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Old 11-01-2001, 06:15 PM   #1
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Quoted off of BG Chronicles...

Question:I read somewhere that a few BG/BG2 characters were old PnP creations from the designers' vaults. Can you tell us which ones were, and who created them?

David answered: A fair number of the original design staff actually grew up in Grande Prairie (a town north of Edmonton) and played for ages in the various D&D campaigns run by James Ohlen (the lead designer for BG and co-lead designer for BG2). A great number of the characters came from these campaigns, either NPC's that had been run by James or actual player characters run by some of the other guys. In a lot of cases, however, they don't have much more in common with their in-game counterpart aside from the name.

Xan, for instance, was a morbid and depressing elven magic-user in BG1. The character was originally a human kensai run by Ben Smedstad (the producer), with the personality exaggerated as a joke (although I hear Xan was always the first to complain and demand that the group run away from danger). Bodhi was a female assassin character run by Dean Anderson (artist), who kept stabbing the party in the back. Minsc was a brain-damaged ranger run by Cam Tofer (producer of MDK2) who used hamsters to set off traps in dungeons...until he became attached to one. Anomen and Edwin are characters that were run by friends of James's...and apparently their personalities are pretty much intact to the way they were played (both got the group constantly into trouble).


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Old 11-01-2001, 06:18 PM   #2

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Very nice info u got there. Ha, that's funny. Thanku for sharing

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Old 11-02-2001, 05:05 AM   #3

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Setting of traps with hamsters!! That's nasty!!
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Old 11-02-2001, 07:53 AM   #4

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I've been waiting for some background info on Minsc and Boo....finally

Old 11-02-2001, 10:01 AM   #5

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Very interesting... About Xan, although not entirely relevant with what you say here, in Icewind Dale, there is a reference about him in a dead elf's diary. He was very pessimistic and at some point he says " Oh dear, I begin to sound like cousin Xan" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bumping for those that have not yet seen this.
It's fun stuff, to see the true origins of ideas...
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Old 11-02-2001, 04:28 PM   #7
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Does anyone know if there are any websites that shows who did the voices in BGII? A photo not just a name.

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