<b>Knut Whitebear Says, “Indeed!”</b>
<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0820652/">Jon St. John</a> plays a few different roles in Guild Wars 2, but his performance as <a href="http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Knut_Whitebear">Knut Whitebear</a> is one of our favorites. Norn players first hear Jon’s boisterous character during the Great Hunt, where his signature line is first triggered. It quickly became an office catchphrase around the writing and content design areas, so we asked him to rattle off a bunch of variants the next time he was in the studio.
<b>Logan Yells at Helena</b>
Our recording stretches for Guild Wars 2 sometimes lasted months, with some of our staff living out of a hotel in Burbank, CA, for weeks at a time. It was during one of these marathon recording sessions that we decided to have some fun with <a href="http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Logan_Thackeray">Logan Thackeray’s</a> character. We gave <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1684869/">Troy Baker</a>, Logan’s actor, the following scenario:
“As captain of the Seraph, you’re dealing with murderers, thieves, and assassins on a daily basis. At the end of the day you’ve got to unwind to deal with the pressure…by forcibly taking candy from children.”
<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1728847/">Grace Rolek</a>, who plays many of the little girls in the game under a voice role named “Helena,” was the target of Logan’s candy-snatching. Needless to say, she is no longer a fan of the dreamy Logan Thackeray.
<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0251646/">Paul Eiding</a>, also known as <a href="http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Warmaster_Forgal_Kernsson">Forgal</a> in Guild Wars 2, is particularly fond of one Spirit of the Wild. Guess which.
The whole “Dead Hunter” gag was an ongoing favorite with the writers during GW2’s five-year development cycle. All <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1312566/">Kari Wahlgren</a> needs to round out her amazing vocal performance is a hair metal backing band and some leather pants.
<b>Indeed Pt. 2</b>
Here’s <a href="http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Sigfast">Sigfast</a>, played by actor Chris Cox, trying to follow Knut Whitebear’s example. Like father, like son.
Paul Eiding, AKA Forgal, has some medical advice for ogres. (Use only as directed.)
<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0089508/">Jocelyn Blue’s</a> voice is most recognizable as the iconic norn character <a href="http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Eir">Eir</a>, but she also lent her pipes to the role of a crotchety old asura named Old Cranna. This outtake accidentally snuck into the game client just before release, though we were able to plug in the correct file by launch. (Some of us prefer this version.)
Kari gave us a spin on classic RPG reward text by calling out another GW2 inside gag for the yet-to-be-written animated series, Murder Justice. (We’re still waiting for sound engineer <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4320958/">Mark De La Fuente</a> to cut together our pilot episode. Time’s a-wasting, Mark!)
<a href="http://geekandsundry.com/">Geek and Sundry</a> founder <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1260407/">Felicia Day</a> is unmistakable as the voice of <a href="http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Zojja">Zojja</a>. In this clip, she serenades her favorite golem, Mr. Sparkles.
<b>What’s Your Damage?</b>
Zojja goes full-on valley girl.
<b>Zenik Zonsman’s Many Wives</b>
You may have heard actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0168642/">George Coe</a> as Woodhouse in the animated series Archer. In Guild Wars 2, George can be heard all around Tyria as the elderly voice role code-named Zenik Zonsman. If you can find the hidden jumping puzzle in Lion’s Arch, perk up your ears for the sound of <a href="http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Captain_Weyandt">Captain Weyandt’s</a> oddball commentary about his piratey adventures and many, many wives.
This outtake was so popular with the writing team that we replaced the original, less-drowny version with George’s homemade storm sounds. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Coe.
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