enslaved City Elf or a wandering Dalish was bad (although I think the Dalish are far better off than the City Elves. The Dalish at least are free.), but being a casteless Dwarf was eye-opening and just downright nasty. I don't have the words to describe the feelings I had when my own "people" treated me like something to be scrapped off the bottom of their shoes. I couldn't wait to leave for the surface and join the Grey Wardens.

I'm not sure I'll continue with this build as she seems a bit slow during battle. Could simply be that one of her dual-wields is a mace  instead of a dagger that's slowing her down; however, I do like how all the NPCs bend their heads down to account for her decidedly short stature when they speak to her (her head barely reaches the top of Alistairs chest). Or her lower center of gravity + heavier build (she's definitely wide through the hips and her armor just barely covers her butt because of it) make her better suited to a sword/shield or two-handed warrior instead of a rogue.

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Yes we have spoiler tags. Took me a while to discover it. I just realized how you did yours with whiteout. It was a great ending. I checked some on Youtube and they are so different. I liked mine though I never saw Wynne, Morrigan Leliana or Zevran in the palace at the end.

I didn't make Allistar king and he seemed happy with the decision. Looks like Anora was a pretty good Queen. I guess Behlen was a better choice that the other.

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Finally, finally, I got through the Horrowing Chamber -- Broken Circle.   I did it again and again and again and again ad infinitum  always trying new tactics and again and again and again it didn't work.   Finally something worked and me and my compaitriots were out of there.  I talked to the head mage and then I got us all back to camp.    I am not good at these montsrous fights.  But hey,  I am still alive (as are my gang) and we are moving forward.  I think Redcliff is next.

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I'm at Frostbite Pass, down in the Dwarven city at the Tapster Tavern. Made me smile for a minute, hanging at the Tapster...

Had a fight/ambush by bounty hunters as I approached the area and it was the toughest fight in a while. Morrigan seemed awfully foolhardy suddenly. The AI pathing is pretty unpredictable suddenly. 

Earlier I got curious about the Warden's Keep DLC, paid the 7.00 and dl it. I got a funny encounter about a meteor, a child and an old childless couple, an homage to the Superman origin myth. I did some research and one thing led to another and now I have the Starfang longsword and the Warden Commander Tower Shield. I need some more STR before I can wield either one but they look promising.

I seem to be moving pretty slowly, grinding out side quests before I take on any of the Main Quests Put Together An Army thing.

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Congrats kay! Around about the Circle quest is when I dropped down to easy - it was the Desire Demon that made me do it. [Image Can Not Be Found] Truth to tell, it was still a tough climb through that tower.

Scout, I loved the meteor thing. It was very funny!

Pokey from what I've read - hints only - playing the Dwarf Noble origin may change your mind about our choice of Dwarven king. That's the last origin story I have to play so I'll be sure to report back. To be honest, the Dwarven origins are rather interesting as no one who lives on the surface seems to know much about them. Alistair and Natia (my common Dwarf) had an interesting conversation comparing death rituals when talking about Duncan.

I'll definitely start another play through when the new DLC releases on Tuesday. This time, I want to try to do all the quests that I missed or forgot about.

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The Crater was funny. Another funny thing in the Warden's Keep -

A note posted to the wall of the keep naming all the Grey Warden's who fell in the siege. Sounds sad but then you start reading the names:

Allan the Quibler

Cartograph Martyr

Daivd the Silent

Dustbin the Colour-Blind

Ebenger of the Bovine Brethren

Farrsill the Feral

Jason sans les Argonauts

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Oh I remember that poster! I stood there for a good 5 minutes reading those names and giggling.

The Dwarves have the most interesting origin story: I began the Dwarf Noble story last night; based on what I've already experienced in Orzammar during the main campaign I'm fairly sure I've been monumentally set-up for treachery by my own brother. Dwarven politics is a bitch. What's really clever is that things that transpired during the Dwarf Commoner origin are remarked upon during this story. I've even met the woman who's my sister in that other origin and she's with the man I suspected. This could seriously change my decisions regarding Orzammar in my next full play-through.

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I went into the circle mage tower finally. I'm at level 12, with a set of Warden commander armor including that tremendous tower shield, the starfang sword and some good warrior skills on board. Getting Wynne has been a relief so far. (I just went into the Fade so I'm currently on my own.) All the fun I was having in early Dec with this game is back now, yippee.

My warrior is easily holding his own in the burning tower section but we'll see how things go. I dropped my rogue so I could keep Alistar and did so with some trepidation. Historically he was the one who had to take the most potions though with some recent better armor and Wynne healing like crazy he is working out better. I miss my pretty little rogue but other than her back stab, seeing traps and opening chests she was the weak link.

Cranky Morrigan is my damage dealer now. Oddly I find I play through her most of the time, doing crowd control with her Cone of Cold and damage with sundry spells while the rest coast on tactics.  For the present having the two mages casting behind two very beefy warriors is working. I do wish I could get my little rogue back. Alistar just better watch himself. I'm seeing how overpowering Mages can be in this game though the spells sometimes seem hit and miss. But when they hit…6 enemies frozen in place…sweet. 

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I have finished the Circle of Mages (and the Fade).   I went back to Demerim and made a mess of most everything I tried to do.  I now have most of the companions I am going to get.   I am an Elf Rogue and I have Alistair as a tank.  I find Morrigan and Wynne good assests.  I have tried Sten,  Liantha,  Zeveran and Dog at times.  But I am  still not that good at managing a bunch of people.

I am  now  at Redcliffe and based on Toger's advice I have looked around for what I can do to help this villiage before nightfall.  I do now think there is nothing else to do so I need to get my company together and fight. 

If we survive I will come and tell you.  If we all die,  you will never hear from us again.  

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Kay, did you go to Haven yet? (That's the Stone Prisoner DLC, I'm making an assumption that all new copies of the game came with that included.) That's where you'll find one of two remaining companions - Shale. Shale is a fairly decent tank, almost impossible to kill and worth going after just for the sheer hilarity of the companion dialogue.

Kick some undead butt, kay!

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Finished Circle of Mages last night, took the news to the little dwarf that she is admitted into the Circle and now I'm heading back to Redcliffe to try again. I also made some progress in the Main Quest down in the Dwarf city and the Elf Ruins in pursuit of the uber wolf. 

A pet peeve of mine has reared it's ugly head. Killing wolves in video games. Besides the usual bitch that it is boring and unoriginal, I LIKE wolves. I LIKE dogs, wolves, coyots and whatever and having to slaughter them by the boatload "just because" annoys me.

Anyway, back to the undead where I can really get into combat. I somehow completed the Urn of Ashes quest before Redcliffe so I have what I need when I get to the castle. Toger mentioned fire would be good for this part. Unfortunately I have nary a single fire spell this time. Morrigan has electricity, not really a decent spell and the cold tree of spells which work great. But no fire. Oh well, we'll see how Blizzard and Tempest work instead.

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Fire for Redcliffe: did you find the oil barrels?

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