Episode 67: Dog Lords

Leona joins Reyn to speak of the nobility of the rough nation of Ferelden!

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Welcome to the Wonders of Thedas Podcast, your one-stop-shop for all your Dragon Age RPG needs!

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Visiting dignitaries had best prepare for the smell of dog, you wouldn’t want to anger these chaotic people of Ferelden! Even the high society of Thedas’ youngest nation has that streak of independence that helped them throw off countless hardships, and we’ll be covering that in this episode about the Ferelden Noble Background! We finally talk about Ferelden, and to help Reyn in this episode while Jessica is away is our loremaster Leona! Join us on this dog-walk in a rough and tumble politics of Ferelden!

You can read Andy Klosky’s adventure, Unwelcome Guests, here!

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Dragon 4ge Day Charity Conversions

Happy Dragon 4ge Day! We designed a few items for the Dragon Age RPG for charity!

As a thank you for the donors to Child’s Play, donating on Dragon 4ge Day during the livestream of Ghil Dirthalen, we promised to make a custom magic item every time someone made a donation of $10 or more after Reyn came on the stream at 2PM! We had four total donors after their appearance donate $10 or more, so here are four new items for the Dragon Age RPG!

Hack

  • Battle Axe
  • Masterwork Benefits: +5 Damage
  • Superior Benefits: Minimum Strength -1
  • Talent Level:  One Level
  • Focus Benefit: Yes
  • Rune Slots: 0

Holding this axe seems to make you thirsty for some reason. When the axe is used in battle the wielder’ thirst seems to disappear. Blood seems to fountain from strikes with this axe, and it leaves your foes reeling and afraid. The wielder gains access to the Messy Kill stunt for 4 SP. The next time the wielder kills a target, they nearly explode in a shower of gore. For one round after, all enemies involved in the conflict (and potentially allies) who witness this kill must make A Willpower (Courage) test with a TN of 10+your Strength to attack the wielder. Those who fail must take the Defend or Move action instead.

Blade of the Many

  • Dagger
  • Masterwork Benefits: +3 Attack, +3 Damage
  • Talent Level:  Two Levels
  • Focus Benefit: Yes
  • Rune Slots: 2

Many weapons become legends because they had a great owner who performed impressive deeds with the weapon. This weapon did not have a single great owner, but many capable ones. The dagger has a thick ruby in its hilt, that legend claims holds a piece of the soul of every warrior and thief who died with the dagger in hand. Focusing on the ruby brings voices into your mind that call for vengeance. The wielder of this dagger may whisper to the ruby as a minor action, calling for aid. Ghostly figures shift in and out of focus behind the wielder of the dagger and their allies within 10 yards, granting the wielder and their allies the dagger’s damage and talent bonuses for one encounter, as these ghostly spirits guide their weapons and spells. This weapon has been taken by the Templars more than once, and anyone caught with it is quick to be labeled an apostate or maleficar.

Hood’s Message to the King

  • Long Bow
  • Masterwork Benefits: +2 Attack +5 Damage
  • Superior Benefits: Minimum Strength
  • Talent Level:  Two Levels
  • Focus Benefit: Yes
  • Rune Slots: 2

The existence of this weapon is as much myth as history. It is a story passed down among the Free Marches, the identity of “Hood” changing with the city, the bards telling the stories, or the passions of the world’s current troubles. The message is varied but clear: the people want a change, and they will have it. This bow’s construction is very stiff, and pulling back a shot takes a full round, but a shot from this bow flies far and punctures like a qunari cannon. The bow’s range is is incredible, with a short range of 45 yards and a long range of 1117 yards. Finally, the wielder may perform the Pierce Armor stunt for 1 SP, and the Lethal Blow stunt for 3 SP when firing this bow.H

Cold-Blooded

  • Staff
  • Masterwork Benefits: +3 Ice Damage
  • Talent Level:  One Levels
  • Focus Benefit: Yes
  • Rune Slots: 3

