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An interview by Game Banshee with Green Ronin's Chris Pramas gives some insight into the upcoming tabletop RPG based on Bioware's computer game, Dragon Age: Origins.

The game looks like it will be very much an old-fashioned D&D-esque game (class and level based, the three classes being Warrior, Mage, and Rogue), but with some new twists (3d6 + one ability score for all tests, spell point system instead of Vancian magic, and no alignment system). It's slated to be released in chunks rather than in a preview--> whole big book format, so the first release is a $29.99 boxed set with a player's guide, GM's guide, a world map, and 3d6, which covers levels 1-5, with later releases covering 6-10, 11-15, and 16-20. With no intention to compile them into a single book, or at least no intention at this point; what you buy in the basic set IS really the complete game, with the full rules, just limited to one set of levels.

It's an interesting departure from most current release models, but I have to say that I kind of like it. Rather than paying $35 each for three books (Player's, GM's, Monster Manual) that I will only use part of from each at first (getting the full low-to-high level scale of everything in one book), I get to pay for what I'm about to use in the game.

Also, I admit that I like the idea of a Bioware-based tabletop RPG. I have great faith in their ability to craft an interesting world, and having a game drawn from that which wasn't hobbled by a D&D license on either Bioware's writing or Green Ronin's game design sounds epic!

But I also realize that others may disagree with me. Any thoughts? Anybody else interested?

Blessed be,

Date: 2009-05-30 04:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bryant
That release model reminds me of whichever old D&D edition it was that got released that way. I won't mind as long as there's not a lot of repetition, but I don't see why there would be, so yay.

The big question for me: will Bioware use their marketing arm to stick this sucker in new channels? If so, will it expand the gamer base?


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