Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CMG Extra - "Favorite PC Class" Day 3 of The D&D Thirty-Day Challenge!

Day 3 - Favorite PC Class

There's no doubt that my favorite D&D PC Class is the Bard.  Nothing is more fun or challenging for me to play than them.  Whether I am playing it as an Orator, a Street Performer, an Actor, a Musician, or any other type or style, the Bard is always fun to play.  A Bard I played during the days of 1E AD&D was named Cam the Bard.  Of course, he had a habit of making really bad puns, as was the order of the day.  He was a real hoot at the table but always contributed to the combat and puzzle-solving, claiming his knowledge came from old stories.

When 3.XE D&D came around, I revived Cam as an NPC and plugged him into The Whispering Woodwind adventure.  He had come to possess a magic flute that was cursed.  The crux of the adventure was to find out where he had gone and retrieve the flute, which he had stolen, and some money he owed the tavern owner of The Belly, short for Belly of the Beast because the tavern was a converted, beached shipwreck.  If the group caught up with Cam, he could actually become a good source of information for the PC party later in the campaign.  The adventure works well for low-level PCs and is still available at here (and currently on sale!).

Cam the Bard will make one more appearance, at least, in an upcoming CMG offering called "The Bawdy Bard and Other Entertainers."  It will include Cam and a dozen bards of various stripes.  They will be detailed so that GMs can plug them into any Medieval Fantasy setting with the addition of a few stats if necessary.  A little song I wrote for Cam to sing that will be included in those pages is called . . .

The Hero's Rusty Greaves

On any night prepare for fright and buy another round,
He's full of cheer and holds his beer but never held his ground,
He drinks his ales and tells the tales of all that he achieves,
The spilling of the chilling of the Hero's Rusty Greaves!

So hearken to a man that you can envy for his feats,
Despite the fact that each attack results in his retreats,
You'll hear the sound, when chips are down, his bladder, thus, relieves,
The sloshing and withdrawing of the Hero's Rusty Greaves!

He's not the type to snark or snipe on others in the bar,
Though often they make sport of him for being so bizarre,
He's guileless though under-dressed with nothing up his sleeves,
It's hard to bear that all he wears are Hero's Rusty Greaves!

Don't be annoyed, it fills the void, when times are of the need,
The boastful way he'll drain the day with each and every deed,
He's telling you of all that's true or all that he believes,
The fabricated, quite inflated, Hero's Rusty Greaves!

Decline the plea, to sit on knee, when beckoning he will,
Fair warning of his massive love for bottles he will kill,
Though slaying of the living is a thing that makes him heave,
Don't chance the moist advances of the Hero's Rusty Greaves!

He's had the clap, within his lap, and vermin there reside,
The closest thing to battle scars for which he can take pride,
Are marks upon his bottom that his armor often leaves,
The rubbing and the chafing from the Hero's Rusty Greaves!

Someday he'll die and all will cry and plant him down below,
But be advised, don't be surprised at all that there will grow,
The flowering and towering of trees with many leaves,
Well fertilized, wherever lies, the Hero's Rusty Greaves!

Keep an eye out for this one to drop sometime in the future.
The original D&D 30-Day Challenge meme had a duplication and was a bit more edition-specific than I thought was useful for my purposes, so I made some adjustments and had some folks on the Internet give it the once-over.  Here's the result and what I will be doing through the month of June as "CMG Extras."

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