I’ve played origins so much that I’m wondering where to go from here.
I’ve only played everything else once, in this order:
DAO (including the 3 DLC; Shale’s, Ostagar, and Soldier’s Peak) (and obvs feastday)
DAII (NO DLC - should I?)
NOT jaws or descent!
Which order did you play and what would you recommend - finishing my DAO warden’s file through Inquisition or completing the trophy set and then moving on?
I’m oddly connected to my current warden, Natia Brosca/Aeducan. I meant for her to be pragmatic enough to make some tough decisions but she didn’t harden Leliana and was “converted” to Andrastrianism and in a relationship with the Alistair that is married to Anora.
I think I’ll go for it, Awakening through Trespasser!
Jaws of Hakkon is my favorite DLC of all games.
^Is that part of a greatest hits disk or do I have to pay to download it?
Pay, But it's cheap, Very cheap, I believe as i remember it wont pass 10 $.
And yes download it.
Maybe I’ll have money to spare once I get to DAI again lol
I highly recommend Legacy. Mark of the Assassin has no relevance to anything whatsoever, and you have to endure Tallis. But the combat is fun, as are the puzzles. And there are some funny moments during the party, and with the banter.
Jaws and Descent are both fun. Jaws gives you a whole new area to explore, and Descent has some challenging combat and interesting lore. None of it is relevant to the plot, though. Well, so far anyway. Some of the Descent stuff might become relevant in DA 4. Jaws is pretty self-contained.
This is my preferred order for the DLCs.
The Stone Prisoner (after both Redcliffe and the Circle Tower)
Return to Ostagar (immediately after The Stone Prisoner)
Warden's Keep (after all of the previous stuff and the Brecilian Forest, plus some Denerim sidequests)
The Golems of Amgarrak
Sebastian's quest sometime during Act 2
The other two DLCs right before the endgame. First Mark of the Assassin, then Legacy.
I do all of the main campaign, then the DLCs. First Jaws of Hakkon, then Descent, and then Trespasser.
I've only played DAO and its DLCs, but usually I complete everything in Lothering, then Warden's Keep (for the party chest early in the game), then Stone Prisoner (for recruiting Shale early), then (with a quick return trip to Lothering to buy everything I want) I defend Redcliffe and meet Connor before heading to Kinloch Hold to recruit the mages, then I save Connor before Return to Ostagar (with Wynne and Alistair) and on to the Bricilian Forest.
After the Archdemon is defeated, definitely play Awakening first, then Amgarrak, and finally Witch Hunt. Past that, I don't know.
^Yeah, I can’t survive without that chest early on, I’m an inventory hoarder lol
Much like Jon Glaser, I love gear. I will do the dlc's that give me gear/stats as soon as I can, storytelling be damned.
I made the accident of playing The Decent with a Level 15 Mage Lavellan Inquisitor without bothering to read the notes and instructions that it's 'recommended' for Level 20.
It wasn't a grind. It was like being shoved into a steam-powered old-school whaling vessel with the sawblades and eviscerators sticking out with me being dumb enough not to back down from a challenge and deciding to 'tough it out'. In the first six battles with 'normal' baddies, I TPK'ed probably eight times, and I think I TPK four times facing the first elite alone.
It isn't called 'grinding for experience' when you're 5 levels early.
It's called being a masochist.
On the other hand, the loot was utterly epic since, being early, everything was extra-special top-tier goodies that made my crew (Magevellan, Cass, Bull, and the Liar) fairly close to being actually OP (even if every fight was a near death-sentence). For a grindrun, The Decent was a good one, very involving with lots of money, schematics, and resources to have, as well as the option afterwards of mining about 20-25 Silverite in about 45 minutes through Cullen for high-grade metal for crafting or just a big bag of money (I think you can get about 400-550 Gold for selling about this amount, far more than the 'Get Coin!' War Table choice). There was also a Leather option that, while not as fancy as Silverite, does provide a Tier III leather for crafting though doesn't sell nearly as high (nor do I remember getting that much of it when I did it). The 'Merchant' of Decent also provides Tier II and Tier III metals (perhaps more, I'm not remembering it too well right now) and I don't recall comparing prices with the Black Emporium (which is more expensive than most all dealers).
Still, best mistake I ever made, that brutal, brutal grindrun. I can't recall how many times I TPK'ed that thing before making it to the end, and I remember at one point having three dead party members, a half-dead mage with no more potions whatsoever, running away like a bitch from some room with a mess of enemies and drawing them out one or two at a time to blast them silly with Fire Runes, Blizzard, Chain Lightning, and my own curses. I think it took me an hour just to clear that one... damn... room.
What do you think?