Yes, it's a redirect to Mechanically Unusual Class
which appears to be distinctly different than Spoony Bard
Mechanically Unusual Class
A character class that plays completely different from any other classes in the game. Either it revolves around a specific gimmick no other classes has access to, or it has a strange power set that makes it fit nowhere precisely in the Fighter, Mage, Thief spectrum. This class is often (though not always) named after some sort of entertainment profession, most often Bard, but Dancer, Mime, Minstrel, Painter and such are also possibilities.
This class is usually neither a healer nor a damage dealer. He most likely can do a bit of either, but they tend to be secondary traits. Often he tends to focus on buffs or debuffs, and may be a Jack of All Stats, having both combat and magical ability, but those tend to be limited due to a subpar selection of weapons and armor for the former, and a lack of traditional offensive damage dealing or powerful healing spells for the later.
What makes the class unique however is the gimmick. Many classes wield sword, many wield spells, quite a few mix both, but this class always has a mechanic that no other classes have access to. And said mechanic is always meant to play a large role for this character. Usually this is tied to the art performance this class is named after. They may be a Musical Assassin. Or maybe they can sing songs or dance to inspire (IE: Buff) their teammates, demoralize (IE: Debuff) enemies, or cause all sorts of weird effects to happen.
Because this class is so centered on their gimmick, and said gimmick tends to put them outside the usual roles, the usefulness of this class can vary wildly, from The Load to Game Breaker or even Lethal Joke Character. Difficult, But Awesome and Magikarp Power aren't unusual. Subtrope of Competitive Balance.
Ah, the much-maligned bard class... For some reason, bards are very frequently unable to ever become anything useful. They are the butt of jokes, they are often beaten by old men with canes, and sometimes their friends use a mountain of bard corpses as convenient cover.
If you have any experience with your typical fantasy RPG whatsoever, you know the basic roles by heart. RPG games are made so that characters are specialized, but rather than crippling characters for their specialization, they are actually more powerful the more they specialize thanks to the fact that party members can rely on their comrades-in-arms whenever the challenge the heroes face plays to one party member's weakness, it will be playing to another party member's strength. ...
So renaming Spoony Bard
to Gimmick Class
is functionally merging it with Mechanically Unusual Class
edited 19th May '13 2:57:16 PM by Madrugada
...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.