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What happened to my face?

I bought Dragon Age: Origins -- Ultimate Edition, and installed it on my computer. Registered the game, registered the DLC it comes with, and go to create a new character. Male humans apparently ...
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Is it worth completing Dragon Age Origins before playing Dragon Age 2?

Is it worth the extra cost and time it'll take to complete Dragon Age Origins? Is there that much back-story I'll miss out on in Dragon Age 2?
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How do I make Alistair the best sword-and-board tank?

What are the best talent build, skills, specializations, and gear to make Alistair the best sword-and-board tank? Note: I am playing the Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition. So I have all the DLC ...
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What are the Magic Combos in Dragon Age: Origins?

One of the loading screens mentions that there are some extra strong magic combos. So what are those combinations and what is their effect? Are there also special combos for warrior/rogue-skills?
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Gifts and Party Members

I am finding a slew of gifts throughout my journeys. Which ones are most appropriate for which party members?
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Do you have to kill the High Dragon after the Urn of Sacred Ashes quest?

So I've got my pinch of ashes, and I've got the "I'd like to meet an angry dragon now, please" horn. Having been grilled a couple of times now, I'm curious: Do I have to kill the High Dragon? If I ...
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What are some recommendations for mage character builds?

More than other character types, the large variety of spells available in Dragon Age really make it hard for me to choose. Does anyone have recommendations for mage character builds that offer spells ...
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How do you make the best DPS warrior?

How should I go about building a great DPS warrior? I am playing the default role of a Noble Warrior. Alister is my tank, and I'm using the build and tips from this question. In the end my main group ...
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What class of armor should my party members be wearing?

I'm trying to understand, generally speaking, what types of armor I should be equipping on my party members. Here's what I know: There are several classes of armor: clothing, light, medium, heavy, ...
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In what order should I play the Dragon Age DLC?

I want to finish up playing through Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening and the DLC before Dragon Age 2 comes out. I already have The Stone Prisoner, Warden's Keep, and Return to Ostagar. In what order ...
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What is the effect of donating to Allied Supply Crates?

In Dragon Age Origins, I've been recruiting factions and they now appear at my camp, along with Allied Supply Crates. I'm aware that you get XP for donating, but aside from that am wondering what the ...
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Are subtitles available in Dragon Age Origins?

While I possess a wonderful pair of speakers, I find that with their period accent, some of the NPCs in Dragon Age are woefully misunderstood (by me). I know that there are some captions in this game ...
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Is there a respec mechanism in Dragon Age: Origins?

I'm starting to regret some earlier decisions regarding my skills and talents. Is there some sort of respect mechanism that I can find later in the game? Alternatively, are there mods for this?
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How to kill Uldred on Dragon Age: Origins?

I am in the mage tower now with Shale, Morrigan and Zevran and I am facing Uldred. I am siding with the templars, because Morrigan said so, and I am having a really hard time beating Uldred. I have ...
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Can you… get it on… with anyone or just certain characters?

In Dragon Age: Origins, is it possible to seduce anyone or are there only certain characters that each character is able to seduce? I noticed that my female mage was able to start flirting with a ...
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Blue smoke surrounding me in Dragon Age: Origins

I just successfully defended Redcliffe in Dragon Age Origins as a Mage. I noticed that there is some blue smoke surrounding me, but looking at my 'modifiers' the only thing I can see is 'coughing ...
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How do I kill the high dragon in Dragon Age: Origins?

I summoned the dragon with the gong in Frostback Mountains. My party consists of my assassin rogue, Alistair as the tank, Sten for off-tank/DPS, and Wynne for heals. All characters are around level 11 ...
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What's the connection between Dragon Age: Origins, and Dragon Age: Awakening?

I recently bought Dragon Age Origins -- Ultimate Edition from steam, and aside from a few minor issues, I think I will end up enjoying it. However, I'm a little confused about what I'm supposed to be ...
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Dragon Age playthrough required before DA2?

I preordered Dragon Age 2, but I have never played Dragon Age:Origins. Am I going to be lost? My plan is to eventually play the first one, but should I do this before I start the sequel? Are there ...
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How is Experience handled in Dragon Age?

How is it distributed to the characters? Do dead characters get experience? Do characters not in the current party get experience? Does the character who actually kills the enemy get more experience? ...
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How should I allot my attribute points as a Mage in Dragon Age: Origins?

I'm starting to play Dragon Age: Origins and I want to know if there is a formula available for adding points to attributes of a Mage. For instance, every N levels, add X points to this attribute and ...
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Is it possible to see how much your companions approve of you?

In Dragon Age: Origins, you get a little heart notification every time one of your NPC companions changes their feelings towards you. Is there a way to see what your current approval level is with ...
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Are there any additional quests/expansions for Dragon Age that are not developed by Bioware?

After a whole year, and before Dragon Age 2, I am having a second playthrough. I would love to add some additional content to spice up a bit the fun, and I was hoping for some extra developed by some ...
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How can I get the least disapproval from Alistair after saving Connor?

I used Jowan's ritual to save Connor, and naturally Alistair is unhappy about it. Off we go to camp, and he confronts me. I've run the conversation tree twice, once getting -24, and once getting -23. ...
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Do I need to level up all of the characters in my party?

In DA:O, is there any reason that I need to level up all of my characters to near the same level? I.e. are there any quests that require a certain character be in the party, and which will be ...
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Is it possible to defeat Flemeth in DA:O without any mages?

