Object-oriented, compiled programming language
Bard is a great primary language for large, speed-sensitive applications and it is the language of the Plasmacore game programming framework.
Bard is cross-platform and it works on Mac OS X and Windows.
Moreover, Bard comes packaged with Plasmacore. If you are primarily interested in game development with Plasmacore you do not need to download Bard separately unless you are using Linux as your development platform.