Ok, so like all the other Dragon Age fans I've been looking forward to seeing Inquisition. I picked it up just before X-mas when it was on sale 30% off. First thing I discovered when I tried to download it on my old dual-core system was that it asked if I really wanted to download it on this system, because the system would not be able to run it. This flustered me because I have been using my dual-core for all of my gaming, while keeping the quad open for rendering solely. Especially so since the last time the quad got infected because I wanted it to remain as pristine as possible. But now I had no choice, I purchased Inquisition, and I was going to play it, so it went on the quad. As soon as I had it installed the first thing it complained about was that my video card drivers were out of date. So I chased those down and installed them. Then I loaded the game up and everything seemed ok, but the video was really sluggish. So I asked my roommate to look up new video cards for me since the one that was in there was a 1gig. He found me a 4G Nvidia GeForce 740. We mail ordered it. I played the game in the meantime without it. It was very sluggish, especially in some of the maps with things like falling rain and blowing sand. The game is so awesome though that I put up with the sluggishness while waiting. One very upsetting thing I noted very quickly though was that the new drivers totally fragged up my DAZ studio - character skins and all sorts of other stuff were being hidden. Nothing I attempted fixed it either. I did find that the problem wasn't happening with DAZ4.6 so I played around with that a bit, and need to do a lot more until I figure it all out. I had a laugh when I tried to load up one of my recent scenes in 4.6 and a furry shader I'd used on a characters skirt was totally messed up in the newer studio. So finally the new video card arrived today, roommate just finished installing it. First test: my trusty old DAZ2.3 runs properly again, no invisible materials. Second test: Dragon Age Inquisition. And Oh My God(s)! Running around the desert and my character books. And then a first fight with a mean old hyena that attacked the little fennec (DA fox) I was racing with and then me. Followed quickly by a pair of large spiders. And OMG were the spell effects awesome.
Without throwing out spoilers, I'll say that my favorite trio of companions is Sera the insane City Elf Rogue Archer, The Iron Bull who is the enthusiastic and nutty Qunari (spy) Warrior, and Vivian, the "slightly stuck up" Orlesian Human Noble Mage. The interactions between these three while you are wandering around on a map is hilarious.
Now I shall go back to gaming, and perhaps drop off a few renders I've done in the meantime while puttering around.