Bards May be Over Rated for Grouping (by a lot)
The most popular class: The Bard. Now enchanters and mezzers are gone: Embodied in the Bard. Everyone want’s to be the popular bard and the best of all worlds. Buffers with manna and speed yet utilitarian and a side fighter. You might consider a spell caster and dump the bard as the be all. You are amplifying the letdown. I want to be a bard. Yet my experience says the glut of the bard class means we won’t play a lot in groups. Thus, only the UBER minstrel will get an invite. As a future Nikua, I thought of the echolalia, but now it’s down to warrior or shaman. Good luck. Skaff.
Nota Bene. My recommendation is to make a Bard extremely hard to level or gain attributes. Although this was tried with Everquest, my opinion is it was so popular, folks still overcame the handicap. Yet, it is a prudent measure. Skaff.
Necromancer was the DPS king and the chanter was the after thought (like a fart in the wind).