(by Mingo, an old bard from UO 20+years ag0)--I have climbed most of the bard tree. It is good that NPCs do not interrupt "casting" (actually playing I guess). Also it is good that you can train skills without "combat" or a training dummy/target (except for Concussive Canticle.....kind of odd to have this one skill that trains differently). --It is confusing to see "2 sec duration" listed by the skill but then an effect actually repeats in 2 sec cycles for a duration of 30 seconds....why don't you say "30 sec duration"? --The healing skill line seems woefully weak as opposed to Life Magic healing, but I don't have a group in the QA to practice with. --I might want to cancel a "cast" some time, there seems to be no way to cancel once you have begun. --Now my most important observation: NO MUSIC PLAYS !! my fellow group members will not know that I am doing anything. --All in all the bard tree meets my expectations, but then when I watched "Star Wars: The Last Disappointment" that met my expectations also. --Crafting of songs would be a plus for bards. People could buy one time use songs (similar to potions or scrolls) to get a buff. Perhaps a weak version of an Obsidian Potion buff that only acts for an hour instead of 7 days.