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I'm taking commissions again! Full details below.

I'm offering only three slots at the moment, I'd rather focus on not too many project at the same time.

1. :iconcylexus:

2. open

3. open

:bulletblue: Rules:
I will judge each subject individually and I will tell you if I can draw it or not.
These are my general "guidelines":
- blood and gore are ok. I'm not very good at drawing people kissing or hugging, but I can try.
- I won't draw porn, naked people, any kind of sexual acts, offensive themes, anything that goes against the DeviantArt policies help.deviantart.com/deviantart…

I reserve the right to upload the image I've drawn for you on DeviantArt or on other websites as example of my work. You can upload the image wherever you want as long as I'm given credit for it and you link back to my gallery. You may *not* sell the drawing or make money from it without my permission.

:bulletblue: Payment:
I accept payment with Paypal. Once I have received the payment, I won't give refunds except in special cases that will be judged individually.

:bulletblue: How it works:
Once I receive your request, I'll draw some rough sketches with different poses. Once you choose the sketch you like best, I'll wait for your payment before working on the picture.
I'll try to keep you updated with weekly e-mails with work-in-progress shots. I shall accept to make small changes to the drawing for free, but it they are too "radical" (like redrawing a character from scratch) I'll charge extra money for it.

:bulletblue: Prices for one character in the picture; add 5 Euros for each additional character.
These are estimates, I'll decide the price of each picture according to complexity.

Use this finance.yahoo.com/currency?u to convert my prices into your currency.

:bulletblue: Prices are for about 2500x3000 pixels wide artworks, 300 dpi, good for printing. Smaller artworks come with a discount, just ask.


o Sketch: 5 Euro

wip dragon 2 by Epantiras Bloodlines me 2 by Epantiras Malus Darkblade sketch by Epantiras Pathfinder - cleric of Sarenrae by Epantiras


o Inked lineart: 12 Euro

Changeling the Dreaming - Boudicca by Epantiras Zombie me by Epantiras


o Inked lineart with shading: 15 Euro

Illmater v 2.0 by Epantiras

Mature Content

Charging Khorngor by Epantiras
You knew all along by Epantiras Hydra by Epantiras


o Flat colors or cell shading, simple or no background: 17 Euro

Surprise Garrus by Epantiras Last thing you'll ever see by Epantiras Talin and Xan by Epantiras COMMISSION Kommander Yakob by Epantiras



Send me a note or leave a comment here if you're interested! :)
This is one of the two / three times a year I log into DeviantArt, just to take a brief look to the new stuff on my Watch.
I'm still alive and I'm fine, thanks for those asking, but I really don't feel like coming back here, DeviantArt is such a time-eating thing and I don't miss it. I do miss the awesome people I met here on DA, guys you're great and I'm sorry I'm not keeping in touch anymore.
I'm redirecting my energies to other activities. I'm still "making art", if you wonder, but nothing upload worthy, mostly pencil sketches and miniature painting.

I'll keep the gallery online, don't worry, but know that if you leave a comment there's a 99% chance I'll never read it, sorry.

Copying and pasting the usual links below, for your convenience:

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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Speardrake - interactive comic epantiras.deviantart.com/art/S…
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Speardrake - interactive comic epantiras.deviantart.com/art/S…
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS pt2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 3?? NEWS fav.me/d4viyuv
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Sorry I disappeared, again. First of all, I'd like to THANK the anonymous person who gave me a subscription!!!

I'm not sure when Mess Perfect 2 will resume, hopefully the Christmas holidays will give me time to work on it. The latest Speardrake page is almost done, I've decided to experiment a little... if everything goes as planned, I might be able to update the series at a reasonable pace once again.
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Speardrake - interactive comic epantiras.deviantart.com/art/S…
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS pt1 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 3?? NEWS fav.me/d4viyuv
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Name and link have been redacted, message order rearranger for better readability.

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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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First things first: I'm terribly sorry for the inconsistent update schedule of Mess Perfect (and Speardrake too). I don't know when things will go back to normal...

Secondly: the next part will be for my Italian fans only, sorry. No time to translate.

