A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The world's first and only MMO music podcast.

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A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. Tune in to our bi-weekly show as we share our favorite tunes and argue about whose picks were the best. Occasionally, we will get composers to join us for some exclusive behind the scenes information!

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Before World of Warcraft, there was EverQuest -- the king of the MMOs and the pioneer of true 3D graphics in virtual worlds. Today the Battle Bards pay homage to this classic game, going back to 1999 to see how the music (in its various formats) hold up. If you were waiting for an episode where Steff spends most of the time screeching in agony, this is it!

Episode 78 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Bard's Guild," and "Karana Bridge")
  • "Kerra Isle"
  • "Plane of Storms"
  • "Plane of Knowledge"
  • "Akanon"
  • "Tower of Soulsek Ro"
  • "Solitude"
  • "Toxxulia Forest"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Shannon Doyle
  • Jukebox picks ("Bridge Zone" from Sonic SMS, "From Past to Present" from Skyrim, and "Following Stanley" from The Stanley Parable)
  • Overclocked Podcast shout-out
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_78.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Steff has decreed the return of spirit of adventure — and so it shall be! In the second part of this theme, the Battle Bards explore adventurous and inspirational MMO tunes. Are we out of ideas or overflowing with incredible tracks? It’s definitely the latter, so grab your hiking stick and join us as we venture out into the great yonder!

Episode 77 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Gahren Plains” from Vanguard and “Tullan” from ArchLord)
  • “Ship of Destiny” from TERA
  • “Make Zone BGM” from Lime Odyssey
  • “A Grand Adventure” from WildStar
  • “Freedom Wind” from Aura Kingdom
  • “Albrassia Field” from Ragnarok 2
  • “Halas” from EverQuest Online Adventures
  • “Sailing Icy Seas” from World of Warcraft
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: “Main Menu” from Overwatch, “Wings” from Xenogears, and“Animated” from Zombies Corporate Life
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_77.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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“It’s high time that we talk about the Heart of Thorns expansion for Guild Wars 2!” Syl says, and we couldn’t agree more. The Battle Bards assemble to look at the first expansion for this fantasy MMO — and the evolution of the game’s soundtrack from the Jeremy Soule era. The verdict? Unanimous love for this incredible score!

Episode 76 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Rata Novus” and “An Exalted Lullaby”)
  • “Main Theme”
  • “Auric Wilds”
  • “Glint’s Legacy”
  • “Tarir, the Forgotten City”
  • “Far From Home”
  • “Attack on Tarir”
  • “Faren’s Flyer”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: “Main Theme” from Wynncraft, “The Dance Begins” from Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and “Comfort” from Frosaken World
  • Outro (feat. “Jaka Itzel”)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_76.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Get out on the dance floor and boogie down with the Battle Bards! Today the bards look for -- believe it or not -- electronic dance music in MMO soundtracks. Yes, it exists, and yes, it's all over the map. So strap in for a tub-thumping, rave-inducing episode that does skew to the goofy and surreal at times.

Episode 75 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Club Tracks” from Anarchy Online and “Club 47” from Star Trek Online)
  • "Free to Dance" from WildStar
  • "Lords of Verminion Theme" from FFXIV
  • "Sunset Tracer" from Tree of Savior
  • "Pocket D Themes" from City of Heroes
  • "Involute" from Granada Espada
  • "Robo Factory Theme" from The Sims Online
  • "Stratus" from The Matrix Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Floating Sky" from Trove, "Peaceful Hills" from Portal Knights, and "Wet Hands" from Minecraft
  • Outro ("Mission Complete" from Spiral Knights)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_75.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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This eastern sandbox import has many people playing and talking about it, but are they listening to Black Desert Online? The Battle Bards are, naturally, and in this conversation-packed episode, they charge through this fantasy soundtrack to glean the best and discard the rest!

Episode 74 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Majesty" and "Keplan")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Town of Glycidyl/Glish"
  • "Discovery Theme"
  • "Tavern Theme"
  • "Road to Valencia"
  • "Trent Village Ambience"
  • "Media Horse Riding"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Gravity Falls Mystery Tour" from Disney Infinity, "Makura Kouji" from Mushishi, and "Animal Apogee" from RuneScape
  • Outro (feat. "Nighttime")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_74.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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By popular demand -- which you should read as "Syl's imperial fiat" -- the Battle Bards are returning to the fertile musical landscape of spooky and magical tunes. From undead taverns to fairy courts, the bards explore all manner of sparkly, moody themes. So turn the lights down low, brew your favorite beverage, and enjoy!