The mage who created this staff was famed to have escaped the Templar of his Circle by retreating into one of the coldest winters the Free Marches had seen in decades. While the Templars came for him in the spring, that long and brutal winter was not an idle one. The mage was well-versed in blood and primal magic before he left, and by the time the Templar found him he was a master of both. Using this staff as a focus, and several other items he crafted himself with blood magic, he slew the Templars who gave chase, leaving them frozen outside his hiding place as a warning to those who might come too close. He eventually settled down and passed down several powerful creations to his children, one of whom was supposedly a mage. While this staff only makes one part of the Regalia of the Frozen Heart, it is still a potent magical item. Whenever the wielder casts a Blood or Primal spell, they may perform the Fast Casting stunt for 2 SP instead of 4, but only if the spell they cast with the stunt comes from the other school (if the spell that generates the points is a Primal spell, they must cast a Blood spell with the stunt). Additionally, whenever the wielder of the staff enters Blood Magic mode, they may choose a single element to which they become immune to. Damage from spells, hazards, bombs, or other sources that come from the corresponding element deal no damage to the wielder.

We hope these items help inspire you to make your own! Have fun playing the Dragon Age RPG, and we wish you lots of 6s on that Dragon Die!

Episode 66: What is Your Will?

We discuss making difficult decisions for your players in Dragon Age.

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It was a difficult decision to make this episode….not really, we were happy to talk about it, but deciding what to talk about when making decision was hard! We talk about Moral Challenges, the decision points that are exemplified in the Dragon Age video games, and how you can create your own for your Dragon Age adventures! We discuss stumbling blocks, ways to increase the tension and investment, and give a few examples to help you get started! We also talk about making some potions, and some very painful puns from the darkest depths of the Deep Roads…

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Episode 65: Dareth Shiral

Leona and Andy help us discuss the Keeper specialization!

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In this long-awaited episode (for some of our hosts) we examine the Keeper specialization, one of the elfiest things you can do in the Dragon Age RPG! Learn the secrets of their unique nature magic and how to maximize your time protecting your clanmates and guiding the Dalish to a brighter future! We also talk about our campaigns, the love and loss, and we bring Leona and Andy to talk about all of it! Join us for this frolic through the DARPG!

For more info about the fan celebration that is Dragon 4ge day, you can find their site here! Please remember that submissions are subject to the rules of the event, but you can submit art, fan-fiction, and even Dragon Age RPG adventures!

If you like what we do, please support us on Patreon! You can get more valuable votes on episode topics, or even get episodes early! The more support we get the bigger show becomes, perhaps even becoming new shows with enough support!

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Episode 64: Did You Hear That?

Join us for a discussion about creating immersion and ambiance in your games!

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Attune your ears to the discussion of crafting ambience and immersion in your games! We bring on Leona to tackle the topic of how to pull your players into the world of Thedas, planning games that you’ll talk about for years to come! We discuss sound design, lighting, prop creation, and good old-fashioned descriptive prose! We also tackle some design questions in our Codex and we are already wringing our hands about the next episode’s topic (don’t forget to vote on it!)

For more info about the fan celebration that is Dragon 4ge day, you can find their site here! Please remember that submissions are subject to the rules of the event, but you can submit art, fan-fiction, and even Dragon Age RPG adventures!

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Episode 63: Deserts and Darkspawn

We survive the Ander Suvivor background!

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We go to the desolation that is the Anderfels to talk about being an Ander Survivor! This background is for the tough and scarred hero of the far north, growing up in a harsh world with darkspawn, Grey Warden politics, and the fight for survival! Reyn is on point with their jokes and segment transitions, Jessica does some cat herding behind the scenes, and we announce our participation in Dragon 4ge day!

For more info about the fan celebration that is Dragon 4ge day, you can find their site here! Please remember that submissions are subject to the rules of the event, but you can submit art, fan-fiction, and even Dragon Age RPG adventures!

You can read Saulo Ortega’s adventure Delving Deep here!

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Episode 62: Add the Companion to the Party

Jack Norris joins us to talk about the FAGE Companion!

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Settle in, because Reyn tackles a big topic, and they don’t do it alone! They are joined by Jack Norris from Green Ronin Publishing, one of the designers of the Dragon Age RPG and designer on other AGE titles! Jack is equipped with special knowledge of our topic today: the Fantasy Age Companion! This tome contains supplemental talents, races, backgrounds, optional rules, and more for Fantasy Age, and you can steal from it for Dragon Age! We go through the book and chat about what could fit easily, what might require some tweaking, and what might not be a good fit for Dragon Age! Enjoy this deluxe-sized episode and add the Companion to your party! We also talk about some custom smithing rules and how to talk to your players about how you want to play!

You can see liszante’s Smithing rules here, and follow the thread here!

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