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Former BioWare writer David Gaider is officially working at Beamdog.

Gaider, who left BioWare less than a month ago, has been confirmed to join Beamdog Games as their new creative director. Gaider originally contacted Beamdog for a senior writing position, but had his position upgraded upon speaking to Beamdog President Trent Oster. Oster is also a former BioWare employee, working as the game director on the Neverwinter Nights series. 

Beamdog is known for the enhanced remakes of the original Baldur’s Gate series. Both the original Baldur’s Gate, and Baldur’s Gate II have been released as enhanced editions, and are currently available for purchase on GOG, Steam and Beamdogs own website. The enhanced editions have been met with mostly positive reviews by critics but were crippled with numerous bug issues before patching. 

Beamdog is currently working on a new Baldur’s Gate game, titled Siege of Dragonspear. Siege of Dragonspear will recount the events occurring between Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, and will feature a 25-hour expansion to the enhanced edition games. New features include returning and enhanced edition companions, over 100 new items, and the Shaman class, along with a new storyline to follow.

It is unclear if Gaider will be working on Siege of Dragonspear, or another project for Beamdog at this time.

Gaider began his career in games writing with BioWare in 1999, working on Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn. His best known work includes his character writing, creating party members as Carth Onasi and HK-47 from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Deekin, the Kobold Bard in Neverwinter Nights. Gaider also became the lead writer on Neverwinter Nights, and would later become the lead writer on the Dragon Age franchise before leaving in early 2016.

So what do you think of this news? Is Gaider a good fit for Beamdog? Leave your comments below! 


Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.



  • Bitterbear

    This is how I envision the new Baldur’s Gate going to look like:

  • LimmyWinks

    If they do a new Baldur’s Gate, then I expect no less than 4 hamfisted trans characters and no less than 3 “persons of color”. Gotta make sure we fill those diversity quotas to look as progressive as possible.

    I remember in another article on another site someone basically said that this is how a new Baldur’s Gate would go and I’m paraphrasing. “Congratulations, Warrior. You have battled the hordes of demons and beat the boss, now you may collect your rewards. Also, I’m a lesbian.”

  • Demon John

    Why would you expect that?

    Gaider is not responsible for the current ridiculousness of Bioware games. He’s an excellent writer. His two favorite characters that he wrote (in Dragon Age) are Alistair and Morrigan, two straight white people. The characters he’s written have not been tokens or diversity nods in any sense. He’s responsible for a terrific amount of great work in BG2, which was possibly the best CRPG ever written. Have you even read his writing?

    This comment seems apropos of nothing.

  • Riku Ryhti

    While i don’t exactly hold Gaider in high regard, dragon age went to shit on his watch, he’s still much better writer than what beamdog had previously. Their writing in BG EE was pretty atrocious at times and i don’t want to think what whole game written by them would have looked like.

  • Bo Nana

    It’s not Gaider who brought in the ridiculous tokens of Inquisition? That’s what I thought, and I’m going to guess is what Fear thinks, hence the comment.

  • Robert Grosso

    I said this before in the previous Gaider article I posted, but honestly I don’t see any ham-fisted tokenism in Dragon Age. Arguably maybe Krem, but even before Krem we had Jethann and Serendipity.

    I guess it was ok because they were whores and comedy fodder instead of a soldier though, I don’t know. But yeah…that argument honestly never held water to me. The only issue is how derivative the writing can be sometimes, but thats a problem in a lot of RPG games.

  • LimmyWinks

    Dorian, Krem, and Iron Bull were all fucking awful. All hamfisted in for no other reason than to look progressive and fill some convoluted diversity checklist.

  • Robert Grosso

    Again I already argued that is not the case elsewhere. I am sorry but I disagree.

  • mrwizeass

    Krem was definitely a token character. The only purpose Krem served was to say “Hi! I’m trans!” and that’s it.
    Dorian, though admittedly his story was a bit more fleshed out, was still a token character IMO because his only defining attribute was that he was gay.

  • mrwizeass

    Here’s to hoping Gaider wasn’t one of the SJW cretins that destroyed Bioware.

  • Demon John

    I think the tokenism and forced nature of the Dragon Age series can be chalked up to the culture at Bioware, and not Gaider. He didn’t have that in his previous games, and the same stuff was shoehorned into the Mass Effect series, which he didn’t have anything to do with.

    No, Gaider’s principal character writing in Inquisition was Cassandra, Dorian, Morrigan, and Flemeth. Dorian… eh. I mean, he’s gay. I don’t see a problem with having a gay character, but if people want to call it tokenism, I think that’s a stretch. But the best bits of Inquisition were undeniably the other three, and they sure as hell weren’t tokens of anything.

    Krem and Iron Bull were garbage, but he didn’t write them.

    Patrick Weekes, who took over Dragon Age and did a lot of work on Mass Effect, is probably more what you’re looking for.

