This post contains spoilers for Dragon Age. Do not read on if you do not want to read them. Specifically, it talks in some detail about the city of dwaves and some party members.

I preordered the game, watched Steam do the countdown, unlocked it and started playing at 5am on Saturday morning. That weekend I clocked up 30 hours game time.

I’m playing Elf Warrior (link requires Bioware Social login), equal ranks archery and sword & shield. I’ve done Redcliffe, Mages Tower, City stuff, and most of the Deep Roads, and am level 13ish.

See most of? That’s where I stopped.

Went though the Deep Roads, found Branka, got locked in the dungeon with Shale, Oghren & Morrigan, got to the Anvil.

At the point where I’ve hit the anvil, I’ve fought a few medium-heavy waves of Darkspawn, some Stone Golems in serial, some stone golems in parallel and a dozen dwarves who don’t know when to sodding die.

Oghren has the survivability rating of a small paper boat in a barbecue, I’d have left him behind but I can’t do it without him in the party, so he’s got a few injuries. I’m running low on potions (I’ve got a “If you’re below 10%, quaff” on the PCs, and Mori’s got standing orders to heal anyone under 25%) and I enter the final fight.

I’ve got packs full of crappy stuff to sell, I can’t go back to find healing stuff because I’m locked in, my potion-creating characters are useless because there’s no resources anywhere, and I’m stuck repeating a fight against half a dozen stone golems and an elite boss that I just cannot win. With tactics, planning, pausing every half second and a dozen tries, I can beat everyone except the elite (While the king golem stands and watches, which is annoying).

Eventually, I bite the bullet and go back to my last save game, which is just before the Broodmother. I take everyone back to camp and reform the party. Bronka says the place is full of traps, and we have an entire dedicated class for solving that kind of problem, so I swap out Shale for Leliana (Which is annoying, because Shale’s plot in this bit is great), download the Respec Raven mod and swap out all the archery, because archery patently sucks in this game, for dual weaponary, and go back. If I can avoid the traps, and therefore the golems, maybe I can do this after all.

So, it would appear that the traps which are so carefully mentioned? Rogue proof. You cannot avoid the damn golems. Which is a shame, because you’d have thought a “Maze of traps” would be a good place to have a rogue. Plus, I’ve lost one of the better fighters to find this out.

So I’m going to have to do it again, I suppose. A new party of Mori (to freeze the golems), Shale (to hit them), Oghren (to complete his plotline and die repeatedly), and my elf who has magically forgotten that he used to be able to shoot a bow.

Maybe this time I’ll get though, but it’s been about two weeks since I first got stuck at this bit, and repeatedly dying is not making me feel the need to double click the “Dragon Age” icon on my desktop, so maybe I won’t.

(This is all done at “Normal” with a drop to “Easy” if I’m being consistently pounded into the earth.)