A Spoiler and an Astronomical Audition

This blog is directed to covering just our projects, but this subject connects to ours in multiple ways.

What I love about BioWare’s RPGs is that even though you’re forced to tell one kind of story, they use that to enhance everything else. The player has the choice to take on a personality in every conversation option they have. This is a technique that I adore as a player and I endeavoured to implement that with our mods.

The three personalities are three personality archetypes. Friendly/nice/naive/good for #1. Sassy/teasing/funny/witty for #2. Aggressive/blunt/warrior-like/mean for #3.

For an example, and a spoiler you lucky duck, here’s an excerpt from SRM 3.0’s new script:

Bishop: It isn’t something I’d have imagined you in but no one could keep their eyes off you. Including my own.

1) DB: Thank you, you didn’t look so bad yourself!
2) DB: I could wear a sack and you’d still stare.
3) DB: That was my intention.

1) Bishop: Don’t expect to see me like that again, ladyship, but for the look on your face it was worth it.
2) Bishop: *chuckles* Well, I can’t deny that’s true. If it ever comes down to a sack, go without it. It would only get in the way of me covering you instead.
3) Bishop: Why am I not surprised? But you and I both know you don’t need their finery and half-assed compliments to command attention.

The other aspect of BioWare’s games that I feel Bethesda try and fail to do, is express life beyond what the player sees in short bursts by briefly interacting with other people in that world and momentarily seeing into their lives, views, and personalities. In Bethesda’s open worlds you can go back to them and have your immersion broken because you see that they do nothing after you’re done with them. In BioWare’s games they move on when you do and they either advance and change, or disappear as they’re off living their lives.

What I only just became aware of is that with Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare held a competition for any voice actor to audition for one of these NPC parts. Now they have launched a competition for two roles in the game I cannot wait for more than anything else; Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The point of this post? Bishop’s voice actor, River Kanoff, has auditioned for those parts and he asked me to tell him what to do in his earbuds for half an hour as he absolutely nailed it.

The new mods wouldn’t be being written the way they are without Mass Effect, and they wouldn’t sound the way they are without this sentient set of vocal chords!
So go and give him a share, a comment, a like, a blink, a calibration, whatever you see fit to spread the word and make sure BioWare see it!

We’ll all love you for it!


By |2017-01-15T03:04:40+00:00September 28th, 2016|12 Comments


  1. Eleanora Werlich Elsmore October 8, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Very impressive audition River!! I Hope and pray that you get the job. I also want to thank you for your work as Bishop, you are so convincing as a voice actor that Bishop makes me so pissed off with his condescending comments and come ons while later he makes me swoon and in love. All I can say is wow! and thanks for your wonderful work on SRM.

  2. Logan October 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Woooo! I’m hoping, nay, PRAYING, that you get this. Best of luck to you!

  3. Peryton September 29, 2016 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Oh my god yesss please bioware! Ive been soo excited for adromeda and having the smooth voice of River added to the mix? Its a must! You have my support River! I would love to hear you in more bioware games even! X3

  4. Anonymous September 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Wowzer! You sounded awesome. WOOT WOOT, GO RIVER! (fingers crossed) Good Luck! ^_^

  5. Anna September 29, 2016 at 8:06 am - Reply

    River you are a great voice actor! I can’t wait to hear your new lines in the mod…I fall in love again XD

  6. Setsuna September 29, 2016 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Your such a great voice actor! You so have to get the part!!! Good luck!!!

  7. Phoenix G September 29, 2016 at 4:26 am - Reply

    For some reason, I actually teared up a bit, I had an honest prayer in my heart that the right door was opening for you- and while my shot in the dark like a 1940s lobotomy certainly has nothing on your hard earned talent and the past few years of building and building that portfolio wherever opportunities came, it gave me an immense happiness to see you nailing this audition. You’re incredible and if anyone deserves a part, it’s you, but if you don’t get past the steep competition, I would be a personally defeated fan if you let it stop you even for a while. If a door shuts, another opens for a reason. Take it!

  8. KurenaiKitsune September 29, 2016 at 4:20 am - Reply

    As a bioware fan I’m so excited to see skyrim romance with dragon age like dialogue style.
    Since skyrim lacks of dialogue options this will be a great innovation.

  9. Noir September 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    As always, lovin’ the voice! <3

  10. Sheira Varney September 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    That was so great River! I wish you all the best of luck!

  11. Erin Easton September 28, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Wow I loved it! I love the second second reply for the dragon. I totally laughed my head off XD And I think River’s audition was absolutely excellent. He sounded great as the Tough Mercenary ūüôā

  12. Gina Roads September 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    XD Ok, I have to say it, you sounded like Zaeed! I’m sorry, I lost it!!

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