Dragon Age: Total War is a Dragon Age-themed total conversion for Medieval 2 Total War: Kingdoms. Featuring 23 distinct factions from BioWare's world of Thedas, each stocked with a unique, fascinating roster and gameplay, as well as familiar insights into characters from the Dragon Age world and more. The end goal of this mod is to create a refreshing new take on the intriguing world of Thedas, previously seen in renown RPGs such as Dragon Age: Origins, or Dragon Age Inquisition. The Dragon Age setting created by BioWare has many more elements to it than seen in the RPG series itself, and thus this mod not only brings to you a Total War version of Dragon Age, but also adds new, fan made lore based on existing source material, and a fleshing out of the unseen areas of Dragon Age lore.
Thus far, extensive work has been done on the 2d and 3d art aspects of the mod, and much programming work as well. We are at the phase where we are ready to take the total conversion to the next level and begin working on a release. We plan on changing nearly every aspect of the game from vanilla Medieval 2 to the appropriate Dragon Age setting.
A detailed unit list can be found here:
It should be noted that there have been two or three failed attempts in the past to create a Dragon Age: Total War mod, yet with more potential Dragon Age games on the horizon, we aim to finish the job this time.
Our full faction list is the following:
-Qunari of Par-Vollen
-Horde of Urthemiel (Darkspawn)
-Dwarves of Orzammar
-City-State of Kirkwall
-City-State of Starkhaven
-Dwarves of Kal-Sharok
-Kingdom of the Anderfels
-Kingdom of Ferelden
-Empire of Orlais
-Dalish Elf Clans
-Kingdom of Nevarra
-Principality of Antiva
-Tribal Kingdom of Rivain
-Tribes of Seheron
-Andrastian Chantry (Unplayable in Campaign)
Note: Every faction listed above save for the Chantry is fully playable in the campaign and will be available in the first version of the mod.
-AugustusNocturnis/Celtic Magister/Octavius of Minrathous (3D Modeling Lead, 2D, VFX, SFX Text, Programming, Scripting, Planning, Mod Lead)
-Flipdark95 (3D Modeling, Planning, Mod Co-Lead)
-SoulGamesInc (Mapping, VFX, Map Coding, Planning, Mod Originator, Mod-Co Lead)
-BenSkywalker/Sir Matthias (Scripting, Planning)
-Mark Ulrich (3D Architecture)
-Heldazza (3D Architecture)
-Jojo00182 (Programming, Miscellaneous)
We are still interested in finding experienced 3d modelers, voice actors, and a battle map creator. Additionally, those with campaign and AI scripting skills are also in demand.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is the Campaign start and end date?
A: The campaign starts in 9:25 Dragon, and ends in 9:99 Dragon, and we plan on having each year be worth 4 turns each.
Q: How will the Grey Wardens and the Templar Order be balanced in the mod?
A: The Grey Wardens have strong, elite units in their roster, and their militia tier is likewise better than average. However, their unit sizes are small, and as a result, the Grey Wardens must choose their enemies carefully. Fighting wars with larger factions could lead to campaign loss. It is also likewise for the Templar Order, except that the Templars have slightly larger unit sizes than the Grey Wardens. Both Wardens and Templars start off with several well-developed fortresses in different parts of the map separate from eachother. The Templar Order and the Grey Wardens also have far slower recruitment rates than most other factions.
Q: How will the events and plots of the Dragon Age games be incorporated? Will there be emergent factions (Such as the Circle of Magi)?
A: There will be several scripts which start at different times during the campaign. For example, there will be a Fifth Blight script that occurs at approximately 9:30 Dragon, giving the darkspawn numerous stacks in the Korcari Wilds just south of Ostagar, as well as transferring their starting faction leader, Urthemiel onto the map at the head of a large stack. Later on in the campaign, there will be scripts for the Qunari Invasion of Kirkwall, the Mage-Templar War, and The Breach once the in-game date reaches the canonical time at which those events occurred. Beyond those scripts, there will be others that cover various plots seen in Dragon Age, such as the Landsmeet, the Divine's Election, or the events of the "Paragon of Her Kind" quest. Do note that too many scripts in a Medieval II campaign will result in an increased risk of crashes, as well as longer end-turn times, and thus it is in our best interests to keep the scripts as few as possible while still following the plotline of the games and allowing for other interesting occurrences.
Q: How will the Deep Roads work? Will the Dwarves and Darkspawn be able to expand and fight in the Deep Roads?
A: Our mapper Soul has come up with the idea to place the Deep Roads settlements between columns of mountains within a region covered by a special, impenetrable fog of war, which is only cast away when an army, general, or agent begins to move through it. There are entrances into the Deep Roads behind the settlements Kal-Sharok and Orzammar, and these main entrances can only be accessed by the owner of those two settlements. There are also several entrances into the Deep Roads at other points in the map through which factions other than Darkspawn or the Dwarves can enter it. There will also be numerous settlements within the Deep Roads, such as The Dead Trenches or Aeducan Thaig, which will prove to be good early expansion options for Dwarven factions. The Darkspawn faction itself has it's capital in the Deep Roads at The Dead Trenches.
Q: How will Mages be balanced, and how will they work in DATW?
A: As seen in a few other Medieval II mods, mage units in general have powerful ranged attacks, but small unit sizes generally around 10-15 soldiers in a unit. It is thus the same way in Dragon Age Total War. However, some factions will have stronger mages than others. For example, Tevinter Mages will not only have more powerful ranged attacks, but will be almost equally skilled in melee. However, factions with stronger mage units will have weaknesses in other areas. There are also numerous counters for mage units such as archers, light cavalry, and fast moving infantry.
