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Newbiespud 9th Apr 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Author: Winged Cat

Guest Author's Note: "Spontaneous song is a feature of some worlds, such as Friendship is Magic. While improvisational song - or just rhyme - is difficult, it does happen in some games, and not just FiM ones. I've played a number of games in Final Fantasy settings where a Taru-Taru who did not rhyme every line all the time was seen as just taruible. It can be easier to treat this as an extreme version of preparing actions in advance, for instance a session-opening extended response to the challenge the party faced at the end of last session, spending half an hour or so between sessions to work out lyrics and beat (or to select a song to rip off and come up with new lyrics).

"Can you relay stories of characters who at least occasionally broke out in song or extended rhyme, where the player or GM actually performed the song/rhyme? (For text games, where the player or GM actually typed the full thing out, even if it did make a wall of text. Awesome text in quantity can still be awesome.)"

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Venseyness 9th Apr 2016, 6:10 AM Rhyming edit delete reply
I can say that I found myself coming out with enough spontaneous ditties that I eventually just started playing a bard who did that. Unfortunately all of my songs usually ended up with the same limerick like structure, and especially improving I found it hard to give it some variety.
Lets just say the only reason I REALLY kept doing it was for the looks my GM gave me every time. It was a look that said "Look, I hate it, but I want to ask you to do it more and I can't explain why."
Super_Big_Mac 7th Jun 2016, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
My Rogue has had moments where his silver tongue flies;
He's seduced three enemies, left stars in their eyes.
His job when at home is a performer, you see,
He simply loves to dance and banter and sing!
Boris Carlot 9th Apr 2016, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Actually used this once. The team went to a bar looking for information on someone who fought on the losing side in the local civil war. They found a bunch of vets in a corner, singing and playing a drinking game - basically a refluffed version of where you neck your drink if you can't think of a rhyme when it's your turn. I managed to get the whole party playing along with the loyalist soldiers.
Mabbz 9th Apr 2016, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
Courtesy of my forum based MLP RP that I've written about a few times before (the really messed up one), I present the following:

"Ba ba, ba ba ba baaaahh...
Let's not blast them to gibs, We'll just shatter their ribs!
No need to blow them into paste, only leave them crippled in disgrace!
Let's show a little mercy, let's not just kill them all!
We can put them in the ER, we're heroes after all!"

"I'm in over my head, I wish I were home in bed!
I'm just a normal mare, I can't kill, I don't dare!
My conscience couldn't take it, let's not just kill them all!
Violence isn't the way, we're heroes after all!"

"Some ponies need a beating; I'd be proud ta leave 'em bleeding!
But a death upon my conscience?
...Not a chance!
It'll prob'ly be more fun this way, let's not just kill 'em all!
They might even be grateful, we're heroes after all!"

"Please don't mind my sad stare, I know you don't care
my mind is battered, life goals shattered
I'm clearly of no use, good for nothing but abuse
Maybe I should go away, It won't matter anyway
It's you who are the Heroes after all."

"Hey Plumber I can see, you seem a little sad,
But I think that you really shouldn't be feeling so bad,
You may have done some dumb things but that spell it got us all,
I really do forgive you, we're both heroes after all."

As Thunder finished her verse, Plumber smiled gratefully. Then the entire group turned and looked Pale and Patent expectantly.

“No chance.”

“I can’t sing.”

“Spoilsports,” grumbled Backlash.
Specter 9th Apr 2016, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
*Clapping* :)
ANW 9th Apr 2016, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Heartsongs? Clever Flying Feline, clever.
Digo Dragon 9th Apr 2016, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Agree. That's pretty good.
Winged Cat 9th Apr 2016, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Thanks. (I wonder if anyone will spot both hints in today's as to the main theme of the next one before it's posted. One of the hints is in the note, the other in the last panel.)

The toughest part was the Applejack/Rarity dual boxes, though getting the character map to support musical notes was a close second.

And I'm pleasantly surprised how many others have had music in their campaigns.
ANW 9th Apr 2016, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
As Rarity would say "Ideeeea".
What is your favorite song from MLP?
Me:Babs Seed sung by the CMC.
Mabbz 9th Apr 2016, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
"Under Our Spell" by the Sirens
Digo Dragon 9th Apr 2016, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Ditto. Love both "Under Our Spell" and the parody Literal version.
Boris Carlot 9th Apr 2016, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Probably going to get lynched for this, but...I loathe it when they sing. Something about the singing voices is like fingernails dragged down my soul.
j-eagle12212012 9th Apr 2016, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
All the songs from Crusaders of the lost mark
Specter 9th Apr 2016, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Hearts Strong as Horses. (Sorry if it's not directly from the show, but I enjoy the art too much to not pick this one)

Definitly one of my favirotes since it (from my knowledge) is an obvious anchor point for the CMC's ideal set. That, and it was one of the reasons I actually started to like the trio.
Guest 9th Apr 2016, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
How can I choose just one? I love "Babs Seed," I love "Under our Spell" and "Battle of the Bands," I love "Stop the Bats," I love "This Day Aria," I love "What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me," . . .

