Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: No Romance, No Tenting?

Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening: No Romance, No Tenting?

Ohgren attempting a pick up line

Oghren is my hero.

Well WTF BioWare? Listen, I totally share Kat’s sentiment towards you guys, but I also share the sentiment that I love perving out. on Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening’s website they have a rather handy FAQ:

1.7 – If I had a romance in Origins, does it carry over into Awakening?

Romances do not carry forward in Awakening, because you are away from your previous life fighting a new threat.

Now this is to be expected unless you wind up marrying and taking over the crown in the end. For male protagonists you’re primary romantic interest (Morrigan) is off with your child in the woods and there is no guarantee that Leliana will be with you at the moment.  Even if she is there is go guarantee your love interest will fit in, have the right skills, or be needed in the new campaign. But then I read further:

1.8 – Who can I romance in Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening?

There are no romances options available in Awakening. The story is focused more on the mission at hand and the new threat to Ferelden.

eric cartman - i do what i want

"I DO WHAT I WANT!"

Come on now. You mean to tell me my character isn’t going to go looking for strange when off in a new land? You apparently don’t know my character very well. Let me clue you in. She’s an angry bitter whore of a city elf who does what she wants. Sure the primary male main character I have is a fine upstanding fella, but the girl? She’s gonna find a way to tent. Mark my words.

What the FAQ does say that really makes me excited is that:

1.9 – Which Dragon Age: Origins NPC will be returning?

Besides Oghren who plays a large role in Awakening, there are cameos and returning characters…

For me, Oghren was phenomenal comedic fodder. We had some wonderful analogies and misunderstood references. I laughed for hours when I heard Ohgren use the term “Pike Twirler”. I actually looked at my fiance and asked if she wanted to “grease up the ol’ bronto”. She said no. I think it worried her a little.
(thanks to reddit for catching the above typo. you’re always there for me.)

When asked her opinion Kat (who may be BioWare’s biggest fan…she may even be stalking them) responded with:

Learning the fact that you can’t romance in DA:O-A…almost makes me feel like…eff that. Totally takes the wind out of the sails.

While we are still going to purchase and play the crap out of it because…well…that’s what we do, we will still feel like something is missing. Like the game is slightly incomplete. While it’s entirely possible that we wont even notice the lack of tenting I am still going to miss it.

To check out the FAQ you can find it on the Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening website.

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Posted On
Mar 11, 2010
Posted By
VITO

WILL WE EVER SEE MORRIGAN AGAIN……..THERE SHOULD BE A HAPPY ENDING WITH MORRIGAN……. MANY OF US PROMISED TO FIND HER MAY B U CAN INCLUDE AN ADVENTURE TO FIND HER……..WE R READY TO BY ALL THE EXPANTION PACKS OF DAO BUT PLZ BRING MORRIGAN BACK……….

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Posted On
Nov 13, 2011
Posted By
Jenn

there is an adventure to find morrigan, it’s in one of the DLCs for Dragonage on xbox 360

it’s called “Witch Hunt”
it’s free with ultimate edition

i don’t know about PC but that is an option on xbox live for DLC

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Jul 10, 2012
Posted By
Lilian

There is Witch Hunt on PC too. I have on PC:
Witch Hunt
Dragon Age: Awakening
The Darkspawn Chronicles
Leliana’s Song
The Golems of Amgarrak

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Posted On
Mar 12, 2010
Posted By
wadoobie

I too promised to find her…more or less stalk her. There really is no ending, the ending is wide open. But *spoilers* if you remember in the ending it alluded to fact that the story with Morrigan was not over. There will be more at some point, you just have to give them time to figure out what they want to do with it.

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Posted On
Mar 13, 2010
Posted By
straight-jacket

So basically, BioWare has changed course with Awakening..Dunno…no romancing, previous folks are cameo stops…damn…I’ll need to move on to another game…doesn’t sound like an expansion…sounds like a derailment and that means trainwreck. If it isn’t consistent..what’s the point? Heavy Rain is up next..

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Posted On
Mar 16, 2010
Posted By
chaseninja

i got awakening today and i cant even talk to my party anymore let alone f**k the hot tree girl and the other chick died from the joining :(

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Posted On
Mar 25, 2010
Posted By
Merel

Man, my boyfriend actually bought this game for me today. Finding out that I can’t romance anyone, let alone /talk/ to my party outside of the forced conversations nearly made me quit playing. Nearly.
-sigh- I could’ve totally imagined my Moira tenting with Nathaniel.

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Posted On
Apr 01, 2010
Posted By
DBear

This is crap. I was so excited to see Alistair again and maybe pop a few babies out (I know, that’s asking too much), but then I found out he’s not even in it! What the eff???? And now I can’t even get anyone else to fall in love with me. They won’t even talk to me!! I understand that this is an expansion, but come on BioWare, do you guys really think we wouldn’t care?

