Jennifer Hepler

Jennifer Brandes Hepler was a senior writer at BioWare, prior to leaving the company in August 2013[1] she worked on Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Before joining BioWare, Jennifer worked as a freelance writer.[2]

Dragon Age: Origins Edit

Jennifer wrote most of the dwarven NPCs in Orzammar, and the Dwarf Commoner Origin. She co-wrote the plot of A Paragon of Her Kind with Lukas Kristjanson,[3] and wrote the Anvil of the Void quest line, including Branka and Hespith. She oversaw the development of dwarven culture and the city of Orzammar and was an early contributor to the Landsmeet plot.[2]

Hepler was also responsible for training and mentoring junior writers and new team members. She designed and standardized process and documentation for all stages of plot development, from pitching through final review.[2]

Dragon Age II Edit

Jennifer was the "second-in-command" to leader writer David Gaider.[2] She wrote Anders, Bethany, Gamlen, Leandra, Elthina, Cullen, and Sebastian Vael.[4] She also wrote the entire The Exiled Prince and most of the Legacy DLCs. Hepler also oversaw and wrote most of the Mage-Templar War.[2]

Dragon Age: Inquisition Edit

Jennifer was the "second-in-command" to leader writer David Gaider. She wrote 3 large (15,000-word +) critical path plots and was originally writing Cassandra.[5]

She also oversaw a team of four writers to prototype and design playable races. Hepler was responsible for training and mentoring junior writers and new team members.[2]

Trivia Edit

  • Hepler is sometimes referred to by the nickname "Queen of the Dwarves"; a reference to this can be found after The Urn of Sacred Ashes quest in Dragon Age: Origins. Her name and a quote can be seen on a gravestone behind the farm house in the Village of Haven.

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References Edit

  1. Plague of game dev harassment erodes industry, spurs support groups. Polygon. Retrieved on August 15, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Jennifer Hepler. LinkedIn.
  3. BSN David Gaider (January 8, 2010). "Writers of Dragon Age" . The BioWare Forum.
  4. BSN Jennifer Hepler (March 14, 2011). "Andrastes flaming pants, Anders! (Spoilers)" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on March 17, 2011.
  5. BSN David Gaider (June 25, 2014). "Dorian discussion and speculation" . The BioWare Forum. Retrieved on June 26, 2014.
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