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Stephen Laughlin

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  1. Kevin Michael Richardson anyone?

    Definitely. I thought Kevin Michael Richardson's readings of the dreams in Baldur's Gate were top notch. They really drew you in. I always looked forward to one of those sequences.

     

    I'm sure Obsidian will find appropriate voice actors for all the necessary roles but there's no harm in discussing the subject.

     

    Personally, my favorite video game narration is Campbell Lane's work on the Homeworld series. His voice is chilling.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrW4jkQdmjI

  2. Justin, I don't want to be too forward, but I sent you a forum message about some inexpensive local possibilities for ensembles you guys might consider. Perhaps there's a way you wouldn't have to outsource for affordable musicians. As a classical guitarist and lutenist local to orange county I may be a little biased, but I'm going to say hell yes there should be live music. Small ensembles and soloists when appropriate.

     

    Just an idea, but I think it would be cool if the larger cities had street musicians sprinkled here and there, near markets or around taverns, playing guitar, vihuela, lute, recorder, crumhorn, or viola da gamba sorts of things. I always loved those little instances of diegetic music/sound you would encounter while running around in the IE games, like the monks chanting prophecies at the beginning of Baldur's Gate. It made the world feel alive.

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  3. Thanks! I didn't intend this to be a theme song or anything, by the way. I've just been listening to a lot of old English folk music recently and was inpsired to write a ballad exploring some part of the mythology of the universe as a folk singer would do in real life. The whole idea of creating a new universe complete with a complex history and mythology is pretty cool and I'm quite jealous. :)

  4. Hi all! I'm a big fan of Obsidian and I've been following PE closely since I heard about it on Something Awful. Baldur's Gate and Planescape were a big part of my childhood so I'm really excited for it!

     

    I wrote a ballad in common metre about Project Infinity things during my commute over the past week. It's a story of a warrior who is turned against his party by a powerful Cipher. The place names are all from the map.

     

    I don't sing often but I gave it my best shot. I hope you enjoy it, and best of luck over this last week! Cheers. :)

     

    http://youtu.be/NpUU4_-vouY

     

    One morning as I rambled on

    The road to Solace Vale

    I met a weary traveler

    Who told an awful tale

     

    "I come from lands beyond White March

    Beneath the eastern skies

    Where honest men in times of need

    Converse in blood and lies

     

    We heard vague rumor of a tower

    Upon the mountain side

    'Twas guarded by a secret power

    To danger we would ride

     

    We hardly knew what lay ahead

    Fell beasts or wizard's fire

    We went in search of gold and coin

    The path led ever higher

     

    The tower rose above the clouds

    A black and twisted sight

    Companions whom I traveled with

    Held back in dreadful fright

     

    The leaves had turned a darker shade

    and death hung in the air

    A silence fell across the land

    I stepped into the lair

     

    They fell upon me from the dark

    Blades flashing all around

    Not beasts but men full twenty score

    By arcane magic bound

     

    The thralls I fought with flint and steel

    With fire brought their end

    A godlike foe leapt from the gloom

    His fortress to defend

     

    The creature was a sightless thing

    A giant in the deep

    It asked me 'have you time to take

    A quick eternal sleep?'

     

    I floated six feet off the floor

    and slipped into a dream

    Was swallowed by the cavern whole

    Awakened by a scream

     

    Enslaved by nightmares not my own

    My rescuers I'd slain

    Around my feet lay souls I'd known

    Whose hearts I'd cleft in twain

     

    I spied the psion close at hand

    In fear it now withdrew

    My sword I raised for one last charge

    and cleaved its body through

     

    The spell was broken, I was free

    My comrades all were lost

    To save one life they strove ahead

    and paid too high a cost

     

    I let my blade drop to the ground

    In sorrow and regret

    and will not lift another one

    Until I've paid my debt"

     

    Now with a sigh the traveler

    looked off into the west

    And then at last returning home

    At Road's End came to rest

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