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Slowking

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Wow spring came pretty fast.... ehh and the summer after it too. Welp, the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. I'm a slowpoke.. ~_~


I swear, I have absolutely zero intention of leaving this project unfinished. It's been a blend of perfectionism combined with needlessly badgering myself, leading to lowered enthusiasm.


I used to be very quick with projects which is why this it's been so frustrating. I suppose it's like quicksand, the more you struggle the faster you sink.


Anyhoo, I'll reappear when I've reached a certain milestone. I may not have gotten very far but I've never stopped moving. I'm a very busy snail.

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I went dark for a while... sorry about that! I needed a bit of soul searching!


My webhost just up and shutdown out of nowhere a little over a year ago, then after pondering if it was even worth looking for a new one 2020 happened... yeah, not going into that.


I've been in a rut/taking some time off and I'm now finally back... sort of. I still have no idea what my central location will be or if I really need one at all. I've grown in a lot of ways in this time, but I'm still a terrible marketer.


My main issue before I considered even writing this was getting the character designs under control and I believe I've truly done it! The designs are a significant deviation from where I was, but that's nothing new. Hopefully it will convey the tone I'm going for a lot more.


I'm shifting my focus heavily towards game development so I probably won't be making much of any art. I'll be sure to post updates though, once I figure out where.


If the pacing is excellent, World of Whimsy should be ready to release near the end spring. I'll be working hard to make sure that happens. I also promise not to go MIA without notice... (my sincerest apologies for anyone keeping track). I wasn't planning on doing it, it just sort of happened.


Well, ya live and ya learn right?

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Voice Acting

4 min read
I felt this was a good post to store in the journal so I copied it over from the website....

There won't be any Whimsy related content for a while so I present to you another side note for discussion, one of my more premature ponderings, voice acting.

Although I'd never want to use too much voice acting, that is to say every line wouldn't be voiced out, it's always something I'm thinking about. One day I would like for it to happen, but right now it's pretty much out of the question. The chance someone could actually do a voice for a low price and not sound amateurish is incredibly low. I'm extremely picky and when it comes to things like this and currently I'm pretty cheap as well : )

Well enough about why I can't do it, let's delve a bit more into my delusion.What should the characters sound like? While I have a number of ideas I'll limit to list to characters I've covered more frequently.

Felix
Tone: Light, Quizzical, Relaxed, Upbeat, Intelligent, Playful, Cheerful, Nervous, Sorrowful, Cheesy
Felix is an odd character with a personality so cheerful and carefree that it comes off annoying sometimes. While happy and laidback, his tone is also sad and nervous, often fluctuating between the two very quickly. On rarer occasions he takes a more aggressive or darker tone, typically he takes this form in life or death scenarios.

Best Representation:
A lot of years ago I said the best representation for Felix was Sebastian Arcelus for his role as Yoh Asakura in Shaman King, but now it's probably more closer to Tadahiro Amatsu in Shrine of the Morning Mist. Hiro captures his nervousness and has a more adult tone but is too serous. Yoh captures his upbeat tone fairly well but doesn't sound old enough. I'm positive a mix of these voice would work very well.

Wiley
Tone: Pessimistic, Grumpy, Cocky, Loner, Immature, Brash, Offensive, Carefree, Annoyed, Sarcastic, Lazy
Wiley is the type of character to say exactly what he is thinking, as long as what he's thinking isn't a compliment. While his tone can sound angry, it its really just sarcastic and angsty. When this layer is peeled back he seems much less threatening to those around him. He has a slapstick sense of humor and has no problem laughing at or making fun of people.

Best Representation:
A lot of years ago I said the best representation for Wiley was Richard Ian Cox for his role as Inuyasha. That hasn't changed at all. If there was one role I could hear clearly in my head it would be his, probably because they're so similar. Although there are a lot of angry loner characters out there, he sticks out for some reason.

Karina
Tone: Prissy, Witty, Cynical, Deceptive, Dramatic, Glamorous, Snarky, Mischievous, Scornful, Playful, Poetic
Karina likes to smile, but it's more of a devilish smile. She enjoys speaking in posh girlish tones and has a very upper class laugh. When others know her well enough however, she may switch to her natural cynical tone which is still posh but more dominant and snide, her laugh also changes sounding more evil. Her less playful side shows her intellectual tone more but is usually accompanied by a bitter tone.

Best Representation:
I really don't have one. Rachael Lillis's Jessie role from Pokemon set the baseline for the characters style of speech but the role is so comedic that using my imagination to fill in the gaps would likely be a stretch. I've only listened to a sample, but Jamie Marchi's role of Helen from Claymore seems to come very close, but the character seems to have an air-headed tone to her which throws things off. I may look more into the actual show more one day.

While I don't have the means to produce actual voice actors, it's always fun to think about things like this ahead of time. If anyone out there is remotely interested in voice acting or just voices in general please visit www.behindthevoiceactors.com. It's a very excellent site!
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Tone Balance

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The Adventures of Felix Fox, is it some lighthearted series about the miscellaneous tales a screwy fox or some dark serious series depicting the flaws of society? I like to think it can be both, but the polarity there feels a bit more extreme than anything I can think of. Giving a wrong impression is always something on my mind.

Going from Tale of the Night to World of Whimsy, you'd probably think, what happened! How does one go from hunting sadist bears, to talking to happy flowers? I honestly don't know, anyone whose played the past games probably realizes I like to change things up a lot, but I sometimes wonder if I'm in need of a bit of consistency. It's not that I think people wouldn't like a little variety in their stories but rather I get worried I can send the wrong message. Adults shying away and infants gravitating towards the games is the opposite of what I want.

The series can be preachy, and violent, and it loves dabbling in the gray areas, but I always do my best to keep it all in good taste. Every year it feels as though the saying "it's just a game" doesn't really apply anymore. I suppose it could be just a game, but where's the fun in that! : ) (the fun for  me that is)

Upbeat, depressing, funny, no matter what tone I use I believe the once constant is that every one of them is presented realistically.
It's a pretty stable glue for me, but is it as stable for everyone else? Should be interesting to see how the polarity plays out.
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