A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The Battle Bards podcast alternates with Retro Reprise every other week, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.

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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. The Battle Bards podcast alternates with Retro Reprise every other week, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.

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"Magic can be ANYthing!"

The forces of magic run deep within MMORPGs, casting shadows of wonder wherever we look -- and listen. In today's show, Syl sparks a musical revolution as her fellow Bards struggle to rise to the challenge of defining what, exactly, constitutes a "magical" track and evokes that particular feeling. Did we nail it? You'll have to join us for the journey to find out!

Episode 97 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “The Magic Shop from PlaneShift and "The Magic Forest" from LEGO Universe)
  • "Ethereal" from Lord of Ultima/Ultima X Odyssey
  • "Crystal Castle" from Fiesta Online
  • "The Fortuneteller" from The Secret World
  • "All Out of Breadcrumbs" from WildStar
  • "Lost in a Spiderweb's Beauty" from Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • "Garangdol Plains" from ArcheAge
  • "The Elven Prophecy" from Runes of Magic
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "The Calm" from The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, "Kingsmouth Ahead" from The Secret World, and "Santa Monica" from Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
  • Outro (feat. “Magic Undergrowth” from Trove)
  • Stinger
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_97.mp3
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"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

With those words, you know you're in for a rollicking good adventure -- and some impressive and spellbinding music to match! On today's episode, the Battle Bards return to Star Wars: The Old Republic to look at the music of the recent expansions. Has the Force been with this MMO's soundtrack? I've got a bad good feeling about this!

Episode 96 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Star Wars Main Theme,” "Fallen Empire Main Theme," and "Scorpio, the Deceiver")
  • "The Alliance"
  • "Versus Arcann"
  • "Aries, the Mischievous"
  • "Lana, the Advisor"
  • "Odessen, the Sanctum"
  • "Serenity"
  • "Fulfilling Destiny"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Twin Seeds" from Nights into Dreams, "Boss Theme 1" from One-Way Heroics, and "Menu" from Spore
  • Outro (feat. "Escape from Zakuul")
  • Stinger

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_96.mp3
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Are they music critics or funky spelunkers? Today, the Battle Bards are both as they delve into the secrets of MMORPG cave and cavern music. It may not be a part of these games that you think about muchly, but underground spaces tend to be assigned their own unique sounds and themes. Let's check them out!

Episode 95 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Cave of Wonders" from Vanguard, "Cave of Life" from MapleStory, and "Christmas Caverns" from RuneScape)
  • "Mysterious Cavern" from Shroud of the Avatar
  • "Misterious Cave" from Lineage II
  • "Caverns of Time" from World of Warcraft
  • "Ursa Caverns" from Rappelz
  • "Nameless Cave" from Ragnarok Online 2
  • "Memorial Caverns" from Free Realms
  • "Kaphras Cave" from Black Desert
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Dragon Age Origins, "To the Ends of the Galaxy" from Stellaris, "Main Theme (Amiga)" from Secret of Monkey Island
  • Outro (feat. "Frostshard Cavern" from Aion)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_95.mp3
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Do you find the German language to be inherently terrifying? Then you're going to love the soundtrack to this German MMORPG! Actually, it's quite lovely and a diamond in the rough, at least according to some of the Battle Bards. Today's episode ventures into territory marked by a drakensang -- a "dragon's song" -- and emerges refreshed and renewed.

Episode 94 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Overture," "Where Ignorance Rules" and "A Glimpse of Atlantis")
  • "Opening/River of Time"
  • "Fight for Glory"
  • "Potpourri"
  • "Freunde/Friends"
  • "Born in the Era of Heroes"
  • "Ferdok"
  • "Kusliker Scherzo"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Hornet" from Hollow Knights, "Boost" from Velocity 2X, "Main Theme" from LEGO Dimensions
  • Outro (feat. "Home of Old Habits")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_94.mp3
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It's taken this long, but the Battle Bards have gone completely and irreversibly insane in the membrane! Today the team cracks open the door of the MMO music funhouse to see what off-kilter, crazy, and manic tunes may be found. WARNING: Once you've entered the asylum, you might find yourself a resident... for life!

