Ok, yeah... I've been crazy busy with personal stuff and haven't even been able to get all the way through my copy of DA2 yet (I shouldn't be too far off the end though). I've actually been ducking the wikia a bit to avoid spoilers but I feel like it's getting out of hand so I'm back now, at least as much as time allows. 23:12, March 26, 2011 (UTC)
I've been on the wiki for some time now, it's coming up on a year though I haven't been registered that long yet. I know a great deal about more Dragon Age than even seems reasonable to me. I've read just about every page on the wiki, both Dragon Age books, and a great deal of articles on the game. I've also clocked in several hundred hours playing Dragon Age and have played every possible character type a good deal into the game. I'm not that good with the DA Toolset my skill is limited to morphs really. I was a lot better with the NWN and the Morrowind Toolsets though that doesn't really help me here.
Some people may have noticed me in the forums here as I post there with great regularity. I've recently been catching myself aiding in the derailing of topics through this progressive system of commenting and I'm trying to stop that. I've also been stepping out of topics more often as real world parallels with the lore cause conflicts, though that seems bound to happen with a game like Dragon Age. I really like the community here at the wiki, though I have found myself in conflict with some posters on occasion. There is no one on this wiki I actually dislike, so hopefully I haven't given anyone reading this that impression. I've been under a lot of stress lately, if I offend anyone I'm sorry.
Some things about me personally now, some people might notice I have an odd knowledge base. I study just about anything that catches my eye relentlessly (like Dragon Age). You should never be surprised if I seem to know something unusual. I actually ask myself with some regularity "Why do I know this?", though to no avail. I do avoid directly giving information that can be used to identify me or my whereabouts, though I've left enough info here and there that anyone should be able to figure it out (not sure why they'd bother though). I read a great deal of webcomics and watch a crazy amount of anime , if you're a fan maybe I can give some recommendations. Like many other people on this wiki I spend time on the BioWare forums (I'm a fanboy, what can I say?) as well as tvtropes (I truly love that site). I'm a D&D player and I've read through almost every 3 & 3.5 edition book, though I don't get to play as much as I used too. I used to play MTG a lot though not so much recently.
I'm not exactly stingy with my time and I like being helpful, if anyone has any questions on the game or anything else really feel free to ask.
Wanna hear something crazy? I lost all of my save files a little while back some I'm doing all of these again the way they were before, these head-shots are from the old characters but I'm doing the quests the same way (new mods though, so that helps). I'm going to place (C) next to the characters names as I complete them again, ones I've started will have (X) where X is the number of main quests I've completed (1-5 are allies/urn, 6 will be Landsmeet). I'm also going to be way more careful about backing them up.
Bah, my mouse broke so I won't be able to play until I get a new one (and I'm terrible about getting around to doing stuff like that...), well I could do with giving it a break anyway (I was starting to burn-out a little).
Later on I'll fill in more info on each of my characters individually.
For the most part I travel around the map doing all of the quests in a pretty consistent, and possibly idiosyncratic, order based on how I would choose to travel if I had a list of places I need to go, taking into account efficient use of time even though the game doesn't care. I've done it a lot of other ways but this is the order I eventually settled on:
This forms a kind of rough ring around Fereldan that the Warden follows, additional steps get added for certain quests but for the most part this is the order I've been doing it my last several play-throughs. It makes it all go a little bit faster since I've decided where to go ahead of time, if I tried to puzzle it out the way I imagine my characters would it would take a lot longer.
There's a particular line of dialogue you can get in Redcliffe if you obtain the ashes from The Urn of Sacred Ashes before ever going to Redcliffe Castle. Now, this isn't exact but when Lady Isolde mentions you need the ashes you can say something along the lines of "I already found the Urn of Sacred Ashes" and Isolde and Bann Teagan are thoroughly amazed to say the least. While Isolde will ask "how?" before you can tell her what happened Bann Teagan will cut her off with something like "Would you question a miracle?" so you can't tell the story. I've always wished there was some sort of option to smack Teagan up-side the head right there and yell "SHUT UP TEAGAN! I'll be damned if I'm not telling this epic story!!!". You just don't go depriving a man of his bragging rights, not cool Teagan, not cool.
Saves to be imported to DA2
Despite my profile name being Aedan Cousland, I've decided to use one of my Human Mages, for my first play-through of DA2, I'm not sure which one of them I want to import though (likely Solona, but I'm not sure). My first play-through I'll also be playing a mage Hawke, the RP looks just way to good to not do on a first play. I'm not entirely sure which gender I want to play the first time, usually I'd do a male character first, but I'm trying to maximize the RP experience and I'm thinking female Hawke might work better based on what I've seen so far.
My second play-through will be importing Aedan Cousland, I'll be using a female rogue Hawke.
My third play-through will be importing Faren Brosca, I'll be using a male warrior Hawke.
Mods That I Use
I've often seen people asking what mods other players use so I've decided to list the ones I'm currently running here (many others I've tried and uninstalled). I didn't make any of these mods and don't guarantee any of them to be flawless. If you want to try any of these, in addition to the basic info (the description and readme files) I recommend reading through comments on them to get an idea of what kinds of glitches if any other players have experienced.