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Instant Musical 
29th-Mar-2004 01:50 am
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The most of you lot are running rpgs bassed in real life I assume while me on the other hand...I'm dming a forum rpg. This gets...weird. We don't do the stats and dice thing too well because you can't really see what people are doing and when you can see them...they're all stoned and drunk. So we're writing. So in general it's like create your own story but I thought I'd post some of the spells, artifacts, creatures, and the like I as stupid gm russel up and maybe if you like it, you can assymilate it borg style into your stuff and give it some stats for your game eh?

Starting with the Instant Musical feat/effect/spell

Currently Used by a sand elemental bard character in the "Welcome to the Nuclear Wasteland" rpg on morgantowngamers.com.
Effects: When activated, any creature of a certain type that hears the caster's voice suddenly knows the words and moves to an entire dance reutine and has to perform it along with the caster! You ever wonder how people on the street know all the song and dance that the main characters in musicals do? Now you know! And you thought it was just lots of practice! No it was magic!
Cost:In our game, if the character wants to use it, she can only do it once per week game time and it takes all her magic points. She has to state what character type it's going to effect ahead of time. It's an extremely powerful spell as this character combines it with Titan's voice. So far she's used it on an army of zombies (She made an army of zombies dance along with "My Strongest Suit" of Aidia...it was very horifying..but hey, what'evers funniest and keeps the idiots posting I don't care) and our local undead vampire who now wants to strangle her in real life.
Idea came from here: the Cuban Pete scene in The Mask. Wouldn't that be totally awesome?
For D&D you could...: Why not make a cursed item that at the worst possible moment makes anyone who can hear the song have to do the dance moves, or maybe a spell that acts as the instant musical effect. It would be truely fearsome in battle if you got right down to it. One bard could stand up on a cliff and make an entire army dance themselves to death. Think about it....

More later from Morgantowngamers.com!
30th-Mar-2004 04:57 am (UTC)
My friend and I were actually discussing the possibility of doing a musical D&D session, where you have a list of songs to chose from and can proved 'theme songs' for any occassion that you can think of. With xp awards for the funniest and most approapriate songs. Shortly after we thought of this, my friend found a post somewhere else by a DM who had actually done exactly that. He had some great examples, but I can't for the life of me remember where my friend found the post. If anyone has seen it, let me know?

And yeah, if you have the right type of players (read: musical) it would be a blast to do. My middle ground idea would be to use quotes from movies in place of actual songs and likewise give awards for the best quotes used, etc.

-The girl who has actually successfully quoted Stitch in a game before.
"This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It's little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good. "
30th-Mar-2004 07:10 am (UTC)
Basically you want a mass Otto's Irresistible Dance.

Since that's a Bard6/Wiz8 spell, an ability to cast it on multiple people at range would be pretty damn powerful, even if you did allow a save. I'd think that'd be some kind of epic bard ability (because it really is epic), a really awesome artifact, or just an uber-powerful spell (that you could make reasonable by giving a real slow casting time, a save, and maybe some kind of concentration requirement (or like the caster has to lead the dance, meaning he takes the same effect).
30th-Mar-2004 09:41 am (UTC)
yeah, she has to lead the dance, and for the one song it has like a ten minute set up speil she has to go through. The rest of the group is being swarmed by zombies and she's standing on the top of her bus going "I'd rather wear a barrel than conservative apparel" and if anybody makes fun of her, she screws up and can't start again....and the crew gets eaten.

of course the game is mostly a "creat your own story". I can't keep this lot of drunks in with the stats thing. It's hard enough to get them excited enough to actually write. All in good time tho'. It's a postapocolypic comedy like tank girl so this actually makes sense....
31st-Mar-2004 05:58 am (UTC)
Thats the funniest thing I ever heard.

Actually on a related note a friend of mine ran a game Called "Escape from the Chult" The chult being a nasty jungle type place in Forgotten Realms. Well he had "Chult: The Musical". Each player created a scene / song and sang it. He's also a musician thus he recorded about 1/2 of these songs thus far and is making an album for his old game.
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