Dragon Age Pen and Paper RPG

Posted: December 17, 2010 in RPG

November 2009, Bioware came out with a game called Dragon Age Orgins.  I picked it up but had also just recently acquired Assassins Creed 2, so Dragon Age didn’t get played for awhile.  Then in February of 2010 I finally sat down to play the game.  I decided I was going to be a Daleish Elf Fighter.  I made my way through the storyline for a few days.  The beginning story line had me hooked.  Unfortunately another Bioware game had come out in January and I finally had the money to buy it.  So Mass Effect 2 got played instead of Dragon Age.  A bunch of other games followed so I never came back to Dragon Age.  I currently have a pile of 8 video games that need to be played and beat.   Luckily I have been following the development of the Pen and Paper RPG.  I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy the box set.  I am extremely glad I did.

Dragon Age use 3d6.  Most of the rules are pretty similar to d20, with a few exceptions.  Armor is basically DR it does not add to your defense.  Your shield however does add to your defense.  When you roll to attack you roll 3d6 versus the opponents Defense if you beat their Defense and you roll duplicate numbers on any two die then you get to perform a stunt.  You get stunt points equaling to the Dragon Die.  The Dragon Die is a die that is a different color from the other two die you roll when you roll 3d6.  You then spend these Stunt Points on a Stunt which is pretty cool.  There are no skills in Dragon Age instead your character has focuses.  You have 8 abilities that are used for skills you then get to add a focus according to your background or your class.  When your GM tells you to roll an attribute test you can say you have a focus in a certain area if the GM thinks it applies then you get to add a +2 to your roll.  I haven’t read through all of the Box Set yet but so far I am loving it and hope to run a game in the very near future.

  1. BigbobbieK says:

    I find it interesting that the Dragon Age RPG doesn’t have skills, but the Dragon Age video game does.

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