I did the mage tower quest early on, and ended up unwittingly killing Wynne. My player is a warrior. This essentially means that when I go to fight Flemeth, my only party choices are warrior and rogue ...
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Is there any benefit to maxing out a branch of magic/abilities?

Whenever you level up and choose a new ability or spell for your character, a bar above that particular "school" goes up (ie. Creation/Primal/Spirit/Entropy for mages, Two Weapons, Sword and Shield, ...
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Can I unlock all the specializations from the start of the game?

Is there a way (cheat and/or mod, savegame) to unlock all specializations in the first game run?
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Transferring points acquired by unlocking achievements to Bioware Points?

Hey, I have unlocked few achievements during my playthrough of Dragon Age:Origins. Now, unlocking these achievements gives you Bioware Points, however my account's Bioware Points count shows as zero. ...
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Can I skip time in Dragon Age?

I just made some progress on "The Hungry Deserter" quest in Ostagar and the quest text advises me to continue in the evening: The chest will very likely only be reachable when the Tranquil are ...
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What is the purpose of these metal doors in the Circle of Magi tower?

In the Circle of Magi tower, in the Senior Mage Quarters there are metal doors that cannot be picked, or opened otherwise: What is beyond them, and how does one get inside?
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Does being a Blood Mage make everyone hate you?

Blood Mages are almost universally hated in Dragon Age Origins. Does choosing that specialization affect the story line? Will people hate me if I pick it?
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How do you defeat the revenants in the Brecilian Forest?

The first time I tried to take them on I was only level 10. Now I returned at level 14 with more tricks up my sleeve and I still can't beat them. They seem to be completely immune to all magic so I ...
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Does my female character need to “date” Alistar in order to make him king?

I want my female human noble to become queen with Alistar. Do I need to be romancing him at Landsmeet time in order to make him king? (I already know I have to complete his personal quest). Also if I ...
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Most effective class in Dragon Age Origins

I've been playing Dragon Age Origins for a long time now, and it seems that every encounter one of my team dies. Am I doing something wrong? What is the best possible class to play in order to ...
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Do I have to skip “good” quests with an evil party?

If I have a party of characters who do not really approve of the good guy, do I have to skip quests like A Village Under Siege if I want to keep a high approval of Morrigan?
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What is the most efficient way to complete A Paragon of Her Kind in Dragon Age: Origins?

I have a copy of Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition and am just about to start the quest for the Dwarves. I'm trying for a 1.5 playthrough for all the trophies/achievements, which means saves at ...
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Is there a single mod that fixes many bugs in Dragon Age Origins?

The latest Dragon Age version for PC seems to still have a respectable number of bugs: http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Bugs I've seen some mods that can fix this or that bug, but I'm ...
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Will Alistair agree to marry Anora even if he is not hardened?

I am trying to get Alistair and Anora to marry each other and let Loghain live at the landsmeet. So before the landsmeet began, I talked to Alistair and he agreed to marry Anora. Anora likewise agreed ...
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Do I need to own Orgins to play Awakening

I really like DAO, but I am just burrowing it from a friend. I have found DAW for pretty cheap and I want to play it, but am I limited to playing it only while I still have DAO. I know it is an ...
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PS3 / Dragon Age: Can I heal members outside my party?

I'm currently in the Redcliffe village battle and although the first part was really easy, I'm struggling on the downhill area. I've been using my mage to heal and create stuns but everyone slowly ...
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How can I save the kidnapped daughter while keeping my money?

In the side quest "A Daughter Ransomed" is there a way to save the girl, keep your money, and kill the bandits?
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How can I get an existing DA:O character image uploaded to the BioWare site?

I have an existing DA:O character that I created without logging into the BioWare site. After logging in the charcter data was uploaded but did not include the character images. A web search has ...
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Am I going to regret looting random chests and drawers?

Playing a mage in Dragon Age Origin, I notice that in the mage castle there are potions and lyrium dust everywhere, mostly in various chests and dressers, sparkling lootwise ala WOW. I have been just ...
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Do I need an internet connection to play Dragon Age: Origins (PC)

Do I need an internet connection to play Dragon Age: Origins (PC)? If I do, how does it work? Do you basically need a connected computer to play the game at all, or do you just need to connect once ...
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Can your NPC mages become Blood Mages if you are not a mage? (Spoiler)

As I understand, the only way to unlock the Blood Mage specialization is to personally enter the Fade during Arl of Redliffe, something that can only be done if you are a mage Warden. However, I've ...
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Effects of Equipment on ShapeShifters

Does the equipment on a mage benefit them when they are shapeshifted? I have a mage who is an Arcane Warrior and a ShapeShifter, and I'm wondering if loading up with armour and Bearing everything in ...
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Are there any restrictions to getting a used copy of Dragon Age Origins?

I was planning to try out Dragon Age Origins on the XBox 360 and I am wondering if I should buy it new or used. What will I miss out on if I buy the used version of Dragon Age? Mass Effect 2 has the ...
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Can't remove the barrier in Brecillian Forest

It's my first playthrough and I'm at Nature of the Beast. Now I helped the Grand Oak and returned his acorn by trading it from the Mad Hermit before I even encountered the barrier. As I understand, ...
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Do the Blood Mage and Battlemage specializations work well together?

The Battlemage has a spell that will take health from all nearby enemies and give it to the caster. But it costs mana to keep it running. The Blood Mage has one that will cause all spells to pull ...