The SiF Adventures

Not much ado about Thomas, but plenty ado with members of Sodor Island Forums...

 

The first real SiF Audio Adventure, featuring selected members of Sodor Island Forums playing themselves, was "The Quest For The Missing Xmas Presents", which was the brainchild of Alaric. When a good idea comes along, it's clear to see, and Missing Christmas Presents was released on Christmas Eve 2005 to a very good response. The main key was that Alaric wrote about people he knew well enough on the forum to bring it to life.

 

With the dastardly Alaric and Jimbob having stolen all their Xmas stuff, Ryan and Christopher need to go and get it back. But on their way to Jinty Castle, they find that a lot of their friends have befallen the same fate! With the help of Kate669, Skarloey, Chris, The Old Bean and an old battered ice cream van, they make their way to Jinty Castle to retreive their pressies, and end up coming off worse against Alaric, Jimbob and Jim522! However, the world's greatest superhero, Ciremi is on hand to save the day and help bring the story to a happy end!

 

 

Alaric, ChrisTheXelent, Chris, Christopher, Ciremi, Gonzorelli, JarrahWhite, Jim522, Jimbobdunnie, Kate669, OldSquareWheels, Ryan, Skarloey, TheHalford, The Old Bean and Truro

Son of Dork, Billy Connolly, Sillyevan, Captain Punjab and John Cleese

I was inspired by the idea, and thought it merited a Summer Special follow up to carry on the wave of success. Originally, the plan for THAT was to accomplish a second one hour production, and namely, another one-off. Sadly however, there were too many good ideas floating around at the time of writing it, and so, instead of having a 3 hour long audio, it was deemed a better idea to cut it all down to segmented episodes instead. The new plan suits a lot better, with one episode to be released every week for five weeks until the culmination of the audio.
 
Originally, the main plan was to only include two new additions to the cast. The main ones I was set on using were TheHalford and JarrahWhite, who would be cast as subordinate villains to Jim522's megalomaniac leadership. TheHalford in turn, became a great contributor to the writing of the production, and brought in Gonzorelli as another subordinate. And as writing progressed, Old Square Wheels, Sillyevan, Truro and even John Cleese found themselves making inroads to the audio's fold as well...
 
Personally, any time I've been involved in anything like this, the editing/production side has always fallen to another person, namely Christopher, Kate669, Sillyevan, The Old Bean etc., this time, I knew I was going to have to do this on my own. The production wouldn't be perfect, in my eyes, unless it was done by me. But the inevitable questions always circle - "What if it doesn't sound realistic?" or "What if it just falls flat on it's face?" In actual fact, production has gone quite well, with work being done through Pinnacle Studio 9 and Audacity programmes respectively. I'm very happy with the SFX I've gathered from various sources, and thankful for the encouragement I've been receiving from my friends on SiF.
 
The basic storyline revolves around a UK seaside holiday in the fictional town of Beachingtown-on-Sea, where Ryan and Christopher have gone for a break, and where Chris has setup a chip shop, Kate669 and Skarloey a boarding house and The Old Bean brought his Ice Cream van.
 
The two are subsequently robbed early on, and resort to getting jobs in order to make enough money to leave. In the course of a tourist scam, Ryan discovers there's a monster in the waters of the town, but little does anyone know, Jim522 is controlling it from his submarine base in order to scare people away from Beachingtown on Sea to build Aussie World UK - a shoddy Australian theme park.
 
In order to do this, Jim later kidnaps Skarloey and The Old Bean, turning him evil to become the evil Bean Ranger. It's only then that Ciremi summons Ryan, Kate669, Christopher and Chris to form the Sodor Island Power Rangers to try and stop Jim and his minions once and for all. Following a botched rescue attempt, they enter into a gameshow duel with Jim and his cronies, which Halford wins at the last minute and secures their demise on the submarine of doom.
 
It's only when Jimbot and Alaric come with the Tardis that they're able to escape, and head through time on a boozy bender, and return to fend off the rampaging monster of Beachingtown on Sea. Following that, there's a nice little singalong to round things off nicely!

 

Narrator - Chris
Eb-Bean-ezer Scrooge - The Old Bean
Jimbob Cratchit - Jimbobdunnie
Ryan Acrosstherode - Ryan
Eliot Pernicketysod - Eliot
Christopher Scrooge - Christopher
Chris Mastree - ChrisTheXelent
Kate Ida Betters-Cratchit - Kate669
Jacob Malaric - Alaric
Mr Fezziwig - Ciremi
Tiny Jim - Jim522
Tramp – Truro
Charity Worker – Loey Machan
Driver – Jarrah White
Headmaster – Evan
Granny - Halford
Mrs Fezziwig/Woman – GotSTEAM?
Urchin – Old Square Wheels
Passerby 1 - ChrisBurrell
Passerby 2 - Proteus
School Boy - Stuart
Poor Kid - Jake

The decision was taken in mid 2006 to do a Christmas Adventure again. It had always been on the cards, but there was some apathy from The Old Bean who was uncomfortable with his own bland characterisation in both of the previous audios. And so, instead of another original concept, the decision was taken by both Alaric and Ryan to create an adaptation of the classic Dickens tale - "A Christmas Carol", where The Old Bean agreed to play the part of Eb-Bean-ezer Scrooge!

