My PJ Lifestyle piece on killing your bard properly.

Found here. Short version: …let’s face it, bards die easily in a lot of RPGs. You might as well get something out of it.


  • Luke says:

    Die, bard, die!
    (OK, I love playing them, too.)
    To my mind, the best way to kill your bard is to highjack the game.
    😉 In a good way, of course.
    Sort through the relevant types of stories available for setting and genre, take the tone the GM establishes in the introduction, determine the ending you want to work towards, and then foreshadow the hell out of it.
    It’s also a nifty technique for making the campaign take a hard right turn just before it smashes into something. (I recommend poems by REH. Doing this will, of course, mean trouble down the road. But it’s trouble you specifically asked for.)

    • Luke says:

      I fleshed that thought out a bit more in the pjm comments section. With a concrete example.

  • Compound says:

    Disappointed that the method used in “Gamers: Dorkness Rising” wasn’t mentioned. I’m pretty sure that it had the highest number of onscreen bard kills in any piece of media.

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