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Posted On
Apr 05, 2010
Posted By
JT

That’s a shame because I wouldn’t mind tenting with the dwarf chic. But it’s really a shame because I got the DLC character Shale. Since he’s a DLC character that I paid extra for, I believe he should follow me to the expansion.

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Posted On
May 01, 2010
Posted By
Dyth

I Agree there should be something with Morrigan. But I did hear that they were making dragon age 2.

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Posted On
May 05, 2010
Posted By
Allieoop

Isn’t the main point of DAO is that there are so many lifestyle choices. If you can’t romance anyone that’s like half the game useless.

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Posted On
May 24, 2010
Posted By
Regan Cousland

@VITO A whole adventure (or at least a substantial subplot) to track down Morrigan would be brilliant. My noble Commander of the Grey is in love with her and swore to find her at the climax of Origins. I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for that expansion pack, and I hope Bioware takes notice!

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Posted On
May 24, 2010
Posted By
Regan Cousland

My secondary character is a fiercely proud and independent Dalish rogue named Freya. Of all the companion characters, my feeling is that she would be most attracted to Nathaniel Howe, given that they’re both social pariahs. Had Nathaniel been a romance option I’d probably abstain from any serious relationships with the characters in Origins. As things stand, I’m not yet sure what route to take regarding romance. Zevran can be pretty charming, but the whole bi-sexual thing is a turn-off; Alister feels a bit like the cliched default option; and Leliana keeps going on about the Maker, which annoys the heck out Freya, who is constantly aware of the crimes ignorant, arrogant humans committed against the Elvenhan, and she certainly has no time for their false gods.

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Posted On
May 26, 2010
Posted By
GreyWarden

if bioware doesnt add the romance factor back into DA2 then i wont even bother buying the game.
if they truely want to sell this game and keep the gaming community happy they should take a look at the massive negative feedback on the expansion and learn from there mistakes and strive to improve on them.
i spent countless hours saving up gifts and items to increase my chances with the females to find out its not even possible what a major let down :(

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Posted On
Jun 04, 2010
Posted By
Sarah

WHAT??? No romance in Awakenings? I can’t select any of my original party members to go with me? No Zevran!!!!

Ohwell, guess I won’t be purchasing this expansion.

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Posted On
Jun 06, 2010
Posted By
Megan

I feel like not having a romance sort of takes the heart out of the game and makes me cautious about ever purchasing another dragon age game in the future. Honestly to switch the game so much that’s a supposed “afterward” quest is really extremely disappointing.

plus the ending of the first game was “oh now I have to read…great…”

I remember when RPG endings where a half hour…

It’s just all very clumsy for me, I understand how much work it is but I think it better to make us wait than to disappoint.

plus I want my character to ravage Nathaniel….

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Posted On
Jul 07, 2010
Posted By
Anora

Hey this game expansion is totally S****, hey no romance?!? I was so happy to see Alistair again, but i’ve heard he appears only in a less than 30 sec dialogue. This is absolutely not what i hoped!! Well Bioware im telling u, “I” have a lot of friends, and i’ll tell them, each one of them to not buy this expansion. And i warn u I have a lot of inffluence on my friends and neighbors. I warn u to, it’s a big neighbord, i was the first to buy the expoansion, every was so glad there was finally a expansion, now when i tell them, they’re ceirtanly not gonna buy this. AND I AGREE WHIT ALL THE COMMENTS POSTED HERE, THIS GAME IS LIKE HALF. I DIDN’T EXPECT TO LOOSE MY MONEY ON HALF A GAME. I would be really so happy to unless, “unless” see Alistair and talk to him. I want to recruit him into my party, i tried everything i knew but i can’t have him back. In D age origins, i remember he got king, and i married him. I even left Morrigan perform the ritual, so my history could have a happy ending, and now what? he appears less than 30 sec in game… Bioware gots me dissapointed beyond reason.

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Posted On
Jul 07, 2010
Posted By
Erica

NO ROMANCE IN AWAKENING?!?!?!?!? Definetely me and my sister not gonna buy this Bull***t !!!

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Posted On
Jul 07, 2010
Posted By
Monica

I Totally agree whit u all

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Posted On
Jul 15, 2010
Posted By
Monica

what the f**k. no romance in da2. what was the point in having that choice in the 1st game if it wasnt going to be in the 2nd?! thats one of the main things that kept me playing it. they should totally have romance in dragon age 2 otherwise its not a sequal.

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Posted On
Jul 15, 2010
Posted By
wadoobie

Not quite. They have yet to say anything about Dragon Age II. Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening wasn’t really a sequel but an expansion. For that reason they just didn’t go into the same full mechanics of it. I mean really I can’t imagine them NOT putting a romance in there somewhere. It’s what they do best. But until they say it’s NOT in Dragon Age II…I’m just going to believe that it will be.

