Dragon Age II

Welcome to the first edition of a new weekly column at Nerd Bastards, Web Series Wednesday. Here we’ll feature a new a web series every week (Well, we’ll try every week. We’re pretty lazy.) for your viewing pleasure. There could be chat shows, dramas, comedies maybe even a video podcast (Vodcast?). Basically, we’re hoping to share with you some of the great content the web has to offer that isn’t funny cat videos. But if someone made a great web series about funny cat videos you better believe you’ll learn about it here.

We’ll also be open to suggestions, so please, share with us some of your favorite web series below in the comments.

All right, for week one I chose Dragon Age Redemption. I know, some of you might be groaning, “Ugh, but that, like, just came out! It’s too new!” In fact this is exactly why I’m starting here. See, Dragon Age Redemption is the future of the web series. You can still find shows filmed with a cell phone in someone’s backyard, and believe me we’ll be looking to feature those shows too, but Dragon Age Redemption proves how far web content has come. Not only is it a series set in the world of a very popular video game series, it’s actually produced with help from the game’s own studio, Bioware. In addition to helping produce the series, Bioware also created new downloadable game content featuring Redemption‘s’ main character. This strategy of tying an original web series into a well establish video game series is a great example of the power of web content. Most importantly, it’s FREE! But I’m sure a pretty penny was made come the end of the day. I can guarantee more people downloaded the Mark of the Assassin DLC, or hell, even went out and bought Dragon Age II because they liked what they saw in Redemption.

Redemption follows the journey of an Elven assassin  known as “Tallis0” whose also a Qunari slave. In Qunari society there are no names, only titles. She’s sent on a mission to track and capture an escaped mage, Saarebas. Tallis is eventually joined by a templar knight, a Daelish Elf mage and a mercenary reaver. Those who’ve played any of the Dragon Age games, or any RPG for that matter, will find their little group’s dynamic familiar. The series unfolds as if you were watching a friend’s Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

The finale episode of the six part series premiered yesterday on Youtube, on Machinima‘s account to be exact, and an obvious factor in this series’ success is Felicia Day. She’s arguably the queen of the web series, acting in several and producing the web’s most famous series, The Guild. Whether you love her or hate her, you cannot deny the huge impact she’s had in developing web content into a viable market. I don’t think Bioware would have wasted their time with a web series if Day hadn’t proved the mediums popularity as well as profitability.

Day wrote and stars in the series as Tallis and it’s a fun departure from the awkward, geeky girl she often portrays. In Redemption she gets to kick some major ass, and fans of the Dragon Age series shouldn’t worry, the plentiful violence you’re accustomed to is here. Joining Day as Saarebas is Doug Jones. Your probably very familiar with Jones’ work but you might not be able to pick ’em out of a police line-up. Jones has played Abe Sapien, the Angel of Death and the Chamberlainin the Hellboy flicks as a well as El Fauno and The Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth. Basically, if you need a tall, skinny dude who doesn’t seem to mind 8+ hours in a make-up chair, Jones is your dude. And in Redemption he’s in some stellar make-up. He’s cool and menacing, and a villain you can’t help but have a little sympathy for. In the role of the reaver, Nyree is Marcia Battise and I think she’s the standout of the whole cast. She plays her reaver as dangerous and sassy, and her smarmy Brit accent perfectly suits the character. After watching her I want to make a reaver character but I don’t believe this is an available character class in any Dragon Age game. Damn. Come on, Bioware, deliver!

Watch the first episode of the six-part series below, complete with links to the following episodes, and let us know what you think. Were you impressed with Redemption’s effects (CGI, costumes, and make-up)? Can you notice ways in which their slightly larger than normal web series budget payed off? Would you like to see more from this series’, further Tallis adventures maybe?

Remember to recommend other series we should feature here in Web Series Wednesday!

Like every other geek girl (and boy) on the web, I totally idolize Felicia Day. Chatting with her for literally two seconds was a highlight of my Dragon*Con experience. So, naturally, I’m really, really pumped for the release of her new web series, Dragon Age: Redemption. Finally, today, we got an official trailer from Machinima,

Ooooh! I can’t wait! Also, how great does the tie-in DLC, Mark of the Assassin look? We reported on an exclusive preview from Kotaku last week, which shows more in-game action. But the trailer for the web series, I mean, wow, it looks so professional. And I’m not snubbing her other web series, The Guild, but the benefits of a larger budget show and it looks fantastic. I’m so stoked to see Day kickin’ ass as the elven assassin, Tallis.

In addition to the new trailer, Day shared more awesome news on her blog. Fancy winning some Dragon Age schwag from Felicia herself? Of course you do!

Starting next Tuesday I’ll be linking all the episodes to you here and on all my social media accounts(midnight international release on Machinima FYI), I’ve also been given a BUNCH of schwag to give out each week, like DLC codes, Dragon Age merch, signed headshots (etc), so hopefully you’ll enjoy that.  There’s a podcast etc etc, so lots of fun stuff to come!

There’s a fanart contest currently going on over at Bioware around Tallis’ outfit (and a nice blog entry by the designer of the costume, Greg Aronowitz) and a puzzle contest that I’ll be helping link to all week until launch, so maybe give that stuff a peek to tide you over ’til launch!

Ahh! I can barely contain my nerdy excitement! If a chance for neat prizes isn’t enough for you (And really, why are you so demanding!?) Day will also be organizing, “some Google Hangouts to interact with you guys about the episodes, so you can meet the cast and crew and ask questions about the show.” If you were looking for that reason to join Google+, here ya go.

All right, let’s review:

-Dragon Age: Redemption premieres next week, October 11th at Machinima

-The Dragon Age II DLC, Mark of the Assassin releases the same day

-You’ll have chance to win cool stuff, including DLC codes, from Felicia Day when you follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ (Which, I’m sure you’re already doing)

What a fantastic time to be a fan of the Dragon Age series and Ms. Day. Honestly, who else can’t wait for October 11th?

DA2

Welcome gaming bastards to another edition of G.R.O.W. This is NerdBastards weekly video game release list where we give y’all a heads up on what was released for the consoles and PC (and sometimes the MAC). We also cover downloadable titles as well.

This week, we see Bioware releasing their newest epic, Dragon Age II. Baseball fans rejoice as this years edition hits stores today with the PS owners having a choice on which game they want to hit some balls with. Plus, a few more after the jump.

As far as the downloadable side goes, the Xbox Live Aracade House Party continues with the awesome Torchlight, which is making its debut on home console for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15) and the Wii Shop Channel released Bomberman Hero.

So what are y’all waiting for? Check after the jump to see if there is anything coming out that will make your wallets cry!

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