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10th Dec 2020, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Newbiespud 10th Dec 2020, 6:00 AM edit delete
I will always be envious of DMs that can do different voices. I can improv and get into the headspace of an NPC no problem, but changing my voice is a serious challenge.

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Jennifer 10th Dec 2020, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
I find it interesting that the DM is working with Cadance-Player to the extent he's told her ALL about the villain. So this is coming to have a Co-DM but in a healthier method than the last try.

I can alter my voice to an extent, but find it easiest to badly imitate an accent or manner - which leads to some quirky NPCs and background based on my interest in folk music. I know a LOT of Australian, Irish and Scottish folk songs. So I can at least approach these accents by using the lyrics and plots for exposition fodder and trying to speak names (for example) as I have heard them sung..
RuBoo 10th Dec 2020, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
I like to think of myself as being fairly decent with accent mimicry, especially if I’ve listened plenty to the accent in question immediately beforehand.
...But, for all I know, I’m not a master of mimicry, everyone can do it, and they’re all better than me...
CCC 11th Dec 2020, 1:38 AM edit delete reply
Everyone else can't do it.

Trust me on this.
Winged Cat 10th Dec 2020, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
For all we know, the villain was Cadance-Player's idea in the first place.
Draxynnic 11th Dec 2020, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I get a strong vibe that this was something that Cadance-Player, SA-Player, and the DM cooked up together. So to an extent, C-P and SA-P are more co-DMs running specific key NPCs rather than players per se.

The distinction is that unlike Discord-DM, these two have a better idea of what the players are comfortable with.
Cyborg7221 11th Dec 2020, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
Actually, I remember a line from the Gilda episode where the DM mentions having an army lying around, but they're saving it. The screencap for that was the Changeling Army. So he had at least the basic idea well in advance. Definitely collaborated with Cadance-Player on the exact execution, though.
Cyborg7221 11th Dec 2020, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Kedamono 10th Dec 2020, 7:24 AM Voices! edit delete reply
Thanks to getting speech therapy when I was younger, I learned how to do voices. So, yes I switch voices while doing characters for the players. Some are harder than others. (One alien voice required me to shake my adams apple to get just the right quaver to my high pitch voice I used for them.)
FanOfMostEverything 10th Dec 2020, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Well, this explains why Chrysalis only got the reverb effect in this episode. The DM never got those Mongolian throat-singing lessons.
MythicFox 10th Dec 2020, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
Voices are fun when you can do them and have time to rehearse them. One of my finest moments as a GM was a Doctor Who RPG session where my characters wound up in Rome and I portrayed both Claudius and Caligula in the style of their portrayal in "I, Claudius," doing voices for Sir Derek Jacobi and the late Sir John Hurt. (No small feat, given that Claudius had a very distinct speech impediment.)
ayltrigger 10th Dec 2020, 8:06 AM edit delete reply
As a GM, I have given out NPC voice rolls to players occasionally... Mainly one NPC became voiced by the entire party. ...Originally only one player because no one could speak Orc, so he did silly orc-like gibberish very convincingly.

That campaign had most of us as students of a particular Foreign Language professor (though one player was playing the professor and my GMPC was the TA). All the students were failing his classes, so they chose languages they did not have that they were taking as classes. The professor sent them out to do a research project on the languages of the city.
I listed all the districts in the city, and the they went to the temple district. ...Now this world was a very silly one, and I have an interest in pantheons, so I made all pantheons available, including a few extra of my own and the tv tropes gods. This made over 1000 gods. Some from monotheistic cultures that did not like this. Anyway, the players asked what languages were probably spoken by the people there. I replied the priests probably spoke any native tongue of their main followers, plus Common...Except the priests to Bahgtru, CE Orc God of Stupidity (as well as Strength and some other things), who would not speak Common.
So of course they went to Bahgtru's temple.
When they went in, the high priest was there. He did not speak common and was somehow offended at the party. He did an angry rant, which the professor's player did masterfully in fake-orc, and threw a tea service at the door near the party. The party ran.
Over the rest of the campaign, Orc (which was the name of the high priest- also the race, age, and gender...) became a reoccurring comedic villain that all players could say stuff for, but they had to keep to the rules about him. He was a 20th level Cleric, which normally would have been way too high for a villain of a low level game, but he had 1 Intelligence and most of that was put into knowing the Orc language. He got angry easily, but would never actually attack someone - not because he was too weak but because he was too stupid and usually would aim elsewhere. All his exp gained that put him to 20th level had been roleplaying exp pre-our-campaign.
The second time they met Orc, the party left the merchants' guild after refusing to sell organs to get more info on languages. Orc came in, got in an argument with a pillar, lost, sold his kidney to the pillar (and got a bad deal), and stabbed himself in the eye with the handle of a dagger in order to try to remove his kidney.
Composer99 10th Dec 2020, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
Looks like she's getting her villain monologue in after all.
Digo Dragon 10th Dec 2020, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I, too, envy those that can do a good range of voices. I can maybe a few, but it's limited. I do a decent old crazy person, so I got that for when I need to put on some tin-foil.

As for speaking with yourself as a GM... I have a hard time STOPPING myself from doing that at times. I can chew a scenery with a couple of NPCs like no one's business if my players let me. Or worse, encourage me. XD
Winged Cat 10th Dec 2020, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
Or, going by last Sunday, as a player paired with another player who can chew the scenery right back at you.
RuBoo 10th Dec 2020, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Pit NPCs and PCs against one another... In Ham-to-Ham Combat! Tag-team, as well. Nothing of the scenery shall remain in the aftermath! NOTHING!!!
Swest 11th Dec 2020, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Well, I can DO a range of voices, but STAYING in a voice seems to be a challenge, or remembering which accent I was using tends to be a problem... granted I haven't had much experience trying to stay in a voice. I don't know how Dinn or any of those voice actors do it really. :)
Keybounce 11th Dec 2020, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Frankly, I like her monologuing there. Nice and appropriate rational.

Still, I sometimes wonder -- if love eater made friends with love generator, perhaps there could have been a coexistence?
NobleCuriosity 24th Oct 2022, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
In the show later on a friendlier changeling (Thorax) DOES make equestrian friends, and it does work out—extremely well. When Thorax comes back to the hive and shares the love with the other changelings and shows how to share love with each other, since that is itself an act of love, all the changelings that do it turn into colorful, individualized true forms that don’t have starvation holes in them anymore (that’s the kind of changeling Ocellus was in the flash forward session, School Raze).

Chrysalis, however, hates the idea (probably in part because she just watched Thorax become a viable hive leader in front of her eyes, in part because they don’t have as strong of incentive to obey her if they share love with each other, in part spite and hatred of change) and never does it, remaining unreformed to the bitter end.