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Dragon Age tabletop RPG Dark Fantasy Roleplaying in Thedas

Dragon Age tabletop RPG Dark Fantasy Roleplaying in Thedas

Hello fellow tabletop RPG geeks and Dragon Age fans! Fancy taking your love of the Dragon Age computer / console RPG adventures one step further, then the Dragon Age tabletop roleplaying game might be for you. For those not in the know, tabletop RPG’s are pretty much restricted only by your imagination. For the gay gamer this of course means any character can be gay or lesbian. This was something that was introduced in the Dragon Age videogame, but in a tabletop setting you could take it all the way.

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Here’s the official blurb about the Dragon Age tabletop RPG:

Dragon Age RPG setting: It has been hundreds of years since the last Blight ravaged the world of Thedas. Many believe that it can never happen again, that the Dragon Age will pass without the rise of such evil. They are wrong. Beneath the earth the darkspawn stir. A new archdemon has risen and with it a Blight that will scourge the lands and darken the skies. The nations of Thedas need a new generation of heroes, but who will answer the call?

Fantasy roleplaying goes back to its dark and gritty roots with the Dragon Age RPG, the latest game from the company that brought you A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying and Mutants & Masterminds. Based on the highly anticipated Dragon Age: Origins computer game, the Dragon Age RPG brings the excitement of BioWare’s rich fantasy world to the tabletop. Make your own heroes and control your own destiny as a Blight comes to Thedas once again.

Designed by award-winning author Chris Pramas (Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Freeport), Dragon Age features an all-new game system that’s both easy to learn and exciting to play.

The boxed set includes:

  • A 64-page Player’s Guide with an introduction to tabletop roleplaying, background on Thedas and the nation of Ferelden, a complete guide to character creation, rules for character classes and talents, a primer on magic, and the basic game rules.
  • A 64-page Gamemaster’s Guide with an introduction to this key role, advice on the art of game mastering, advanced game rules, and an introductory adventure that plunges the characters right into the world of Dragon Age.
  • A beautiful poster map of the nation of Ferelden, the opening setting for the Dragon Age RPG.
  • 3 six-sided dice.

The Dragon Age RPG is the perfect portal to tabletop roleplaying. The core system is easy to use and most actions can be resolved with a roll of the dice. Dragon Age also features an innovative stunt system that keeps combat and spellcasting tense and exciting.

So gather your friends, grab some dice, and get ready to enter a world of heroes and villains, of knights and darkspawn, of gods and demons … the world of Dragon Age!

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The cool thing here is that the game sort of hearkens back to the original D&D Boxed Sets. There will be four sets in the Dragon Age tabletop roleplaying game with each one covering 5 levels for the classes of player-characters. Like the original D&D Basic set, the first set includes two books: the Player’s Guide and a Game Master’s Guide, a map and 3 six sided dice. Then all you need is a few friends, some pens and paper and your imaginations.

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4 Responses to “Dragon Age tabletop RPG Dark Fantasy Roleplaying in Thedas”

  1. W says:

    I wasn’t particularly impressed with the system, and the 5 levels per boxed set thing really turned me off. (not only is that limiting, but it gets expensive fast) If you want an excellent dark fantasy setting look for the old d20 “Scarred Lands” setting (even though I hated d20) or the nifty new Warhammer Fantasy system released last year with some interesting and engaging mechanics. Or if you want an excellent high fantasy setting, try to get your hands on “Ptolus” by Monty Cook (though it is almost exclusively available in pdf any more) which (unfortunately) uses the 3.5 rules, but is probably the single best city setting book ever produced.

    Table Top roleplaying is a very rewarding hobby and there aren’t enough women involved in it – so I say go for it! But this probably isn’t the best system to introduce yourself with.

  2. ShadowTiger says:

    Sounds like its a pretty shallow RPG boardgame. My favorite game as a child was Hero Quest, and its discontinued and expensive to buy. It had a really great system and the plastic/cardboard pieces were really well done and fun to play with.

    Since Dragon Age was a step down from Neverwinter Nights in customization and complexity, I am assuming the board game is similar in regards to actual D&D.

    All in all, my best metric for a boardgame is how easily you can make your own game out of the materials provided… but thats probably not how other people view it. Its more like guidelines anyways.

  3. W says:

    ShadowTiger, it’s not a board game at all, it is an actual rpg like D&D – which is hardly a step down from a board game; far to the contrary. Not only are roleplaying games far more engaging than board games, if one really wants they have a vast array of miniatures available from character pieces to sets, castle pieces, etc. (though I never got into the whole miniatures/set building aspect, it sounds like this is something you would enjoy)

    But, again, this isn’t the system I’d recommend starting with … it just isn’t that good.

  4. ShadowTiger says:

    Yeah, I should have looked at it before posting…

    It looks like D&D with Dragon age combat mechanics… not very exciting.

    http://greenronin.com/support/files/11

    apparently the rogue has some “ass skills” that might be useful… it looks like the rule book has red splash images on every page which makes it very difficult to read.

    Time will tell…

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