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K.Y. Wong
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After seeing the Origins video in which Colby himself demoes a game of Mice & Mystics, I've become even more acutely aware of the importance a good oral storyteller would make to this game's experience.

I don't know if the idea has been discussed before but seeing as how the story is so critical to the enjoyment of the game, I think it would be tremendous if Plaid Hat could develop professional (or just really well done) narrative audio clips for the more extensive story segments for each of the adventures. Music and sound effects could also be added to enhance the mood prior to the game segments.

Admitting that I'm not a gifted storyteller would be an understatement so having such audio clips would help negate the sense of trepidation people like me would have in trying to get this game played.
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That's not a terrible idea. It'd probably increase the production costs quite a bit so maybe it could be something purchased separately for those who want it.

I'd love to hear Morgan Freeman's voice reading about heroic mice.

edit: I don't know why it didn't occur to me before, but David Attenborough is the perfect person to do this. Get on this, Colby and company. cool
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Sounds like a great idea!

I'd like to recommend that you consider Eric Summerer from The Dice Tower for this. He seems like the perfect fit.

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I imagined the narrator from Bastion. Great idea.
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I really like this idea, I can see them offering it as a CD for extra cost or offer them for reduced price/free on their website. I could see this driving more sales if they offer it as a pre-order bonus. I would not think that it would be that expensive to produce.
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What a fantastic idea.
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Downloads would be the way to go.
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For some reason Im now imagining some 90s VHS board game version of Mice & Mystics...

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Interactive VCR Board Game – A Klingon Challenge and Atmosfear: The Harbingers. whistle
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Excelent idea!
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What would be neat is if the Story Book was interactive when in digital form. You have a little icon of a speaker next to the story moments. You tap on it and the story is read for you by Morgan Freeman or Sigourney Weaver.... Hehe!
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Sweet idea. Since I've recently been listening to the Song of Ice & Fire series on audiobooks, I'd put a vote in for Roy Dotrice. cool
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Yeah, I like this idea A LOT.
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We need an iOS/Android app!
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*drool*
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MajMalfunction10 wrote:
We need an iOS/Android app!


No!!!!

Sorry, but I want to share a huge no, no, no, no on this.

Why?

Because I really want this audio to come out and to come out quickly. A voice actor can do this extremely fast and they can put up mp3s to purchase or download immediately following. Think around a month to make this happen.

An app on the other hand will take a month before the developers can even book the time to begin to work on the project. Then there's the the definition of the development which will greatly escalate from audio tracks into something more interactive. Cool yes, but bigger. Then the seasons will change, and it's 2013 before you know it and we get the iOS release.

This is then followed with moans and groans from the Android community who feel slighted and bring up all kinds of wacky biased statistics proving that there are are more Androids then people on the planet. The developers then say, "wow that's impressive", and pump out the Android version in a record breaking 3 months (the second time around is always easier hence the shorter development time frame).

Then of course, someone says, "hey man, what about the rest of us without $100/month phone plans, can't we get something?" Plaid Hat then says, "hey they're right" and works on a downloadable mp3 version and 2 to 4 weeks later it's released.

It's now June 2013 and everyone is happy. Sort of.

Granted, I exaggerated, but not too much. The reality is that a cool app sounds great, but please if it is to happen, please make that a phase 2 as I'd prefer to have the audio when the game is still hot and in my mind rather than a year later.

I also already have an "app" that plays audio so I can easily pretend that it's an app as well. Chapters and references as song titles and I click on the appropriate one to play.
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Plaid Hat already has a swell podcast. Maybe they could release it in that format?
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Not that I think that Colby was a bad reader, I've heard worse people muttering and stuttering all over the text sometimes. But I agree with the OP that if you don't have a good storyteller, the gameplay could be hindered, a Audio CD with the box seems a neat idea.

Rather than Morgan or Earn Jones doing the audio why not a someone more reachable, have you heard the voice-acting that Rodney Smith (Watch it Played)does when he intro a game? It's damn too good and also the sound from the audio studio he uses in his series. Talk about a perfect match there.
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Jim Dale would be my vote... He did a fine job on the Harry Potter Series i thought.
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I like the idea, but I think what you really need is a voice actor and not a screen actor. Jim Dale is probably the best sugesstion so far. Wendee Lee would be excellent, IMHO (Aribeth from NWN). I'm sure there are several cartoon actors who would be cheaper and more accessible for a board game that anyone else mentioned so far. Going a bit out on a limb, I love the enthusiasm that Wheaton has injected into the game being played on Tabletop. I would be interested to see what he would do with it.
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Jim Dale would indeed be fantastic but my hunch is that he'd also be pretty expensive.

Assuming that, my leaning is to an experienced audiobook reader / gamer which is why Eric Summerer immediately came to mind.

Wil Wheaton is also an excellent choice for the same reasons. I actually just finished listening to his reading of Ready Player One which I highly recommend checking out.

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How about one of us just recording a chapter or two and asking Plaid Hat to host the download for the rest of us to access.

Anything would be better than nothing and may persuade Colby to get a professional to do it.

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Bortz wrote:
How about one of us just recording a chapter or two and asking Plaid Hat to host the download for the rest of us to access.

Let the auditions begin!

This thread is stuffed with great suggestions. How about a child-like girl's voice as the narrator? That might lend a suitable sense of wonder and magic to the story.
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nobeerblues wrote:
What would be neat is if the Story Book was interactive when in digital form. You have a little icon of a speaker next to the story moments. You tap on it and the story is read for you by Morgan Freeman or Sigourney Weaver.... Hehe!


or Christoper Walken!


I support an iOS/android storybook, but for the sake of speed release, mp3 or podcast is the way to go.
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How about a child-like girl's voice as the narrator? That might lend a suitable sense of wonder and magic to the story.


Except that the story is being told by Daz Bellows to his son, so wouldn't it be best to keep with that?
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scoutmom wrote:
chromaticdragon wrote:
How about a child-like girl's voice as the narrator? That might lend a suitable sense of wonder and magic to the story.


Except that the story is being told by Daz Bellows to his son, so wouldn't it be best to keep with that?

Ah, I see your point but that would strangely disallow a significant portion of gamers from playing the game fully. I personally wouldn't have any problem with a female voice as the narrator.
 
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