March to the Mask

BioWare is asking fans to vote for Mass Effect 3's N7 mask design in the March to the Mask Facebook challenge, a promotional event for upcoming 3rd person shooter Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. For winning the vote-off, they'll receive a VIP kit, whose goodies they'll pass along to us (presumably in a future giveaway). All you have to do is visit the Facebook post and leave the comment "B."

PTS 2.0 Vanguard / Powertech Changes Overview

Spurred by the need to compile class changes in order to update my SWTOR Mirror Skills Translator, I'll be posting a series of overview articles to detail the class changes currently on the Public Test Server, many of which are not detailed in the patch notes, and what you can expect when the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion is released. Let's start with the Powertech (Empire) and its counterpart, the Vanguard (Republic). Read More

Kotobukiya’s Lucky Draw Giveaway – Bisho FemShep and Paragon Lost

Kotobukiya, the Japanese figure company, has worked with Bioware over the past couple of years in producing monstrous-eyed versions of Mass Effect favorites Liara T'Soni and now Commander Shepard. In the latest of the company's monthly giveaways, you can enter through the Facebook page for a chance to win one bishoujo FemShep statue and a copy of Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (blu-ray + dvd).

Kotobukiya is running the sweepstakes from today until 3/20, and you can enter it through their Facebook app. No purchase or liking is necessary.

ThinkGeek 20% off…everything (3/7)

ThinkGeek is offering a 20% off discount (with promo code TIMMYFIX) on everything sold at their website today to apologize for yesterday's server issues. This might be an opportune time to pick up some Mass Effect merchandise that they sell, including figures, figurines, mimobot drives, playing cards, hoodies, t-shirts, and even a full scale replica of Mass Effect 3's M-3 Predator gun. Read More

BioWEAR Cosplay Alliance

Karissa Barrows, project manager of the Mass Effect Cast Cosplay Initiative, has created a Facebook group for anyone interested in seeking guidance and entry into the world of cosplaying BioWare game characters:

BioWEAR Cosplay Alliance

A community for ALL BioWare cosplayers, cosplay aficionados, and those who want to cosplay but desire a little guidance while starting up. There will never be charters, admins (beyond cleaning up spam and what have you), elitism, or anything otherwise of that nature here. What there WILL be is a group of super fun people who love cosplay and BioWare ready to share their efforts and help with yours.

Thanks to Patrick Weekes for the heads up on Twitter!

Double XP Weekends Approaching in SWTOR

To prepare for the upcoming release of Rise of the Hutt Cartel, the Bioware Houston team is unleashing a month a XP boosts on weekends for all players. If you're looking to get some alts to 50 before the expansion drops, this is a great opportunity to get some levels under their belts - as this promotion stacks with other XP boosts as well. Read More

1200 Microsoft Points (Xbox), Mass Effect 2 (PS3), Razer SWTOR Headset (PC)

For XBox users who are interested in getting Mass Effect 3: Citadel (1200 MSP = $15) at a slight discount, Newegg is selling 1200 MSP digital codes (i.e. instant delivery) for 15% off with promo code 15OFFXBOXLIVE. This takes the net cost of Citadel down to $12.75 and you don't have to contend with leftover MSP currency, nice and neat.

Mass Effect 2 (Playstation 3) is also being featured as a weekly gaming deal for 40% off ($12). The PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 uniquely includes most of Mass Effect 2's premium DLC (except for Arrival).

On the branded peripheral front, Newegg is offering the premium Razer SWTOR gaming headset for 46% off ($70). It's their first week of Razer sales, so it's possible that we'll be seeing some Dragon Age and Mass Effect branded products in subsequent weeks.

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost #WinItWed Giveaway

Today, the Official Playstation events and promos Twitter account is giving away a prize package of the Mass Effect: Paragon Lost blu-ray, Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3), and knicknacks like a signed Mass Effect: Paragon Lost poster. To enter this giveaway, you need to tweet @HeyPlayStation with the answer to this question:

Source: @HeyPlayStation

Who voices James Vega in @FUNimation & @BioWare's movie #MassEffect: Paragon Lost, available on @SonyEntNet? #WinItWed

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Flash Sale – Get Mass Effect Digital Comics for Cheap, Free Blasto!

Dark Horse Comics is currently holding a flash sale in its digital store, featuring the comic entries in the Mass Effect catalog. Single issues are going for $.99, while the bundles are going for at least half off (the Homeworlds bundle in particular is a great deal). You can also get The Art of the Mass Effect Universe in digital format on sale as well.

Furthermore, the one-off Blasto: Eternity is Forever issue is free for any digital store account-holder. Of course, while absolutely not necessarily canon, it's still a entertaining read.

Dragon Age 2 for free [After Rebate] (2/26-3/1)

Newegg (U.S. only) is running a new 50% off sale on a bunch of PC games, including Dragon Age 2, but to sweeten the pot, they're also running a $10 mail-in rebate promotion that qualifies on these sale items, making them free after rebate. This is the physical boxed version of Dragon Age 2 (with free shipping), and the rebate will come in the form of a $10 prepaid Visa credit card after 8-10 weeks. Read More