Custom Content Challenge: April 2018: Bards and Artists

The theme for this month's challenge: "Bards and Artists":

New musical instruments, artistic tools (placeables & items) for painters, sculptors, etc...Exotic or especially design weapons and gear for bards, like the rapier-pistol. An artist studio (painter or sculpter) tiles. Eccentric Clothes.

This theme was suggested by Shemsu-Heru.


  • It must be fully working in game.
  • Use of vanilla NWN or publicly available texture is fine.  Just remember that NWN textures must have dimensions in powers of 2 (2, 4, 8, 16, 32, etc.).
  • Teamwork is welcome.
  • Beginners most welcome. Don't be afraid, just try, you'll be surprised!
  • "Custom Content" includes many sorts of things: models, scripts, prefabs (areas, items, creatures, conversations, quests, etc.), sounds, portraits, or anything else new for the game.
  • All submissions must be finished, working, and emailed to (or a non-Vault link provided) by May 1st, 2018. Sooner than that is perfectly fine too. ;-)

Some things you could include in the download/email that would make packaging everything up easier and faster:

  • 2da lines needed.
  • Screenshot from in game for use on the Vault page. Formats: .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .tga
  • Portraits (if needed) of your new goodie. Placeables and monsters should include a portrait.
  • Inventory icons (if needed) of your new goodie.
  • Any credits you would like listed.
  • If this is your first entry, please tell me what name you would like your work listed under and provide a link to your other NWN content if you want that displayed as well (the link bit is totally optional).

Remember, the Challenge is all about fun, sharing, creativity, and surprise!

This thread is for all sorts of discussion about this month's theme: ideas for things to make, questions/concerns, announcement of what you intend to make, screenshots of work in progress and/or finished projects.  

If you want to discuss the Monthly Custom Content Challenge idea as a whole or wish to submit ideas/themes for future monthly Challenges, please post in its thread here

When submitting a new theme, please provide a title and short summary of the theme.

If you have a technical question about some custom content creation, please create a separate thread so that the answers can be found later by anyone, not just people interested in this Challenge. 

We'll try to help!

Have no fear and join the fun!

And finally, you can: 


reserved space

Bamboo didgeridoo, anyone? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Eccentric Clothes, they said… :thinking:

eccentric clothes


I will submit a “Gold for XP Bard” prefab. Basically you hire the bard to sing about your adventures in the local tavern and in return you get experience points. This is how I award XP for gold in my modules.

My stretch goal is to recreate Brave Sir Robin’s Minstrel from “Monty Python & the Holy Grail.” A plot/immortal NPC who follows the PC around (c.f. Biff in Baldur’s Gate) singing about the PC.


Thanks for have chosen “bards and artists”:

This topic could include; new musical instruments, as 3D holdable models or just 2D inventory items, Placeables of artist stuff or musical instruments, some kind of script system for play placeables of mussical instruments, New animations for play instruments, artists and bard’s NPCs.

prestige classes for bards Like:


War Chanter:

Bard of the Secret Chord:

Weaponized musical instruments:



D20 manuals that can be useful as source of inspiration:

Song and Silence: A Guidebook to Bards and Rogues

The quintessential bard

The Quintessential Bard II

The Complete Book of Eldritch Might II - Songs and Souls of Power

Bard’s stuff:

Medieval musical instruments:

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A female dancer NPC made from a free model At: She uses animations from “SAGA Yuan-Ti Dancer” by “Migrate Wizard”:



Some instruments as weapon-like items. They have been made from free models at: “” and “”.


I don’t think I can do these. If someone wants to do yes come forward :slight_smile:


Some artistic placeables, made from free models of different sites…


Tarot sent me some music note models. They are now VFX.

edit: Tarot found a typo in the above. It is now corrected.

Life is uncomplicated sometimes and I approve of that.


Typo. TB meant notes not node.



I really like it, especially the out-of-tune notes.


Two chinese musical instruments: A guzheng as placeable model and a zhongruan as holdable item model. Both have been made from fre models at


A Gold for XP Bard submitted. I employed a method of using variables set directly on the bard and resusable scripts that the get variables rather than being fixed checks for PC gold, take gold, or gold for exp. The catch is that the builder must remember to put the variables on the Bard if they don’t use the prefab one. Also if the gold amounts change, the convo must be updated manually. I couldn’t figure out how to create tokens for the variables.

I actually spent more time trying to create Mary Minstrel who follows the PC and recites the "Brave, Brave " song. I had to give up because the heartbeat script was very unreliable. Alas!


I would like to thanks to every body who have contributed to this challenge!
So thank you people.