Play command

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PLAY (song) {mood} {ON} {instrument}
PLAY (Song) {mood} {ON} {instrument} FOR (TARGET)
() indicates a required field. {} indicates an optional field.

PLAY /PERFORM (message)
To use this option, you must be already successfully playing a song. If you aren't skillful enough for that song, /perform will not work.

To stop playing a song, use STOP PLAY.

Song types

From easiest to hardest: scales (ruff), arpeggios (rudiments), ditty, folk, ballad, waltz, lullaby, march, jig, lament, wedding, hymn, rumba, polka, battle, reel, elegy, serenade, minuet, psalm, dirge, gavotte, tango, tarantella, bolero, nocturne, requiem, fantasia, rondo, aria, sonata, and concerto.

Note: For percussion, ruff and rudiments replace scales and arpeggios. You may use either version -- it will default to the correct type for the instrument.


Off-key, halting, confident, masterful, slow, loud, quiet, quick, fierce, flashy, playful, solemn, mournful, wistful, excited, haunting, romantic, and cheerful

Off-key and halting styles will make all songs easier to play. Confident and masterful styles will make all songs more difficult to play.

Please be aware that not all 'moods' are compatible with all song types, and some combinations may result in unexpected play styles. In addition, certain combinations can make a particular song easier or more difficult to play. Except as noted above, this varies from song to song.

Special Bard Abilities

PLAY /DANCE (Song) {mood} {ON (instrument)} {FOR (TARGET)}
This will make any PLAYACT area into a temporary dance floor.
To use special dance moves on these temporary dance floors,use DANCE (person) (dance move) where the move can be TAP, TURN, DANCE, DIP, and more!