Welcome! The first meeting of the Mass Effect Book Club is now in session.

Week 1: Character Creation, Prologue, first set of Citadel Assignments

Oh Mass Effect, how I've missed you. It's been almost a year since I last played this first game in the trilogy (thanks a lot higher education and real-world adult responsibilities) and I have to say it feels great to be jumping back into the Mass Effect universe. Seriously, my cold little heart warms right up hearing Anderson, Hackett and Udina contemplate putting Shepard forward as a Spectre candidate and I still get a little thrill when the title pops up on the screen for the first time with that fantastic "THWOMP" sound. Mmmm, it's like putting on a warm pair of slippers.

But enough of my personal weirdness! We've got a whole lot of game to unpack here so let's get started, hmm? A few questions to begin with:

  • Is this your first time playing? We'd love to hear some your first thoughts. Setting, characters, what little you know of the plot so far, combat mechanics - whatever made an impression, good or bad.
  • Share your Shepard! What gender/background/class did you pick? Did you use a stock Shepard or did you spend way too much time customizing their appearance? Is this a new character or did you import one from a previous playthrough? And WHY? Why did you pick the Shepard you picked? EXPLAIN YOURSELF.
  • Are you one of those people who spends time running around the ship and talking to everyone, or do you generally just try to keep the main story moving? And do you choose dialogue options for the sole purpose of maximizing paragon/renegade points or are you a go-with-your-gut-and-to-hell-with-the-consequences type of player?
  • So, the Citadel. Elevators. Creepy fans. Reporters in inappropriate attire (the term "business casual" apparently carries no weight on the Citadel). And Keepers. So many Keepers. Do you have a favorite assignment from this section? Most hated? Are you one of the five people on the planet who grew to love the elevator banter? Do tell.

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Alright, any questions to pose to the group? General observations? Theories on what percentage of Book Club players are going to choose Liara as their love interest? Have at it in the comments!

For next week we'll be playing through sections 3 and 4. (The play schedule can be found here.) And don't forget we'll be chatting live over Steam while we play the "Find Liara T'Soni/Therum" mission at 6:00 pm EST on Friday, June 13. Join us, won't you?