Episode 73 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Comfort" from Forsaken World and "Quiet Place" from Ragnarok 2)
  • "Undead Tavern" from World of Warcraft
  • "Magiteknical Difficulties" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Old History Area Theme" from Angels Online
  • "The Ghost Ship Navislamia" from Rappelz
  • "All's Fairy in Love and War" from RuneScape
  • "White Forest" from ArcheAge
  • "The Falls of Nimrodel" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: "Little Girl, Gen" from Child of Light, "Dodging Bullets" from Quantum Break, and "Harvest Hazards" from Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
  • Outro (feat. "The Magic Forest" from LEGO Universe)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_73.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Can you believe it -- it's the third anniversary of Battle Bards already! Three years ago, Steff, Syp, and Syl joined forces to create the world's first, best, and only MMORPG music podcast. It's been an incredible ride, and for the show's birthday the Bards have invited our listeners to contribute more of their favorite tracks for a listeners request show! It's a plus-sized show, so enjoy - and thanks everyone for sticking with us through 72 episodes!

Episode 72 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "The Hollin Gate" from Lord of the Rings Online and "Invincible" from World of Warcraft)
  • "Tokyo 2" from The Secret World (submitted by Gryph)
  • "The Chosen" from Revelation Online (submitted by Thoroughmas)
  • "Nym's Property" from Star Wars Galaxies by (submitted by Bree)
  • "...But Still We Go On" from EVE Online (submitted by Galactrix)
  • "Embers in the Storm" from Bless (submitted by Jaedia)
  • "The Land Will Weep" from World of Warcraft (submitted by Tyler)
  • "King Thordan" from Final Fantasy XIV (submitted by Marc Evans)
  • "Bloody Battle" from Blade & Soul (submitted by Weakness)
  • "Dream Theme" from Glitch (submitted by Tithegha)
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (feat. "Valentine's Day Theme" from FFXIV)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_72.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Let's get this out of the way up front: No, Ragnarok Online 2 isn't the type of game that you'd think would have a terrific soundtrack, and yes, it totally has a terrific soundtrack. On this episode, the Battle Bards skip through renowned Japanese composer Yoko Kanno's score, picking out their favorite tracks from this fantasy MMO. Will they convince you that this is a hidden gem? Listen and see!

Episode 71 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Beginners" and "Misha")
  • "EverLand (Instrumental)"
  • "Yoru (Violin)"
  • "Small Dungeon"
  • "Clap and Walk"
  • "Din Don Dan Dan"
  • "Afternoon"
  • "Stone Music"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks (feat. "Sinister Euphoria" from Aura Kingdom, "A Writer's Dream" from Alan Wake, and "The Battle of Lil' Slugger" from Super Meat Boy)
  • Outro (feat. "Boss Battle [Karaoke]")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_71.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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While loud and brash music might be what often grabs our attention, the astute soundhound will keep an ear out for beautiful low-key pieces that weave through MMORPGs. Today the Battle Bards crew dials it back to look at tracks that exude ambience in all of its forms. From Final Fantasy XIV to Chronicles of Spellborn, interesting and noteworthy ambient tracks were unearthed, dissected, and returned to the soil for future blossoming.

Episode 70 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Ambient Track" from EverQuest and "Helm's Hold Ambient" from Neverwinter)
  • "In Golden Light" from The Secret World
  • "Snowcloak" from FFXIV
  • "Meditation of the Oracle" from Chronicles of Spellborn
  • "Smoke from Down Below" from EVE Online
  • "Vashj'ir" from World of Warcraft
  • "Spore Me" from Myst Uru
  • "Devidians Ambient" from Star Trek Online
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks (feat. "Edge and Flight" from Mirror's Edge, "Overture" from Stargate Worlds, "Enchanted Forest Pursuit" from Rayman Legends)
  • Listener request send-in
  • Outro ("Loading Loop" from The Sims Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_70.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Today, the Battle Bards are back for a special update and podcast episode!

First things first, for all those of you who frequent twitter and would like to receive regular updates on our shows as well as MMO music in general, you can now follow us via our official twitter feed @battlebardscast. Don't hesitate to contact us there or leave feedback or suggestions on twitter in the future - we love to hear from you!

As some of you know, Battle Bards is part of The Gaming and Entertainment Network, a free collaboration of independent gaming and geekery related podcasts bringing news, discussion and shenanigans to audiences since 2014. TGEN also hosts a quarterly round-table show, the TGEN Tribunal, across all our podcasts which is hosted by a different member every time in order to spread some linklove across all our shows and make discovery easier for our individual audiences. For this fourth episode of the Tribunal, it was our turn with Syl doing the honors on behalf of Battle Bards.

 TGEN Tribunal Episode 04 show notes

  • VR in Gaming 2016: Are we excited yet?
  • Crowdfunding versus E-Begging: What's the difference?
  • Non-Combat MMOs/games: Can we do this already?

All music intro/outros via www.bensound.com

Co-Hosts:

Thanks to our listeners for tuning in and supporting TGEN! You can find regular updates from all our shows on the official website or follow the network on twitter @TGENPodcastNet. See you next week as business resumes as usual here on Battle Bards with a brand new episode 70 - it's getting ambient!

Direct download: TGEN_Tribunal_episode_04.mp3
Category:tgen -- posted at: 9:06am EDT
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