I voted optional for many reasons.
The first, there are some who play mods that consider themselves "purists". May sound silly since they are playing a modded game, but that is what they enjoy, so more
power fun to them.
One of the main aims of this mod is to try to make everything (and I mean every single aspect of the mod) fit seamlessly in the game. Granted, it may not happen, but we're sure going to try.
This naturally include audio, so the new audio will be as good in quality as possible - so that players won't notice the difference.
Secondly, I am on one of the crappiest dialup severs ever. I also do not have a mega system like alot of people here have (with the new job, I may be upgrading). So I like mods like the "light" version of the Yasarna (I think I spell her diffrent every time) mod. Granted I downloaded and installed the larger version, but not everyone can do that.
We'll definitely try to be nice to the dial-up users, but it isn't first priority. This mod is bound to be large in any case; we've got at least four characters needing to be voiced, we'll have new areas, etc. So it's going to be big, but not in league of the insanely huge mods out there.
Thirdly, options are always good imo. It lets the player have more power over what they want and don't want in their games (even with mods).
Options are good, yes. As are opinions, which is why I put out this poll.
Redo his voice set, but try not to make it change too much. I really can't see Aran Linvail going all gruff-voiced. Keep him slick like a snake oil salesman.
First priority is definitely to have the new voice fit his character. Anything else is out of the question.
I doubt the Khadion NPC mod will have anywhere near that amount of audio, so there really ought to be no problem in this regards.
I wouldn't make any bets on that. When I say extensive voicing, I mean extensive
voicing. Also, if there's a possibility for good quality music for his romance or other parts of the mod as well, I won't hesitate.