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In general, Bards use music to replace the "Verbal" component of a cast and the action of playing the instrument to satisfy "somatic" requirements. If A spell requires "Verbal" then it must be sung or played. if it requires "Somatic" then yes the instrument must be fingered and played. (If its Somatic but not Verbal I'd allow a Bard to play very softly.) ...


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It isn't explicitly stated that a bard needs to play their instrument to use it, no, and if you wanted to leave it at the exact letter of the rules, that would be your answer. However, you already know that, and so I assume that the question is not whether it is explicitly stated, but if it is implicitly stated that a bard must play. The answer would appear ...


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There's nothing in the RAW that requires a bard to play the instrument to cast their spells. If we look at this from a RAI perspective, I would posit that you do not have to play the instrument unless the spell also has a somatic (S) component: Components Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate ...


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No, you can't write the spells you know as a Bard into your spellbook. There are 2 ways (outside of levelling as a Wizard) that a Wizard can add spells to their spellbook. The first is by finding them: When you find a wizard spell of 1st level or higher, you can add it to your spellbook if it is of a spell level you can prepare and if you can spare ...


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No, Bards and Sorcerers are not different from other casters in 13th Age in this regard. Just like everyone else, they have to pick their spells for the day. The concept of "spontaneous casting" doesn't quite apply to 13th Age, as its spellcasting model is more akin to D&D 4e than 3e or Pathfinder. Spells are effectively powers that can be used at-will, ...


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A barbarian/bard can, while in a while rage, start and continue a bardic performance—maybe The bard's bardic performances say nothing about concentrating and only a handful mandate Perform skill checks (countersong, distraction, et al.), making the others possibly usable while in a rage. However, performances do require using some kind of action to start ...


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To rehash the answer in the comments (thank you lithas). There is a class that is a raging bard called a Skald.


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It's an open question of whether or not your song needs to be specific words, or if you can communicate with your party while singing as long as you just sing what you're trying to say. Watch out for the DM forcing you to sing your character's lines in real life! Using other bardic music Your bard may be particularly impressive, but he can't sing two ...



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