Short and sweet today.
I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic and nothing screams dramatic like drama itself, which leads me to one of my favorite fantasy tropes — and one that has not gotten enough love at the gaming table — the traveling troupe of bards.
Bards come in all shapes and sizes, and with a wealth of talents and skills to draw from. There are a thousand different ways to build a bard which is why the idea of transient troubadours is so appealing. It plays right into the fantasy tabletop aesthetic and, being such a versatile class, tailor-made for a party full of them.
I always imagined the perfect all bard campaign as a medieval version of Led Zeppelin, traveling from village to village, performing, pillaging, and carousing, all with a D&D slant.
John Paul Jones would be the only one not to multi-class, however.
Robert Plant I see as a half-elven ranger, John Bonham as a barbarian. And Jimmy Page? A wizard, of course.
For a little diversity, why not add Sandy Denny as booze-swilling bard with a bit of druid in her, and/or the infamous Miss Pamela. She certainly would add a bit of roguishness to the party.
Well, I’m out of time…
You want a dramatic bard campaign? Let Led Zeppelin be your guide.