Being a fan of table-top games, like Dungeons and Dragons, I was excited by the concept of Dragon Age. It was another form of media to play out different types of creatures or races that I enjoyed playing in tabletop games such as orcs, dwarves. knights, wizards, clerics, elves, or even Faeries. Thanks to the series commercial success the game has had numerous spin-offs, sequels, merchandise, and novels adapted from the games.
Dragon Age Video Games
Dragon Age Origins the game is set in Ferelden, one of several countries in the fictional world of Thedas. Demonic creatures called the Darkspawn, dwell within the Deep Roads, an underground highway created by the dwarves, underneath the surface of Thedas. Every one-hundred years, the Darkspawn swarm to the surface world, called The Blight. Ever since the first Blight, Thedas has relied on the legendary order of warriors known as The Grey Wardens to drive the Darkspawn back. The Grey Wardens are brave humans who show potential demonstrated in bravery and leadership.
Dragon Age II the player selects a preset or imported story to determine the events following the first game, Dragon Age: Origins and form the background of the game. The main story unfolds through flashbacks from the perspective of Varric Tethras, a funny, caring dwarf rogue. The protagonist is Hawke, whose gender, first name, appearance, and class type is designed by the player.
Hawke fled the nation of Ferelden during the events of Dragon Age: Origins to the city of Kirkwall as a refugee, rising in power to become the legendary “Champion of Kirkwall”, and the center of events that change the course of Thedas. Although the story remains unaltered until the ending, it is greatly influenced by the player’s decisions.
Dragon Age Inquisition the game covers more geographic territory than the previous two games, with one map being reformatted four to five times the size of Ferelden, the setting of the first game in the series. The setting allows the players to go back and forth between Ferelden and Orlais. The countries are: Ferelden and Orlais, with a land known as the Dales located within. Returning characters from the previous games include Cullen, Leliana, Cassandra Pentaghast and Varric Tethras, the latter two serving as player companions, the former two serving as the Inquisition’s military commander and spymaster, respectively.
Dragon Age Books
There are currently five novels set in the Dragon Age universe. Many readers have enjoyed exploring a deeper exploitation of the game’s universe and characters featured in the games. There are five books that feature the perspective of different races. The first novel, Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, was written by David Gaider, and was released in 2009, and the latest novel in the series written by Liane Merciel titled Dragon Age: Last Flight, and was released in 2014.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had much experience playing the games, as the games are not accessible for gamers that are blind or have low vision. There is a tiny map that the player must follow, and aside from combat all the interactions and choices the player makes for their character is shown through text. I’ve watched my friend play the game and enjoy the similarities of the game’s aspects to Dungeon and Dragons.
Furthermore, who wouldn’t enjoy slaying dragons, orcs, and other monsters during their quest for knowledge or aiding a kingdom in peril? Dragon Age allows a personal experience of being a dungeon master and leading the other characters in your party on an adventure. You have the power to create your own adventure.