Oh dear .. *g*
I have this image of a medieval rock band jamming on the lyres and flutes by night and slaying monsters and clearing dungeons by day.
Register this as half-interest, since I'm not fond of 3.5 but the idea itself raises my curiosity.
Well, I'm hesitant to get too
I would like to throw some drama (and a thick helping of plot) in every once in awhile, as long as it doesn't become jarring as we alternate from humorous to dramatic.
As the GM setting the pace (hopefully...
), I think I have enough confidence in my story-telling that I can weave in and out of drama and humor without it looking too forced.
That being said, the inherent premise should be open to humor, yet not exclusive to a little seriousness. So I'll have to ask for only mildly silly concepts.
Oh wait... *rereads*Medieval
rock band. I thought you meant literally; tight leather pants and screeching vocals.
But yeah, that was pretty much my intention. I'd also suggest everyone figure out what instrument they play. It's not quite important in game-play (unless you're using those mastercraft instruments from Complete Adventurer) but you would all need to mesh together as a band. So 4 people on drums... yeah.
Hmmm, now that you mentioned 'metal bands' a tiefling bard/rogue has been long in my list 'must try on' . Well, 3.5 edition is bit sketchy at times to some but I like versatility of the system and can be quite rules light after char creation process has been done.
For easy char sheet creation I have good online DnD charsheet generator; http://www.pathguy.com/cg35.htm
Please no black leather pants and white-and-black makeup!
I am very fond of ability checks, and granting circumstance modifiers to said checks.
I try to allow my players as many options outside the rules as there are within them, so I might just say "Make a strength check to hold onto the giant fish as it swims underwater, with a +2 bonus for every 5 ranks in climb."
Generally, though, I'm a DM that enjoys it when my players enjoy myself- I don't mind going 'rules lite' for some portions of the game, but I can also amp up the frequency of challenges or simple downtime to roleplay. The OOC thread is there for a reason. :)
I've always used mythweavers
, It's rarely down and my sheets haven't been obliterated yet. Though, some of the text entires at the bottom have a habit of not going through.
Eh, you don't need a sheet to write down character background and appearance and such.
I like the idea as well, I've seen a few threads on various forums about the idea of groups of bards rocking through dungeons and cities all across faerun or other worlds.
Personally I kinda like the idea of them on Krynn, facing of against Takhisis, a thunderstorm rattling the city as fights between dragons fill the sky as the bards battle against the queen of chromatic dragons armed only with the power of magical music.
But maybe that's just me.
Really? Aw, I feel so much less original for stealing an idea that wasn't as original as I originally thought...
I can't say I'm all that familiar with specific campaign settings. I know a bit of Faerun, but haven't heard of Krynn. I generally start with a generic 'swords-n-sorcery' setting and expand it as it becomes neccesary. If you guys get to epic levels, expect the entire world to be defined by that time.
This would be so much better in Second Edition with the complete book of bards!
Still, with you overruling the at least one bard level rule, I do actually have a bladesinger concept who is very heavily into performing.
I've only gotten into D&D within the last few years, so I only have the 3.5 books. ^_^ There's always adaption, though. As long as it's balanced, I tend to allow homebrewed stuff in my game. And even if one of my players abuses a rule into becoming unbalanced, I tend to push back.
I don't think anyone on Elliquiy came here to try out that new WTFBQQPWN build on Wizards' character optimization board, though.
As for the concept,
New Rule; Preform is a class skill for anyone, regardless of actual class.
Sure, it doesn't mean much mechanically if you neglect your bard levels- but barring things like skill focus and mastercraft items, everyone should more or less preform as a band and not 'three guys and a dude on cowbell.'
Ohhhhhh can I be a Rogue acrobat and dancer who also is a cat burglar and thief. Well its a performer and she could be known for her atheletic pleasure dancing. And not as know be a formidable cat burglar and theif when the mood strikes her and she wants to make some extra money.
Sounds interesting. Smexy, even.
It looks like we have alot of people interested in this game. Totally not what I was expecting. Considering that we'd all be playing as one big happy family, I'm inclined to decide who gets in by virtue of secret ballot; Basically just a PM to me with 4 or 5 other players on it. Hopefully no ties.
Mainly because I would like that everyone is comfortable with one another, and so that everyone's more or less comfortable with the other players' ons and offs.
Then again, I could easily just make a seperate thread for each participant if the party splits up, and bring them back into the central thread when they return.
But yeah, we're all writers of the same story here- comfort and cohension between players is a priority, or else the story suffers. ^_^ Anyone who has played a solo with me knows that I spam their inboxes with PMs at every opportunity, in an effort to make the story as good as possible. It should roughly be the same this time around, except in an OOC thread.
So, character concepts we have thus far-
Human/Half-Orc/or Catfolk Bard/Barbarian who sings tribal chants as he/she rampages all over Tokyo?
Tiefling bard/rogue, possibly of the heavy metal variety.
Bard/Bladesinger who emphasizes the bard song with a bit of melee combat/spellcasting, I would assume. What book is bladesinger again? Nevermind, found it. ^_^ Whoa, lots of requirements.
Rogue/Bard with Preform(Dance) who is sneaky, and possibly; seductive.
I'd rule that you get a bonus to fascinate and suggestion bard songs via dancing, but might have trouble with alot of the other songs. Countersong, for instance, is sound-based- and 'athletic pleasure dancing' would be a very visual preformance, I imagine.
I can be flexible and offer similiar homebrew rules to anyone else. Even though everyone is the same class, I'd like you to have specialties that the others can't steal the spotlight from when they become applicable.
Hmmm. I'll use pointbuy to determine stats, and somewhat generous pointbuy at that, considering that you will likely be using more than one ability score in your role. So, Point Buy 30.
You can squeeze an 18 and a 17 out of that at level one, but I will abuse your dump-stats until you're sore.
Then again, if you can roleplay it well enough, I don't mind.
Max HP at 1st level, and fixed afterwards (Half at every even level, half+1 at every odd level)
I think I'll play the corssdressing kabuki actor bard. Maybe multiclass into somethnig else..don't know what...rogue or ninja maybe?
Do note, your in a party. While I'm fine with different races and cultures together, a kabuki theatre preformance might...clash.
What is my tiefling rogue/bard then? Social scheamer . But if no one takes 'fighter bard' concept I could play the tiefling as bard/swashbuckler to add more melee combatant skills with finesse and performance skills.
I am the type of GM who tries to make things as versimiliar as possible, so playing a tiefling might earn you a bit of trouble unless you do a good job of hiding it.
Also, don't hesitate to start throwing some character backgrounds around, guys.