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Take A Look At The Collector’s Edition For Baldur’s Gate: Dragonspear

If you’re like me and have all the boxes to your D&D computer games lined up on a shelf and ogle them daily, you might want to take a look at the recently revealed Baldur’s Gate: Dragonspear collector’s edition set being sold by Beamdog.

Available only on their site and selling for a rather pricey $129.99 USD, it’ll certainly contribute to your CRPG-cred. Shipping with the requisite cloth map and soundtrack CDs, this package also comes with a spiral-bound manual, a full color background story guide, a collectible coin, a Dragonspear amulet, and a velvet bag holding seven game-themed dice. All of this comes in a box designed to be displayed, complete with a pull-out container that keeps all the collection’s goodies safe and secure.

One thing to note is that buying this doesn’t mean you have to wait for the game to ship in order to play it – thankfully you will be given a download code when Dragonspear releases on March 31st.

A twitch streamis planned for tomorrow at 10am PST, so for those still wanting to see more of it before diving in, you’ll get another chance.

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Carl Batchelor

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.




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7 comments
  1. Sean Sharpe
    Sean Sharpe
    March 3, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    On one hand…Not nearly enough CRPGs do physical versions. And since I live in an area without very good internet and limited bandwidth to boot, I have to wait for the possibility of shitty console ports. (Especially since I hate digital media.)

    On the other hand… That really, really expensive.

  2. Mr. Greis
    Mr. Greis
    March 3, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Beamdog? No thanks.

    Especially now that they have that Bioware writer.

  3. GonzoLewd
    GonzoLewd
    March 4, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Wouldn’t that be a good thing? Now that they have a writer responsible for the first Baldur’s Gate games?

  4. Mr. Greis
    Mr. Greis
    March 4, 2016 at 4:39 am

    He’s not.

    He’s the guy that said if you want to romance a Dwarf in Dragon Age Origins you’re a pedophile.

  5. BurgerUnit
    BurgerUnit
    March 4, 2016 at 11:03 am

    What a bizarre statement. I wonder how Peter Dinklage would respond to that.

  6. GonzoLewd
    GonzoLewd
    March 5, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I don’t remember him saying anything like that. And what does that have to do with his writing ability if he made the awesome stories of Bioware’s earlier games?

  7. Mr. Greis
    Mr. Greis
    March 7, 2016 at 11:29 am

    He was kept largely in check during Dragon Age Origins as a part of the team. After that everything went downhill. Probably because there wasn’t as many checks and balances.

    Video Games have teams writing. It’s not just one guy, although he’d certainly like you to think that, it’s a menagerie of ideas and criticism. You write things, pitch it and it gets reviewed. Criticism is made and it’s made better. Usually. ME3 happened because they did the opposite of that, but that wasn’t Gaider. I’m willing to wager they streamlined a lot of the process and took away the sitting around pitching ideas and criticisms, which leads to the mess of DA2 and DA:I.

    He also released an interview stating that player agency essentially doesn’t matter. He said different flavors and global choices need to be spread in a sense of balance, but the problem is he’s saying that about his “success” at DA2. There was no agency, everything led to the same outcome. Same outcome, different color.

    He also had a nasty habit of retconning people’s playthroughs. Leliana being the most infamous example, where you would kill her for tainting the chalice but then find her alive in DA2 AND playing a significant role in DA:I. Kinda goes back to that agency argument of his.

    The problem is, he’s not a good writer. Not on his own and certainly not as a lead. He defended Hepler – despite her infamous “They’re just jealous because of my vagina” quote or her “JRR Tolkien is just an old white guy” – and her writing was atrocious. Fanfiction tier. He did it because he was friends with her. Even if I was friends with her, I’d fire her for her behavior at taunting consumers. I’d also criticize her work, not defend it. Because in that scenario I’m her boss and not her friend.

    He also belongs to the “SJW Crowd” backing Anita Sarkeesian, saying that a subset of gamers are ISIS, putting in token characters because “muh representation”, etc. He never just writes characters and let them tell their stories, he takes puppets and tries to fool you into thinking they’re people. They also tend to turn into mouthpieces.

    Essentially… do not put too much stock in one man. Not in the video game industry. It’s an entire network collaborating on a singular idea, even when it comes to departments it’s not just one guy and it never will be. Not unless we’re talking indie shit, but who the fuck plays those? Amirite?