Episode 3: There Are No Buttons

Welcome to episode 3, where we talk all about the basics of the basics of the Dragon Age RPG! We are joined by another new local host who has a fresh perspective perfect for this episode!

We have fun with another animal friend, discuss the Ability Test, and the essential mechanics that build off of it. We are covering the game at its core; no complicated math, no game design theories, no equations, no problems here! If you can master everything in this episode you are well on your way to grand adventures in the world of Thedas!

In the episode we mention a large collection of fan-made content: the Esoterica From Thedas. This colossal collection of new rules for the Dragon Age RPG gives the game cavernous new depths to add new excitements to your campaigns! You can find it here!

We also mention the Dragon Age Green Ronin pages in the podcast, where you can find free PDFs of character sheets and other resources! Here it is for your reading pleasure!

We hope you enjoyed this episode! Tune it next time for more Dragon Age RPG goodness!

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Episode 2: Building Character

Welcome to episode 2: the character creation process episode! In this episode we get a new host and talk about one of the most exciting aspects of any RPG, making brand new characters! With a loud collection of clacking dice we’ll make characters on the air to show you how making characters works in the exciting Dragon Age universe!

We write down concepts, generate Abilities, select Backgrounds, choose classes, calculate Speed and Defense, pick names, and determine Goals and Ties! It may sound like a lot but it should only take you a few minutes to do yourself!

We go through the process with sound, but below we include visual aids! Here are the character sheets we worked on during the episode so you can see how a filled out character sheet might look!

First is Jessica’s character, Nisha the Dalish rogue who is out for blood against the Templars!

The sheet looks a bit barren right now but that is okay, it should only be as full as you need it to be. They get a bit more full as they level up, so leave a bit of space!

Next is Jill’s knowledge-hungry mage!

You can see that she also picked out spells and placed them on the back of the sheet! Some of these are a tad blurry, as our camera is not as nice as our microphone…

Finally, you can see Khrane, Reyn’s starry-eyed dwarf duster warrior!

We also mentioned something called Session Zero in the podacst. We didn’t go very far into it, so we will elaborate what “Session Zero” is here.

Session Zero is actually the first session the players and Game Master sit down with each other. In this session it is common to chat about what characters everyone is making, what kind of campaign the GM plans on running, what themes may be appropriate to build character personalities around, help determine Ties that the Player Characters have with each other, construct Goals so they can be presented to the GM, and determine things like play times and venues where the games will take place. You’d be suprrised how much having everyone around to brainstorm can help!

Session Zero saves your GM and fellow players a lot of headache, so we highly recommend taking the time to schedule a Session Zero with your fellow players before you start your campaigns. Even if you have started, it never hurts to take a late Session Zero to sit donw with your fellows and discuss the direction of the campaign and your characters’ Goals!

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Then you can avoid game nights that look like this around the table…

We hope you enjoy the podcast and come back in two weeks when we release our third episode: How to Play the Dragon Age RPG!We’ll talk about the basic basics and get everyone’s feet wet with the most important aspects of the Dragon Age RPG!

If you have questions, comments, content to submit, or episode suggestions, feel free to leave them here, send them to wondersofthedaspodcast@gmail.com, Kot the Protector on the Green Ronin forums, or send your queries to the Facebook or Twitter accounts! Thank you for listening!

The Road Going Forward

We realize that this whole project may have seemed shiny and exciting before and is now starting to look quiet and non-existent, and we do apologize.

Much is being done behind the scenes here at the Wonders of Thedas! Several episodes have been planned and recorded and are awaiting publishing! So why don’t we release them?

Once we release the next three episodes as a kind of “starting guide” for the podcast, we will be going full steam ahead with a new episode every two weeks! And to make sure you know how serious we are about this, I’d like to present to you the projected schedule for show topics that we hope to release sooner rather than later.

(This is a tentative list. If a particular topic is requested this list could easily change to fit what the listeners want.)

