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The GM of a thousand voices

25th Aug 2014, 7:17 AM

The GM of a thousand voices
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kidra on 25th Aug 2014, 7:17 AM

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Doing different voices for characters is something I've generally struggled with when being a DM. You want to do different voices so that the characters feel more alive, but it's hard for me personally to really stick with a voice, rather than just use my own.

However, it seems like a lot of the time most people's "character voice" is just a British accent. Or Scottish if they're playing a dwarf...



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Disloyal Subject on 26th Aug 2014, 1:05 AM

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Voices, I can do. Accents? Not so much. Sometimes they resemble authentic accents, but almost never the ones I was TRYING to imitate.

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mistriousfrog on 26th Aug 2014, 5:19 AM

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Doing a voice, that is easy, remembering a voice, now that is hard. I can easily give every second NPC a unique voice or accent or some sort of quirk, the issue is when a party sticks around a town long enough to talk to the same NPC 2 or three times. I actually find myself writing notes after I first to a voice to remind myself just what this person sounded like so that i don't get called out on voices randomly changing.

Ah, the awkwardness

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Otaku on 28th Aug 2014, 6:59 AM

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Voicing NPCs that are far outside the cultural and language norms of the GM is always... awkward. Technically for PCs as well, though that's a lot easier to avoid. XD

Honestly it is probably at the point where, similar to how it works best for everyone to agree on exactly what rules set is being used up front, to cover what is acceptable role-playing... and how to respond when something goes wrong. That way if an accent is way off for a minor NPC, the game can just go on... or it can be retconned later if somehow it was really important. ;)

Putting more emphasis on your body language and actual wording can help a lot as well; plus in some cases a truly accurate accent and style of speaking is just going to confuse everyone at the table; even when sticking to the same dialect, some regional accents and slang are so distinctly different, you think at first it is another language. XD
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