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Old 12-02-2017, 08:17 AM   #11
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I can think of very few performers of any sort that became really famous before motion pictures. Perhaps Mozart, Liszt, Paganini, and Chopin.
Buffalo Bill and his troupe - PT Barnum too. I canít think of any further back than the 17th century, but thatís probably because of my middling interest in history more than anything else.
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Old 12-02-2017, 09:30 AM   #12
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Culture also matters. If performing arts aren't respected and valued, then performers aren't likely to be famous enough to survive in written records, much less oral traditions of their legend. Then there's our modern bias when looking back. It's a lot easier to display works of medieval and Renaissance visual artists in a museum than it is to "display" a performing art from when there was no recording technology, or even a way to write down music or dance.
Very much this. We know of many of the Classical Greek playwrights and have a fraction of their total works. We don't know the names of their preferred leading men and ladies.

Even our Renaissance playwrights don't have much of their stage works recorded; William Shakespeare was just one of several across Europe, albeit one of the most successful and prolific, having the patronage of two rulers (Elizabeth I of England, and James VII and I of Scotland and England). Several of Shakespeare's Elizabethan plays (Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, etc.) are believed by some to be translations or retellings of Italian Renaissance plays from a generation earlier (or so I'm remembering from my college history classes 20 years ago), but I'm not sure the Italian versions have survived to the same extent his have.


To get back to the OP's question, I believe some clarification needs to be made. Is this a traveling performance celebrity, ala a traveling bard, or one that works a big city (e.g. Parisian) theatre and has nobles, rich merchants, and even the occasional vagabond coming from all over to watch the shows? That would help us give suggestions for equipping the character.
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Old 12-02-2017, 10:14 AM   #13
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Very much this. We know of many of the Classical Greek playwrights and have a fraction of their total works. We don't know the names of their preferred leading men and ladies.
QFT.

Also, as a previous poster said, equipping for what?
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:07 PM   #14
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Very much this. We know of many of the Classical Greek playwrights and have a fraction of their total works. We don't know the names of their preferred leading men and ladies.
FTFY, women weren't allowed to perform in plays until much later on in history.
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:16 PM   #15
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FTFY, women weren't allowed to perform in plays until much later on in history.
That is extremely dependent on time, place, and the type of theater. Although in classical Greek theater you are correct, and female parts were played by men.

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Buffalo Bill and his troupe - PT Barnum too. I can’t think of any further back than the 17th century, but that’s probably because of my middling interest in history more than anything else.
Burbage died in 1619 and was famous during the 16th century.

ETA: Gaius Ummidus Actus Anicetus and Clodius Aesopos were 1st century.

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Old 12-02-2017, 04:40 PM   #16
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FTFY, women weren't allowed to perform in plays until much later on in history.
Nell Gwynn, though she's more famous for being Charles II's mistress.
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Old 12-03-2017, 01:10 AM   #17
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FTFY, women weren't allowed to perform in plays until much later on in history.
Which does not preclude fantasy actresses. Caithness and some holy warrior orders have a minority of female knights. Tredroy has female bards. Why not female actresess?
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Old 08-22-2019, 03:26 PM   #18
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Also, equipment for what? Nothing stated so far points to any needs beyond clothing befitting their (unspecified) status and basic personal items.
In a normal, non-cinematic campaign your critial mnd set might apply - but I'm talking about players "theoretically" having access to cutting edge infiltration equipment and quasi espionage toys to help get them out of tough spots.

Smoke bombs, "magic tricks", crossbow tethers, greek fire, and simple chemicals appropriate to their TL or slightly higher. Or maybe a stash of rare wine or booze, as a perk.

Not being too picky, such items would be outside the mundane status of a Rank 1 or 2 regular PC, being "highly unusual", but not impossible.

Ya, so I was aiming for a type of low-tech game "equivalent" to Mission Impossible. [either the 1960's series / movies] but I probably didn't make that exactly clear. At least originally.
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Old 08-22-2019, 04:20 PM   #19
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Disguise kits and the like would be appropriate, doubling as costumes for their performances. If their performances include simulated combat, actual combat skills can also be appropriate. If they previously worked as a stagehand, rope-based traps (using their knot-tying experience from working with props) may be appropriate. If they did work up in the rafters/scaffolding/whatever, they may have solid climbing and similar skills, so climbing gear and grapnels for getting into places cat-burglar-style would work.

Aside from that, Low Tech has an entire chapter for espionage-related gear IIRC, so youíll probably want to take a serious look there.
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:29 PM   #20
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So the OP is looking for a TL 3 equivalent to an Action! Face(wo)man. Socially devastating, lotsa cool gear, actual job title doesn't matter.

On a side note, John Wilkes Booth's older brother Edwin was considered by some to be the greatest American actor of the 19th century.
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