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Performer is an occupation. Performers will perform for idle visitors at your fort's taverns and temples, through such mediums as stories, dance, poetry, and music. You may assign any number of your fortress' dwarves to serve as performers at the tavern and temple locations, and performers from other civilizations will regularly visit your fort's taverns to entertain tavern goers or petition for long-term residency.

Performers serve little practical purpose as they mostly just duplicate the behavior of other tavern goers. However, a skilled performer can significantly boost the mood of any dwarves who observe their work.

[edit] Music

There are four instrument skills: Keyboardist, Percussionist, Stringed instrumentalist, and Wind instrumentalist. There is also one general skill, Musician.

Early examples of musical forms.

[edit] Poetry

There is a poet skill. Toady commenting on poetic forms:

Poetic, musical and dance forms will be generated by culture. There will be both knowledge and skill-based components to this -- so you can't compose a poem of a variety you aren't familiar with, no matter how good you are, but once you learn the rules, the quality will depend on your skills/atts. It'll start with the poet's general skill, and they'll also develop specific skill with the form...

Early examples of poetic forms.

[edit] Dance

There is a dancer skill. Toady commenting on dancing:

Every dance is associated to a musical form, and the dances respect the rhythm, tempo and some other elements of the music. I didn't reproduce the rhythm patterns below, but it tries to make elements like the number of steps in a basic movement align with the rhythm and so forth. All of the forms below were generated for humanoid forms, but I'm working toward some support for varied creature bodies -- so you'll see stuff below like "left leg" even though that text doesn't appear in the dwarf raws, and you also won't see useful words like "hips" -- it's a work in progress, but it won't necessarily need to progress on that score before the release. There also aren't certain fundamentals like costumes, and I don't expect to get them in for this time. There will be some further restrictions based on entity character that aren't in yet.

Early examples of dance forms.

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