  • Demon John

    Krem was definitely token. Dorian I think is arguable, since he plays a major role in defining what Tevinter is like and about, and his sexuality is actually pretty missable… I know some people who played through the game without even realizing, but anyone who talks to Krem realizes the garbage insertion.

  • Luministrus

    Dorian is not thrown in for diversity at all. If it had not been revealed before release, he would only be seen as a strange man from Tevinter, which is very common. The first time his sexuality is mentioned is when you do his loyalty quest, which can be missed entirely.

  • Luministrus

    That’s not true at all. You never learn he’s gay until his quest later into the game. Yes him being gay definitely presents a lot of problems for him because he’s from Tevinter, but that’s not all he is. I found him to be one of the better characters.
    I do not like Krem though. At least in how Iron Bull labels him/her (I forget which honestly). The Qunari would never have a name for being trans. It is not a thing in their society. You live with the role you are given or you become Tal-Vashoth. That is the extent in which they label something that deviates from normalcy.

  • mrwizeass

    Well, considering Bioware was quick to announce loud and proud about having a gay character in the game, I’d say how didn’t you know? And like I said, yes his story is a bit more fleshed out and nuanced, but it’s hard say it’s not the lynch pin of his characteristics. That’s the vibe I got from him, at least.

  • mrwizeass

    Like I said to Luministrus, I’d like to know they missed it since Bioware was quick to put it out there.

  • Luministrus

    They definitely tried to appeal by showing the inclusion, but the character itself was not written to just show a gay character. It never comes out and says he is until much later in the game. I nearly missed doing his quest because I didn’t have enough approval till later. So someone that hasn’t seen anything about it could easily miss it entirely.

  • Robert Grosso

    It was the media who made it a bigger deal than most because it was one of the first exclusive-gay characters only. That hasn’t happened before of course and chances are it will happen again sometime, but the real problem seems to stem from folks who take offense to the announcement, or the idea, versus the character. That, is bullshit because they then miss the attributes of that said character; in Dorians case his pride and stubbornness getting in the way of his own beliefs, and his desire to change the world he knows like every young person out there, and the fruitfulness of it by complaining about it over doing something.

    Typical internet commenter, really. Wait until I do a Character Selects on him because the sexuality is only tangential to his character.

    I also argue Krem. On the techraptor stream I have been playing Inquisition and we never even brought up this in conversation. It’s completely avoidable in his conversations if you don’t want to hear it, which really means its the onus to the player to ask questions versus Krem outright telling you. So if the player has a problem with it, it’s frankly their own doing by decreeing tokenism to a character that honestly doesn’t tell you anything unless you ask him about it, which kind of flies in the face of that honestly.

    And since he functions as a war table operations giver and a sort of face for Bull’s Mercenary company, id say Krem has more functions than the “hi! i’m trans!” defense that has been conjured up here.

  • Chris Anderson

    Same here, really. Dorian’s personality was arguably my favourite of all the characters in the game. Krem was alright, Bull was hilarious.

    In no way did they feel hamfisted to me in any way, shape or form.

  • Chris Anderson

    If I remember correctly they only talk about him being trans quite far into the game? Like…I had my suspicions from the moment the character started talking, but I don’t really remember anyone talking about it unless specifically asked. Correct me if I’m wrong!

  • Robert Grosso

    Yeah pretty much. I did it live on Stream a few weeks back…trying to find it but basically it’s only brought up if asked.

  • Chris Anderson

    Keep it civil. You acted the same when we last ran an article on Gaider and that didn’t net you anything.

  • Lily, please tone it down with your comments. I don’t often have to say things, but in this case – your comments don’t contribute anything other than vitriol, and if they continue, I’ll have to remove them.

  • Again – Lily, please tone it down with your comments. I don’t often have to say things, but in this case – your comments don’t contribute anything other than vitriol, and if they continue, I’ll have to remove them.

  • One more time – Lily, please tone it down with your comments. I don’t often have to say things, but in this case – your comments don’t contribute anything other than vitriol, and if they continue, I’ll have to remove them.

  • LimmyWinks

    Hahahahahahahaha, I remember you. The Bioware fanboy. Take your insults elsewhere because I can’t deal with all the salt you spew.

  • mrwizeass

    Hi lily! Trollin hard and hardly trollin, I see.

  • LimmyWinks

    Go away troll. Never said that and you’re too stupid to have an intelligible conversation with.

  • LimmyWinks

    Citation needed

    Because I’m sure you totally didn’t pull that out of your ass. /s

  • LimmyWinks

    Lily is a Bioware fanboy troll. Anytime there’s something negative said about Bioware, they jump down that person’s throat using the most vitriolic language and causing the person of *insert buzzword here*. A lot of people don’t like Bioware’s writing now, but since it’s full of totes “progressive” people, we can’t be critical of them.

  • Demon John

    The game’s PR materials are not the game. Who cares what they announced? What matters is how it affected the game. And as is obvious, his sexuality doesn’t intrude on the narrative unnecessarily, nor is it included without relevance.

  • Demon John

    What *are* you talking about?