Bards remind me of "Vorpal Kickasso" in the Goblins webcomic, who "multiclassed" in every single core class and therefore had only an eleventh of a level in each.
Originally Posted by Engar
In 1st and 2nd edition, they were basically humans who changed class twice times (Fighter to Thief to Druid I think), and got kewl powers on their third try. Or ... you could just stay in one class and get really good at one thing.
So, yeah, I never saw the point of the Bard class except as comic relief (e.g. Elan from Order of the Stick.)
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