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Old 11-07-2017, 06:37 PM   #1
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I need to know how long a person can perform an action. The reason why is I have various rituals that use instruments and it says "for as long as you can play" does the effect last for. Well how long is that? How long can you drum? or play the flute? etc. thank you
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:46 PM   #2
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Not an exhaustively explored subject in any GURPS sources that come to mind. Practically speaking in adventuring contexts that would usually mean 'until you need to stop playing so you can do something else'.

But barring interruptions, as far as GURPS rules go it's down to fatigue. Fatigue costs for most activities are not detailed, because it's not really expected to come up - but you definitely want to look at Basic p426 for some points of reference.

I'd say playing an instrument might be around the same exertion level as hiking if you're not doing anything too challenging, and potentially as hard as paced running in more intense cases. I've only got a little musical experience, though.
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:53 PM   #3
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My initial thought would be to assess encumbrance based fatigue penalties every ten minutes for most instruments.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:16 PM   #4
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The American Federation of Musicians requires a thirty minute break after each three hour session of playing. That suggests that under normal circumstances, three hours is not particularly difficult to do, and that thirty minutes should recover most of the fatigue.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:21 PM   #5
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The American Federation of Musicians requires a thirty minute break after each three hour session of playing. That suggests that under normal circumstances, three hours is not particularly difficult to do, and that thirty minutes should recover most of the fatigue.
That would line up very well with fatigue as Hiking, assuming that musicians are generally not playing with encumbrance.

(Though on the other hand, I doubt you're supposed to have more than maybe three such sessions in a day, so some fatigue accumulation could be tolerated.)
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:10 PM   #8
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30 minutes generally recovers 3 FP so 1 FP per hour of playing?
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:22 PM   #9
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Since you do not see many musicians collapse on stage from fatigue at rock concerts that can last late into the night, that sounds about right.
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Old 11-08-2017, 06:52 AM   #10
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Since you do not see many musicians collapse on stage from fatigue at rock concerts that can last late into the night, that sounds about right.
Not the average musician, but the hardest working man in show business... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKNCySAvY5Y

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