Il sito Mass Effect Legion ha pubblicato una piccola intervista www.masseffectlegion.com/site/… che mi vede protagonista. Il tema principale è Mess Perfect, ma poi si sposta su Mass Effect e i videogiochi in particolare.

Un brano:
MELEGION: Una domanda giusto per riscaldarsi, chi è veramente Shyla Shepard e quanto hai in comune con il tuo personaggio?

EPANTIRAS: Shyla è tutto quello che avrei voluto fare in Mass Effect e che i limiti del gioco non mi hanno permesso di realizzare! E forse anche qualcosa di più. Abbiamo molte cose in comune, ma non è *me*, ci tengo a precisarlo. Io sono quella povera sfigata con gli occhiali che appare ogni tanto a margine, di solito con gli occhi sbarrati (e faccia allibita) di fronte al monitor.
Forse la cosa che più mi accomuna a Shyla è la goffaggine; una cosa che ci differenzia invece è il modo di reagire alle cose: Shyla ovviamente è esagerata e teatrale, io invece rimango impassibile e dissimulo. Probabilmente Mess Perfect è nato anche per dar sfogo a quello che normalmente tengo dentro.

MELEGION: Shyla è senz'altro una Shepard fuori dagli schemi, forse è proprio per questo che piace tanto: non è la solita super comandante che tendono a creare molti fan, eppure la maggior parte si riconosce nei suoi atteggiamenti.
In tal proposito, quali pensi che siano i punti forti delle tue parodie, oltre che un'eroina imprevedibilmente pazza?


EPANTIRAS: Dai commenti che leggo, i miei lettori apprezzano il fatto che le pagine non siano una sterile raccolta di "meme" preconfezionati e scopiazzati dalla rete: faccio il possibile per creare dei "tormentoni" originali, come le asari nude che compaiono in Mess Perfect 1 per mascherare i "buchi della trama" e l'uso dell'esclamazione fuori luogo e antiquata "oh snap" (in italiano traducibile in qualcosa del tipo "perdincibacco").
Le mie parodie nascono da una grande passione e rispetto per il prodotto originale, per cui non scado (quasi) mai nella critica acida e volgare che purtroppo ho visto in certe altre vignette. Liara è uno dei personaggi che ho maltrattato di più fra tutti, eppure molti dei suoi fan mi hanno fatto i complimenti per il modo in cui l'ho rappresentata nella parodia.
Un altro dei miei punti forti è che faccio il possibile affinchè le mie pagine siano accessibili anche a coloro che non conoscono il prodotto originale. Ci tengo molto e, alla fine, credo che questo renda godibile la lettura anche a distanza di anni.

CONTINUA www.masseffectlegion.com/site/… ...
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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October 22nd, 2012

Environmental concept art here blog.bioware.com/2012/10/20/fi…

Article on IGN www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/2…
the fantasy RPG sequel will once again star a human hero, this time with varied backgrounds setting the stage for the direction of their story. Creative Director Mike Laidlaw followed up on Twitter stating that other playable races are possible for future Dragon Age games.

Inquisition aims to be BioWare's biggest Dragon Age yet, with "bigger" customization than Dragon Age: Origins, including options for your followers. Laidlaw confirmed on the panel that players will gain control of an entire castle, as seen in the initial concept art revealing the new visual direction for Dragon Age III. The BioWare panel also reminded attendees that series writer David Gaider will return to pen Inquisition, and that one level of Dragon Age III exceeds the size of all of Dragon Age II's stages. BioWare is currently investigating new ways to carry choices from past games into Dragon Age III without directly transferring save data, too.

Oh, and Laidlaw not-so-subtly suggested Flemeth will be back, perhaps alongside past Dragon Age protagonists.

Inquisition has spent the most time incubating in pre-production of all BioWare's games, and it begins production shortly. It will be the first BioWare game to run on the Frostbite 2 Engine. Dragon Age III will release in Fall 2013.



