Open Voice Acting Auditions - Autumn Leaves
1. What is Autumn Leaves?
Autumn Leaves is a mod, an unofficial expansion of the game Fallout: New Vegas. It has been in development for the last 4 years and will be free for everyone already possessing any version of the game.
The project is now in Beta, is fully playable and will be released in September/October 2015.
It’s a fully-voiced adventure with a heavy focus on plot and investigation. In Autumn Leaves, the player will discover a derelict library inhabited by six sentient machines, each with their own back-story and agency. What happens from that point will depend on the player’s decisions.
2. The Story so far :
“Some years before the nuclear catastrophe, a small number of men and women – wealthy and well-intentioned - were growing increasingly worried by the political unrest across their countries. Moral panic, witch hunts, and censorship spread like wildfire.
This congregation - often scientists, professors, artists - felt the need for a place where humanity’s history and culture could be preserved, safe from those who would destroy it for its “seditious” content. They pooled their resources in the hopes of creating such a place, free from the volatile swing of political agenda.
A Vault was to be built. Within it would be enclosed the most comprehensive collection of books and holotapes in history. The project owed much to the efforts of one Professor Cartwright, who at the time worked for a certain Robert Edwin House at the Robco Company and used this position to secure valuable contacts within Vault-Tec.
As the construction of this Library began, the intellectuals gathered their private collections, and hunted tirelessly for rare texts to complete them. They also agreed that Cartwright should oversee the process, and act as the Library’s caretaker; when it was time, all would gather for shelter, and seal the doors behind them.
None of them could predict, however, that the bombs would fall so early.
And when they did, Cartwright was alone in the Library.
The Professor knew that his days were numbered. To ensure that the Library would not die with him, he spent his time reprogramming his robots. The machines would ensure that the Library would persevere, until the world could once again take advantage of its wisdom.
He would endow them with the ability to think, the ability to choose, the ability to learn. Partly because he feared the dangers that might threaten the Library in years to come. Partly because, as the years grew long, he needed someone - something - to soothe his solitude.
Two hundred years have passed. Far enough time for something to go wrong.
Today, the Player awakens the Library from its long sleep.”
3. The Characters Needing a Voice
(For non-Voice Actors : SPOILERS!!!)
The machines programmed to be "alive” :
The robots created by the professor were given some basic personality traits, but as time passed, they learned more and more about the world and about themselves. Though they’re still only machines, they are now intelligent enough to display a full range of human emotions.
But along with human emotions, they also developed all kind of issues the player will soon discover.
Psychological Traits : cheerful, overachiever, candid, curious
Lines : +/- 320
James was his master’s favourite robot and it shows. Acting as the main caretaker of the Library, he display a great sense of duty when it comes to its preservation. He has been programmed to be earnest and to be curious about everything. Every time a guest comes to the Library is the occasion for James to pester him or her with questions about pretty much everything. Despite his cheerful and candid exterior, he’s rather worried about the outcome of the library, especially in a world where the fires of war still rage on.
Sample Lines :
1) You seem bitter about that. Well, if the world is giving you a hard time, maybe you should consider staying here for a while. Some kind of vacations.
2) You already killed someone, didn’t you? How did it feel?
3) One night, he got so badly drunk, he began throwing insults at us, the books and their “mother.” 4) While the experience was very enriching on a vocabulary standpoint, we ultimately had to stop him before he blew up entire bibliographies with C4.
Personality Traits : Kind, driven, open-minded, a tad melancholic
Lines : +/- 280
As a machine dedicated to the physical and psychological health of the library’s host, Helena strives to develop her skills in the best possible manner. Though her skills with a scalpel are faultless, she only has an abstract grasp of how human psychology works. She struggles with her own synthetic psyche to find new ways to close the gap between the human mind and hers. She would have lost hope a long time ago, if she wasn’t programmed to serve this pursuit until the end of her existence.
Samples Lines :
1) Even if you already dealt with Benny, something *happened* in that grave in Goodsprings. It’s not about what you’re doing, or what you’ve done, but about what you have become.
2) I am a machine. I will never understand symbols or interpret their meanings on my own. But I know humans can.
3) You are kind to me, but it is my responsibility. I have to learn from what happened today, never to let that happen again.
Personality Traits : clever, obnoxious, and yet somewhat friendly, in a jackass sort of way
Lines : +/- 260
A pinch of salt upon the wounds of everyone passing by, Rolland is - simply put - an asshole. He acts like an asshole, he speaks like an asshole, and - well - it’s to be expected since he’s programmed to be an asshole. Rolland’s provocative and iconoclastic nature has driven mad many of the Library’s visitors, much to his enjoyment. For some reason he doesn’t bother to clarify, he has some high expectations for the player.
Sample Lines :
1) Do you need a hand with something? Can’t spare much, but hey, at least here’s a middle finger for you.
2) Cut the claptrap. We both know that each of the 37 eye movements you just made when entering this room were purely motivated by greed.
3) On average, a novel content is split as follow : 63% emotions, 35% sensory description, 2% actual logic. 4) Everytime a protagonist does something irrational it’s because he or she has something to prove, is bored, or has some kind of stomach trouble.
Personality Traits : Typical story-teller type, demeaning in some cases
Lines : +/- 160
For a monolithic database containing all human knowledge through the ages, Arthur’s silence is quite uncanny. Though he is more than capable of entertaining normal conversations, he only speaks in parables and riddles. He’s autistic, despondent and cryptic.
Sample Lines :
1) Piper. She survived the holocaust. Do you know what else survived the holocaust? Rats and cockroaches.
2) Twisted remnant of a bygone era, he looked all his life for a mirror where he could look at without seeing the scars left by a mankind gone mad.
