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Old 05-08-2016, 04:39 PM   #21
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Using inspiration from the world of Charlie Stross would also allow Musical Instrument (Violin) to be used as a dangerous weapon.
For that one, the instrument is the dangerous weapon. Skill is for getting to only kill the right things.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:15 PM   #22
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I've longed for a game with an enchanted bagpipe that would strike fear into the enemy while bolstering the courage of the performer's friends.

And then you could have the MacGuffin of the reeds that were always in tune that are rumored to me made in a distant land ...
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Old 05-09-2016, 04:09 AM   #23
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I've longed for a game with an enchanted bagpipe that would strike fear into the enemy while bolstering the courage of the performer's friends.
I've seen a variant of that in a D&D game. The party were travelling, when a group are seen in the distance coming the other way along the trail. The party hide and watch. It's a group of goblins, marching. Their marching song is "Dixie", played on solo bagpipe. They died horribly.
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:12 AM   #24
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I've recently had a discussion with my GM regarding versatile, do you consider that it affects Musical Instrument and Musical Composition?
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Old 05-06-2017, 05:30 AM   #25
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Musical Instrument, yes. There have been many instances of this historically; some of the most versatile people have played a number of unrelated instruments with equal proficiency.

I'm not sure about Musical Composition, but as a GM I'd be inclined to permit it.
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"Versatile" is actually rather misnamed; as described, it's really more like "Innovative" or "Inventive".

Hence, I'd allow it to apply regularly to Musical Composition - in fact, anyone classified as a great composer should be more or less required to take it. I'd also let it apply to Musical Instrument (and Singing) when improvising, including things like working up an ad hoc band arrangement of a tune.
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Old 05-06-2017, 09:30 AM   #27
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In a Lovecraftian Mythos campaign, Musical Instrument (Viol) and Musical Instrument (Pipes) should be usable for occult purposes like keeping otherworldly creatures at bay or keeping them docile. Using inspiration from the world of Charlie Stross would also allow Musical Instrument (Violin) to be used as a dangerous weapon.
Surely that's Musical Influence, no?
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Old 05-06-2017, 10:03 AM   #28
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Surely that's Musical Influence, no?
More like a complete school of ritual magic with Musical Instrument as the core skill, and a prerequisite of a very special instrument. Musical Influence isn't deadly enough.
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More like a complete school of ritual magic with Musical Instrument as the core skill, and a prerequisite of a very special instrument. Musical Influence isn't deadly enough.
Sounds like a lot of GM work.
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Sounds like a lot of GM work.
You can use the High Craft rules from Pyramid #3/66.
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