A player on Reddit recently asked one of the most pressing questions in the MMO genre today: “Where can I find a fun Bard-like class?” Though often posts on the MMORPG Reddit aren’t heavily populated, this one elicited dozens of responses and ideas. I’m telling you: Bards are awesome, and everyone knows it.
Naturally, the thread quickly devolved into bragging about just who could twist the most songs as a Bard in classic EverQuest.
Weirdly, though, outside of ArcheAge, a lot of the games people mentioned are oldish: Lord of the Rings Online, EverQuest II, Dark Age of Camelot, RIFT, Final Fantasy XI, Vanguard (sigh), Aion, Shadowbane… even the Star Wars Galaxies emulator came up, though since it’s pre-CU, there are no “Combat Entertainers” in the NGE style.
I’m still a big fan of the Ultima Online bards — I have several, but my favorite is my disco archer. What about you guys? Which MMO boasts the best bard? And just why are so many modern MMOs omitting the archetype?