The Big Irish Vlog - Music At The Table!

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Al Bear - RF
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The Big Irish Vlog - Music At The Table!

 

I thought I'd start posting these up here in the forum so we can discuss any topics raised by Sean in his vlogs. With that in mind, what is your experience using music in your games? What do you think about Sean's playlist suggestions?

I haven't used music in my games for a while but I'm interested in the possibility of bringing it back. What sources would you recommend for a returning music-user? :)

The Dread Polack
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I generally find music too distracting. I am not a passive music listener, and have precious little brain processing power to devote any of it to music :)

One thought I had, though, in this new information age, is to try adding some sound effects. I remember when one had to piece together music and sound effects on a tape, or later CD. But, now, if you want crickets, you can just search for it on youtube and have the sound in seconds. I'd be careful not to over do it, but if I wanted a rushing river or thunderstorm, it might add a little atmosphere.

When my group plays Battlestations (a starship combat board game- try it, you won't regret it), I have tried to get the 24-hour warp-core sound loop from Star Trek to play, but haven't figured out how to get good speakers next to the table yet :) For the other effects, my tablet or laptop will probably work fine.

Al Bear - RF
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The Dread Polack wrote:

I generally find music too distracting. I am not a passive music listener, and have precious little brain processing power to devote any of it to music :)

One thought I had, though, in this new information age, is to try adding some sound effects. I remember when one had to piece together music and sound effects on a tape, or later CD. But, now, if you want crickets, you can just search for it on youtube and have the sound in seconds. I'd be careful not to over do it, but if I wanted a rushing river or thunderstorm, it might add a little atmosphere.

When my group plays Battlestations (a starship combat board game- try it, you won't regret it), I have tried to get the 24-hour warp-core sound loop from Star Trek to play, but haven't figured out how to get good speakers next to the table yet :) For the other effects, my tablet or laptop will probably work fine.

Sound effects are a great idea! I hadn't considered that possibility, but ambient forest sounds for a quiet interlude scene would be perfect.

Loving the ambient star trek sounds as well - thanks for the heads up!

Granyt Fyrforg
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For those of you wanting music at the table here is a kickstarter you might want to look into.  I am thinking about backing this one myself.

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/105982873/realmsound-project-20

 

Ian R Liddle

I used to use the LOTR soundtrack, when gaming around the table.

I have this Spotify playlist now: Fantasy RPG but I haven't used it with the online games as yet.

As for sound effects I used to have about 10 DVDs worth of varied effects I used when making animation two jobs ago. Sadly they got fragged in HDD failures between then and now :(

gurpsgm
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I've tried music at the table and find the best thing to do is to ask the store owner or manager first.  Some people like the music they like, and some don't.  Then I'll ask everyone at the character creation session what they think - assuming the store owner/manager approves.  I have a wide variety of music on my laptop and I like it.  If characters come in later, if I have the music on, then they can decide what they think even before playing.

"There -is- hope for the future. When the world is ready for a new and better life... all this will someday come to pass. In God's good Time."

Al Bear - RF
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Granyt wrote:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/105982873/realmsound-project-20

Great looking project Granyt, love the ambient stuff. Cheers for the heads up.

Ian wrote:

I have this Spotify playlist now: Fantasy RPG but I haven't used it with the online games as yet.

As for sound effects I used to have about 10 DVDs worth of varied effects I used when making animation two jobs ago. Sadly they got fragged in HDD failures between then and now :(

Any playlist that begins with the Dragon Age intro has a thumbs up from me - and so many tracks to the playlist! Cheers for the link Ian. Sorry to hear about the loss of your collection of audio effects, must have been quite a blow to lose so much. :(