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I recently bought the ultimate edition of Dragon Age: Origins, which includes the Awakening expansion pack and all the DLC. It looks like the DLC is modular and isn't integrated into the game; do I need to play them separately? How do I access them?

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the DAO DLCs integrate afaik except for witch hunt. But awakening is a different module (its a standalone expansion rather than a DLC). –  z - Apr 13 '12 at 18:44
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The following DLC are integrated into the main game, and you can access them any time after you gain access to the region map:

  • Warden's Keep
  • The Stone Prisoner
  • Return to Ostagar

The following are more-or-less item packs, and you should have access to them by the time you gain access to your party's camp:

  • Any promotional/pre-order bonuses
  • Feastday gifts and pranks

The following are separate stories requiring you to select them as you start a new game:

  • The Darkspawn Chronicles
  • Leliana's Song
  • The Golems of Amgarrak1
  • Witch Hunt1
  • Awakening1

Note 1: Can import your character from Dragon Age: Origins, but your companions don't follow you and you can't access the main storyline or the other DLC (except for the non-Feastday items that you might've imported with your character).

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They tie into the main game. When you view your map, the DLC will unlock a few places that you can visit at anytime.

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The DLC should be shown as a place you can visit with a Golden tint: Such as the The Stone Prisoner, etc.

More info listed here.

To clarify, the DLC can be played side by side with the original Dragon Age: Origins. The Awakening expansion pack must be played separately as those events take place after origins.

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I've installed them all, do I need to actually activate them? I'm only about 10 hours in. –  kaykills Apr 13 '12 at 18:43
    
nevermind.... i couldn't see the map you attached. This is great. Thanks. –  kaykills Apr 13 '12 at 18:46
    
No problem, I had to get the source first. If this helps, feel free to up vote and Check :) –  Zero Stack Apr 13 '12 at 18:47
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