Q: How do you plan to implement or portray heroes and similarly prominent supporting characters, such as player companions from the Dragon Age games?
A: Companions from the games, heroes, or similarly prominent characters will be implemented in a variety of different ways, depending on their roles, status, and background within Dragon Age lore. For example, Alistair will start off the faction heir for Ferelden, and will eventually become Ferelden's faction leader, depending on whether or not the player allows him to during the Landsmeet Script. Other characters such as Leliana will likely be special starting agents with a high subterfuge level, while some supporting characters, such as Fenris will only be seen on the battle map accompanying a general or be present as a general's ancillary. Heroes such as the Hero of Ferelden, and the Champion of Kirkwall are likely to be ancillaries. However, the default human male Inquisitor is of course, the faction leader of the Inquisition faction.
Q: Does Dragon Age Total War have a website or Discord with further information?
A: The link to the mod's Discord channel is in it's description. All developers may also be reached there, and previews not seen on Moddb are shown from time to time. Questions not answered by this FAQ are best asked there.
Q: Is there an established date for an Alpha or Beta release?
A: We are not likely to release an Alpha, and there is no established date for a Beta release. We are currently working to have a mostly complete 1.0 release within a year and a half (from December 2018), depending on how smoothly production continues to go. However, the team is not following any deadlines nor are we working on a schedule. Additional modders on deck however would certainly help get a 1.0 out quicker.
Q: Does this mod accept donations or similar monetary rewards?
Q: I am eager to play Dragon Age Total War, and would like to help the modding team in some way to speed up development. Is there anything I can do to assist?
A: If you have modding skills, such as 3D modeling or Medieval II coding, send AugustusNocturnis a private message either on Moddb or join the mod's Discord channel, and detail your skills, experience, and how you would like to help. If you have no such skills, we are still looking for voice actors to fill a variety of roles, and 2D/Text assistants.
Note: New 3D modelers considering joining must have solid experience in working with Medieval 2 mesh and ideally have worked on one or two other Med 2 mods in the past.
BioWare, for the world of Thedas, and Dragon Age series/lore, as well as video games and creative content
-Creative Assembly for Medieval 2 Total War Kingdoms
-The Divide and Conquer submod for TATW
-Third Age Total War
-Call of Warhammer: Beginning of the End Times
-Kalla (BOTET Alt-Cut)
-Fourth Age Total War
-Deviant Art and various artists on the internet.
-Jebus/QueenOfGore (BOTET Team)
-Tomdoof (BOTET Team)
-Theodron (DaC Terrain Overhaul)
-Duke .H, Chasind, Dalish, and Grey Warden unit descriptions, Discord server co-management.
-LastArcanni, Some Kirkwall and most Darkspawn unit descriptions.
-TWcenter for tutorials, guides, advice, and tools.
To those outside of the Tevinter Imperium it is easy to imagine a society filled with mages and elven slaves and little else. In truth, there are three different Tevinters, each of them a world completely separated from the others. There are the mages, the land's nobility, completely obsessed with competing for supremacy with each other—almost to the exclusion of paying any heed to the nation's enemies, such as the Qunari.
The well-bred altus sneer at the laetans, who in turn sneer at the praeteri. They vie for dominance in the Magisterium, where factions shift and flow on a daily basis with deadly consequences, requiring every family to put on a veneer of perfect citizenship or face scandal and censure.
— from 'In Pursuit of Knowledge' by Brother Genitivi
As usual settlements are not built/upgraded at all - simply placed - so the income is not reflective of the finished product. Tevinter is vast (very vast) and alot of creative freedom was used in areas where we've no official concepts to guide me; as is the case with much of Northern Thedas. It's both a blessing and a curse, working with a blank page, because it means extra effort (and far more time) goes into development.
I've gone lengths to try give each region a unique subtle vibe of their own, so while Tevinter is dark and gloomy; you'll find Antiva is bright and sunny, Fereldan more muddy, Orlais is crisp - so on and so on.
Work continues. I'm almost done, in fact, slowly but surely :)
Welcome to the Silent Plains, a blighted desert in Tevinters back yard.
In -203 Ancient the area became the site of the titanic Battle of Silent Plains. Grey Wardens amassed a large force of Tevinter, Rivain and Ciriane soldiers, men and dwarves and slew archdemon Dumat, the Dragon of Silence, ending the First Blight. A third of all the armies of northern Thedas were lost to fighting. The Plains are now a gray, wind-blasted wasteland filled with dust, fine as ash, and occasional rocks.
Oh, and I blew up a mountain; don't ask questions, it just looks cool...
The lore reasoning for me fire-exploding a mountain here is what we know of The Lost City of Barindur. Solas claims to have seen the lost city. According to him, the city's ruins are buried under the wasteland found at the city's site in the modern day, encased within volcanic ash. All of the city's inhabitants had been "seared and smothered" in an instant, and their remains had formed hollow molds in the ash.
If this doesn't scream Pompeii then I don't know what does. So, that's why :)
Last but certainly not least (in order of appearance) we've the Captain & General models for Tevinter, then Priests level 1, 2, 3 followed by the Spy, Diplomat and Assassin agents. Character/Settlement/tree Models courtesy of AugustusNocturnis (Octavius on Discord). Thanks for reading! Work continues and I'll hopefully show off much more soon, so to keep updated, please consider joining our discord via this link where we preview our work early.
The Map is nearly completed at this stage, I've plenty more to show as soon as time permits :) life personally has been hectic and everyone on the team has their own lives too, so we appreciate the patience from everybody.
Work continues steadily and it's looking good!
Until next time :)
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