Things are starting to get moving in the world of Dragon Age: Redemption! There’s still a bit of pre-action crawl about the intricacies of Ferelden sociology, and, y’know, fine, but I don’t think it’s adding quite so much that couldn’t be explained by ‘humans hate elves, but some elves are totally badass’. Some elves are played by The Guild‘s Felicia Day, who’s back in her leafy cleavage-armour and pointy ears in a much more convincing several minutes of running around the forest this week.
So what do we take from this episode? This guy might be the worst Templar ever. Tallis may be fast like a fox but her dagger is still lodged in the guy from episode one and you guys, I think that gives a fully-armoured and state-sponsored badass sufficient cause to at least negotiate a little harder than ‘tell me what he said. Come oooooonn quit it and teeeelll mmeeee’. I’m sure the dynamic is aimed towards the straight shooter/loose cannon buddy cop thing, but I just want both of those guys to be a little more believably bad-ass.
This is the thing, I want this to be good! I love the idea, I love the set-up, the relatively budgety feel of the costumes and sets I can deal with, even the occasionally ropey acting has its charm (tangible sorrow at death has not been invented in this era) but the bit that is free bar the cost of a pen and some paper is letting things down. So it goes. It does feel like we’re nearly done with the exposition, and the damned-near-obligatory-because-it’s-awesome warrior/rogue/mage combo is sorted. Moreover, now everyone has their goals clearly stated – Tallis and Cairn want to find the grey dude for their respective factions, and proto-Hobbit Josmael wants to find his lady-love – it feels admirably like a real Dragon Age campaign. Onward to LARPing adventure!
How’s it been casting for you? Tune in next week for some questionable accents and people dressed in brown!