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  1. What is the Dragon Age RPG and Why Should You Play It?
  2. Character Creation
  3. How to Play the Dragon Age RPG
  4. How to GM the Dragon Age RPG
  5. The Warrior Class
  6. The Rogue Class
  7. The Mage Class
  8. The Apostate Background
  9. Constructing Compelling Goals
  10. The Templar Specialization
  11. Class and Goal Coordination
  12. The Dalish Elf Background
  13. Making Exciting Encounters
  14. The Spirit Healer Specialization
  15. Situations the Rules Don’t Cover and What to Do With Them
  16. The Circle Mage Background
  17. Stunts and How to Use Them
  18. The Assassin Specialization
  19. Being a Grey Warden
  20. The Ferelden Freeman Background
  21. Wealth, Magic Items, and Prestige in Your Dragon Age Game
  22. The Beserker Specialization
  23. How to Utilize the Video Games and Novels for Your Game
  24. The City Elf Background
  25. Putting Together Epic Mass Combats
  26. The Arcane Warrior Specialization
  27. Conversion Methods Between the Video Games and the RPG
  28. The Ferelden Noble Background
  29. How to Run Realms and Organizations
  30. The Bard Specialization
  31. The Differences Between Dragon Age and Fantasy Age
  32. The Qunari Beresaad Background
  33. Miniatures, Maps, Cards, Dice, and What Else to Use
  34. The Reaver Specialization
  35. A Primer on Attending Conventions
  36. The Free Marcher Background
  37. Epic Stories and Drama in Dragon Age
  38. The Shapeshifter Background
  39. Inquisition Book Speculations and Wish Lists
  40. The Tal-Vashoth Background
  41. The Fade and How to Use It
  42. The Marksman Specialization
  43. Making Compelling NPCs
  44. The Escaped Elven Slave Background
  45. A Primer on Roleplaying
  46. The Champion Specialization
  47. Making New Beasts and Other Threats
  48. The Ferelden Craftsman Background
  49. A Primer on Being a Good Player
  50. The Shadow Specialization
  51. A Primer on Being a Good GM
  52. The Surface Dwarf Background
  53. How to Introduce the Dragon Age RPG to New Players
  54. The Keeper Specialization
  55. Crafting in the Dragon Age RPG
  56. The Nevarran Adventurer Background
  57. Problem Players and What to Do With Them
  58. The Guardian Specialization
  59. Magic and Dragon Age and How You Can Use It
  60. The Orlesian Commoner Background
  61. The Creation School of Magic
  62. The Legionnaire Scout Specialization
  63. The Entropy Scholl of Magic
  64. The Orlesian Noble Background
  65. The Primal School of Magic
  66. The Force Mage Specialization
  67. The Spirit School of Magic
  68. The Orlesian Exile Background
  69. Campaigns Outside of Thedas
  70. The Spirit Warrior Specialization
  71. Inquisitions of Old and New in Your Campaigns
  72. The Ander Survivor Background
  73. The Qun and Its People in Your Campaigns
  74. The Duelist Specialization
  75. Campaign Frameworks for the Nine Ages
  76. The Rivaini Merchant Background
  77. Romance and Rivalry in Dragon Age
  78. The Necromancer Specialization
  79. Music and Sounds in Your Game
  80. The Tevinter Altus Background
  81. A Discussion About Talents
  82. The Chevalier Specialization
  83. A Discussion About Focuses
  84. The Tevinter Laetan Background
  85. Faces of Thedas Review
  86. The Ranger Specialization
  87. Advanced Topics in the Dragon Age RPG
  88. The Tevinter Soporati Background
  89. The Universalist Mage
  90. The Blood Mage Specialization
  91. The Sniper
  92. The Seheron Convert Background
  93. Joining the Seekers of Truth
  94. The Chasind Stalker Background
  95. Becoming Friend of Red Jenny
  96. The High-Born Dwarf Background
  97. Running with the Carta
  98. The Low-Born Dwarf Background
  99. Hiding with the Fog Warriors
  100. The Waking Sea Raider Background

So, those are our ideas of what may be coming later for the Wonders of Thedas Podcast! As you can see, we have a LOT to talk about, and this list is just a suggestion. This is by no means a set schedule. If you’d like to hear us talk about something you should let us know!

Any episodes requests can be sent to the Facebook, Twitter, wondersofthedaspodcast@gmail.com, a personal message to Kot the Protector on the Green Ronin and Bioware forums, or you can leave a comment here on this blog!

We hope you have the chance to stick with us!

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The 3d6 System and Why We Love It

So, last month, we released our first episode! The episode was very straightforward: why should you play Dragon Age?

We all had fun answering that question of questions. We covered most of the big points; the game is easy to pick up for new players and is fun to master for more seasoned players. If you like Dragon Age, then this game will be easy to slip into. The game creates strong emphasis on all aspects of adventuring rather than focusing most of the rules on a single aspect like combat. The Stunt System helps the game remain exciting and unpredictable. The world of Thedas is big enough to accommodate endless ideas and character concepts.

I feel like those were good things to say, but I wanted to go into more detail about the benefits of the 3d6 system, specifically. We’re gonna get into some math here; hold on to your silly hats!

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Seriously, Anders, what is that thing?

The Dragon Age RPG came out about a year after Dragon Age: Origins did, and the game was meant to be a kind of companion to the video game. The Dragon Age RPG was made using much of the terminology of the video game Origins, but it was also made accessible to people who hadn’t played a tabletop RPG before.

