My Belated Dragon Age Inquisition post – SPOILER it was great

I finished my first play-through of Dragon Age: Inquisition recently and I loved it, of course (I know it’s taken me ages, but in my defence I was writing a book in the middle of it and was, for once, being a responsible grown-up). I don’t have the time or, let’s face it, the brain power for a proper review, but I thought I would randomly list a few things that made me happy.

(possible mild spoilers)


It is beautiful. It is really, really, ridiculously good-looking. These are living, breathing landscapes, full of compelling vistas and angry bears.

Jumping! You can jump! Okay, it’s possible you might spend a fair portion of your time accidentally jumping when you meant to, for example, pick up that loot, but it’s all worth it to be able to merrily hop your way up a hillside. FREEDOM.

Dorian. Since this is a Dragon Age game it is of course full of characters I want to go and have a drink with (I would especially like to share a pint of mead with Josephine and Cassandra, the bitching would be epic) but for me Dorian was the star of this game. He is a) gorgeous b) extremely well dressed and c) hilarious (I find myself telling people that I adore things to ‘little pieces’) but he also has the sort of backstory that might have seemed impossible in gaming a few years ago, and I was genuinely moved by it. I hereby present Dorian with the Best Party Member Banter Award.


Dorian: effortlessly better than everyone else.

Krem. Krem is a tremendous character for all sorts of reasons, but whenever I felt like everything else had gone to shit I went and had a chat with Krem, and things would seem a little saner.

Blackwall’s beard. Practically a character by itself.

Cheese wheels. I treasure the memory of the giant cheese wheel I found down a random crack in a mountain. A subtle nod to Skyrim, perhaps?

My amazing ability to romance the character who will dump you. Alastair, Fenris, and now Solas. I forgive you, Egg, because you are so deliciously angsty and because of that Welsh accent. I will forgive most things that are delivered in a Welsh accent.


The Apostate Hobo Who Broke My Heart

Being able to name your stuff. This was one of my favourite things from Skyrim, and I’m over the moon to see it turn up in Dragon Age. Hence all of my swords and shields and even my fancy pants were named after Mass Effect characters (apart from those times when Crafting Went Bad and I ended up with Ugly As Balls Coat).

Vivienne’s general disdain for everyone.

Do you have favourite bits from Dragon Age? I would love to hear about them.



Andraste’s tits, who ate all the sweet-rolls?

Update: THE IRON GHOST launch, Marco Polo, & a Dragon Age Love In

Top news! We’re launching The Iron Ghost at Forbidden Planet !

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It’s at 6pm on the 26th of February at the Shaftesbury Avenue store, and we had such a brilliant time there for The Copper Promise I am super excited. If you can come along I will totally draw dragons in your copy!


Just a bit of an awesome costume going on here…

So is anyone watching Marco Polo? Or as we now refer to it in our house, Marky P?

I’m just at the tipping point of a binge watch I think – three episodes in and I’m starting to hum the opening credits music to myself (which, if you’ve seen it, goes BWAAAAAARRRRRRM a lot) and develop attachments to certain characters. The series does some things that I traditionally don’t have a lot of time for; mainly, that the female characters are all defined by their relationships with men, or who they will or won’t have sex with (something that had me turning off Black Sails after a single episode). However, the female characters in it are very interesting and cool, and have interesting things to do, so I can see past that. Also, it features a huge cast of excellent actors from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds (*coughs in the direction of Ridley Scott*) and the sort of ridiculously lavish sets and costumes that mean I could happily sit and watch with the sound off. Oh, and Hundred Eyes, a character of the “bad ass cynical dude with a mysterious history” mould, which I have a particular weakness for.


The moustache that is the true star of DA:I

In other news, Dragon Age Inquisition is incredible. I can’t really write about it properly yet because a) it’s huge and I’m nowhere near finishing it and b) my love for it is so enormous I’m not sure how to express it yet. Everything I loved from the first two games has been turned up to eleven; the worldbuilding, the writing, the exploration, the combat, the companions… So, I don’t love them all unconditionally like I did with Origins – Sera, who was initially amusing, now gets on my wick, and Blackwall needs to loosen up – but they are all interesting, and I’m learning more about them all the time. Clear favourites for me are Cassandra, who is secretly adorable under the bad assery, Dorian, who is immensely fabulous in a deeply world-weary way, and Solas, who spends his time saying deeply serious and portentous things with a slight Welsh twang – I am a big fan of this. I confidently predict I will be playing this game well into my forties.

Writing wise, book 3 is still rattling on, surprising me and alarming me in equal measure. There are some new characters who have been enormous fun to write and all in all I’m a little bit sad that it eventually has to come to an end – no doubt I will be a sobbing mess by the final chapter.

Hopefully I will do a WOAH 2014 WHAT A YEAR THAT WAS AYE? post at some point (I’ve already put together a folder of photographs from this year, aren’t you lucky? What? Wait, where are you going?) but until then, I hope you’re all having a stress-free festive period, with vast amounts of cake and rum. Yes. xxx