As i overhauled the Bardic Music ability i also had a look at the Bardic Music feats from Complete Adventure and Complete Scoundral, and found them unreasonably expensive in use or simply too weak to ever spend a feat on. Thus i redesigned ALL of them in a uniform manner consistent with the method of redesign i used for the standard Bardic Music abilities of the Bard.
In addition to the Bardic Music Feats, i also revisited the Lingering Song feat, which would have made no sense with the new Bardic Music style. The feat now provides the Lingering Effect of 5 rounds, where before there was non, but only to Bardic Songs that last indefinitely while maintaining them.
I also added another feat: Loud Musician. This feat (though technically not a Bardic Music feat) doubles the range of all Bardic Music abilities.
The New Feats PDF has been updated.
So, in response of transforming the Bardic Music abilities, it was only a matter of time before i would start to transform the Shadow Dance abilities which are based on the same model into a similar fashion.
One of the first big changes was the Fascinate ability, i decided to replace it since it’s use wanes as the Shadow Dancer level progresses; the Bard receives Bardic Music: Suggestion at level 6 to enhance the use of Fascinate, where the Shadow Dancer does not receive this ability. Thus i’ve decided to replace Fascinate with Shadow Cover; which allows the Shadow Dancer to enhance ally’s hiding abilities by giving them the option to replace their Hiding roll results with the Shadow Dancer’s Performance roll result for as long as the Shadow Dancer keeps playing. This way the Shadow Dancer can extend their shadowyness to allies, making the party overall more capable of being stealthy. This seemed more preferable to the ability to fascinate which seems like a nice trick but is usually rendered useless once combat has broken out. Shadow Cover overall expands the ability to prevent combat from breaking out by keeping stealthy.
Other abilities have also been tinkered with in their duration and now stand more parallel to the Bardic Music system changes.
The Base Classes PDF has been updated.
So, after looking through Bardic Music once again, i noticed that it’s powers where expensive in use, but in return give not much more then the effects of average spells. After some complaints about it’s weakness compared to other modern rebuilds of the Bard, i decided to also make an overhaul and completely step away from the old Lingering system, which only served to encourage wasting Bardic Music uses in a rapid pace to get some kind of combat advantage. All the bardic musics that give simple bonuses can always be maintained as a move action or less, making the Bard able to perform standard actions and not spend their entire turn on their Bardic Music.While at the same time taking away the duration limit of all but the most powerful of Bardic Musics, making the Bard able to choose and play a single Bardic Music effect an entire day using only one charge.
Some of the details in the Musical Fighting and Combine Songs abilities have also been updated and clarified.
As a base part of Bardic Music the Bard can now use the option to pause their Bardic Music for an entire round and even cast spells or perform other actions, as long as he then uses a standard action the next turn to resume the Bardic Music.
Where before i only reduced the maintaining cost of Inspire Courage, now Countersong has also been shortened in it’s maintenance time. Where before Inspire Greatness gave extra HP and some more bonuses (which practically delivers more bureaucratic hassle then combat advantages) has been transformed in the ability to give other characters extra actions. Song of Freedom has been greatly improved, now allowing everyone within 30 feet including the Bard to be the subject of the spell effect, and if the Bard is interrupted in the 10 round duration for the effect to build up it does not cost a Bardic Music Use… like with Suggestion; Song of Freedom only expending a charge upon a success.
The Base Classes PDF has been updated.