There's plenty of songs that I'm sure are not my favorite, of course, but there's still just so many to choose from.
Classic Steve 9th Apr 2016, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
I used to say "Art of the Dress," but it kinda blends in with other Rarity numbers. At this point, probably "The Smile Song."
reynard61 9th Apr 2016, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
"At the Gala!" (I wish some professional orchestra would do a live concert version!), and "Smile". "This Day" definitely gets an honorable mention. (Unfortunately I haven't seen S5 yet, so I don't know how good -- or bad -- any of those songs are.)
Guest 11th Apr 2016, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
Three favorites: This Day for being epic, Smile for being cute and catchy, and a tie between The Pony I Want to Be and Light of your Cutie Mark for bringing the feels. (The last notes of the latter, together with the visuals, put chills down my spine.)

Honorable Mention to Winter Wrap Up, because Winter Wrap Up.
Jennifer 9th Apr 2016, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
I love folk music. Once in a 40K-Inquisition RPG (online text-based), I played an Australian-style Imperial Guardsman from the world of Gundagai (which I named for a town mentioned in more Australian folksongs than any other). He was a down-to-earth cowboy sort (well, grox-boy), and I occasionally quoted appropriate songs and poetry.

On one occasion, we were present at a party (disguised as a Rogue Trader and his retinue). My character didn't want to be there, and would have preferred to go explore the kitchens or the gardens. The Inquisitor instead introduced him as a poet, and the nobility instantly pounced on him and insisted he recite something. I started with "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" (but started out "in M41," rather than "in 1915"), and ended with "Bluey Brink."
Digo Dragon 9th Apr 2016, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
In any pony pbp game I've done, there is going to be some kind of musical number done by me. Usually by taking a known song and redoing the lyrics to fit the situation and then having fun with it.

Some GMs expect me to play bard when we start a game. Probably because I'm so entertaining that way (but also because I like teamwork and tend to make characters that are good at teamwork buffs, as bards are known to do in D&D).

On the flip side, I rare if ever do any song-n-dance number if it's a local tabletop game. I have no singing voice is probably why. I have been the victim of a song cue though, when several other players suddenly broke out in "The Stars are Bright" and I'm sitting there wondering WTF just happened both in and out of character. XD
Pandoras_Homeobox 9th Apr 2016, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
In an MLP homebrew once, one of the players was playing Zecora. He was struggling to come up my rhymes so just to mock him, I started speaking in rhyme. Pretty soon the whole party was doing it (except him. He wasn't impressed).
SirFox 9th Apr 2016, 8:16 AM old gaming group story edit delete reply
We had a random smashmouth moment.

The person next to me had a habitual phrase, and hated that group. He responded to something with his "Hey now!"

me: "You're an allstar."

The rest of the Gaming group all looked up and shared a moment of telepathy, and proceeded to go around the table twice.

RoGG: "Get your game on"
RoGG: "Go"
RoGG: "Play"
Me: "Hey Now!"
RoGG: "You're a rockstar"
RoGG: "get the show on"
RoGG: "get paid!"

our victim had to walk away in disgust for a moment.
DracoS 9th Apr 2016, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
Every time my Bard begins a bardic performance, I improvise a (terrible) little ditty.
Wanderer 9th Apr 2016, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

My Windurstian brother from another mother.
Winged Cat 9th Apr 2016, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Yay, someone noticed.
Solitary Performance 9th Apr 2016, 1:02 PM edit delete reply
Alternately, from another dimension, where we call the Taru-Taru 'Lalafell', and while the rhyme is not as overt here in Eorzia, it still is there, and the name conventions are oft similar.
terrycloth 9th Apr 2016, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
And if they don't rhyme it's lalawful?
Wanderer 10th Apr 2016, 12:46 AM edit delete reply
Any dimension that has Shantotto in it means that failing to rhyme is a curse-worthy crime! Oh~hohohoho!
TheStratovarian 9th Apr 2016, 10:04 AM Ooooh boy edit delete reply
Okay, i wish I had a good image of Moon Dancer, Element of Kindness, and Purveyor of the Dance, and earthen hued kelpie. I broke out into song and dance many a time in the campaign. Good spirited songs, haunted ones, even ones for other PC's, often for other pcs. One second, digging them and the music up. As its a full song and dance number for many a song. So Enjoy.
TheStratovarian 9th Apr 2016, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
The first here was done for a fanfic story ooc, but to a very well known game song. (6-7 hours to make the word shifts) (And heres the song, )

There's an old mare's tale that echoes fair, of magic and him fused.
Legends of when magic flew, and branded chaos mused.

