Face Off: Dragon Age Giveaway Results

Sorry about the delay on this. The plan was to judge it last night, but there were – er – unavoidable delays. In a pub. Sorry. However, I’ve judged the competition and selected the winners, turning this into a very Dragon-agey day indeed. Hopefully they’ll have their copy of the Dragon’s Age Direct2Drive shortly. The standard of entries were high. Many people did copies of famous people. Many people did copies of us. Many people did seemingly completely normal fantasy characters, with bios, which is very sweet. Some people did things which make me genuinely disturbed. Some of them are winners. But which ones? Click, to discover.

What I most love about J Lewis’s genuinely freakish creature – and there were a lot of actual distended faces – is that it looks like an actual creature rather than a slider-bar road-crash. Also, just imagine playing through the entire game with this character. Imagine the sex scenes.


Anyway – yes, there were a lot of famous people doppelgangers. Some of them even looked like their famous person. But only one of them actually based it of RPS-fave Klaus Kinski. And he was Peter Eriksson.

Watch Wrath of God, everyone.

Anyway, Harrison Sullivan made Dick Cheney.

It doesn’t really look much like Dick Cheney, but it amuses me that Dick Cheney may be reading this and thinking “Wait… they think I look like this?”

Yes, yes, you do.

Anyway, sometimes the simple ones are the best. Baranga Vlad does…

Well, “Michael Jackson would’ve looked at the age of 70. Or something” to quote Baranga. I suspect not any more.

Finally, in an overkill special H. Promogal was the only person to actually have a crack at all four of the hivemind in game. I especially like that they’re bloody awful replicas of us, and about as insulting to each of us as Dick Cheney’s is to his.

Jim as a 40-something coronary case.

John having not just eaten all the pies – but injected them into his fat cheeks.

Actually, this looks worryingly like an uncle of mine back in Cannock.

And – er- Alec’s long-chinned brother.

Well done all the winners. Also, all the losers, because in many way, you are a winner. Just not in a getting-a-free-copy-of-Dragon-Age way.


  1. Jockie says:

    They’re all pretty awesome, the MJ one is freaky. The fact they’re actually decent makes me happier that I never got around to submitting my ‘Dwarf with an amusing nose’, as it was terrible.

  2. Squirrelfanatic says:

    Haha, very good entries indeed. I send in a character myself and feel no shame to have been beaten by these … guys. Especially Klaus Kinski is very well done. I bow before you, Aguirre.

  3. Baris says:

    Haha, I actually burst out laughing at the RPS trio with guest star Alec.

  4. niceones says:

    Pic of John could be modified into a Jack Black pretty easily.

    That Michael Jackson is spot on.

  5. futage says:

    I maintain that Alec’s is a monument to photorealism!

    (thank you very much :) )

  6. Krondonian says:

    Oh wow. Mine failed so bad in comparison.

    J Lewis’ is just astonishingly well done. Congrats.

    • Krondonian says:

      Well if everyone else is sharing…

      I love the portrait mode for the ridiculous expressions, like so: link to picasaweb.google.co.uk

      Trying to do Fyodor Dostoyevsky might not have been the best idea either…

  7. Earl_of_Josh says:

    The last four pictures were hysterical. Which sucks, since I’m supposed to be doing smart stuff here at work, not laughing at alternate dimension RPS men. Bravo!

  8. Alexander Norris says:

    I was promised a human Tall Nut.

    Where is it?

  9. Jlewis says:

    I am so suprised, happy and honored to have won. This has completely made my day! Thanks RPS.

  10. alset says:

    The only thing I can say is Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahaahahahaahah

    Congratz to the winners and kudos to Kieron for making the article spit-my-drink-all-over-the-screen funny.

  11. Rei Onryou says:

    I am so happy that H. Promogal did that Kieron! Love ’em all! Also, John’s could easily be changed into Jack Black or Hurley from Lost.

    I’d still like to see the female equivalents of RPS done. ‘Cos, y’know….we all secretly do.

