Hello D&D Community!
I'm not a full DM, but this seems like the most appropriate location for this question, since it is about combining game mechanics with the movie screen version of the game. I'm "co-DMing" with my husband in Eberron 3.5 - he's the main DM but I'm assisting with pictures and the "game soundtrack". When we play we like to really "see" what is happening, full of description and as much in-character as possible. He's doing most of the story (and he doesn't tell me everything so I'm still surprised as a player), the NPCs, XP, items, I'm just giving support to increase storyline complexity and enhancing the game. :D This is his first real campaign as a DM and my third campaign ever - the previous one was 5 years long though and went from level 0 as a 9 year old kid to a 26 year old at level 38.
Get to the point, you say!
I'm playing a Bard.
I've never played a bard, or played with someone that played a bard. So, I've poured over all the materials, looked at character optimization, polled my previous playing partners, and searched this board and Google for ideas... but. Dude.
HOW do you VISUALIZE bardic music with an eye towards "movie sequence" without it being just a little ridiculous?
I'm not struggling with the mechanics of a 3.5 bard (especially with 3 new players that don't know what CharOp is yet). But, I am having a hard time resolving the combat game mechanics with roleplay. I'd like to see if any of you have ideas.
Game mechanically, bards are second best at everything, which means they aren't good at anything (unless you do a lot of CharOp), but I'm okay with that. She doesn't always hit, but often enough to stay useful and her other skills keep her valuable enough to not feel like I'm dragging the group down. On the RP side, I'm enjoying finding her personality. Music is what makes her tick, so she is always humming or singing or dancing something. I'm brushing up on my music terms to throw those into random conversations. She's got a pretty detailed backstory, and reasons to be adventuring with the current party (Phiarlan bard spying on everyone and making them tools of the House, why not?).
Bardic Music is pretty nice game mechanically. She can give everyone a +2 to hit and damage at level 3, which is pretty big when you're fighting goblins with an AC of 15. But, I don't know how to RP bardic music. Yes, there is magic in music. It can move the soul of people, and inspire them to greater things. But, when you pull back and look at it like a movie action scene it just sort of falls flat for me and becomes silly.
The group is surrounded by orcs, all snarling in intense anger, armored heavily, and brandishing sharp blades. The paladin raises his greatsword and narrows his eyes, preparing for his first attack. The sorceress takes a demure step back out of the orcs' range and levels her fingers, the glow of sorcery glowing in her eyes. The rogue's hands tighten around his dual daggers and he crouches, waiting for the prime sweet spot to slice.
...and the bard bursts into SONG! LA LA LA LA!!!
I need help.