I decided to just ask this because this wasn't done before here.
When first trying make a character I thought fighter would work. The Dragonborn fighter just felt generic in away and had a paper thin personality. When I first looked at bard I was like, "Ugg I don't want to play support," but learned how versatile and funt the bard is. Then created Pico de Lolobardo an Aarakocra bard, who was a member of troupe since hatching but now spreads his wings to make his own stories and songs based off his adventures. Will be using him in my first game very soon and can't wait. Now what about you? Yes you reading this post. What made go and choose bard?
Around when the tabletop group I'm in was coming together for their first meetings my gm, who I'd known for years at that point, insisted to me that the bard class was practically my spirit animal. I was moving into trying 5th edition D&D after a few years of playing Pathfinder and had always had an appreciation for the class but never actually played it myself by that point. I wound up taking a look at the class during the time we had for character creation and wound up liking how 5th edition handled bards worked enough to decide to play one. It also gave me an excuse to construct song parodies on the fly as the situation demanded it, which my party wound up appreciating very much to the point of even talking about it after we'd finished gaming that day. It really encouraged me to like playing the class even more.
because Fuck Bitches and slay witches. or maybe it was fuck witches, slay bitches. You see that dragon you have to slay? well as a bard that's a dragon you have to LAY. You are sexy as fuck and everyone loves you so you automatically win the game with your +10 to persuasion.
I play bards when I am bored of combat, and the story RP, and more want to do my own thing, but be along for the ride with other PCs i enjoy playing with.
Every Tavern is Karaoke night. Every song is "weird Al-able" to being detailed about our party/adventures. and Help as needed in combat and social encounters. What's more fun than your Barbarian is trying to intimidate the town guard into letting him carry his great axe around town.... when a minor illusion of a penis appears on his forehead while he's talking to the guards?
Edit: sometimes, i make it smaller, and write "drawn to scale"
I like the versatility. Bard's have the best of both, or all of the worlds. They can fight, they can magic, they can do a lot of stuff. Also, you can customize them to suit your needs. That's why I like bards.
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"Its just one teeny singular Kraken. I think their level two characters can handle it." -Our DM
"You cast detect magic. Roll." -Our DM
"All in favor of robbing the emu store, say Aye" -Kark the Kenku Rogue [Using sign language of course...]
'Am I hearing you correctly? You want to get one billion gold pieces and buy the city of Waterdeep?" - Our Confused DM
I'm in a play-by-post game here, and this question came up in our Discord chat. I'm not skilled enough to improvise poems/ songs/ limericks on the fly, but a PBP game gives me a much longer and more flexible length of time with which to invent something on my "turn". So it's an ideal Bard medium!
Because I offered to fill whatever role the party needed. And the party make up was: Monk (melee tank and dps), Paladin (tank), Blood Hunter (melee dps), Rogue (melee dps), and Druid (focused on melee tanking). Also the part overall had low Charisma overall. The most charismatic party member was the Paladin. And the player is very nervous and almost never speaks up. So I had to figure out a class that led me be the Arcane caster, Ranged DPS, healer, and Party Face. Verdict: Bard. I have since created Theodemar Remington, a Bard who is trying to start a revolution in Chult because the Merchant Princes pissed him off early on. So far, he has created 2 rebel groups, and put Port Nyanzaru on the path to war with the Flaming Fist. All without any suspicion falling on him, thanks to phenomenal bluff checks, careful planning, and Natural 20's on disguise checks to look like a native. The party is only aware of the war that he started, and not of the impending revolution. The party puts up with his shenanigans because he keeps them all alive, and helps extract information from captives thanks to some cleverly worded Suggestion spells. I give Theo a 40% chance to survive the next 5 sessions, though. He is still squishy, and the party is becoming less tolerant of his shenanigans of late. So we will see what happens.
Back when I started in 4e, the group I joined had most positions taken and they needed a healer. So I had the option of the cleric, but they said "oh Paladin or Bard would work". Looked at my options, and the bard seemed the most fun, and still is. 5e feels pretty broken sometimes compared to the 4e bard, and I love it.
I picked Bard as my first D&D 5e character because: they were a full spellcaster, and they seemed to have a lot of cool features they could use for support, so I wouldn't have to be the heavy hitter in combat. The flexibility of the role appealed to me as well, and just the whole sneakiness of Magical Secrets giving me access to whatever I wanted, so I could develop the character in whatever direction I chose. It's worked, as I'm still enjoying the character (although I would have developed him in a few other directions had I known then what I know now.)
Ironically, it's not even about the class' typical flamboyance and charisma. My character's actually a lore bard, so rather than focus exclusively on music, song and dance, he's more of a storyteller; words are his tools, and even the verbal component of each of his spell is a key word or phrase which invokes the magic. Casting Raise the Dead? "ARISE!" Wall of Force? "IMPERVIOUS!" Even Major Image demands a "BEHOLD!"
Admittedly I avoided Bards for a long time. I'm a professional musician and figured playing a Bard in game would be too cliche.
However if you're looking for a character with a wealth of options both in combat and in role playing, then Bard is a great choice! Early in 5e I finally went Bard because I wanted to be able to try out lots of abilities in one character. A swashbuckling, singing, magic wielding performer? Sign me up!
I'm not gonna lie, most of my knowledge about bards before I actually got into DnD was through memes and shitposts that made the class seem super on brand for me as a person. What really set my love for bards in stone was when my character helped defeat a harpy by singing Mamma Mia loudly enough to drown out the harpy song so that the rest of the party wouldn't fall under her spell and my DM gave me an extra like 200 XP for it. So to put it simply, bards are just fun