The Orange County Gaming Group, having successfully concluded a wildly successful Kickstarter
campaign is firing on all cylinders to source the best custom made fantasy audio this world has ever
heard. The winning track will be given to the recent backers of the Realmsound Project Kickstarter and
added as a track to the fantasy soundboard in development. For more information, please visit http://
In many popular table-top gaming systems, there exist a collection of different languages which are
unique to the various races that inhabit them. This time around, OCGG would like to give life to one of the most recognizable languages in most fantasy game settings, Orcish.
Orc is one of the most prolific species in all of fantasy gaming. They were made popular by J.R.R Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings trilogies, and their behaviors have rarely been adapted since. Orcs are primal, aggressive humanoids. They live their lives to be stronger, to kill, and to fight. Violence is a way of life for the Orc who typically live short lives, killed in a raid or by a kinsmen. Their features are often described as “beastlike,” with strong, animalistic qualities emphasized by their large, boar-like canines, their jutting foreheads, their massive muscles, and the coarse hair scattered across their green to grey skin.
Orcish, like the creature who speaks it, is a very aggressive and brutish language with strong, harsh syllables and a deep, guttural sound. The average sentence is littered with abrupt and abrasive consonants such as K’s, G’s, V’s and Q’s. Most S’s are replaced with Z’s, and everything is barked from the back of the throat as an order or insult. Because Orcs are very primitive creatures, their language is still really unrefined and therefore they are forced to rely more on the emphasis and context of their words, rather than the literal meanings of them. Their vocabulary is limited, resulting in repetitive statements.
One of the best examples of an Orc Conversation in J.R.R. Tolkiens representation of Orcish can be found here:
Another great example of the Orcs speaking Orcs can be found here starting at 3:15:
Unsurprisingly, the Lord of the Rings movies have some of the best inspirational examples for what the idle form of the Orc language should take.
This Gig is for 5 (five) short, roughly 7 – 10 second clips and 1 (one) longer, 15 - 20 second clip, of spoken
Orcish in various different tones and emotions in order to maximize use in a wide range of in-game
situations. Ideally, we would like to hear some spoken as a male or female Orc and some as a male or female human.
They are as follows:
7 – 10 second clips, each
1. Neutral, baseline, conversational
2. Collected, snide, condescending
3. Angry, violent, aggressive
4. Disgusted, revolted
5. Giving orders
15 - 20 second clip
1. Formal conversation
That’s it, there is no script, that’s up to you to create on the fly, as long as the voice overs show the characteristics covered, you should be in good shape. We want creativity, we want insight into these creatures through these voices.
Auditioning: We understand that your time is valuable, if you are not able to submit an audition containing all of these pieces, we ask that you submit an audition containing the 15 – 20 second piece and 2 of the 5 shorter pieces. Please do not include any music or sound effects in the auditions, however, adding textures to the voices through some sound engineering would be welcome and might help to add a sense of power to the language that we are looking for. Most of all, have fun creating these voice overs, you are giving voice to a language and your leeway for creative license is boundless.