Just been looking at the CCC theme suggestions and an idea popped into my head. Doesn’t happen often, and when it does it’s not usually worth much, but I’ll throw it out anyway.
I’m a big fan of voiced conversations as, for me, they add a lot to any module.
I’ve been a member of the Vault for about two years and every day I look at the list of new adventurers on the homepage. Every day there are at least five new members. Without doing the Maths, if we assume that it has been that way since EE came along and there were a load of older members before then, we have a massive number of members, although you could rightly say many will be a one visit only.
Most of these will not have the tools to contribute to CCC or post large projects but might still be keen to offer something they can do easily.
Have we as a community ever thought about using what exists already on the Vault in terms of the various provenances of its members to build a potential bank of different accents or character voicings ?
It could be either a full voiceset that someone could offer and upload but more likely just a simple list of members of the Vault who would be willing to contribute a little time and what language/accent they have naturally or could usefully offer to help someone building a module. The builder could post/send a printout of the required lines and the accent giver could return it or even post it here. It would be a situation ideally that could see us all able to contribute and lift the quality of all our modules.
For instance, I possess a Scottish accent which I used for the “Ruby and the Last Unicorn” module I built. I dragged in my granddaughter and my wife to voice parts and for me, it lifted the module a little. Although severely limited by ability, I could offer mine. Last year, when doing a school project with our games design class I thought about, but didn’t get round to trying to tie in the Drama department as the kids in the games class were actually pretty good themselves for the limited amount we needed.
However, I know there are people here from all over the world, all ages, all walks of life. etc. It’d be good if I was needing a grumpy dwarf with a Welsh accent ( I know, a bit cliched) to be able to look it up and see if there was anyone suitable who had offered their services ( for free !)
Now, having done this for a short(ish) module I know that the time required can start to mount, especially if you are a perfectionist so it couldn’t be an Aielund saga or anything like that. However, not all conversations need to be voiced, maybe just important ones or only one character or just ones during cutscenes ? Also, the decision on its use or not would have to be down to the builder who would hopefully let the supplier down gently thereby avoiding a “taking the ball home with him” incident.
So, the line of least resistance might be a “my handle is @Ewan and I’d be prepared to offer some lines in an aged Scottish accent”. I think it might be important that we made clear that it’s the accent we’re looking for, not an Oscar winning performance.
Thoughts? - even if it’s just a remark about how we don’t do that here, we don’t need audio or that the current endless sun seems to be creating a heat oppressed brain?