September 17th, 2012

Full article here dragonage.bioware.com/inquisit…
So here's what I can confirm for now:

    The next game will be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition.
    We won't be talking about the story of the game today. Though you can make some guesses from the title.
    This game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on Dragon Age since Dragon Age: Origins. It's composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and talented new developers.
    We are working on a new engine which we believe will allow us to deliver a more expansive world, better visuals, more reactivity to player choices, and more customization. At PAX East, we talked about armor and followers… Yeah, that kind of customization. We've started with Frostbite 2 from DICE as a foundation to accomplish this.

There's much more to talk about, of course, but it will have to wait until it's ready for the prime time.


August 22nd, 2012

Bioware's Mark Darrah comment on the "leak" social.bioware.com/forum/1/top…
I know that a lot of information seems to have surfaced recently and a lot of you have questions. We have not announced anything and, as I have said before, we won't be talking about anything until we have gameplay to back up the words.

I know it is difficult to be patient but I ask you to do your best to allow us to surprise and delight you when we DO have something to show you.

In the meantime, keep giving us your feedback at expos, fan conventions, and online. We are listening.



August 21st, 2012

From GAMING BLEND www.cinemablend.com/games/Drag…
EA's lawyers have contacted us and demanded that we take down the character images and list of possible subtitles for Dragon Age 3. While it's annoying to pull content, the upside is that this takedown notice seems to confirm the legitimacy of the rumored survey and the existence of this game.



August 20th, 2012

More about the "alledged survey".
Avert your eyes for possible spoilers
Again, take this with a grain of salt.

Dorian: Dorian Pavus is a magister. The title conjures fear of arcane masters who once enslaved nations. Dorian may wield power of the magisters, but he delights in not being what you'd expect of them. Brazen and clever, this outcast is on a crusade to rid his homeland of its corruption.
    Sera: Sera is young, frenetic, and a brat through and through. She revels in the athleticism of being an elf, of being different. But her culture isn't elven, or, for that matter, strictly human. It's the underbelly of the city. In her network of rogues, what you do is more important than where you're from, and friends open more doors than [titles?]. Robs from the rich, keeps it.
    The Iron Bull: The Iron Bull is a long way from home, and prefers it taht way. A slap in the face of typically humorless Qunari, he loves drinking, killing, and looting-not necessarily in that order. The head of a vicious mercenary company, he's known for excellent pay and brutal punishment. It's been a ten year party, but the Bull may find that old loyalties die hard.
    Cole: A long time ago, a young man died a cruel death in a dark place. And now, somehow, there is Cole. Was he a spirit of a demon? Is he human now? Cole's not sure it matters anymore. Hounded by memories that aren't his, incisible in a world he can stalk like a shadow, the rogue must decide between joining the living or preying on them.



August 19th, 2012

Take this with a grain of salt.

A forum user claims that he was doing " pre-release game testing" on a website he won't mention, doing a survey. This survey was about potential Dragon Age 3 companions, with pictures and a short description. If this is proven true, it could be spoiler territory so read at your own risk.
"Doran, a magister
Sera, an elven rogue
Cole, a guy whose story I didn't really understand
The Iron Bull, leader of a mercenary group

The game will play in Orlais, and it'll be about the Inquisition."

"A portal between the worlds unleashes hords of demons in the land, civil wars rip apart nations and the corruption is limitless. Someone is behind the shadows, drawing the threads which destroy the world. Time has come for the Inquisition.

Take the Inquisitor's cloak and lead the only force able of bringing light into the darkness. Choose the direct method and gather your armies, send spies into the shadows or engage in a political war, make friends and use your connections indirectly: it is up to you how you lead the inquisition. But you'll have to take lead of it from the beginning. Make your player a rogue, warrior or mage and set up your crew from up to ten (!) complex companions to lead them against those who attack you by systematically spying on, revealing and destroying them."

Might sound a bit clumsy due to the translation.

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img825.imageshack.us/img825/70… (please note that those two have been also shown in a Bioware blog)


The first "edition" of the topic has been closed, being dismissed as "trolling" while the newer version is still open (for now) social.bioware.com/forum/1/top…
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
:bulletred: Mess Pefect 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
Serious:
:bulletred: Speardrake - interactive comic epantiras.deviantart.com/art/S…
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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If you have questions about the setting, the story or the characters of Speardrake, it's your chance. I'll try to answer, as long as I can stay spoilerfree.
Technical questions about how the comic is made are welcome as well.