Now the brand he was her animus, and quite the rake he was.
He spoke of distant happiness, of prisons granite sway.

A distant fire with brand new dawn, found mare within its bounds.
To city traveled, with one to meet, and in his house she found.

Luna's light will let her grieve.
To find a heroes legacy.
Find your steps left in the past, your mantle cast aside.
Will you regain your equinity?

The mare she ran into the night, a call upon her soul.
When the chaos answered her, she found and thought him dear.

The time between clock's seconds shows the realms she does not see.
But simply her own history.
That none but she recalled.

When she fled the sun's feared glare
In magics sweet embrace.
In choices made now long ago.
A nightmare in its wake.

To find a stallion now set free, by an act of harmony.
Choose to stand, or choose to fight. Your nature burning bright.
Will you fly towards destiny?

Innocent it wore the guise, with darkness in his eyes.
Sheltered in a colts young form, as chaos slept inside.
She saved them both in simple form, to let him go so free.
Chaos burned, and shadow fled Wounds to magics wake.

Magics form, or just a shade?
She could not, so they say.
Tell it fled or spoke of when, she once held harmony.

What you are, you choose to be.
Power cloaked in majesty.
Call upon your arcane might, discord burning bright
As home could be your destiny.

What will be your legacy?
An Alicorn or Refugee?
Seek the truth, and find your shade. Sol's half to luna's moon.
Is it a nightmare's destiny?
TheStratovarian 9th Apr 2016, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Here's the first of many for the party I had done. the song link first, and now for Moon dancers song and dance. I can put in more if folks want, this is one of the more nice ones to uplift. Gin gear, oak heart, and red robin are all pegasi, Torchlight our earth pony, otan was a zebra, and shady simile our unicorn. (Just cutting out the actions with it, to save on the space, but each line was him moving, twirling and spinning about in dance and water colors and who and what element he saw each embodying. (But I can put it in for others. Depending on the okay from spud and others.)

Our friendship, will stand.
Our friendship, will stand.

A friendship created and magic enchanted.
Our virtues forged of tenets we try.

A joyious refrain to life's little moments.
A colts hoof to sing it, and fillies reply.

Light in the darkness, and spirit unflinching.
Torchlight shows honor we all espy."

Gifted of magic, from insight to manners.
Shady shines forth what namesake belies.

Ward of the earthen, yet heart of the wild.
Oakheart flies deep, his gift of the vine.

A soul of the wilds, and friend dearly chosen.
Otan stands courageous, a warriors pride.

Wrought by a hoof of the sky's truly chosen.
Gin gives freely as her true reply.

Of celestia's dawning, she shines in the brightest.
Red Robin is laughter we cannot deny.

A friendship created of our tribes all united.
Our friendship forged, for together we try!

A joyious refrain to life's superb moments.
The fillies to sing it, and colts now reply.

Our friendship, will stand....
Our friendship, will stand...
Our friendship, will stand..
Our friendship, will stand.

A friendship created and magic enchanted.
Our virtues forged of tenets applied.
A ending refrain to life's great moments.
Our voice now sings it, and we all reply..
Winged Cat 9th Apr 2016, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Let it be noted, Stratovarian here introduced me to PCs being able to do songs like this in games. I'd done rhyme - even sonnet - before, but not to the degree he does it, nor with anyone else joining in.
Specter 9th Apr 2016, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
*Clapping* :)
TheStratovarian 11th Apr 2016, 7:56 AM edit delete reply
Later on in this campaign, we had a new player step in, and well, the muse kicked in hard. Funny enough, everything fell into place to recap our troupe's adventures as the newer ones of harmony. Torchlight held honesty, gin, Generosity, kindness to moon, magic to oakheart, Loyalty to shady, and laughter to red robin. But Dawn Song, the new unicorn, sorta panicked with the whole elements thing, and his fear of water too. But it offered a chance to do the song. for the song link, and lyrics below.

