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Thread: 1st Edition PH Excerpts: Bard
Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 05:00 AM #1
1st Edition PH Excerpts: Bard
In this preview of the 1st Edition re-release of the Player's Handbook, we venture into the appendixes of the book to rediscover the bard!
Read 1st Edition PH Excerpts: Bard on D&D Insider here!
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Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 05:12 AM #2
Magsman (Lvl 14)
And that, my friends, is the very first prestige class.
Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 10:37 AM #3
Gallant (Lvl 3)
Wow, that is one powerful piece of work! Qualifying for all four classes must have been tough, though, not to mention the down payment on all those levels you take and then forget about from the first three classes.
Big pimpin if you get that far though, eh?
Conjecture: they are previewing this material so that we know the 5e bard will be a badass-of-all-trades, and not the awkward, backup-singer exemplified by Elan of OotS?
Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 12:46 PM #4
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 12:48 PM #5
Hydra (Lvl 25)
The Gygaxian prose is, as always, alternately amusing and fascinating. From "subsumes" in the first sentence, to "Racaraide" as the title of the 5th level bard...niiice.
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Pay What You Want for the only RPG product in history with the cojones to put buomman and shardminds in the same document! Also, githyanki, 4e-style devas, and hadozee.
Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 12:54 PM #6
Waghalter (Lvl 7)
It took me a year and a half of steady play to make a fast bard (minimum levels) and over three years to do one at max level fighter/thief (8/9)
the really hard part is not using your fighter levels if you do you don't get experience for the stuff you did. Some DMs would follow the rules to the letter and you lose it for the entire adventure.
I was less strict but you didn't gain xp if you resorted to other class abilities for at least the combat or situation where the lapse occurred and afterwards if it affected the outcome of the adventure. Losing XP was a big deal when you needed hundreds of thousands for your next level.
Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 03:48 PM #7
Guide (Lvl 11)
<exasperated DM> "Underlying what? ... motivation? Do you want to play Dungeons & Dragons or not?"
<drama obsessed player> "How can I narrate my character's co-mingled sense of alienation and ennui towards modern society in this second-rate dungeon hack? My character returns to the surface and uses his remaining gold to start up an organic coffee shop that caters to left-wing revolutionaries... and hot elvish chicks."
Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 04:07 PM #8
Magsman (Lvl 14)
A bard is an entirely separate class to its prerequisite classes... and thus it remains the first prestige class.
Tuesday, 12th June, 2012, 04:16 PM #9
Grandfather of Assassins (Lvl 19)
Wednesday, 13th June, 2012, 12:42 AM #10
Grandmaster of Flowers (Lvl 18)
Emphasis mine. Had a player with a bard in the last 1E campaign I ran many moons ago and it was fun when he finally qualified for the class.Originally Posted by 1E PHB
"The Soul of D&D? It's rolling a natural 20 when you're down to 3 hit points and the cleric's on the floor and you're staring that sunnavabitch bugbear right in his bloodshot eye and holding the line just long enough to let the wizard unleash a fireball at the guards who are on their way, because they're all that stands between you, the Foozle and Glory." - WizarDru