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5E A bard walks into a bar

TwoSix

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[MENTION=7635]Remathilis[/MENTION] - Definitely agree there. Bards make a very good replacement for Cleric, healing-wise, in that it seems fairly natural to their abilities, they're magical (saving them from the wrath of those who hate non-magic healing), and avoid all the Cleric-y religious business. I really do hope we see one which cuts down on the spellcasting and up on the Bardic abilities, though. I imagine we will, eventually.
Who needs a bladelock when we can have a lutelock? :)
 

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Gundark

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For some reason Thunderwave plus that lute the Bard is carrying reminds me of

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I'm happy that we are finally getting a good bard class.

So 2E and 4E's Bards can suck it, I guess? Even 3.5E's!

Seriously, if this is the first "good" Bard class (otherwise why "finally"?), what is your criteria for "good" - full spellcaster is absolutely the ONLY thing this Bard class does that others didn't.
 

Remathilis

Legend
So 2E and 4E's Bards can suck it, I guess? Even 3.5E's!

Seriously, if this is the first "good" Bard class (otherwise why "finally"?), what is your criteria for "good" - full spellcaster is absolutely the ONLY thing this Bard class does that others didn't.

Personally, I like the fact the bard actually has a real niche without being a "me too" 3rd wheel. I guess the 4e bard had that as well (and the 2e one could fake it for a few levels due the the oddness or rogue Xp charts and spellcasting). Still, its nice to have a bard that feels like he could replace a core member rather than emulate it badly.
 

Snapdragyn

Explorer
Damn it, they cut off at the important bit - Bardic Inspiration - so we don't know if it still sucks hard (as it does in the Alpha) or is awesome (as it was in the October Playtest)!

Fingers crossed for that to have been upgraded.

If not, I'll sit around and hope for a Bard who isn't a full caster, but who has a lot more in the way of, y'know Bard stuff!

Theme/art/fluff-wise seems pretty good, at least.

I'm afraid to hope. Everything else seems very close to the alpha version, & the die shown for Bardic Inspiration are the same as well. Perhaps they upgraded it to party-wide, or <Cha-mod plus Proficiency>/day, but I'm not counting on it.

*sigh* A bard that can't sing (oh, Song of Rest, sorry - can't sing in combat), & can only affect its allies one at a time. The class is dead to me. :(
 

GrumpyGamer

First Post
The performer on the tightrope, in the second page art, is evocative - but sadly it is not supported by the text description of the bard. This looks to be a missed opportunity.
 


variant

Adventurer
So 2E and 4E's Bards can suck it, I guess? Even 3.5E's!

Seriously, if this is the first "good" Bard class (otherwise why "finally"?), what is your criteria for "good" - full spellcaster is absolutely the ONLY thing this Bard class does that others didn't.

The 2e bard was basically a hodge-podge of thief abilities and wizard spells. When they finally got their spells, they progressed faster than a wizard which was nice for a few levels since their experience requirement was much lower. However, they couldn't even wear the armor they were proficient in if they wanted to cast their spells.

The 3.5e was incredibly weak, easily the lowest tier class, but it was certainly an improvement in flavor. Though that meant they didn't even get to throw around fireballs like its 2e counterpart. The bardic abilities no way made up for the fact that they were a subpar spellcaster class.

I disregard everything 4e.
 

TwoSix

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The 3.5e was incredibly weak, easily the lowest tier class, but it was certainly an improvement in flavor. Though that meant they didn't even get to throw around fireballs like its 2e counterpart. The bardic abilities no way made up for the fact that they were a subpar spellcaster class.
Lowest tier class? Even an unoptimized 3.5 bard is low Tier 3, at worst a high Tier 4. And there's no class that got more love in 3.5 splatbooks than the bard. Seriously, Dragonfire Inspiration? Sublime Chord? A well built bard in 3.5 challenged for Tier 2 status.
 

variant

Adventurer
Lowest tier class? Even an unoptimized 3.5 bard is low Tier 3, at worst a high Tier 4. And there's no class that got more love in 3.5 splatbooks than the bard. Seriously, Dragonfire Inspiration? Sublime Chord? A well built bard in 3.5 challenged for Tier 2 status.

Some obscure feat from the Dragon Magic book, something I didn't even own, and a prestige class to patch over they didn't even get 9th level spells. That shows some real great class design there. If you start throwing in those other books, every class got much more powerful feats and prestige classes.
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
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Some obscure feat from the Dragon Magic book, something I didn't even own, and a prestige class to patch over they didn't even get 9th level spells. That shows some real great class design there. If you start throwing in those other books, every class got much more powerful feats and prestige classes.
None of which argues against the premise that 3.5 bards are not weak. Balance considerations are generally assumed to be against the entirety of the first-party books released for that edition. If you're playing core-only, that impacts balance at your table, not for the edition as a whole.
 

variant

Adventurer
None of which argues against the premise that 3.5 bards are not weak. Balance considerations are generally assumed to be against the entirety of the first-party books released for that edition. If you're playing core-only, that impacts balance at your table, not for the edition as a whole.

Every class gets an increase in power with the later books. It isn't something exclusive to the bard. You need to compare the bard running around with the Sublime Chord to other classes running around with prestige classes from the later books.
 


TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Supporter
Every class gets an increase in power with the later books. It isn't something exclusive to the bard. You need to compare the bard running around with the Sublime Chord to other classes running around with prestige classes from the later books.
Yes, I'm aware, and the tier system is based around an assumption of moderate optimization with regards to Prestige Classes, spell choices, and feats.

We are talking about the same tier system, aren't we? When you said "lowest tier", I assumed we were talking about JaronK's tier system.
 

Majoru Oakheart

Adventurer
*sigh* A bard that can't sing (oh, Song of Rest, sorry - can't sing in combat), & can only affect its allies one at a time. The class is dead to me. :(
If you've ever seen Gamers 2, there's a line in there that kind of summarizes this for me. The Bard is playing his lute and standing at the back of the party. One of the PCs says "God dammit, man, HELP!" and the Bard says "I *AM* helping!".

I'd prefer a Bard whose entire purpose wasn't to use nothing but one ability every combat. And especially not to have that ability be "I play my instrument...look at all the bonuses the rest of you get".

Not only did it almost never add up mathematically(It was almost always a better idea to attack with your weapon than to give bonuses to the rest of the party), but it seems silly that in character ANYONE would consider playing an instrument to be as useful as actually fighting.

I don't mind a character who inspires but doing it continuously and doing it by playing music...not sure about that.
 

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