While the jokes don’t always completely land, I honestly feel like the narration ads charm to the game, that might otherwise feel a bit lifeless without it (literally). Idk, I’m someone that likes walking sims, and a lot of those tend to have the same type of mechanic, so that might be why it strikes me more as charming than annoying.
Ok, loveliest and smartest book readers I know — which do you prefer? Why?
I am a fan of first person - for me I like it when the story has to show me the what the other character is feeling rather than show me. Although one can usually guess how they are feeling, I love a good love confessional scene.
That said, I do love a dual POV for some books and they can be done really well.
I’d have to say third person comes in last for me - I can’t really put a finger on why, but maybe seems less personal?
Anybody besides me have a complete and utter crush on Moira Quirk after hearing her narrate the Ninth House books? When I heard her voice on Floralinda as well I squeed in my pants!
Hello everyone, I just randomly had the urge to share this with you, so here we go.
CW: Graphic Violence
Something I started to do a long time ago now was what I like to call "Sequential Descriptions". This is a very simple, straightforward technique where you build upon the previous description to give you constant inspiration and direction. It helps to roll any damage before providing your description. A quick example might look something like this:
Player 1 rolls 14 on their ranged bow attack vs Bandit 1, missing: "Drawing back you bow string, you take aim and fire at the bandit. Your shot goes slightly awry however, wizzing past their head"
Next, a Bandit 2 charges Player 1, rolling 18 and hitting their AC exactly. You roll high, dealing 11 damage, taking Player 1 to low health: "As you watch your arrow wiz past the bandits head, you just barely notice another one charge at you from your blind spot. You attempt to pivot and perhaps use your bow to deflect the attack, but they slam into you, driving their blade into your thigh before yanking it back out"
Player 2, a melee fighter, moves in to attack Bandit 2. They roll a critical hit, and do enough damage to slay the bandit: "You notice the bandit rushing towards your ally and you move to intervene, but you get there a moment too late. The bandits blade is dripping with your friends blood as you rush up to them, blade held high. They quickly raise their blade to block your assault, but you deftly cleave down and through their hand, severing it as your blade finds a home in their rib cage"
Bandit 1 now charges Player 2, rolling low: "The other bandit lets out a loud yell as they barrel towards you. Casually kicking their friends corpse off of your blade, you ready yourself to greet them. They rush up to you and swing wildly as you calmly side step the attack and regain your composure"
I hope this wasn't too long winded, and that it gets the general idea across. It may seem very simple, but I feel like that's its strength. Simply keeping in mind where they last player/unit is physically in the narration of a combat can go a long way in pulling everything together. It's also great if your players like to describe their actions, giving you both something to build off of and portray that continuity that often gets broken up and lost in the drudge of combat.
I hope this helps in some small way, stay safe and well out there everyone.
I've seen the films, read the books and now I have just finished Goblet Of Fire of the Stephen Fry narration. Such a great storyteller.
All three of these experiences have been great, but of the three so far the Stephen Fry narration has made the world feel most magical to me.
I've got the rest of the books all ready for listening, his narration of 1984 and Animal Farm came out today which I really look forward to listening to also.
Audible has many great storytellers but of them all I just feel Stephen Fry has his soul most embedded in the art that is storytelling.
Thank you Stephen Fry & Audible.
I am not necessarily looking for similar stories, although I am a 'scholar-fantasy' junkie, whatever that means to you.
The style I am talking about is the way Lev Grossman elegantly blends summary and scene. He can start and stop, jump forward---even backward---in time so seamlessly. I never feel cheated when he summarizes a character trait, as he always gives a great example and never seems to abuse the 'telling' portion of his prose.
Really, as much praise as Grossman gets already, he is, in my opinion, incredibly underrated, if only for his narrative style.
This style is missing in a lot of otherwise good fantasy books. I'd love to know about some other authors with similar style I can sink my teeth into. Thanks in advance!
I want to hear from those who have read the books on what your thoughts are on the show? Was there too much sex for a period piece? Did season 1 end on an enough cliff hanger for more seasons? I know there are more books that can be adapted to later seasons, do you think there will be enough interest to continue? Your least favorite character? Mine are Anthony Brigerton, Mister Featherington(didn’t catch his first name) and the Queen. Favorite characters? Mine are Eloise, Daphne and Penelope. Let’s talk!
Two come to mind for me. The first is the closing narration from Walking Distance. That particular narration - and the episode as a whole - really gets to me.
I also like the opening narration from Dust. Boy, talk about painting a picture. "They began to destroy themselves" is what makes it so memorable for me.
There seems to be a very popular video format where people write things on paper or cards and use that to give context to whatever is happening in a video and I HATE THEM SO MUCH.
Initially I thought that it was helpful for people with hearing impairments but these videos almost always have later parts where people are speaking and there are no subtitles. So what’s the point?
