A charismatic class involving limited spontaneous casting, the use of songs to buff allies and average chance to hit with weapons. Appears in DnD, Pathfinder and many other tabletop RPGs.

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Are 3.5 Bards mechanically weak?

People frequently seem to think that Bards are mechanically weaker than other classes, and I was wondering if this was true?
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Can Bards attack while Performing?

If a bard is Performing and he's playing, say, the flute, can he attack during the Performance? At first, I'd say "no"; how do you swing a sword while playing? But then in this thread I read: ...
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Can Cutting Words cancel a critical hit?

If a creature hits with a natural 20, can a Lore bard use his Cutting Words ability to substract an inspiration die from the result, thus preventing a critical hit? Cutting Words: When a creature ...
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Can Bardic Inspiration make a roll a Critical Hit?

It has been confirmed by Jeremy Crawford that Cutting Words can cancel out an enemy's critical. As Dale M explained in his answer to the issue, Cutting Words does not apply a modifier to the roll. ...
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What are the consequences if I allow a Bard to Inspire himself?

Watching a video stream of a game, one of the players, the Bard, asked if he could inspire himself with his Bardic Inspiration feature. The GM objected and said that the feature specifically said that ...
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Does “Speak with Dead” work with (well preserved) skeletons?

The spell Speak with Dead says that we can talk with a dead corpse. Does that mean it only works with bodies of people who were recently killed? A body that was not yet completely rotten? I was ...
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Can a pan flute be played one-handed?

I've been through the PHB and DMG and not been able to find any specific rules for this. Clearly the string instruments must be played two-handed, but I don't see why my bard couldn't be playing the ...