Before you ask, you might want to check if your questions is already answered in the Codex epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
:bulletred: Mess Pefect 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
Serious:
:bulletred: Speardrake - interactive comic epantiras.deviantart.com/art/S…
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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Guys and gals, I love you all! I wish I could thank each one of you personally for wishing me a happy birthday :-)

Thanks for all the cake, it's so delicious and moist.
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
:bulletred: Mess Pefect 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
Serious:
:bulletred: Speardrake - interactive comic epantiras.deviantart.com/art/S…
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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Seems like someone gave me another 3 months sub! I don't know if you're the same Anonymous of last time, but I'd like to thank you.
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
:bulletred: Mess Pefect 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
Serious:
:bulletred: Speardrake - interactive comic epantiras.deviantart.com/art/S…
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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"You can put lipstick on a pig... but it's still a pig" (sorry if I'm quoting Obama out of its context)

That's the problem with the Extended Cut: if you disliked ME3 endings because of ideological reasons ("it's circular logic" "it's space magic" "deus ex machina" "this is not what I expected" "this kind of ending has nothing to do with the themes of Mass Effect 1 and 2") you still won't like them even with the Extended Cut.

I do appreciate Bioware's effort A LOT, but if you shoot yourself in the foot all the bandages in the world can't cover up the fact that you did a really stupid thing.

The EC will give a longer explaination to several plot holes spotted by fans and show a glimpse of the future of the Mass Effect universe but:

a) Baldur's Gate's ending slides still did a better job
b) the ending is still the same nonetheless i.e. the same choices (even if explained)
c) it still contains space magic, circular logic and deus ex machina

In the end, I didn't chose the ending that Bioware presented as "the super duper best one" but the one which was closer to my opinion of HOW Mass Effect 3 should have ended.

I may have regained my faith in Bioware as a company which cares for its customer, but my faith in their writing skills HAS NOT been restored.

Epantiras out.
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:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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You know what's funny? I started my first videogame parody "by chance". I mean, I wasn't really planning to do a full comic about an almost unknown expansion pack for Neverwinter Nights 2. Why not starting with the original game instead? That's a clear evidence that it wasn't planned.

I was just drawing random standalone pages until I realized I had enough material to do a whole parody of the game, I just had to connect the pages. So that's what I did.

As I approached the ending of Ask the Betrayer, I started working on my next parody: Mass Effect. The year was 2010.

The difference is that Mess Perfect was planned from the beginning. I kept thinking "it will never be as funny as Ask the Betrayer". Then, towards the 2/3 of the parody, crazy sh*t started happening like the Plot Twist Dance, Ashley's Anti-Apocalypse button and naked asari dancers coming out from plot holes. I must say I'm quite proud of that.

2011. I started Mess Perfect 2. Blame the internet, memes like "over 9,000" and "Ramirez do everyting" started to appear in my pages. I'm not sure it was a good choice or not: more people recognize those jokes, but at the same time I don't want to turn my parodies into a meme-fest that lacks originality. It's hard to balance.

And I kept thinking: this will never be as good as the original Mess Perfect.

So, in my head, MY OLD WORK > MY LATEST WORK. But maybe it's that voice in the back of my skull who yells "not good enough!" that makes me try to improve and reach new goals.

TL;DR

Girl is always disappointed of her own work so writes text walls.


What are your favourite elements of my parodies?

What are your least favourite elements?

What's better, in-jokes like the Plot Twist Dance or widely recognized memes?
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS fav.me/d4a0pwy
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 1 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 fav.me/d3oje86
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June 11, 2013

Cinematic trailer www.youtube.com/watch?feature=…
Also, release date set to Fall 2014.