Either just do a voiceover or a clip of you speaking, or put subtitles/text on the video!
Why is this a thing?!!
BIG Question. Should the audiobook chapters have background music?
Anyway here is the 350 words to pin the links happily.
New Link: https://youtu.be/WyLWl4_HIno
Old link for campagin : https://youtu.be/htgXRN4a8kA
“Greetings and salutations, Friend Dodge!” Quilx’tch called out as six of his legs scampered over the main countertop of the cafeteria.
Survey Core Ranger Mack Dodge turned to look at him, and Quilx’tch clutched his tablet to his abdomen tightly. He was no expert in human physiology, but Friend Dodge did not look good. The skin under his twin eyes was sagging in a way that would indicate the terminal stage of a rather horrific infection in one of Quilx’tch’s people. The broad span of Friend Dodge’s shoulders slumped several degrees down from the usual square he held them in. This made climbing his back to perch on them rather awkward. Quilx’tch did not know the proper protocol for asking humans to square their shoulders. Furthermore, Friend Dodge’s mouth was twisted into that odd expression – humans’ creepily flexible mandible coverings were so hard to read – was it a grimace?
“Friend Dodge!” Quilx’tch called out in shock. “Are you capable of keeping your eyes open?” Even a new-molted fellow like Quilx’tch knew that humans needed to keep the fleshy coverings on their eyes closed for a good portion of their rest cycles. At the moment, Friend Dodge’s were barely half-open and twitching spasmodically.
“Hey, Quick,” Friend Dodge slurred out, his cavernous mouth opening in a great gasp to draw in air. “Mostly, I guess.”
Quilx’tch tried to make sense of this as he approached the human and kept pace with him. “Are you ill, Friend Dodge?” Quilx’tch asked as they reached the section of the cafeteria bar dedicated to the human’s heated drinks.
“Ill?” Friend Dodge replied. “Nah, just up too late last night. Didn’t get to bed till o’dark thirty.”
Quilx’tch paused and tapped his hindmost leg thoughtfully against the countertop. “I am not familiar with that temporal designation, Friend Dodge,” he finally confessed.
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Bredon and unreliable narration both come up pretty often, but I'm not sure I've ever seen them discussed together in quite this manner...
There are certainly questions about the extent to which Kvothe is an unreliable narrator, but this can mean many things. Is he exaggerating? Is he making outright fabrications? Is he making careful omissions so that everything he says is "true" but not the complete picture?
It's that last thing I'm interested in, specifically, with respect to one of the major points of speculation in the books - Bredon's identity.
By the end of WMF, we don't know very much about Bredon - but does Kvothe?
By this, I mean Kvothe, the narrative character, not Kvothe (whom I'll call Kote), the present-day storyteller. Kote, of course, knows many things that we don't, but we're at least led to believe that we learn information as soon as Kvothe learns information. His story is told chronologically. When Kvothe learns something, Kote generally tell us, roughly contemporaneous with when Kvothe learns it.
There are a couple examples where this does not happen (the false Ruh troupers scene is notable), but Kote will then reveal to us pretty quickly that this was just for storytelling purposes - to make the reveal of Kvothe's mindset more dramatic. There are also a few examples where Kote specifically tells us he's not going to give us all of the information about a particular event (Kovthe's trial, his journey by sea/shipwreck, etc.)
Largely, however, I think we are meant to believe that when Kvothe learns anything important or relevant to the story, Kote tells us about it.
This is where we get to Bredon.
Does it seem possible that Kvothe could spend the entire time he was in Severen and not find out any additional information about Bredon, other than what Kote tells us? His full name, his rank, his title, where exactly his lands are, how important he is, some of his history, who his allies are, etc.? It's just not like Kvothe to neglect learning this information about someone who is so clearly interested in him. It would also, presumably, be incredibly easy for him to find out.
Yet... Kote doesn't tell us much of anything about what Kvothe, the narrative character, thinks of Bredon other than his physical description and fairly bare bones recitations of their conversations. He doesn't show Kvothe asking a single question about Bredon to any other character the entire time he is in Severen. He doesn't show a single person even menti... keep reading on reddit ➡
I think one of the things the 40k narration pushes a ton is that the Imperium is on the brink of collapse, the Eldar are going to go extinct, Tyranids are going to arrive in full force, chaos is going to swallow the entire galaxy etc.
The issue lies within when they can't actually do that for marketing reasons, the lore from the get-go should stop pretending like things are going to fall apart, when even prior to 8th edition, that wasn't actually the case anyways following Guilliman's return. Now after the fact, the notion that the Imperium is set to collapse especially with things like the new novels dictating how Guilliman has a huge plan on retaking lose territory makes even less sense than before.