Throughout the course of the writing, new characters were placed into the storyline both to create opportunities for members to play them and for to develop the storyline for some comic moments and original scenarios. These new additions included a business rival and his assistant, an obsessive neighbour, a developed part for Mrs Cratchit who had become Scrooge's abuser in defence of her husband; and also included The Old Bean's own character Deidre from The Twin Engines audio, who played Scrooge's love interest.

 

 

Narrator / Craig - Chris
Alarat / Malaric – Alaric
Christomole – Christopher
Toad the Xelent / Chris Mastree – ChrisTheXelent
Badgeryan / Ryan Acrosstherode / Len – Ryan
Davey the Butler – Davey
Chief Weasel / Scrooge / Mrs SM – The Old Bean
Assistant Weasel – Ciremi
Jimbob Cratchit – Jimbobdunnie
Mrs Cratchit / Mrs Poshtwit – Kate669
Tiny Jim Cratchit – Jim522
Big Ethel / Lawyer – Clay
Judge – Truro
Clerk – Old Square Wheels
Mr Poshtwit – TL Rhodri
Louie Madman / Wild Wood Creatures – Loey Machan
PC Deadbeat - Prof Vengeance
Jailer / Fat Controller – Chris Burrell
Farmer - Fox

The SiF in the Willows was initially intended to be very much it's own beast, however, that's not the way it turned out.  In the early writing stages, it seemed difficult to find material for engaging new characters to arise from, and that there was a lot to be said for including the Christmas Carol characters in there as well.  And so, while faith to the text was a paramount concern, it didn't stop the return of Scrooge, Acrosstherode, Chris Mastree, the Cratchits and Jacob Malaric from landing in to add to the fun.

However, it may be back in with the old, but new characters based on the original Wind in the Willows, such as Toad the Xelent, Alarat, Christomole and Badgeryan also made their mark on the SiF Christmas Audios, with brand new characters created especially for the audio such as Davey the Butler and Louie Madman, and the return of some memorable voices from throughout 2007 - such as Violet - The Station Master's wife (Ryhalis Productions - Branch Line Engines) and Len and Craig, the Driver and Fireman (Xelent Studios - The Three Railway Engines), along with some brand new songs and cover-versions thrown in for good measure.

 

Professor Vengeance: Storyteller / PC Deadbeat
Alaric: Alarat / Alaric / Jacob Malaric
Chris: Chris
Christopher: Christopher / Christomole
Chris The Xelent: Chris The Xelent / Toad The Xelent
Ciremi: Ciremi
Clay: Clay / Big Ethel Betters
Davey: Davey the Butler
Dmman33: The Evil
DoctorTTTEFan: Sales Person / Commentator (Episode 2)
Eliot: Eliot
Fox: Master Fox / KATT
Gonzorelli: Gonzorelli
Jarrah White: Jarrah White
Jim522: Jim522
Jimbobdunnie: Jimbot / Jimbob Cratchit
Kate669: Kate669 / Mrs Ida Betters Cratchit
Knuckles: Igor
Loey Machan: Dr Louie Madman / The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
The Old Bean: The Old Bean / Scrooge / Dierdre
Old Square Wheels: Old Square Wheels
Ryan: Ryan / Acrosstherode / Badgeryan / Various Extras
Sillyevan: Evan
Stuart7: The Waiter (Episode 5)

A Very SiF Crossover Adventure has been acclaimed as probably the best of all the SiF Adventures so far.  It was intended as a bridge to the final – A Very SiF Crisis On Sodor, which would have finally brought our characters face to face with the Sodor Multiverse, facing off against Diesel 10 and The Evil in an epic showdown to save both worlds from a terrible fate – sadly, this never came to pass, and is unlikely to go ahead.

 

Instead, we have the epic Crossover Adventure which sees the SiF members returning to 1903 to meet with their alter-egos from that era who starred in the SiF Christmas Carol and SiF Willows adventures, as they try to stop the evil Australians and the Master of Darkness – The Evil – from capturing the source of the Sodor Island Force Power Rangers’ energy and altering the past in a horrific way.  Gear up for high-octane action and many laughs along the way as you head back to 1903 for a battle of epic proportions!