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Update #6

Character Update #2: Pawn 1 and Pawn 12

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Hello folks, we thought we should clarify something before getting to this update’s two characters.  Nothing written in these updates are “spoilers” ;) For some of the characters, much of the summary is already information within our A.R.G... while others, we are only speaking of things you will be able to learn through the Information Console aboard Zenlil.

A big part of CONSORTIUM is questioning everyone around you and so we thought this to be a fun way of giving everyone a sneak peek on the crew before playing.  You can decide who you like and don’t like, before even meeting them.

Anyway, we have two longer ones this time so let's get right to it.  Today we’ll be focusing on 2/3 of the Mission Operations crew:  Gary Ma/Pawn 1 (Michael Daingerfield) and David Benedict/Pawn 12 (Josh Goring)

Gary Ma

Codename: Pawn 1
V.O. by: Michael Daingerfield

Character Summary: Gary Ma (born Ma Yat Hang) was a single child born in Hong Kong to middle class parents who, at the time, owned a low-end restaurant in the Aberdeen district.  Gary’s father died of lung cancer when he was five years old, and not wanting Gary to follow in his footsteps, his mother sold the restaurant soon after.  A year later mother and son moved to Vancouver, B.C., where Gary’s uncle (father’s side) was living and doing well for himself as a hotel manager in what he called a “yuppie part of town.”

At the age of 16, after doing a school project on oceanic acidification, Gary decided he was going to dedicate his life to the environment.  It of course didn’t hurt that his class partner on the project was his wife-to-be, Carla, and that her parents were responsible for pretty much literally “saving the whales” following the Resource Wars.  They were married in September of 2028, three months before Carla and Gary’s mother were both killed in what their world calls the “Great Vancouver Earthquake.”

Gary has a long history with Taryn Fisher/Knight 15 (the “boss” of the Zenlil crew).  They met in 2030 at a vigil for the victims of the Vancouver quake which decimated the entire city and much of the Lower Mainland on December 21st, 2028.  At the time Gary was working for Environment Canada and was known for his publications on rising water temperatures off the coast of B.C. and how it’s affecting the fishing industry there.  Not exactly exciting stuff, but he was making a name for himself as a prominent environmental scientist within well respected circles.

Fast forward a couple years and a couple degrees later, to March of 2037.  Taryn Fisher was inducted into the Consortium as the first Knight for the newly constructed C-3800-D, Zenlil.  After following his career closely, she recommended Gary for a position on her crew.  He joined without hesitation, was given the title “Pawn 1” as a joke by the King (the King has unusual methods for choosing the numbers), and has since been a loyally dedicated officer.

Extra Notes: Two weeks before Bishop Six was to join the crew of Zenlil, Gary wrote a report (no, a plea) to the Queen.  In this he went into great detail on the man behind Bishop Six – and none of it was positive.  At one point he said, “There are dozens of better suited candidates for the position of our Bishop, so why did the King choose HIM?  This is an outrage, and an insult to Knight 15!”

Q & A with Michael Daingerfield:

Q:“What is your favorite thing about this character? ... And/Or ... what made you choose to audition for this character?”

A:I liked that I got to play a lot of attitude - I think with my particular voice range auditioning for this character seemed like a good fit.  Sometimes that's all we have to go on - whether or not our voice range matches the age range of the character and if we can pull off a believable read.

Q:“How was your experience working with Paul, Greg, Steve and/or Dee in or out of the studio?”

A:Overall a VERY enjoyable experience.  Steve is one of the most thorough producer/directors I have ever worked with - and I think that's why this game will be successful.  He and his team are covering every base and when you do that with a great IP - you are going to be successful.

Q:“Tell everyone a little about yourself!”

A:Voice and On-Camera actor for the past 17 years - been in lots and lots of various productions.  Hit my IMDB page to learn more: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0197405/

Q:“Any final thoughts on CONSORTIUM in general?”

A:Hope it gets the success it deserves!