But that's not even really the worst offender of the "we're gonna die" situation. The Eldar even in-setting have been dying for... 12,000 years now? It never quite feels like they're a dying race, especially not when it's even a thing that Dark Eldar can literally just make more dudes. This is even more poignant when the whole point of Ynnari seems to be that the Eldar too are going to be given a second chance.
What I think the narrative should push is that the setting is about to end. The narrative should push the idea the setting can't really end and that I think might be a better narrative with the notion that EVERYONE is forced to experience the grimdark forever as no one can win.
I’m listening through Rhythm of War, and I’m not going to say exactly where, but there’s a moment Adolin and Kaladin are having a conversation, and I could literally hear the smile that Kramer had on his face while narrating. He’s a phenomenal, and equally, so Kate Reading. The adorable(ness?) of this moment made me want to share it.
Wondering this bc sometimes I see a few comments on certain stories where they're like, "I just skip to the dialogue when the narration is too lengthy" and I'm guilty of this too. I'm of those people where it's like, if the dialogue is good enough then you don't necessarily need extensive narration to say every single detail of what the characters are thinking/feeling, the dialogue should do that for you.
Edit: thanks for the replies, I'm starting to feel differently about narration
Marvel Studios may be playing with fans heart-strings about the Multiverse to throw people off about what to expect in phase 4. If you have not heard, the audio narration intended for the vision-impaired - think captions but with sound - provided narration to the 'Uncle' reveal at the end of episode 5. (If you haven't heard the audio narration for that scene, available see this Youtube clip.)
At this point, it is widespread knowledge that actor Evan Peters appeared in Ep5 as Pietro within Wanda's sitcom version of Westview. It is not yet known if it is a simple cameo or not.
The following information comes from what those using the accessibility app (i.e. disability accommodation) for Disney+ received as a verbal description of what was happening in that scene. In turning to the audio narration, it plainly tells us what we should be thinking, by Marvel, not from our individual or collective beliefs.
What I provide is an explanation of a theory to what this narration could confirm is that there is no Fox Marvel and MCU crossover via the Multiverse* (or at least as far as Quicksilver & X-men films are concerned).*
At the end, I also provide a link to the recent interview with the showrunners detailing the reasons and the process in adding Evan Peters, including excluding actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
I regret to burst anyone's bubble and wishfulness regarding Fox-MCU crossovers and comic inspired Multiverses, though I think this theory has strong evidence coming directly from Marvel & Disney.
The audio narration for the end of WandaVision Ep.5 says:
>Seen from behind, a man with bleach blonde hair stands on their front step. In Westview, Wanda stares at the version of Pietro from the X-Men films.
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There is something beautiful about hearing how the world works. It's like having a little Jiminy Cricket in my head that’s giving me directions rather than moral quandaries.
Paradox walked down a dark, dingy alley with his gleaming stolen golden necklace. The enigma of a man was walking into the tenderloin of Deepwatch City. A cesspool of crime and thugs lived there. Perfect for someone like Paradox.
I would like to say that I take offense to that, my little insect friend. So, like I was saying it would suck if this Jiminy Cricket cared about morals. I have stolen way too many things now to have a clean conscience. Well, whatever, it’s not like the narrator is going to change just because of my less than sunny disposition.
The scowling mystery man…
See what I mean?
… found himself in a large, empty road.
Before you ask, yes. It usually goes like this. Imagine, if you will, having the ability to hear where the plot is going. Not like telepathy, that’s all about hearing the mind of others. You should see those supes when they read my mind. They usually fry their brain. Something about hearing, “so, Patrick R. Adox decided that today would be the day,” really gave them some serious brain break. A lot of people call it the Paradox Break. I just call it a Fourth Wall Break. They’re basically breaking the fourth wall when they get in my brain.
Paradox looked over to his right and saw five power Supers as they headed his direction. The Foresight Five would finally catch the most elusive person in Deepwatch City.
Oh! Will you look at that, here is my narration of the day. See, now that I know that the plot wants me to look right, I look left. Go that way rather than right. Out of sight, out of mind, y’know? Don’t worry though, Future Seer supes can always catch up to me. Plus that’s the way I need these supes to go.
The Foresight Five felt something tamper with the flow of Fate's weave. They looked around, trying to see if Paradox would be there. Paradox always found a way to tamper with the natural order of things. Yet, even they found this strange… Lookahead - the newbie of the group - thought that Paradox must have been some Manhattan level, Future seer.
Whew, poor Lookahead, guess she has never heard of a guy that can read ahead, heh. Sometimes I crack myself up.
Paradox made a cringe-worthy joke to himself.
… thanks, love you too buddy.
Anyway, so yeah, I just woosh hear whatever next big plot point is about to happen and plan... keep reading on reddit ➡
A wonderful New Years gift would be Scopely getting rid of the ridiculous Doom narration in the Gamma raids!
Here is the latest narration. The Authors have given permission for the narrations. I Hope that you enjoy.
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