3) I have no doubt our security system will be able to contain whatever “outbursts” you will fail to restrain.
Personality Traits : Enthousiast, Paranoïd, Attention-craving
Lines : +/- 90
Something went wrong with this one. Somehow, the professor managed to mess things up when he made Edgard. Corrupted computational matrix? Defective hardware in the personality module? It’s no matter now : Edgard is just one card short of a full deck. Initially overjoyed and playful, Edgard quickly became neurotic and self-obsessed. Though good-natured, he nurtures a constant feeling of paranoia. Deeply affected by how others may perceive him, he secretly fears that someone would one day put him out of commission for being defective.
Sample Lines :
1) Oh hey! There’s actually *somebody* down here ! Have you come to see me? Come on, sit anywhere you like. You and I are going to have *fun*.
2) Cecilia, of course! Good old Cecilia ! She and I go way back. Aaah. We had a thing, you know. She liked me. *Very* much.
3) THAT’S AN AWFULLY MEAN THING TO SAY.
The Maintenance Bot :
Personality Traits : Bitter, wise, rational, practical
Lines : +/- 150
A bitter philosopher, surly to have been denied a proper rebellion phase. Decades before the player’s arrival, Maintenance Bot’s personality module – the little gizmo that allows the robots to think – was ripped out of him by its maker, after one of their most violent argument. He will regain his sentience after the player will give back the module to him.
The fact that his master died more than a hundred years ago without acknowledging his wrongs is probably the thing Maintenance Bot has the most trouble accepting.
Sample Lines :
1) Bury him? Why? All of his life, he was buried in his books, buried in his vault, buried under a mountain buried in the desert. So now, as far as I’m concerned he is already buried.
2) Being limited has some dreadful shortcomings. Though you eventually realize that being confined to a small perimeter doesn’t prevent you from digging deeper and deeper within it.
3) Are you saying you did all this to get some machines’ gratitude? No, we both know you did this for a reason. So, let’s get to the point. What do you need of me?
The Guests :
These are people who visited the Vault before the player.
Piper (Age 45) :
Personality Traits : Blunt, Altruistic, Unsophisticated, Seen-it-all before
Lines +/- 10
The first guest to have stumbled upon the Library of Hypatia. Mercenary, survivor of the war, learned to live in the wastelands when she was fifteen. Got more than her share of shit and worked hard on herself to remain one decent human being. Has a personal vendetta against slavers which she ambush on every occasion, which countlessly compromised her teammates, companions and/or family.
Sample Lines :
1) I don’t bite sizes I can’t chew.
2) Usually, I spot slavers groups from afar. I waylay traps when they’re asleep, a bit further on the path. When the first of them trigger a trap the day after, that’s my cue.
3) Ain’t that much of a pretty story, that’s for sure. It was quite a while ago, got my share of shit at that time.
Dexter Aldrige (Age 35) :
Personality Traits : Cranky, impatient, brainy, neurotic
Lines : +/- 20
A Brotherhood scribe seeking recognition for his “exceptional abilities”. Though capable, Dexter often lets his unbridled ego take the best of him, and fails miserably at his missions.
1) How the hell am I supposed to get Senior Scribe if they keep tasking me with aimless investigations in the most remote corners of the Mojave?
2) How the Old World’s people managed to waste this much resources on vapid entreprises is beyond me.
3) And now, I’m wide awake and trying to *calm* the fuck *down* by recording these events on a holotape. As you can hear, IT’S WORKING LIKE A CHARM.
Cecilia Parsons (Age 25) :
Personality Traits : Cultured, Anti-social, Wily, Peppy
Lines +/- 20
A Vault-Dweller on a mission to save her Vault from bad architectural decisions. She discovers the Library and decides to study its underbelly. Rely on her own devices, and gently cheats her way to her own purposes. Considered as a pain in the ass by her people, she was happy to leave her Vault to discover the world.
1) [Slightly Drunk] That motherfucking son of a bitch Rollo hit a soft spot today.
2) [Slightly Drunk] When I got out of that stupid Vault by forcefully ripping the shortest straw out of the Overseer’s hand, I was happy I could get outside.
3) [Slightly Drunk] But the fact that they were all even happier to play along and see me off…That…THAT pisses me off.
4) I was careless. This library has far more eyes and ears than I thought, and I fear of the implications.
Professor Cartwright (Age 70) :
Personality Traits : Cultured, repenting, wise
Lines +/- 20
Scientist obsessed with the preservation of human culture. One of the most apt scientist in I.A. matters. He put all the means he possessed to create a Vault where he could put all of the old world’s wisdom and knowledge. There, by annotating, compiling and writing some kind of “Rosetta’s Stone”, he would make sure that anybody stumbling on this vault would be able to understand its value. During his isolation in the Library, he had the time to rethink many of the things he thought for granted.
1) Critical thinking is much alike the immune system, without aggression - contradiction - it atrophies, withers and die.
2) We lost the war before it began.
4. General Voice Acting Directions:
I will delve deeper into each character motivations and psyche with the chosen voice actors, but in general, the most important aspect of Autumn Leaves Voice Acting is for your voice to be as natural as possible. It’s important that you don’t strain yourself, especially since some characters have more than 250 lines to deliver. So, nothing over-the-top (except maybe for Edgard), nothing cartoonish.
The aspect we will favor the most - besides how in-character your are - is your ability to deliver understated emotions, the little nuances and depth you can convey to your lines. Of course, I will be there to answer questions you may have over some lines, over the characters, over certain type of deliveries. So, if there is any way I can help you deliver the best lines, don’t hesitate to sollicitate me.
(Ah, and no need to “robotize” your voices. ;))
If you got friends interested in voice acting, or simply want this project to have the best voice acting possible, please reblog!
My most heartfelt and pulsating gratitude.