My question is simple - are there, in Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, any metamagic feats that work good for Bard?
Two most useful from core would be Quickened and Silent, but both are simply forbidden1. Still is hardly needed - in our session I never encountered situations when caster can't even move one hand. Rogues, scouts etc, yes, but not casters. And other core feats helps to deal more damage, whilst Bard spells are not blasting oriented. Oh, right, there is also Heighten, but I can't imagine it being truly useful, Bard worth his salt always have spells that actually have the spell level needed, no need to pump up lower level ones.
For material available - we are trying not to go too far from core, so no exotic and setting-oriented books. Complete series may be allowed. Other - will need to discuss with DM if there is something interesting in them. But I wanted to know if there is anything worth raising it with DM at all.
Bard I have in mind is "sorcerer-wannabe", kicked out of mage school due to too much love for stories and not enough progress in magic itself. He will be going Sublime Chord when possible, and emulates pure-strain casters as possible. In-game, he is not even bard, he is ex mage apprentice (uses recitations for bardic music). He is knowledge oriented, not blasting oriented, and his favourite spell so far is Hideous Laughter he claims he learned to make sure people laugh at his jokes in taverns.
At the moment I'm just leveling-up to level 4. We will be going thorough Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, so I expect to go to about level 14, switching to Sublime Chord at level 10. During the game I want to have level-ups as easy as possible, without thinking about feats the day before play - that's why I'm investigating now.
I have Eschew Materials, Scribe Scroll and Craft Wondrous Item, and all proved to be useful (we use somewhat loosened craft rules to allow them to be used without stopping the game completely). And I use Alchemy skill a lot, to support my lacks in casting.
1 forbidden by the rules: Quickened have a rule that "This feat can’t be applied to any spell cast spontaneously" (Bard is spontaneous caster), and Silent's rules simply say it cannot be used on Bard spells.