Is playing music for Bardic Performances a good idea at the gaming table?


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I play with a Netbook at the gaming table and was thinking of playing music when I have my Bardic Performances going...is this a good idea?

Is this too disruptive?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Depends on the music.

Silver Crusade

and the players
my game group has a few members who are unable to focus on the DM when the music is playing.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

If you use music that could be described as "background" music, and keep it an appropriate volume, you should be fine. Your group make-up is a big factor to this working.


Hmm...ok yeah I'll check with my game mates ... now I just need a play list on Youtube.

Sovereign Court

I would be cool with it. Some context might help us give you better advice though. Are you talking like Europe's Final countdown or...?

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Here are some soundtrack ideas:
Lord of War soundtrack.
Conan the Barbarian soundtrack.
Conan the Destroyer soundtrack.
Bram Stoker's Dracula soundtrack.
The Hobbit soundtrack.
Return of the King(animated) soundtrack.


Well I have Oratory, Dancing, and Acting as my performances.

Sovereign Court

harmor wrote:
Well I have Oratory, Dancing, and Acting as my performances.

So something like This?

Liberty's Edge

No - you want music when a Bard you best start singing :)

On our table the Bard sings (badly) or makes up short poems or silly stories about his groupmates. It's a lot of fun for everyone on the table to the point that any games we do where we have no Bard and we miss him - while playing music may kind of be fitting, it's a dull substitute to performing yourself.

Bard is probably the most fun character to RP at a table. Admittedly everyone has their own playstyles and perhaps some may not like this one, but certainly our houserules are 'you don't perform, then you don't use your abilities' (the performance can be one line from a song, a 5s rhyme etc. no one expects War and Peace or a full Opera)


Play some Rihanna already :D


I do two things when I begin performances:

1) On my initiative I reach over and play trololo for about 15 seconds at a volume just under my voice.

2) I put a card folded to stand up that reads "+3 Inspire Courage" on both sides on the gaming table near the combat so everyone can see and does not forget to add the bonuses. Is also details the specific bonuses in smaller writing beneath the main statement.

Trololo is obviously hilarious, but it keys everyone in that something changed, and the card is bright orange construction paper so they get another reminder. Now the party asks how much trololo I have left for the day, so I'd say it's effective.


Being able to play background music at the table is the #1 reason to be a bard in the first place, IMO. :)


I'll try the "Trololo" and the cards idea and report back.

I also keep track of the rounds I use my Immediate actions with a little clip on my Netbook.


I suggest instrumental music or something in a language nobody understands. It won't be as distracting.


It needs to be well implemented but potentially this is a wonderful idea! I'll steal it for the next time I play a bard.


All your Perform: Oratory needs filled right here bro


SwnyNerdgasm wrote:
All your Perform: Oratory needs filled right here bro

"Lo there I see my father" standard action ends, everyone get +x bonus!


Love it!

Grand Lodge

Lastoth wrote:

I do two things when I begin performances:

1) On my initiative I reach over and play trololo for about 15 seconds at a volume just under my voice.

2) I put a card folded to stand up that reads "+3 Inspire Courage" on both sides on the gaming table near the combat so everyone can see and does not forget to add the bonuses. Is also details the specific bonuses in smaller writing beneath the main statement.

Trololo is obviously hilarious, but it keys everyone in that something changed, and the card is bright orange construction paper so they get another reminder. Now the party asks how much trololo I have left for the day, so I'd say it's effective.

I am a trololo bard, too! Also, I use cards to indicate common buffs that I provide.

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