March 7, 2012

David Gaider on dialogue: "There's no such thing as dominant tone any longer. Tone exists for roleplaying choices in the tone wheels-- that's it. We don't track it. As I said, options off the choice wheel are neutral-toned unless the tone is already implicit, and any auto-dialogue (I'll use that phrase, since it seems to have stuck) we need to use is also neutral-only."
"From our analysis, one of the most frequent breakdowns came from what we did with the choice lines-- namely that selecting a choice meant that there were three possible resulting player lines, based on the player's dominant tone. Why? Because we tried to make those three lines as different from each other as possible (or why even have them?), and thus you were trying to make a paraphrase that covered all three lines and it ended up being necessarily vague as a result.

While having those different lines is cool when noticed, I don't think it was actually noticed very much ("card tricks in the dark" is a phrase for variations which, cool as they might be, aren't recognized by players as variation unless they have inside knowledge or replay), so we're not going to use dominant tone in those lines any more. Choice lines are always neutral tone unless the tone is implied in the paraphrase-- makes it easier to write the paraphrase and less chance of disconnect between it and the actual line, and we can use the wordcount elsewhere just as easily."
"We term the dialogue wheel which has tone choices to be the "tone wheel" and the dialogue wheel which has action choices to be the "action wheel". In the former your choices are mainly roleplaying... you're deciding how to say something, or what topic to address, but you're not doing anything. In the latter your choices are what to do about something (or expressing an opinion which doesn't involve tone).

In DA2, options on the choice wheel had a single paraphrase but three different spoken lines which varied based on the player character's dominant tone. As I mentioned previously, this made it difficult to come up with a paraphrase for all three (aside from being fairly expensive, wordcount-wise). While the answer could have been to paraphrase each line separately, in the end we decided the content was better used elsewhere.

In DA3, we are adding the "reaction wheel" to the previous two categories. This covers any situation where an emotional response is called for, where the three tones don't cover the needed territory (sadness, shock, rage... or just being stoic if one prefers), but we haven't shown it yet nor will I discuss it much.

But those are the three basic dialogue wheels with which we work, and the terms are specific to us writers. They're not ones you need to use. From the perspective of the player, one dialogue wheel is the same as any other. "

Again, thanks :iconteneery: for the link

May 8, 2012

As RPGWatch says, "Take this with a grain of salt": From GamesIndustry.biz www.gamesindustry.biz/articles…
Dragon Age III appears to have slipped to FY:14. We had previously expected the next Dragon Age to be released in Q4:13, two years after its predecessor. However, we believe that a significant portion of the BioWare team responsible for the game was reassigned to Star Wars in order to create content and fix bugs to keep the game's audience engaged," Pachter commented.


April 12, 2012

"David Gaider responded to some of the fan questions which were not asked at PAX on BioWare Social." dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/User_…
Thanks :iconteneery: for the link


April 8, 2012

Source www.gametrailers.com/side-miss…

BioWare said at PAX East today that it's taking fan feedback on the future of its Dragon Age series — and harsh criticisms of Dragon Age II — to heart. At the developer's first panel today, Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw walked fans through some of the most frequently vocalized criticisms and suggestions, hinting at three key changes coming to the next entry: equipment for your followers, decisions that matter and no more reuse of levels.

Laidlaw couched his statements about the future of Dragon Age by saying that the topics under discussion were not official announcements.
"We're not making promises here, we're talking about ideas," he warned.
[...]
"We're looking for variety, space and scope," Laidlaw said, showing concept art of huge open spaces (and at least one dark dungeon). He hinted that players will likely "go somewhere new, somewhere a little more… French" in the future.

That's definitely Orlais.
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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Hi guys!

I know that some won't like what I'm going to say, but I trust most of you will agree that I'm doing the right thing.

I've become quite popular thanks to my Mass Effect parody, which features my custom Female Shepard as protagonist.
However, lately this is causing me endless troubles because the default Shepard used in marketing is *male*: fans expect to see *him* in comics, not my Average-Jane Shepard with a custom face.

I can't blame them! Female protagonists are unpopular and, let's be honest, they aren't suited for strong roles like Commander Shepard.
Last but not least, Mass Effect parodies featuring Male Shepard with his default face are a lot more popular than parodies with custom Shepards.

That's why I've decided to replace my custom FemShepard with the default ManShepard.

