The Rise to Power: Create a Dragon Age Inspired RPG Campaign in Three Acts

One of my favorite computer games, or stories really, is BioWare’s Dragon Age II. This may not come as a surprise to readers of this blog, the series means a lot to me, but Dragon Age II may be an odd choice.

Dragon Age II got a fair share of criticism upon release, and some of it was undoubtedly justified. Any fan of the series has heard it all before: repeated areas, an empty city, the ninjas of Kirkwall, and so on

However, that is not the point of this post. I have two goals for this post. First, between a fine-tuned three-act structure, great companions, cut-throat factions, and city adventures, Dragon Age II is a superb framework for a new city-based fantasy roleplaying game campaign.

Second, educate me on how story structure works and what we can learn using Dragon Age II as an example.

Let’s break up the three acts (and the game makes this really easy) into eleven basic story beats. This will, of course, include spoilers for the game. Continue reading “The Rise to Power: Create a Dragon Age Inspired RPG Campaign in Three Acts”

Has Dragon Age Changed You?

The fourth of December 2019 is the second unofficial Dragon Age Day thanks to some dedicated folks to whom I will forever be grateful. Last year’s celebration asked what Dragon Age Means to me. This year it is a slightly different topic – how has Dragon Age changed you?

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Dark Heroic Fantasy World Building

Realizing what kind of stories you want to tell is crucial to do it well. I got a sense of what I wanted early but only now taken the time to actually define it, so this is a work in progress. What exactly is a dark heroic fantasy story? Continue reading “Dark Heroic Fantasy World Building”

GM Tips For Fantasy Roleplaying Game Companions

Companions are key for any fantasy roleplaying game. Anyone who has read my previous post about my devotion to BioWare’s Dragon Age franchise has already guessed I consider companions a vital part of the roleplaying game experience. As it happens, it is also one I want to use more, so allow me to remind myself of why.

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What Dragon Age Means To Me

Andraste’s knickerweasels! It’s time to get personal. It’s time for fanboy-gushing. Readers of this blog may have noticed, or at least suspects, that I am an avid fan of Dragon Age and most things BioWare. So let’s talk about that. This will get ugly. Continue reading “What Dragon Age Means To Me”