Good to know!
FYI, I am currently updating the bard to have “bonuses” when wielding musical instruments. It’s a WIP, but any thoughts about balancing this addition for the Bard would be welcome. At the moment, I am using the default bonus structure put in place by Clubok (as above); this from their readme.txt:-
UPDATE: These benefits have now been updated and set according to the post further down the page. Look for the new list and how the instruments work there.
Countersong: Add level/2 to SR, duration
Fascinate: Add level/2 to DC, duration
Song of Freedom: Add level/2 to DC; increase AOE from Medium to Large
Haven Song: Add level/2 to DC, duration
Inspire Heroics: Add level/2 to duration; increases bonuses by 50%
Inspire Legion: Add level/2 to duration; increase BAB, damage bonus by 2
Ironskin Chant: Add level/2 to duration, damage resistance
Cloud Mind: Add level/2 to DC, duration
Curse Song: Add level/2 to duration; increase all effects by 50%
Inspire Competence: Add 2 to skill checks
Inspire Courage: Add 2 to attack, damage
Inspire Defense: Add 2 to AC
Inspire Jarring: Doubles penalties
Inspire Regeneration: Extra 1 HP of regeneration
Inspire Slowing: Add level/2 to DC, increase movement penalties to 25%/50%
Inspire Toughness: Add 2 to saves
NB: I may adjust/alter the above subject to their impact. I may also base bonuses on the gold cost of instruments, etc. (Quite likely.)
And just to say that I also have a “stage” in the Bloated Buckle (in The Scroll) where a Bard class can earn gold by performing. (You have to talk to the inn owner first.)
Any other thoughts welcome.
EDIT: Here are some of the adhoc ideas I am working on:-
- Different instrument required to give bonus to different songs. (E.g. Combat = Drum.)
- Instrument value affects boost: <2000gp (+1), 2000-4000 (+2), >4000 (+3) (*)
- I may NOT use (some) increases with PC level on songs, as it may be too generous.
- Reworking the INC script to accommodate the differences, by adding functions.
(*) As the more expensive instruments are likely to be magikal, then these would be additional bonuses to the magik enhancements they provide.