Unsurprisingly, I like the idea of bards. I think they have a wonderful flavour and enormous roleplay potential.
However, based on their modifiers they have a poorly defined combat role that makes playing them effectively quite difficult and less appealing as an option.
(Having not played a bard, and hearing about their various pitfalls from other players only, this may be misguided conjecture.)
I breifly discussed a few ideas for changes to them with Ben at saga, and I thought I'd put em up for discussion.
Give bards songs, or stories each threshold. These could grant an effect that lasts 5 mins, until sunrise, or until a new song is sung to all those that hear the entirety of the song/tale.
It would give bards a stronger, support style caster role, and give them something that no other class is capable of.
The Bard sings the song/tells the tale of a cohort of soldiers that bravely fought against impossible odds, continuing to victory despite broken limbs, missing eyes and debilitating wounds.
All those that hear the song/tale are able to fight as if under the effects of frenzy for the next five minutes. This song may be sung in battle.
Also, possibly controversial, allow Bards to cast magic as Sorcerers with a diminished spell list? It would fit the feel of Bards learning 'folk-magic' and entertainers tricks, rather than studying magic of a specific sphere as mages do.
Probably not the most radical of ideas, but I think they might make bards a bit more appealing. Discuss.