Earlier this week I returned from an extended trip overseas, the highlight of which was a visit to Bioware’s studios in Edmonton for a special invitation event to take a look at the Dragon Age toolset. Why was I there? Good question. Apparently I had been mistaken for an important contributor to the NWN community, so I kept the visor of my hat down low while I rubbed shoulders with the likes of Adam Miller, Beerfish, Hugie, Stratovarious, Alazander, Daemon Blackrazor and fluffyamoeba, and did my best not to get ‘rumbled’ by security. It wasn’t long before a number of us were sitting at our PCs and ‘ooohing’ like a bunch of schoolgirls in front of a Brad Pitt movie.
Rewind a few weeks, and I receive an email from Jay at Bioware inviting me to a ’secret event’ and warning me to pack warm clothes and be prepared for ‘ice wolves roaming the tundra’. After a brief panic over flights and the happy discovery I didn’t need a visa, I found myself in a not-so-cold Edmonton, sadly devoid of the wolves and tundra, but fairly well endowed with cars, parking lots and steak.
An early highlight was a bag of swag deposited in my room, then it was out for an early dinner, and a chance to meet some of my fellow adventurers. Hugie and Adam looked pretty much exactly as I had imagined, while Strat and Beerfish did not - and actually nor did most of the Bioware folks I met, so it was great to start getting names to faces. It was pretty clear early on Jay was a swell guy who will want to invite me to all future events. The other adventurers were a nice crew (though not as nice, since I’m not sure they have any cool events to invite me to). It was pretty clear we were all eager to get our hands on the game or the toolset, but since we didn’t really know what we were going to see, all we could do is speculate. So I’m going to go off and check my NDA now, and see what I can tell you in tomorrow’s update. For now I’ll leave you with this neat screenshot of the ogre from Dragon Age: Origins.