  12. MToTheThird says:

    Congrats to the winners! These are quite splendid (oh god I still see that JLewis creature when I close my eyes please help), and now I feel bad for whinging about the limitations of the character creator.

    Ah well. The wife made me promise not to buy it until she’s finished her PhD anyways. :)

  13. Alex says:

    I think I might’ve once seen that uncle on a train…

    • Alex says:

      Also I find it worryingly contradictory to the first 15-20 years of my life that the word Cannock actually creates a small surge of pride in me…

    • futage says:

      As someone who frequented the Cannock McDonalds, braving both deer and chavs, because it was the only place within a roughly 50 mile radius late at night, I have a strange fondness for the place too.

      And the Chase’s popularity as a dogging venue cannot be overstated. Makes one proud to be Staffordshirian.

    • futage says:

      I meant the only place to get food. Not the only place at all. Staffordshire’s not quite that weird.

  14. Vinraith says:

    I’m a little disappointed that they caved on normal. Making easy easier is fine, easy should be the “guided tour” mode for any game after all, but I don’t think normal being somewhat challenging is anything that requires correction.

    • Vinraith says:

      Gah, somehow this ended up in the wrong thread. Too many Dragon Age articles today! :)

  15. Matzerath says:

    Klaus Kinski – brilliant! If only you could have your avatar BEHAVE like him, too.

  16. Vandelay says:

    That was a big surprise that my unlike-likenesses failed to win!

    As I said in the original article, announcing the competition, I attempted to create the Star Trek captains, due to Janeway being a voice in Dragon Age. My rather hopeless attempts are here link to img263.imageshack.us

    Not even my picture of Picard giving the finger helped my cause. Having said that, I think the winners are far more deserving then my half-arsed (quarter-arsed?) attempts.

  17. Cutman says:

    Stupid me. I made a perfectly normal character thinking that it would be unique compared to the other entries. It was worth a shot. I figured there’d be a bunch of entries with the slider bars smashed to the extremes.

    That’ll learn me.

  18. SirKicksalot says:

    OH GOD I WON! I love you guys!

    I made the Michael Jackson face. Here’s an even more Michael Jacksonish pic of it: link to tinypic.com

    Hm, I guess now I’ll just keep an eye on my mail, right?

    • Beastbaron says:

      Yeah that is what I’m doing, don’t suspose any previous comp winners could shed light on the procedure. I’m not expecting anything till monday but still :)

  19. Beastbaron says:

    YaY I won! Love you all! Woot! Lol it is not right I’m this happy :3

  20. Scarves says:

    40-year-old Jim makes a passable Dan Aykroyd.

  21. Stupoider says:

    Congratulations to the winners!

    I may be quite downtrodden, seeing as my entry lost, but just looking at him always puts a smile back on my face. 8D

    link to i185.photobucket.com

  22. merc says:

    Hahah, very nice, congratulations winners.

  23. Mike says:

    Alec isn’t *too* bad. I think Jim’s avatar actually looks a lot more like John, though. ¬_¬

  24. Rob says:

    Were the winners ever announced for the Ashes 2009 competition? It ended in August.

    link to rockpapershotgun.com

  25. Klaus says:

    These are great. Well done everyone.

  26. Squirrelfanatic says:

    My entry was this try at a sort of Steven Tyler look-alike.

  27. Frosty says:

    Here’s my entry (I figured there were quite enough “hot, young elf chicks” out there already, so I figured I’d do something entirely different. ;)

    link to fc02.deviantart.com

    • Squirrelfanatic says:

      I see the flaw in your creation: it lacks the beard!

    • Frosty says:

      Haha, I almost made her bald at first, just to make a point to the dwarf-women with beards faction! ;)

  28. Bronte says:


    This is some fantastic stuff! I didn’t play around with the character creator too much, but I guess now I will!

  29. Beastbaron says:

    None of the other winners have got anything yet right? I dont mind waiting at all but just checking :)

  30. PHeMoX says:

    Hahaha, that no-nose Jackson looks awesome. The face reminds me of that Planet of the Apes girl monkey though, especially the mouth. :p

    Nice compo RPS.

