Inquisition with Lead Writer of Dragon Age

by Rachel Baker on August 29, 2013

On the Kindle Daily Post, there’s a cool Q&A with David Gaider, who is the lead writer of Dragon Age games and books. With only two games that have come out in the Dragon Age universe, the graphic novels have been one of the few places fans can go and get their Dragon Age fix. How did you first decide which characters to further explore? Were any decisions made due to fan demand versus an inkling of an idea for a branching story that was already there?

David Gaider: I think it would have been difficult to base the decision on which characters were going to appear in the graphic novels based on fan demand alone. Dragon Age is a pretty character-driven series. No matter which characters you name, there are people out there who are intensely passionate about them. We knew the moment we picked any characters there would be fans of those who weren’t included who’d immediately wonder why not. So ultimately it was down to which characters I personally thought it would be fun for me to explore a bit further. There was a hanging plot thread regarding what became of Alistair’s father, and it was something I always wanted to explore… so I came up with several scenarios in which that plot could be explored, and the ramifications the search would mean both to him as well as the others.

Amazon Summary of the Game Dragon Age Origins: An epic tale of violence, lust, and betrayal, Dragon Age: Origins is a single player role-playing game (RPG) set in a fantasy game environment, and featuring three playable character classes, accessible in the form of three races. In addition, the game features extreme character customization, a new game engine, party-based gameplay utilizing non-player characters and a built-in personal history system for each hero character rooted in a variety of possible origin stories.

The survival of humanity rests in the hands of those chosen by fate. You are a Grey Warden, one of the last of an ancient order of guardians who have defended the lands throughout the centuries. Betrayed by a trusted general in a critical battle, you must hunt down the traitor and bring him to justice. As you fight your way towards the final confrontation with an evil nemesis, you will face monstrous foes and engage in epic quests to unite the disparate peoples of a world at war. A romance with a seductive shapeshifter may hold the key to victory, or she may be a dangerous diversion from the heart of your mission. To be a leader, you must make ruthless decisions and be willing to sacrifice your friends and loved ones for the greater good of mankind.

From the Amazon Summary of the first Comics Dragon Age: The Silent Grove:
Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is the perfect introduction to BioWare’s dark fantasy universe! In this essential, canonical story from David Gaider, lead writer of the games, King Alistair, accompanied only by rogues Isabela and Varric, embarks on a quest deep inside the borders of Antiva—a nation of assassins! Together, they will encounter a prison break, dragons, the mysterious Witch of the Wilds, and one of the greatest secrets in the history of the world!

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