So the mysts are clearing and we have a part time plan for our part time GMs and suitably enough one of them will be running the afore mentioned Part Time Gods alongside the Exalted. Last couple of weeks we have been preparing GM Andras's Exalted characters, and whilst this is on the more complex side of character generation it is achievable with a little help and a lot of patience, though I will need another week to read through all the skill definitions just to determine which ones I don't particularly want. It can be quite a barrier to a new players but sophisticated systems are not just completely arbitrary - one can sense the effort of the designers to make skill and attribute definition more lifelike. But at the end of the day I do feel its a bit of a labour of love rather than pragmatics as it all boils down to numbers however role playing does have its fair share of people passionate about such mechanics.
Having said this we did have enough down on paper to start off the adventure and jumped in as part of a travelling band of thespians. I think the professional phrase is an Entertainment Events Management Company. Fortunately we have happened upon an immensely wealthy patron who needs us for his imminent celebrations so we will be quids in for hamming it up as we put on a play and or concert. As much fun as it will be push the amateur dramatics for a session or two I very much suspect we will suddenly be in a murder mystery when someone doesn't actually get up after a stage dive. When you are having too much fun role playing its important to become extremely paranoid as a rendition of Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell might mean exactly that.
Funnily enough I don't think I have ever played anything like a Bard, tho I have run a game with one in it. Generally speaking I get the impression across systems that they are more of a jack of all trades but in D&D they come with a specific lineage of course where in the 5e they join either the Colleges of Lore and Valour. Whilst they have their own class spells and abilities there is a nod to their heritage with access to a limited set of spells from other classes and bonuses to all their skill checks.
In other games, the Star Trek is now underway as is the Warhammer so I will be pressing the GMs as to when we will get the first mashup of Orcs on the starboard bow.