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Impressions and Weapons of Dragon Age: Inquisition

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 9, 2014, 9:48 AM
We're about a month away from release and so far, all appears to be good.

The full listing of romance options are now available and heavily favor female pcs with 5 possible love interests (1 gay, 2 bi and 2 with racial preferences (that supposedly make super-story sense)) while males only have 3 (1 gay, 2 bi and 1 straight). I think that this will be interesting and I am glad that the race-gating thing was decreased to only 2 characters (Solas and Cullen). More on Why I don't believe Race-gated romances work can be found here: thaeonblade.deviantart.com/art…

Skyhold looks like it will be awesome with many customization options; the combat is going to be tough now that healing is harder to pull off both in-combat and out of combat; The areas are larger than both Dragon Age: Origins and DA2 combined; and the PC doesn't seem like they'll have their agency restricted by the plot like Dragon age II did to Hawke. Honestly, I don't see any problem with the game at the moment...Except for one.

Weapon Style class restrictions have returned from Dragon Age II. Which means Warriors are still only stuck with shield and sword or 2-handed sword and Rogues can only use duel daggers and bows. Despite the fact that Duel Wielding for Warriors is highly requested, Bioware won't implement it...for reasons. I can't even begin to grasp at those reasons apart from fears that the Warrior will be OP or that the classes won't stand out.

This makes no sense because this was never a complaint in the first place. Origins didn't have weapon restrictions and it's classes were well separated and distinguished. The Warrior was the fighter who used archery, duel-wielding, sword and shield or 2-handed swords to tank attacks; break down enemy defenses; control a crowd; or straight-up murder people. The Rogue could be leveled-up and equipped to fight on the front-line too, but they could also use backstabs; stealth; fake-outs and had more skills for traps, poisons and grenades. So what was the problem?

DA2 demonstrated that stripping out features and abilities don't improve the combat experience, it just makes it more regimented and un-creative. And now Bioware wants to continue with this framework of class weaponry rather than go back to the clearly superior model that Origins had. From what I've seen, the level-up system has been expanded and refined for lots of customization so maybe this will work for Inquisition's system. Plus, Rogues can apparently use "double-bladed" knives, so maybe things won't be as bad as they were in DA2.

But come on...why can't we have our Dual-Wielding Warriors back?

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Rastifan Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It seems I cannot submit to the sub folders in the Mass Effect folder. Am I meant to just post in the main one?
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manda091987 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
I just started writing my Mass effect 2 Fan-Fic. Please let me know where to put it! Thank you! :D 
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Trisstiz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Thank you so much for the request! ^_^
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rukibunny Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the request on my work! :D
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KathTea-Katastrophy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Lots of stolen Bioware fanart here:
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Signal boost?
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elyhumanoid Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Thank you for requesting my renders :)
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Earthsoul22 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014   Digital Artist
hello i just started a dragon lore/fables series on youtube and i was wondering if you could advertise it here and if you could possibly add the fact that i'm looking for a narrator?
here's the link:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFEUT8…

thank you and have a nice day!
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Spielodia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional
Hi. An Instagram account (called "mass_effect_lovers" can be found here: instagram.com/mass_effect_love… ) has been reposting a bunch of Mass Effect fanart without any credit (she credit ONE of them as far as I've seen).
I've asked them (well, it's a her) to credit -politely- and they just deleted my comment. I recognized a bunch of works from DA, though can't remember the names, a lot I didn't though cause I'm not really active in the fandom (or DA, recently.

I know some artists don't care about receiving credit etc. But I think people should know about what's going on.

Maybe the group could post a journal about this? Or whoever is reading this post a journal to your friends? or go directly to the artists she's taken art from and alert them? Just any help really.
She's gonna keep doing it to other artists.... maybe if a lot of her posts are reported, she gets banned, or something. I never said another word to her cause she can just block me (and she hasn't taken anything of mine), then I wouldn't be able to even see her account. So the best way would be to report each post.

Reporting copyright infringement on Instagram is kinda annoying, but it's not too hard and you don't need an Instagram account.
I posted about this on a ME group but I guess people don't care. I'm trying a second time but I guess if no one bothers so I'll just leave it alone and keep an eye on her in case she takes something of mine. Finding all the original art is hard because they're so many, it would be easier if people who are active on the fandom can recognize the owners of the pictures and report them.
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LordShitpissfart123 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iquBd7…

you guys should check this out if you haven't
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Padzi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mass Effect folder is full.
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campestris Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the request!
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Gaspode5 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Thank you so much for requesting 'Bad Boys' to your gallery. :heart:
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SmexyOryx Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for adding my work to the group! I am a dummy! 
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OneMoonCircles Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Thank you for the request! :floating:
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Tinkarooni Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Hello! Thank you for adding my art :)
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AichiKitsune Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I am taking commissions, if any one is interested ;)
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Natmonkey Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey all, just wanted to thank you for being so quick with handling submissions. Love 
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manda091987 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
I am writing a Mass Effect Fan-fiction. I started with one and am about to finish it up. I plan to go all the way through to 3. Might even go a little further. I was wondering if I could submit it to this group? If so, which folder would you like me to put it in?
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MissMan69 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for adding my art!:happybounce: 
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Panchima Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Thx for requesting "Morrigan x Leliana"!!! Glad to have it here in the gallery!!! :)
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Maestronot Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you for all your request with my space lady ! She's glad to appear in your gallery. ~~
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Zazu75 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you guys accept word art? because I usually only make word art. and pixel art. do you guys accept pixel art?
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Iazcutler Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My screeenshot: iazcutler.deviantart.com/art/M… submission was declined and I didnt get any explanation. I would like to know why. Screenshots are not allowed here. I just want to know the reason, thank you.
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Ottemis Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guys, the Mass Effect folder won't allow new additions due to it being over it's max size apparently. Is this something being looked into?
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Midnight-Blackened Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
:) Many thanks for adding my pics to the group :icondragonshy2:
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