"Heads up hip cats and blues dogs. Allow me to lay some unbridled grooviness on your ears. I'm Floyd Pepper and with me is the sultan of smooth and his court of cool, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem!
My main mellow fellow Adam has asked us to help explain a key if sometimes funk-tastically frustrating element of the Muppets and how to game it. I am of course talking about Music."
Music is as much a part of the Muppets as comedy, furry monsters and exploding...well...everything. Practically every Muppet Show episode's opening number is a musical number.
Gamers, by and large, are not known for their musical talent. That's a generalization and I've gamed with a number of very talented musicians and singers over the years. However, for the most part a combination of personal doubt, not wanting to appear geekier than we already are and (in my own case at least) lack of any real life skill make it unlikely that the players will actually try to sing at the table while playing a Muppets game.
And you know what? That stinks.
The world needs more music and anyone willing to play a Muppets RPG should be sufficiently over themselves enough to belt out their rendition of "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" in their best bad impression of Miss Piggy.
"What my brother is laying down for you is this. Ain't nobody gonna make fun of you since you and your band are all there for the same game you dig? It's not like all but one of you are gamer's and that last dude is Fats Waller."
Right on Floyd.
"Oh wow, like, what if it's still just too hard. Like, what if the anxiety harshes the game's mellow?"
I hear you Janice. I am a big advocate of trying new approaches and getting outside your safety zone in gaming but in the end all I'm hoping for is that people have fun with this. If you're not having fun it's no good. If that's the case and getting people to actually sing goes against enjoying the game I suggest...
Having an mp3 player with various songs on it that you want to play for the session/episode.
Using a laptop and internet access to run any one of the numerous music videos and mp3's available on the web.
Checking out the great deal of Muppet musical numbers on youtube.
"Any way you slice the dice make it nice. You've got to do what works for you."
Wow. Well said Dr. Teeth.
"PLAY GAME, PLAY GAME! Heh...heh...Gaming good."
And Animal brings it on home.Anything to add Zoot?
"Huh? What? Are we on?"
Floyd: Me and the gang have decided not to end our gig here...if I can write the new theme song.
Kermit: Oh, that'll be fine with me.
Floyd: No, it won't, man.
Kermit: Why, not?
Floyd: You'll hate the music! You won't understand it. Nobody understands my music. I mean, I don't even understand it.
Kermit: You don't?
Floyd: If I didn't know I was a genius, I wouldn't listen to the trash I write.
Here's A Muppet News Flash!
Very close to the release of the PDF. The artwork is taking the longest time (no surprise there) but otherwise I believe you'll see it by or around next weekend.The number of comments I get is inversely proportionate to the amount of views I receive, which means I am getting tons and tons of views lately! lol
Still, I'd still love some commentary. Anything people would like to see addressed? Any Muppets you'd like to see appear? Have a favorite flavor of Sulfur Based Sucking Candy? Let me know!
Incidentally, this post took almost an hour and a half to put up even though it only took a short time to write because, for reasons unknown, blogspot kept changing the formatting at random. Gah! Is this music thing really that confusing?