Some of you will say I'm losing my "artistic integrity". But is losing artistic integrity not preferable to extinction? I'm losing dozens of watchers every day, I'm receiving e-mails of people demanding me to fix Mess Perfect and you know that I *do* listen to my fans.

The latest pages of Mess Perfect 2 already feature default Male Shepard. I'll replace the older pages as I redraw them. Since it will take a while, the comic won't receive any new updates until I'm done replacing all the pages. The Speardrake comic will be put on hold as well, because fixing Mess Perfect is my priority.

APRIL FOOLS Mess Perfect 2 -107 by Epantiras APRIL FOOLS Mess Perfect 2 -108 by Epantiras
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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I've finished ME3. I'm keeping spoilers away from this journal, so if you want to read my opinions take a look at my tumblr account epantiras.tumblr.com/post/1989…

EDIT: some good guys showed me this link social.bioware.com/forum/1/top… people on the forums came up with an interesting explainations of the ending... I usually don't like this kind of speculation, but man THEIR EXPLAINATION MAKES SENSE. Maybe it's just wishful thinking... but I wish they were right
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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Thanks everyone for taking time to enter this contest, choosing the winners hasn't been an easy task! Each drawing was special in its own way.
I'll update this journal with the list of featured artworks as soon as I get in touch with the winners.



- Most Artistic:


by :iconhaughtyflaki: More from the artist:




- Most Creative:


:thumb274552555: by :iconretsnimel: More from the artist: :thumb289533162: :thumb263342924: :thumb157556669:




- Honourable mentions:


:thumb283593727: by :icontenshi-rising: More from the artist: :thumb189100468: :thumb212944377: :thumb270967087:



Bane by shaydh by :iconshaydh: More from the artist: it restores stamina by shaydh DAO: Convergence p16 by shaydh DAO: Sunset Over Denerim by shaydh



Astrid by Isriana by :iconisriana: More from the artist: Submit Yourself to the Taint by Isriana Why Video Games Are Better Than Reality: Part 1 by Isriana Dovahkiin-in-training by Isriana




All entries:

:thumb274552555: Speardrake Fan Art Contest Entry by kamikaze-Minato Nice Scar by DelphiRose Bane by shaydh Choices by randommuthafu Campfire by Observateur :thumb283593727: Speardrake - Companionship by Anylon Astrid by agnes90 Astrid by Isriana
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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I'm still doing my first Mass Effect 3 playthrough.

I KNOW people are upset with the game's ending.

BUT I still haven't seen it and I'm trying to stay SPOILER-FREE.

So I AM NOT reading any of your comments or replying to ME3 related questions. Not yet.

Once I finish the game, I'LL LET YOU KNOW.


Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience.
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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UPDATE: winners will be announced soon :-)


Let's celebrate the 20th page of Speardrake (and the first time a romance option gets most votes)!

Rules of the fan-art contest:

- THEME: anything Speardrake related i.e. characters and places from the comic; crossovers are ok as long as there is at least ONE recognizeable character from the comic
examples:
Radulf fighting an orc: GOOD
Vidar playing cards with Legolas from Lord of the Rings: GOOD
Speardrake in a modern or sci-fi setting: GOOD
Random fantasy character fighting Speardrake orcs (aka Aztec orcs): uhmmmm GOOD (sort of)
Random fantasy character in random fantasy setting: BAD!! This won't be accepted


- DEADLINE: 8th March 2012

- HOW TO SUBMIT: paste a link to your fan-art in the comment section of this journal or send me a note

- one pic per person; if you submit multiple pieces, you must choose one

- previously drawn Speardrake fan-arts are accepted, just copy & paste the link here in the comment section or send me a note

- pics must follow DeviantArt rules of what's acceptable and what's not i.e. no tracing, no art theft, no hate art and so on. Nudes might be accepted, as long as it's tasteful and not borderline porn. DO NOT re-use shots from the comic, I'll notice it!