  31. SirKicksalot says:

    Beastbaron – not yet.

    PHeMoX – I was thinking about that too!

    • Beastbaron says:

      Thanks alot, not expecting anything till monday at the earliest tbh, not that i mind to much still plowing my way through stalker :)

    • Beastbaron says:

      Just checking in again, no one else has got their’s yet right?

    • SirKicksalot says:

      Now I truly understand what “patience is a virtue” means!

    • Beastbaron says:

      Lol, I’ve been trying to resist the urge to spam F5 my hotmail all day at work

    • Beastbaron says:

      Still nothing :-(

  32. SirKicksalot says:

    Still nothing :-(

    I wonder if something went insanely wrong with the prize. Or with D2D’s award winning support.

  33. Beastbaron says:

    I e-mailed Kieron on Wednesday and recieved an email back that that we should be recieving it by the end of the week (Friday or Sunday, I assumed Friday but not sure now as it wasn’t specific), I suppose that you could send one as well, just so it doesnt seem that I’m the only one moaning :P I’ll send another one of tonight if it hasn’t arrived I think.

    • Beastbaron says:

      Sent another email tonight, said he would follow it up again, no reply. But i sent it at like 4.30 so he may not have caught the D2D uk people…or something. I dunno bit bored and tired of waiting atm. If it come it comes if it doesnt it doesnt is quickly becoming my attitude tbh. /sadface

      Thx to Kieron Gillen for following up quickly and stuff he has been cool tbh.

      Also shouldn’t it be “Opine, Away!” not “Opinion, Away!” Although it would depend whether how it was meant. “Opinion, Away!” would make sense in a “Bombs, Away!” coming from the author of the post. Whereas “Opine, Away!” is more like the RPS editors giving the poster permission to post.

      Im so bored.

    • Jlewis says:

      You’re not alone; I’ve not gotten any messages from D2D since the contest ended. Perhaps things will be resolved on sunday. And maybe I’ll have power tomorrow,, hurricane Ida took it out yesterday so I’m currently stealing bandwidth from a friend.

    • Beastbaron says:

      The earliest we’ll get it now is proberly monday since I doubt whether the nice people at D2D work weekends, certainly not sundays……

    • Jlewis says:

      So still no games for any of the winners?

    • SirKicksalot says:

      Yeah, still no games…

  34. Beastbaron says:

    No game still right?

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      Beastbaron: Someone else asked me about this. Was horrified to hear they hadn’t gone out. Chased the guy, who said he believed the US had sent them out. He’s chasing it too.


  35. Jlewis says:

    Anonymous Coward said:
    No game still right?

    Recieved a code for the game today, but after some exploration of direct 2 drive I’ve no idea how to actually redeem it. If anyone can point me in the right direction I’d appreciate it.

    • futage says:

      You have to make an account, then buy the game (put it in your basket), then go to check out, then somewhere near the top there’s a rickbox for “redeem voucher” (something along those lines). When you tick that a texbox appears for the code to go in.

      You still have to enter valid payment stuff, annoyingly.

      (It still didn’t go through for me, said it needs to be authorised by a customer support person or something like that, so I’d be interested to know if yours goes through ok…)

    • futage says:

      You have to make an account, then buy the game (put it in your basket), then go to check out, then somewhere near the top there’s a tickbox for “redeem voucher” (something along those lines). When you tick that a textbox appears for the code to go in.

      You still have to enter valid payment stuff, annoyingly.

      (It still didn’t go through for me, said it needs to be authorised by a customer support person or something like that, so I’d be interested to know if yours goes through ok…)

    • futage says:

      Ach, sorry for double post, didn’t think I’d clicked so corrected typos. Now my shame is laid bare.

  36. Jlewis says:

    I found the tiny checkbox and entered the code Kieron Gillen emailed to me but it said; “Your coupon or discount is not valid for the product in your cart.” The result was the same for all of the possible Dragon Age versions Direct2Drive offered. :<

  37. StalinsGhost says:

    An uncle back in Cannock you say? Interesting, I lived down the road from Cannock (Burntwood) until 3 months ago.