Accent-uate

20th Jun 2022, 12:00 AM in Trials of the Tesseract
Accent-uate
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29th May 2022, 9:24 PM
Accents can be a quick and easy way to inject some extra personality into a character.

Or turn them into a punchline. Either or.

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20th Jun 2022, 7:39 PM
Guest
Ah yes character voices where dreams of sounding like a professional thespian come to die. I find that going for a more general tone and inflection works better than trying to be a specific voice.

For example when I play a lizard folk I go for a harsh raspy voice kind of like a ghoul from fallout. When I play my female dragonborn paladin I try not to do a girl voice so much as give her a lighter tone and inflection that reflect her noble background. I do have some exceptions like my rogue who literally talks like the most stereotypical pirate you can imagine
21st Jun 2022, 8:18 AM
... In hindsight, most of my characters have some kind of distinctive accent/voice pattern, for better or for worse and with varying degrees of intentionality. Obviously I won't go into every single one, but just to illustrate the spectrum:

My Vanara Gunslinger's Western accent just kind of came about because it seemed obvious and because I thought it'd make for a funny joke of "you were raised by elves, why are you talking like this?"

My Fairy Oracle originally just had a higher pitch, and then somewhere along the line after playing she just kind of fell into a German accent and it stuck.

And then there's my Cleric of Asmodeus, whose voice was half the entire initial concept, because the idea of a perfectly well-meaning (if still a little manipulative) lawyer cleric occasionally lapsing into screaming "ALL GLORY TO THE ARCHFIEND!" in a southern accent like a bad televangelist gave me the giggles. And while I'll give 5E a lot of flak, it did make playing a Lawful Good Asmodeus Cleric a bit easier than it would have been in Pathfinder.
21st Jun 2022, 7:11 AM
Captain Nukem
What is worse then trying to do the accent? Trying to write the accent.
What is worse then listening GM doing accent? Take a wild guess :D
21st Jun 2022, 8:23 AM
I feel like the worst part of writing an accent is what to do with a word that, by all rights, shouldn't really have any phonetic changes as far as I can tell but should still probably sound funny (see: Hoboken).

I want to say the answer is "listening to a table full of players ALL doing accents"?
21st Jun 2022, 3:49 PM
Captain Nukem
I'm laughing at myself because - guilty as charged - I also doing accents in our tabletop. Very poorly. Once I tried to do French accent and everyone was convinced it was Latvian. Since then I try to mostly just do voices.

(The answer is "reading an accent". It looks so weird.)
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