There seems to be some sentiment that people complaining about the new bard changes should just take what they're given and shut up for another 5 (or 8 or 10) years. I'll say that I appreciate the new opportunities, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't speak up about things that are poorly implemented or poorly conceived. I think bards would be very happy if they would have received a few of the things other classes have received over the years. So, before archers, mages, dexxers & tamers tell bards to "take what you get and like it", how about giving bards some of these benefits: 1. SSI of 30-40% on weapons (with additional 20-30% available on suits now). 2. FC/FCR bonuses up to 4/6. 3. Damage increase of 300% (different for pvp I know) 4. Uncapped SDI 5. Special effects like Armor Ignore, dismount, double strike, bleed, mortal, etc. 6. Whole new schools of magic with a plethora (tell me what is a plethora?) of new spells & effects. 7. Repairable/fortifiable magic items (still can't repair instruments, not that there's any reason to because they're the same junk we've had for 12 years). 8. Runically crafted magic items (some people run around with bows & weapons worth 20-30-100m gold or more, I run with a lute worth about 500gp). 9. Multiple types of artifact & craftable spellbooks with a multitude of effects. Conjurer's Grimoire, Scrapper's etc. 10. Arties that benefit specific classes. Other classes have things like Ornament of the Magician, Jackal's Collar over the years, not to mention things like Jade Armband, Proector of Battle Mage or Tinker's Leggings with SA and robes with SSI, talismans with LMC, etc etc etc. Bards have received nothing more powerful than what you can pick up off a lizardman - a total afterthought. Bards get no speed bonuses, or damage bonuses or useful crafted or artifact equipment. Bards don't directly benefit from any of the above things that players have received over the years (sure a bard/mage or bard/archer might benefit, but not because of the "bard" part). I think Bards would be ecstatic with the benefits from any of #1 through #10 (and a host of others I can't think of at the moment). So, before you run tell bards to shove it so you can run off and enjoy your 2/6 mystic necro mage with 40 LMC, mana regen and SDI, your abc archer with 60SSI in your suit and 300% DI, or your sampire, ninja archer or whatever else you got, just keep in mind that Bards would be really really happy with any of the multitude of benefits you've received over the years.