Free Tavern Songs, You Guys

FreeDownloadThe good folks at BioWare have made all of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s tavern songs available for free download. The download also includes sheet music, so you can try your hand at a tune or two. If you do, be sure to enter the Fan Celebration Contest with your recording – or video, or fan art, or what have you. I wonder whether they’d accept some slash…. Hmmmmm…

P.S. Here is everyone’s favorite song:

In Which Jake and I Have a Scintillating Discussion of Solas from Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Let’s Talk About Dragon Age!

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The Hobbit found me in second grade and it was love at first page. Tales of wizards, Dwarven gold, Elven swords, secret doors, and most of all DRAGONS, spoke to me on a level that Beverly Cleary and her gearhead mice never could. From that moment on, I was a fantasy and mythology nut. From Lloyd Alexander and Robin McKinley to Terry Brooks and Dragonlance. Pocket change would be offered up to Gauntlet. Ren Faires became a tradition. My earliest computer, an IBM XT Compatible beast, purchased from the 4H revenue of two suffolk lambs (and a generous parental subsidy), was basically a device for mainlining TSR Gold Box games and King’s Quests. #NoSwordsNoThanks.

By the time I entered high school, I was still seeking out sagas of fellowship and barbarian life, but the high fantasy tropes had lost some of their lustre, especially when it came to PC games. In fantasy fiction, I could still find characters that spoke to me and tantalizing worlds to dream of exploring, but fantasy games seemed content to send my same generic party down into the same generic dungeons. Enough was enough. That’s when she came in.

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HCF Podcast #8: Shadow of Mordor

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podcast_imageTime for another episode of the Hypercombofinish podcast! In this episode, Chris and I discuss Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a game you already know I love. What does Chris, consummate Nintendo fanboy think of this Assassin’s-Creed-but-when-it-was-still-fun-also-orcs, open-world romp? Find out by giving a listen below!

Know a game HCF needs to discuss? Let us know!

Caragor Pretty Kitty Party Parade

Shadow of Mordor is a fantastic game and you should play it. Though I’ve just completed the main questline, I still find myself heading back into the game, getting up to no good. My current favorite activity is riding around freeing all the caragors I can find, leading them on an orc-slaying rampage. I call it “Caragor Pretty Kitty Party Parade.”

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Oh, you know, just clearing out a stronghold in Udun…

I even have a little song I sing as we go…

Seriously, though, it’s a wonderful game. It’s like an Assassin’s Creed game, back when they were still fun. PLAY!

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