Lead Writer of BioWare's Dragon Age game series, lover of fan tears. This is where I blog about game development, fandom, and narrative design. Anything I say here is my opinion alone.
My friend and I were discussing the heir problem of DA: O and one thing made us wonder. We read that Anora was supposed to be infertile and that this is the reason behind why Cailan was going to leave her for Empress Celene. However, the entry further said that it was eventually erased from the original script. But, is it still considered as 'canon'? Or is there another reason why Arl Eamon urges Cailan to look for a different bride?
Do you ever look through a character tag and just raise your eyebrows?
Do you think that people who can write, draw, and program have a better chance of working in the game industry or do you believe that it acts as more of a hindrance? Have you come across many people in the industry who exhibit this sort of tour de force or is it rare?
I've always been curious about how much "pull" a lead writer has. To my understanding, you've developed much of the world or at least have fleshed it out a fair amount. Does the amorphous entity that controls the writing team allow you to ever go, "No, that's not really how it would work," or do they tell you what they want and you have to write to fit within it? Do they police just story elements of the game or do they go as far as dictating something like dialogue and characterization?