[DAI spoiler] Hawkward in Hindsight: Grey Wardens September 9th, 2019, 12:50 am
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I'm not really head over heels with the Grey Wardens. It probably has something to do with my attempts to avoid joining them and Duncan being a bit of a douchecan about it... but nevertheless, I had Blackwall with me when I came across Jana in Crestwood and, you know... I'm weak. I want my companions to be happy.
I didn't think it was a big deal.

... yeah. That went well.

Posted @ September 9th, 2019, 12:50 am

Posted @ October 22nd, 2019, 10:22 pm

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I understand why Duncan is so dogged about it, what with the Grey Wardens being the only good weapon there is against the Blight, but they really should spend the intervening years and centuries looking for another way. Or, at the very least, making like Avernus and seeing what can be done to improve their condition.

Posted @ September 9th, 2019, 7:38 am


*waves frantically at Last Flight*

So anyway, I never let her join the Wardens so never knew what happened if she did but hoo boy does that make brutal sense. Thanks Bioware!

Posted @ September 9th, 2019, 10:33 pm


Seeing this makes me think about how these relation bars with companions kind of hamper the roleplaying. At least if there is only a storyline if you increase it.
you can roleplay of course, BUT you are only rewarded if you flip-flop around and please all of your companions. It is better to give questlines and reactions to increasing and decreasing relationships like DA2 was trying to do.

Sorry if this was a bit rambly....

Posted @ September 13th, 2019, 11:16 pm


@Sharp-Claw: Honestly? I really liked that about PoE1 and ME2. Pellagina may have different political views about a certain group and frown at me during conversation, but she doesn't do hissy fit because of it.

When it comes to "rating" the relationship with bars then I found that I either just don't bother with some companions or on later replays of the game know and manipulate in advance who to take on what mission/region or what to say to make them friendly. I have to be really comfortable with game with this mechanic to roleplay without planing out friendships, and just letting it all go naturally.

I understand measuring, and sometimes I like it, but having friendship based on words is less fun than the one build on actions.

Posted @ September 14th, 2019, 1:43 am


@mamiser: My major problem with it is, that sometimes you get locked out of content (eg. companion quests,character interactions and such) if you don't say and do what the character wants to hear/see.

PoE2 is a good example for NOT doing that, allowing you to do the quests regardless of relation level.(I think that it does at least XD)

Posted @ September 14th, 2019, 6:27 am


I remember her I was like holy shit is that who I think it is, no wait it wasn't merrill. But yes recruit all the people and stuff.

Posted @ September 20th, 2019, 8:57 pm


@Broseidon: Oh yeah, I understand Duncan, but that doesn't mean I really agree and all of that. But I am weak for party approval and here we are...

@DorkinIt: One of these days I will buy the book. And then maybe actually read it too. Please do not look at my bookshelves and all the unread books there.

@Sharp-Claw: Oh, they absolutely do. I would LOVE to just do whatever I feel is right for the character, but I also don't want to miss out on content. Especially not in a 100+ hours long game that I might not have the time to play again.

@mamiser: I don't remember any strong feelings about the PoE1 system, but PoE2 is giving me a hard time by giving some characters A LOT of opportunities for approval and others basically none. And that is how Xoti knew me for a couple of days and fell in love, while I have been struggling to get a chance to even attempt to flirt with Aloth for what feels like months.

@wildmageguy: I wish they would have changed up the recycled designs a bit, even if it was just the color, to avoid those "holy shit, is that ????" but then again, an invisible Zevran is having a good laugh wherever I go in Haven so...

Posted @ September 23rd, 2019, 3:23 pm