- winners will be chosen by me - no polls this time, sorry


Prizes:

- Most Artistic: 900x900 drawing from me, can be anything they want as long as it follows my "general guidelines" ** plus I'll feature 3 of their artworks (I'll let you choose) in my journal

- Most Creative: 900x900 drawing from me, can be anything they want as long as it follows my "general guidelines" ** plus I'll feature 3 of their artworks (I'll let you choose) in my journal

- Honourable mention(s): I'll feature 3 of their artworks (I'll let you choose) in my journal


** My "guidelines": I will judge each subject individually, but as a rule of thumb blood and gore are ok; naked people and sex/porn are not.


ENTRIES:

:thumb274552555: Speardrake Fan Art Contest Entry by kamikaze-Minato Nice Scar by DelphiRose Bane by shaydh Choices by randommuthafu Campfire by Observateur :thumb283593727: Speardrake - Companionship by Anylon Astrid by agnes90 Astrid by Isriana
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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Hi guys, I'd like to thank everyone for commenting, faving and voting in the Speardrake polls!

However, I'd like you to pay attention to an important thing:

once a poll reaces the deadline, I delete it! All your comments are forever lost! This makes me sad, but as far as I know there is no other way to "close it" (i.e. preventing people to keep voting).

Therefore, I'd be grateful if you'd leave your comments on the Speardrake page itself (which will stay in my gallery forever *fingers crossed*) instead of posting them in the poll.

Thanks and take care :-)
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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[EDIT]

I'm writing from my brand new baby computer. Everything looks fine so far :-)

[/EDIT]


Since I'm in the middle of some calibrations upgrading my computer, there's a chance that technical difficulties will prevent me from uploading tomorrow's Mess Perfect pages, so I've uploaded them today!

Crossing my fingers, since I'm not sure the software I'm currently using for MP will work on Win 7 as well.
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My comics
Parody:
:bulletred: Ask the Betrayer epantiras.deviantart.com/art/A…
:bulletred: Mess Perfect epantiras.deviantart.com/galle…
Serious:
:bulletred: Door - A Jack Story (Mass Effect 2) epantiras.deviantart.com/art/M…
:bulletred: Hunger epantiras.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:painter: COMMISSIONS: epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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:sherlock: Mass Effect 3 NEWS epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
:sherlock: Dragon Age 2 NEWS part 2 epantiras.deviantart.com/journ…
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Time taken: 7 hours - Game mode: normal

I really enjoyed Mark of the Assassin (MOA): a very good mix of dialogues, fighting, puzzles, exploration (sort of) and an optional "stealth" minigame. All new environments (except the first scene which takes place in Kirkwall), new character and monster models and I think I've heard a couple of new music tracks as well. Compared to Legacy which was very action-oriented, there are more and better dialogues and less fights (yay). The wave system is still there, but you do see where monsters are coming from so it all looks natural. Dialogues are well written, some are very funny (the lines of sarcastic Hawke are priceless), others are more serious (especially in the second half of the adventure). The plot is interesting and, without going into spoiler territory, know that you might end up changing your opinion about a certain faction you met in the main campaign.
You can take only two companions with you and you can't change them, so choose wisely. I took Aveline and Isabela for the lulz, but since I was playing as Mage Hawke my party was quite unbalanced and I had to lower the difficulty setting from "hard" to "normal"; still, the fights were nowhere as intense (and frustrating) as in Legacy. I recommend to take your LI with you, since there are some nice LI-specific dialogues. Besides the main quest, the DLC offers some side missions and your companions will unlock two short character-specific tasks each.
There are puzzles! I really hate puzzles in RPGs, but the ones in MOA were quite easy to solve in my opinion: they're nothing like the infamous bridge puzzle in Origins or the Tower of Hanoi in Mass Effect (ugh). The stealth minigame is a nice addition: I've read mixed opinions in other reviews, but mine is positive. The stealth mechanics are quite simple and enemies are dumb enough to make it easy. There are checkpoints, just in case you get caught. The whole thing lasts enough not to overstay its welcome and it's entirely optional, which makes it even more awesome.
I played MOA with a post-campaign save, therefore the loot was quite meaningless to me. There are some good weapons and armour, but nothing to write home about.
Final thoughts: MOA is a well balanced DLC, with an interesting plot, good dialogues and enough "distractions" between a fight and another (aka puzzles and sidequests) to keep you interested from beginning to end.