As promised, you can now download the PDF version of the Dragon Age RPG Quickstart Guide, as featured on Free RPG Day, for free! This quickstart features rules, an adventure, and pre-generated characters so you can jump right into the action. The Dragon Age RPG is based on BioWare’s popular Dragon Age RPG franchise, and brings the dark and gritty world of Thedas to your gaming table.
I absolutely love the Dragon Age RPG. The world is dark as hell, the system is simple but rich, and — best of all, IMHO — you don’t have to use minis unless you want to, which is the way we did it in the old days.
I enjoy 4E, but any system that pretty much requires the use of computer software to generate a character has missed the point, I think. Dragon Age RPG makes it simple to sit down with some dice, a pencil and paper, and with a little imagination you have a character in about 5 minutes. This is role playing the way I did it as a kid.
Okay, first - thank you for…’connecting’ me to this; I like the intent behind it and that was also one of my pet peeves of 4E.
…but the other main bone I had to pick with WotC and their latest incarnation of our old friend is that the default setting - and most other ones including an ALREADY ESTABLISHED setting that is by default very different - is darker than a sable dipped in India ink and sitting in the bottom of a coal bin in the third basement of an obsidian-hewn building on a moonless night.
I’m sorry, “civilization is a few small metaphoric campfires in the dark countryside” sounds great and all, for a while, but then it just gets fucking GRIM and MOROSE.
And don’t give me the ‘but that’s all just their suggestions; you can play your OWN setting’ line - the aura pervades EVERYTHING WRITTEN in 4E; it oozes from the artwork and arises from every piece of fluff text that marbles throughout the REQUISITE tomes that one MUST HAVE to play; this is what Wizards of the Coast want D&D to be, and I don’t; ergo, we part ways.
The REALLY ultimate nail in the coffin was the slash-and-burn job WotC did on
Yes, this probably brings the ‘published’ Realms closer to the setting that Mr. Greenwood plays, and grand, cataclysmic changes have gone through the setting, but this wholesale decimation of just about any sizable civilized area in the continent is not only jars one’s perception of the milieu, but also jars one’s willing suspension of disbelief - for all this time, the planar structure of Abeir-Toril has completely hidden two now suddenly vital and pivotal parallel domains? Up to this point, no one even MENTIONED the Feywild or the Shadowfell. Suddenly they’re right there, and *cough-cough-recton-cough* have always been there.
It not only pulled me from verisimilitude, but it prevented me from ‘getting into’ 4E, and so I cast it aside since it no longer fit my needs or wants.
And it’s with no small misgiving that I look upon Dragon Age, since my CRPG experiences have been equally “DARK”…
…but at least it running a ‘quick combat encounter’ shouldn’t feel like being a damn air-traffic controller. ;)
Arguing that the U.S. food supply is 99 percent safe, House Republicans cut millions of dollars Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration’s budget, denying the agency money to implement landmark food safety laws approved by the last Congress.
Saying the cuts were needed to lower the national deficit, the House also reduced funding to the Agriculture Department’s food safety inspection service, which oversees meat, poultry and some egg products.
And lawmakers chopped $832 million from an emergency feeding program for poor mothers, infants and children. Hunger groups said that change would deny emergency nutrition to about 325,000 mothers and children.
But, you know, tax cuts for multi-millionaires are totally awesome.
"food supply is 99 percent safe"
"FOOD SUPPLY IS 99 PERCENT SAFE"
Now wait a second; I bet you read that statement and jumped to the conclusion “well, at least the majority will be okay if anything happens”
NO, that’s NOT what that statement says: it’s NOT “99 percent of the food supply is safe”, or 99/100 of your food is FULLY safe, and 1/100 of it is at risk.
That statement literally means: all of your food is mostly safe, but there IS a one-percent risk to ALL OF IT.
You know, a one-in-ONE-HUNDRED chance of something bad happening to ALL OF IT.
P=0.01; millions of people play the lottery were the usually the probability is about P=0.00000007.