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!
Episode two of Dragon Age: Redemption has hit the Internet. This NerdBastard is enjoying the buildup. It’ll be interesting to see if this type of tie-in marketing will be successful long term. Up to this point, it’s pretty much been fan made productions for those of us looking to branch out our enjoyment of video game worlds. Can the professionals maintain that fan spirit while upping the production values?
That’s right folks, webisode one of Dragon Age Redemption is HERE! Everyone’s favorite Red headed, cute as a button, Internet Queen of the Webisode Felicia Day’s long awaited collaborative effort with Bio Ware is up for viewing.
It may seem a little strange at first, after all Felicia Day is one of the sweetest people you could meet in person (DragonCon 2011!) and on screen. Yet here she is an Elf assassin, quick with a blade and knows when to twist that knife as well. One thing, don’t call her “Knife Ears” she hates when people call her that.
Check out the first episode and let the other NerdBastards know what you think in the comments section below.
Felicia also posted this video on her blog to promote the Dragon Age Redemption webisode’s premiere, bask in her quirkiness!
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?
Major geek and web goddess, Felicia Day. Is there anything she does that doesn’t make us fall completely, hopelessly in love with her? An avid gamer, she created and stars in the best web series on the planet, The Guild, she’s been the adorable yet tragic love of Dr. Horrible in Joss Whedon’s musical web series and she’s one of the best reasons to keep tuning in to the final seasons of SyFy’s Eureka.
Day recently combined her nerdy passions again with the new web miniseries, Dragon Age: Redemption, starring her own original character. That character, Tallis, is also appearing in the Dragon Age DLC, Mark of the Assassin and guess whose voicing her? Yup, Ms. Day. She also did motion capture and facial scanning for the video game role, which is a total first for the Dragon Age franchise.
So, if your a fan of the Dragon Age series, and are totally in love with Felicia (like, who isn’t?) then October 11th is your Day (heh, see what I did there, so0 clever). Dropping October 11th is the new DLC, Mark of the Assassin in which Hawke, the player-character meets the elven assassin, Tallis, as well as the premiere of the six-part miniseries, Redemption, which will air weekly from there on out.
Kotaku had a chance to visit with Day as she demoed the new DLC. And apparently, Day is as in love with herself as we are,
… as she played, Day always took the flirty options when speaking to Tallis. As she put it, “Of course I romance myself. I’ve always said, if I had to make out with my clone, I would.”
Those familiar with the Dragon Age games know a lot of the fun comes from developing romantic relationships between your character and the NPCs. Oh, who am kidding, the point is to see how many of the NPCs you can have sex with, so whether or not Tallis is fuckable character is yet to be seen. Fanboys and girls across the gaming nation are praying for a yes.
Check out Kotaku’s video review featuring a great look at the DLC, including of course, our first look at Tallis in game.
Both Mark of the Assassin and Dragon Age: Redemption release October 11th.
(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)
As if we didn’t need more reason to be completely obsessed with Felicia Day. Announced on USA Today and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog star and ‘The Guild ‘creator’s own Twitter account, Day has written and is starring in a six part web series based on the very popular Bioware RPG, Dragon Age. Just music to your fanboy ears, I know.
This once-secret project is entitled Dragon Age: Redemption and will be set in the realm of Ferelden. The story takes place during the events of the eagerly anticipated Dragon Age II, releasing March 8th, which Day has had the chance to play in preparation for the series. Stop me if I start seething with too much jealousy.
What character will Day be bringing to life? One of her own creation, an Elven assassin named, Tallis on a quest to capture a renegade magician. Cue hundreds of convention goers starting their Tallis cosplay…now. Is she similar to her alter ego, the magic user Codex? Not really, Day explains,
“Tallis is headstrong, she fights dirty, and she has a really sarcastic sense of humor. I
wanted to bring a modern sensibility to a fantasy character in a fantasy world.”
Bioware sought out Day because of her gaming roots, knowing she’d have the dedication and gaming knowledge making her perfect for the series. Anyone familiar with The Guild knows Day has first hand experience at making quirky, funny shows about games and the people who play them. With Dragon Age: Redemption we’ll see how she tackles the lives of characters, in game, no real world nonsense. Filmed over 12 days on a measly web series budget Day called in a lot favors to make Dragon Age’s fantasy world a reality. Some big names involved? Oh only Peter Winther, associate producer of Independence Day for director and John Bartley, who was the DP on Lost, as cinematographer. Others involved are mentioned on Day’s blog,
“My friend Dan Kaplow who produces United States of Tara came on board to produce
with @kimevey and me. Greg Aronowitz, Guild favorite, did the production design and
SFX makeup (and designed my outfit), Shawna @trpcic agreed to come do costume
design, (we worked together on Dr. Horrible), I contacted Doug Jones on TWITTER and
asked him if he would be interested, on and one and on.”
Make sure to catch Felicia Day on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, airing this Wednesday February 16th, where she’ll be premiering the trailer. Dragon Age: Redemption is set to release later this year and will cause our heads to explode from the awesomeness, as Felicia Day is known to do.