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Blade instead of Bard/Skald?
So I'm wondering how necessary a vanilla bard or skald is to the party. I'm playing on ios and finding it annoying that every time I select all in my party to attack, the bard song stops playing. Maybe it's easier on the PC, but I get almost no use out of my bard song. Truth is I just don't want to deal with micromanaging the bard song. I played a Blade in BG2, and am thinking of re-starting with a blade instead of a skald. I've never played IWD before and am worried, based on the bard songs popularity on these forums, that later in the game I'll be at a disadvantage if I don't have one.
Any advice on this? Is a bard song truly necessary? Or other iOS users, how do you deal with the annoying mechanic of keeping the bard song going without selecting each individual party member to attack?