I've just started a DnD 3.5 campaign that will probably run through the summer, taking us from level three (where we start) to around level eight or nine. It's a small party (four players) and two of us are playing bards. Looking for some way to still fill all the party roles, I noticed something interesting.
A bard requires at least ten charisma plus one point for every spell level he intends to cast, but since we aren't likely to get to level ten (where we would start casting fourth level spells) a thirteen charisma will suffice. The bard is often supposed to be the party face, but a decent intelligence along with the bard's large skill pool will allow us to just sink extra points into diplomacy and bluff, and having +3 from a sixteen charisma doesn't seem like it's that important next to the +8 I have from skills and synergies. The other bard managed to get +16 thanks to synergies and feats! The bardic music abilities are biased off of bard level and ranks in perform, so charisma won't do anything for those. (At least as I understand it, if you have 1 rank in perform, and a +2 due to charisma, you still don't have the 3 'ranks' in perform needed for Fascinate.)
There seems to be some kind of pervasive idea that bards need maxed charisma to be effective, but as long as we have enough to cast our spells, it doesn't seem like it does anything at all else for us. Is there something that I've missed that's going to come up later on and bite me in the hindquarters for having only a 13 charisma as a bard?