David Benedict

Codename: Pawn 12
V.O. by: Josh Goring

Character Summary:David Benedict was the fifth child born to American parents in a town called Rockland, Maine.  His siblings were all older and female, his parents typical middle-class Americans with typical jobs and a typical lifestyle.You could say David fell into a mostly stable, if uninteresting life.

David’s family was quite well off mostly because of an internet business his mother ran.  She managed a company whose sole purpose was to themselves manage crowd sourcing campaigns, which in turn funded most major entertainment projects at the time.  His sisters abused him constantly but he quickly grew a thick skin (see: a lock on his bedroom door) and spent much of his childhood safely in his room, lost in the world of Virtual Reality.  Like many children of his generation, VR-games were the “new thing” and so everyone was playing them... all locked away in their rooms, yet, also connecting to vast virtual worlds along with their friends from school.  The higher end VR-decks practically replicate real life down to sweat and tears, and David always had the best.

VR was not only spreading as a new way to “play games,” but soon found its way into the completely untapped educational market.  Suddenly you could hold entire classes virtually and the price of higher education plummeted soon thereafter.  Everything from the books to the entire school could be programmed into a computer.  So when David emerged from his room one day at the age of thirteen and announced, “I just got myself a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Agriculture! At Cambridge!” it wasn’t much of a surprise to his parents.  “My boy’s always been a smart one!” his father might say, beer in hand.  David tested his own I.Q. on his 12th birthday and it was 149.

Six years later, on April 12th 2041, David emerged from his room once more except this time he announced, “I’ve joined the Consortium!” and two days later he was gone – his parents never saw it coming.

Extra Notes:  Since around 2035, when the Consortium began taking on militaristic operations, the “Consortium Bishop” had become a pop culture icon with countless games and movies made about them.  David is absolutely obsessed with all of it.  Expensive action figures, special edition downs of all the games, thousands of saved passes through all the movies, access to the best Bishop forums.  He would be embarrassed to admit this but David really only joined the Consortium because he wanted to be friends with a real-live Bishop.

Q & A with Josh Goring:

Q: “What is your favorite thing about this character? ... And/Or ... what made you choose to audition for this character?”

A:What really drew me to Pawn 12 is how much of a fanboy he is of Bishop Six. He really wants to give his all and contribute to the larger group, and he can’t believe that someone like him is working with someone like the Bishop. It’s a real dream come true for him, and he has to keep himself in check when he’s around Bishop Six; not always the easiest thing to do when you’re meeting your idol. Suffice to say, playing him is easy since his experience is something I can definitely relate to!

Q: “How was your experience working with Paul, Greg, Steve and/or Dee in or out of the studio?”

A:Going into the project I didn’t quite know what to expect about my character or the role he would play.  Getting to work with Greg and Steve has been great in helping me not only develop the character of Pawn 12, but also myself as a performer.  Of course I’m hoping to come back and play with Pawn 12 some more and see what else there is to him, but that choice will be left up to you the players!

Q: “Tell everyone a little about yourself!”

A:I’m a Canadian born-and-bred up-and-coming voice actor, Vancouver’s been my home all my life. I’m an anime and sci-fi fan, and I dabble in writing stories and watching movies when I have spare time.

I’ve been doing online voice work since 2008; I started because I wanted to be the next movie trailer voice guy (something I’m still working on!), and have gotten to work more and more in indie video games. Speaking of which, I’m also casting and voice director for SpaceCat Studios (Shadow Regiment, Master of Fortresses II).

On the side, I work with Strawberry Hill Music as a PR & Bookings person for musicians and voice actors for anime/gaming conventions around North America. Perhaps if CONSORTIUM is a big enough hit, you’ll see me and my fellow voice actors around at your local convention? ;-)

Q: “Any final thoughts on CONSORTIUM in general?”

A:This game is shaping up to be one heck of a ride, and I’m just happy I was able to be involved with it in some capacity.  Thanks to everyone for their support so far, and let’s keep it going!

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