Episode 93 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Cutely Grotesque and Certifiably Insane" from WildStar, "The Dream Palace" from The Secret World, and "Mischief" from Infinite Crisis)
  • "The Lunatic Court" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Woman Peeling Potatoes" from Tree of Savior
  • "Steel Rose" from Aion
  • "The Vault (Joker's Funhouse)" from DC Universe Online
  • "Select a Sim 2" from The Sims Online
  • "The Haunted Manor" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Dirge of the Damned" from Glitch
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Tailor Made" from Lemmings (SNES), "Main Theme" from Robinson the Journey, and "Delphinus Delphis" from Abzu
  • Outro (feat. "Dark Astoria Raimi Arcade" from City of Heroes)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_93.mp3
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Strap in for a fiery ride across the skies in today's episode of Battle Bards! While Dragon's Prophet was not fated to last long -- at least in North America -- it did leave behind a treasure trove of music that we've only started to dig into. The bards get a little dragonish themselves for this show, perhaps of a different opinion of what constitutes the perfect score for giant flying lizards.

Episode 92 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Rise of a Hero -- Call of Battle" and "Candlelight")
  • "Auratia"
  • "River"
  • "Flicker of Life"
  • "The Black Swan"
  • "Commoner's Dream"
  • "Light's Path"
  • "Helmoth"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Menu" from Conan Exiles, "Richer" from Valkyria: Azure Revolution, "Early Game 1" from Majesty
  • Outro (feat. "Dawn")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_92.mp3
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Take a stroll through the trees and become totally lost in the foliage, drinking in the sounds of the forest with today's show, as the Battle Bards go hiking through the woods to hear the music that they inspire. It's an hour of forest tales on this week's exploration of MMORPG soundtracks, so journey with us from Ultima X to Final Fantasy XI!

Episode 91 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Southern Janost Forest" from Runes of Magic and "Caledon Forest" from Guild Wars 2)
  • "Kingwood" from Ultima X Odyssey
  • "Albion Campacorentin Forest" from Dark Age of Camelot
  • "The Breeze of the Old Forest" from Rappelz
  • "Golden Wood Impression" from LOTRO
  • "Scatherran Forest Light" from RIFT
  • "Redwood (Ancient Forest)" from Aion
  • "The Sanctuary of Zi'tah" from FFXI
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Forest" from The Last Guardian, "Flash Forward" from Virginia, and "Heliosphere" from No Man's Sky
  • Outro (feat. "The Song of the Forest" from Blade and Soul)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_91.mp3
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Expecto MMOsium! The Battle Bards have donned their robes and taken to casting nasty spells on each other with their wands, all in the spirit of today's soundtrack -- Wizard101. This surprisingly expansive kid MMORPG visits a wide range of genres and has a score to match. But was the experience magical or mundane?

Episode 90 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Home Sweet Home," and "Grizzleheim 2")
  • "Avalon - High/Abbey Road"
  • "Polaris - Ballet Theme"
  • "Avalon - Main Theme"
  • "Wysteria - Pickswick Academy"
  • "Marleybone - Theme 1"
  • "Darkmoor - Main Theme"
  • "Wintertusk - Austrilund"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Bulls Eye" from Club Penguin, "Top of the World" from Eagle Flight, and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" from The Witcher 3
  • Outro (feat. "Polaris - Bad Ballet Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_90.mp3
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Candles will no longer haunt Syp's dreams -- Simon Belmont is here to whip them out of existence once and for all! Oh, and also Dracula. In today's show, Castlevania on the NES gets the star treatment as Syp dives into the music from the gothic horror platformer trilogy.

Episode 9: 8-bit Castlevania

  • Intro (feat. "Mansion" from Castlevania II)
  • "Vampire Killer" from Castlevania
  • "Starker" from Castlevania
  • "Wicked Child" from Castlevania
  • "Out of Time" from Castlevania
  • "Bloody Tears" from Castlevania II
  • "The Silence of the Daylight" from Castlevania II
  • "Beginning" from Castlevania III
  • "Deja Vu (Vampire Killer)" from Castlevania III
  • "Stream" from Castlevania III
  • Outro (feat. "Stage Clear" from Castlevania III)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_9.mp3
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When the sun goes down, the Battle Bards' work has just begun! In this week's episode, the crew explores nighttime music cues in MMOs, chasing the ever-elusive feel of what that period between dusk and dawn sounds like in game. Don't fall asleep!

Episode 89 show notes

  • Intro (feat."Shire Nights" from Lord of the Rings Online and "Moons of Evening Star" from Elder Scrolls Online)
  • "Painted Skies" from FFXIV
  • "Nacht" from Drakensang
  • "Starry Night" from Aura Kingdom
  • "Candlelight" from Dragon's Prophet
  • "Nighttime Music" from Black Desert Online
  • "Palace at Night" from Chronicles of Spellborn
  • "Rogshire Night 2" from Runes of Magic
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Heroic Assault" from Gears of War 2, "E3 2016 Trailer" from Cosmic Star Heroine, and "Main Theme" from Atlas Reactor
  • Outro ("Dusk of God" from MapleStory)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_89.mp3
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