You must have your questions.. etched in a panic.
Mind flying here to there.. and fears, all too real.
Let go your worry? And, be who you are?
We are who we seem to be.. Just, harmony found, a way..

For us, its just been, who we always have been..
A time, a place, we found our choices, not, looking back...
Harmony, just found a way, for us to try and see...
To make new friends.

We've been to the worlds far unseen...
And our dice have long been cast.
So won't you remember here and right now?
That all your worries naught.
For we simply seek to be.
To be your friend.

Our tale starts a friday, my permission waylaid.
A trip abroad under simple means, and a guest locked away.
A violet adviser, but her gaze was much too tired..
So for a kindness, we thought, to bring laughter, to her smile...

Our first stop, the land too dry, but hist'ry.
Found us meeting what we knew naught what they could be.
And time to flee for thunders drum, our home their home, and troubles...
They found us here..

We faced the law against the light, and his roots stood true and firm.
A hedgerow raised in moneys spoiled name.
To skyward stone dispelled.
Yet we stood together, as we are friends.

. We found ourselves in sandy dunes, yet hidden under glass.
A changeling hive in full form glory.
And yet we strove for peace.
For the memories that, Spike needed them.

Though these may bind us, they aren't what makes us strong.
So won't you remember here and right now.
To hope you worry naught.
That what gives us fearlessness, Is our friends.
For all I've sung this day, we'd like a friend.

This was also his first experience with the song and dance, but was a fun one to write. and the reaction was also the first of the troupe to get the marks for it.
JonBerry 9th Apr 2016, 11:34 AM edit delete reply
I was in an online community RPG campaign a few (10!) years ago where my party was to prevent the active sabotage of an opera during a performance. My side of the party was in the rafters disrupting the bad guy while another member of the party was on stage (he had relevant skills, and was there as a contingency in case problems reached the stage).

Well, the fight was going well, and the GM for the session was worried that the guys on stage was going to miss out, and was discussing what to do about it in the observation channel when the PC in question said he had it covered.

He then burst into song on the stage to cover up the sounds of the fighting above. And not just "I roll Performance", but he wrote down a 20 line in-character, on stage song that was in Iambic Pentameter that made sense in the context of the plot of the Opera that we knew.

The channel was dead silent for a minute as we processed what had just happened. Then we started (virtually) applauding. Considering the pace of the session, the guy had, maybe an hour from session start to his song to write something like that up - just in case - we were all quite impressed.

He got RP XP equal to that the rest of the party got for beating the boss, and no one had a problem with that at all.

Too bad the logs are lost, or I would post them here.
Robin Bobcat 9th Apr 2016, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Does it count that when charging into battle at a LARP, I have struck up a chorus of the March of Cambreadth? It's a good battle song to begin with, but when going to actual battle, using swords on shields (foam and duct tape make a surprisingly loud slap) to keep time... Yeah, it's pretty awesome.

I have also been known to launch into dramatic recitations of Jabberwocky while paintballing.
Winged Cat 9th Apr 2016, 5:01 PM edit delete reply
It counts.
Robin Bobcat 11th Apr 2016, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
I should point out that 'dramatic recitations' is perhaps the wrong term. 'Screaming in berzerk fury' is probably closer.

"'TWAS BRILLIG! And the slithy TOVES! Did GYRE! and GIMBLE! in the wabe! All MIMSY were the borogroves, and the mome rathes OUT! GRABE!!! *maniacal laughter*"

"Oh good lord, he's lost it. Run!"
FanOfMostEverything 9th Apr 2016, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Sadly, most of my group flat-out cannot sing, to the point where there's a standing "no singing" house rule. I can carry a tune, but even I keep it to a minimum. If I don't, someone will join in, and no one wants that.
Robin Bobcat 9th Apr 2016, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Also, nice ssssave there, Dashie.
Frankly Frank 11th Apr 2016, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
My current Changeling: The Lost game has a number of musical cues, mostly using pre-existing tunes but with lyrics that were changed to fit the motifs of the scene. Soundtracks often play a part in other games I've taken part in as well, and on a number of occasions during our Pathfinder campaign, we used songs to make a spell seem much more theatrical.
Guest 21st Jul 2016, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
There were troublemaking goblin kids in the monster town this campaign was set in. The group wound up rounding them up and giving them to this chainsmoking goblin priest who made them shape up by forming them into a choir. They proceeded to sing the most beautiful church song ever with the most unbelievably vulgar lyrics.