Avenger or Bard? What class should I play?

For our D&D 4th Edition game on Saturday we decided to create new characters using classes from the PHB2. My girlfriend was pretty unhappy with the Warlord she played before and I wanted to try out one of the new classes.

Avenger

One of the first classes I fell in love with was the Avenger. Dave Chalker has written a nice preview of this class on his blog and I instantly wanted to play one. I almost instantly had some ideas on how to play an avenger and I being able to dish a lot of damage is always a plus in my book. 😉

Bard

But when I got my hands on a copy of the PHB2 myself I noticed another cool class: the bard (by the way, Berin Kinsman has written a great preview of the bard)! What I like about the bard is the versatility. And since our party lacks someone who can fulfill the leader rule, the bard would fit right in. BUT I am not sure if I can convincingly play a bard. It would be a greater challenge for me then playing the aforementioned avenger. 

When the choice falls on the avenger I will probably play a deva and the bard’s race will be human or half-elf. So, has anyone of you already played either class and give me an advice? Or do you have some good ideas on how to play a bard?

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

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