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Posted On
Sep 05, 2010
Posted By
da11

http://dragonage.bioware.com/da2/info/
there is romnce in dragon age 2

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Posted On
Jul 20, 2010
Posted By
Caol

I agree, such as I romanced lelina and married her in game and got MORRIGAN knocked up. Even with Leliana staying with me in the end. Leliana does not travel with me in the expansion or even give mention of her staying back or any sort. I would think that such bonds made with some of the others would flow over into the expansion. Seeing as character relationships makes half of any story.
Even more so will we even and an import option in Dragon Age II and recount with the original team?

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Posted On
Aug 27, 2010
Posted By
Antox

I totally agree with you all. I wanted to play the expansion almost entirely to keep on my romance with Alistair!!! And I won´t even be able to kiss him?? I´ll only see him for 30 seconds?? I´m so very dissapointed. And the ritual thing with Morrigan would have been very interesting and… nothing?
BIOWARE FIX THIS!!!!

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Posted On
Sep 27, 2010
Posted By
Cailan

Morrigan’s answer is in witch hunt. A good witch indeed :) Waiting for DA 2 now!

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Oct 01, 2010
Posted By
rainsshadw2

hey this is fcked up.i had a thing going with morrigan,zeveren,and the chic that goes on about the damn maker. when i saw alister i thought he was goin 2 join my prty.but noooooooo nothing.i was so god damn pissed off when i got the game. like i know it is an exspantion but i wanted more of a romace role in it than what was. like come on bio ware you can do better.so get off you fckin ass and make this sht better. i also agree with makeing an add-on with morrigan. sht she was 1 of my fave people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted On
Oct 25, 2010
Posted By
Val

I cannot believe that I dont get to see Alistair again!!!!! I was so excited to see him! I cant beleive that he’s not even in it! To be completely honest Im very mad that Alistair isnt in it!!!!!!!!!!!! Come ON! Bio ware you can do waaaaaaaay better then that!!!!!!!

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Posted On
Nov 05, 2010
Posted By
Mantis

I can’t believe there’s no romance in this – I spent ages trying to bribe Anders & Nathaniel into a threesome & you can’t even get a twosome (let alone a conversation with them). And what’s that turd Alistair doing in it? I sent the snivelling little wretch packing and kept Logaine so how come he’s king? And when Logaine visited they wouldn’t let me keep him. The lack of continuity is unbelievable – even though I freed the circle from the chantry wynne’s there whinging about factions wanting to break away from the chantry. Hello? And who the fuck’s nicked my Mabari?

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Posted On
Nov 05, 2010
Posted By
kattiki

Hmm, that seems very surprising, as I know they tried to keep the game as fluid from your Origins experience as possible. Did you use your same character? Did you pull the character from the correct save? If you pulled from an earlier save all the details near the end might not transfer over. I know my game was incredibly realistic given all the choices I’d made in Origins.

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Posted On
Nov 17, 2010
Posted By
ttruthbetold

This website has somewhat false info. For one thing it’s mission focused yes… and your character may mess around after your romances in Origins but others don’t. For instance, my favorite warrior’s romance with Lelianna continued after I finished awakening. It told me how he ‘retired’ from commander of the greywardens and never returned to the keep. Only to be seen beside his love the red head bard Lelianna. and so on so forth… So in a sense relationships do carry over.

And this problem doesn’t take away from the game. Unless you want to slut your previous char around. Where I do see a problem is if you start an ‘orlesian’ warden and you want to romance one of the characters. But it still doesn’t take away from the game IMO… unless you like to hoe around lol – if so… more power to you, but quit whining

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Posted On
Jul 10, 2012
Posted By
Lilian

Here is another expression from Liliana’s Song campaign “Let’s go play with your little dragon” – the french lady says that :)

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Jan 05, 2013
Posted By
Rena

Few things I hope da3 has…..

Dragon age 3 needs:

Romance..! A lot of romance. Marriage, children, ofc women and men of the night.

Awesome story line…more like story book….not something I cant beat in 1 day.

Move more freely… More options in appearance…. Better hair styles…. Iam a women that likes, longed hair chicks not…. Short hair women that look like men.

*wiggles* I can’t wait until it comes out!!!!! :3

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Jan 07, 2013
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Kira

I am going to say this as calm as i can possibly manage……..
WHY THE HELL IS THERE NO TENTING IN AWAKENING? IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAS THE BEST PART ABOUT THE GAME (in my opinion it was) TAKING IT AWAY KILLED IT! PLEASE MAKE MANY MANY MORE GAMES WITH SOME BUMP AND GRIND SO THAT WE CAN ENJOY THE GAME TO ITS ENTIRETY.

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