Instead of making the game a d20 system like many of the other popular games of the time, the folks at Green Ronin decided to shake things up by making the game using three six-sided dice, or 3d6s. The primary benefit of this new system is that, when the dice are rolled, the statistical variation in outcomes is significantly lessened, making for more balanced play and increasing the relevance of static die roll bonuses. What does that mean? Well, for those of you who are gaming veterans: Remember that time (or those last fifty times) when you had a +20 bonus on a roll and still failed, because you rolled a 1? That happens much less often in a 3d6 system.

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Yes, there are seven here, but it never hurts to have extras!
To elaborate, the dice create a kind of mathematical bell curve; the “average roll” of a six-sided die, assuming that all numbers are equally possible to roll, is 3.5. Sounds kind of weird, I know, but that’s how it’s supposed to add up. If you roll three of these dice, the average total number to roll falls around a 10.

Now, anyone who plays games with dice knows that you can’t always count on a die to do what you want it to, but this bell curve allows you to rely on the dice averaging out into a certain number range, meaning that the game has less chance of being noticeably affected by… well, chance. A d20 has the same possibility to roll a 1 and a 20 on any given roll, but with 3d6s you would be very lucky to get an 18 and very unlucky to get a 3. Because those two rolls require all the dice to roll the same number, you can still count on the dice rolling closer to 10.

What this translates to at the table is: you can do more stuff. If the dice are going to generally fall into a curve of possible rolls, then your character can try more things outside of their comfort zone with less fear of failure. If your character is good at something you can generally feel safe knowing that you will likely be able to succeed at what your character has worked very hard at. More success around the table means more heroism , more exciting stories to be told, more danger from the GM, and just more fun for everyone!

Now that we can rely more on those dice, we can just wait for those doubles to roll and choose how to spend those Stunt Points!

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What is the Dragon Age Roleplaying Game and Why Should You Play It?

Welcome to the Wonders of Thedas, your one-stop-shop for all your Dragon Age RPG needs! Thank you so much for joining us!

As you can tell this is our first episode, and it is going to be a little short for what we expect down the line! We will give you a quick rundown of the most basic thing we could think of: “Why should you play this RPG at all?” We also include a bit of pre-recording shenanigans we had at the end of the show. This will be a regular thing too, we’ll call it “Post-Show” and it will likely involve more shem-antics like these!

We have many more things to talk about: classes, backgrounds, mechanics of the game, how to portray characters, statblocks for ready-made friends and foes, adventure ideas, and even boost content that you’ve made for the Dragon Age RPG! We are very excited to get started!

We don’t have a scheduled date for when the next episode will come out, but once we start releasing regularly you can expect the episodes to come out bi-weekly.

If you have comments you can leave them below, and if you have questions please send them to Kot the Protector on the Green Ronin forums, wondersofthedaspodcast@gmail.com, or leave them on the Facebook page or Twitter!

Thank you again, and we hope you enjoy listening to the podcast!

The Dragon Age Game Master’s Kit is up for pre-order!

The title says it all! You can now pre-order the GM’s Kit for Dragon Age on Green Ronin’s store! Below is the link. Go out there and run your games in style!

Pre-Order the GM’s Kit!

Welcome to a world of wonder!

Thank you for joining us on this grand journey!

Welcome to the Wonders of Thedas Podcast, a project that I’ve had jumping around in my head for a few years now. This little project is finally becoming a reality and I hope you will enjoy this adventure just as much as I will!

To let you know who I am: my name is Reyn Keonimana Stryker LeBeau. I am a resident of Bloomington, Indiana, and I have always kept a strong and wild imagination. I started playing roleplaying games in high-school with a home-made RPG a friend and my brother made and we migrated to several editions of Dungeons and Dragons. As I moved to college at Indiana University, I picked up the Star Wars RPG by WotC, Pathfinder, Dungeons and Dragons 5E, and finally, Dragon Age.

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My Core Rulebooks are well-loved.
I am player, but more often I am a Game Master. I quickly discovered that adore creating rich campaigns, deep character conversations, exciting battles and chases, and telling a story that my players will keep talking about for years to come. The role of GM fit me well, and I also run plenty of sessions at my local Pathfinder Society lodge.

After listening to great podcasts about roleplaying games, I noticed that one of my favorite RPGs, Dragon Age, has no podcasts currently. Pathfinder and Star Wars have great podcasts that have been enduring for years, but I only ever found one podcast for Dragon Age, and that podcast seemed to disappear after only three episodes. I finally decided that  wanted to change that.

With my degree in Telecommunications (Design and Production), a new microphone, and some slap-happy friends, I have the first episode recorded for your listening pleasure. I have dozens of episode plans for the future and am hoping to begin by explaining why you should care about this RPG in the first place! A blog post will accompany this podcast episode with additional info and comments from me!

Thank you for reading, and I hope you find what you are looking for at Wonders of Thedas!

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Wishing you many 6s on the Dragon Die!