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Baldur's Gate Server - The Rise of True Bards!

YanocchiYanocchi Member UncommonPosts: 670
edited June 2020 in LFGame
My post #666, here it goes. >:)

This should be interesting to anyone who has ever wanted to play a true bard in an online multiplayer game world, including composing your own music and lyrics! I know this has already been done at least in Lord of the Rings Online, but here is a new take on this feature in online multiplayer Dungeons & Dragons setting.


Recently I decided to browse Youtube videos from the persistent Baldur's Gate server for Neverwinter Nights 2 to see if there is anything new over there. It's basically a small-scale MMORPG that has been online for more than ten years now (without any character wipes) and is still going very strong (62/96 players online right at this moment).


The interesting new feature that I discovered is the tool called TLK Performer which allows bard characters to create their own music. All of the features of this tool become unlocked gradually as the bard character progresses in levels and increases his or her skill points in the "Perform" skill. The tool allows bards to make music with lyrics and multiple instruments and tracks and with melody and chord harmony progression. The tool has a somewhat different functionality for each musical instrument.


So, here in the first two videos (made by Kaylee and Ashlee) you can see and hear how the tool can be used to produce music in the game world. Nowadays bards can compose music and add lyrics to it, then play it during their adventures, at camp fires or during special events and occasions.


 







By the way, the song that the bard Iris the Iris is playing at the lady party is Under the Violet Moon.



In this final video I'm going to share here you can see Ashlee demonstrating some of the features of the TLK Performer tool.




Baldur's Gate Online - Video Trailer
* more info, screenshots and videos here

Comments

  • YanocchiYanocchi Member UncommonPosts: 670
    edited June 2020
    No longer post #666, but on the same theme. :#


    There's a blend of PvE and PvP in the conflict between good and evil. The community has made a lot of videos over the past few years and the following video from August 2019 illustrates an evil guild.



     
    Apparently this video shows one of their activities...





    Baldur's Gate Online - Video Trailer
    * more info, screenshots and videos here

  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 29,200
    Yanocchi said:
    No longer post #666, but on the same theme. :#


    There's a blend of PvE and PvP in the conflict between good and evil. The community has made a lot of videos over the past few years and the following video from August 2019 illustrates an evil guild.



     
    Apparently this video shows one of their activities...





    Whoa! I just noticed this. There is actually voice with that bard song. I should look more into this. I've tried a one of these servers before and it was tough going but this looks fun.
  • YanocchiYanocchi Member UncommonPosts: 670
    edited June 2020
    I really had to try out this new bard feature for myself, so I updated the game, fired it up and made my own video just moments ago. :D It took me about half an hour to figure out the basic functions of the music tool and prepare the "song". I play the piano, so that's how I knew the notes for the "Toss a coin to your Witcher" song.



    Now I can imagine myself playing funeral music at the graveyard where newbies hunt their skeletons. :#

    I also noticed that they have a new prestige class called Howling Orc Drummer. It is restricted to players who play with non-good, non-lawful orc characters. They can play battle rhythms and orc war march.





    Baldur's Gate Online - Video Trailer
    * more info, screenshots and videos here

  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 29,200
    edited June 2020
    Yanocchi said:
    I really had to try out this new bard feature for myself, so I updated the game, fired it up and made my own video just moments ago. :D It took me about half an hour to figure out the basic functions of the music tool and prepare the "song". I play the piano, so that's how I knew the notes for the "Toss a coin to your Witcher" song.



    Now I can imagine myself playing funeral music at the graveyard where newbies hunt their skeletons. :#




    How did the other person put actual voice into the game?

    edit: never mind, I guess it was just the person singing along and I mistook it to be "in the game" as I was clicking around the video. Still, a really nice feature to have.
    Yanocchi
  • YanocchiYanocchi Member UncommonPosts: 670
    Sovrath said:
    Yanocchi said:
    I really had to try out this new bard feature for myself, so I updated the game, fired it up and made my own video just moments ago. :D It took me about half an hour to figure out the basic functions of the music tool and prepare the "song". I play the piano, so that's how I knew the notes for the "Toss a coin to your Witcher" song.



    Now I can imagine myself playing funeral music at the graveyard where newbies hunt their skeletons. :#




    How did the other person put actual voice into the game?

    edit: never mind, I guess it was just the person singing along and I mistook it to be "in the game" as I was clicking around the video. Still, a really nice feature to have.

    Yeah, the system is not technically advanced enough for bards to add their own voices to the music "in the game". They'd have to be in some third party voice chat for that. It's possible to add only music and script written lyrics to accompany the music.
    Sovrath
    Baldur's Gate Online - Video Trailer
    * more info, screenshots and videos here

  • cheyanecheyane Member LegendaryPosts: 7,536
    The sound is very nice. I enjoyed listening.
    Chamber of Chains
  • YanocchiYanocchi Member UncommonPosts: 670
    Me too, I really liked how the lady bards performed in the videos above.

    Today I was able to entertain some people visiting the Friendly Arms Inn with different music from Witcher 3. o:) I also got a confirmation that other players can indeed hear custom music made by bards. Really cool, I've never experienced anything like this before in MMORPG environment. I hope something like this will be added to some future big-scale MMORPGs.



    Baldur's Gate Online - Video Trailer
    * more info, screenshots and videos here

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