Re: Tome of Prowess - A complete skills rewrite and revision [3.5e, PEACH]
Originally Posted by Eldan
I could actually see Perform in the way you laid it out up there, though. There have to be roughly ten thousand quasi-magical applications for music. I guess it would make the bard class superfluous, though.
Yeah, I toyed with that one a lot before finally dropping it actually. There's a lot of things you could put in it, enough that you could make several thematically appropriate performs actually. But it does diminish the bard a lot, and I ultimately decided to let people be concert flutists or super drummers on their own, but get any magical bits from performances out of being a bard.
Now, if you wanted to replace the Bard with the Duskblade or Beguiler and do a bunch of perform skills for people instead, that's pretty workable. But it wasn't something I wanted to do to start.
I prefer higher powered games, do not consider magic to be "special", and want non-casters to have similar levels of utility. If you haven't clearly said what your balance goals are, my suggestions generally reflect that. I'm pretty good with other balance points too though, so if I'm offering OP advice, let me know and I'll fix that.