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, 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, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.


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It's high time that the Battle Bards lay prostrate at the feet of their social and intellectual superiors, the high and mighty Elves! Yes, it's a full episode of elven music, a virtual rainbow of harps and swirly magic and slightly grumpy hosts who use this opportunity to unload their gripes against this fantasy race.

Episode 87 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Teldrassil" from World of Warcraft and "Elf Wood" from MapleStory)
  • "Grey Havens" from LOTRO
  • "Elf Forest" from Forsaken World
  • "Allemantheia (The City of Truth)" from TERA
  • "High Elf Tomb" from World of Warcraft
  • "Unicorn's Rest (Elven Village)" from Lineage 2
  • "Elven Theme" from Allods Online
  • "Rena's Theme (Hope of the Elven)" from Elsword Online
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Rhyldan" from The Repopulation, "OST" from Fantasy Life, and "Welcome to Rapture" from BioShock
  • Outro ("Rena's Theme")

 

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With all of the unbridled love for World of Warcraft's soundtrack on Battle Bards, historically, you know that we couldn't let a new expansion score go without commentary. In this show, the three co-hosts tackle the weighty and lengthy Legion OST, cherry-picking their favorite tunes and confessing all manner of gaming sins.

Episode 86 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Kingdoms Will Burn" and "Dalaran Dawn")
  • "Anduin"
  • "The Last Stand"
  • "Requiem for the Lost Cities"
  • "Highmountain"
  • "Suramar City"
  • "Totems of the Grizzlemaw Revisited"
  • "Lion's Rest (Canticle of Sacrifice)"
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "America" from Civilization VI, "Tropos (Day)" from Owlboy, and "Me Too" from The Sims 4
  • Outro ("Karazhan 7.1")
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The desert is calling the Battle Bards, but are they willing to make the trek across these vast wastelands to see if the music is worthwhile or not? Guess co-host Scott joins Syl and Syp for a listen through several desert tracks to see what can be sifted from the sand. Is there treasure below or sun-bleached boredom?

Episode 85 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Tatooine, the Desert Sands” from Star Wars: The Old Republic and "Desert Wind" from AIKA Online)
  • "Kheshatta" from Age of Conan
  • "Desert Scape" from Aura Kingdom
  • "Sands of the Alik'r" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Desert Fortress Theme" from Cabal 2
  • "Liath Desert B" from Vanguard
  • "Tanaris" from World of Warcraft
  • "Sunset Desert" from MapleStory
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Countdown" from Dota 2, "Ryoshima Plains" from Okami, and "Sepiks Redux" from Destiny: Rise of Iron
  • Outro ("Desert Sun" from Ultima X Odyssey)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_85.mp3
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Need a podcast with a world sampler? Look no further than this episode, where co-hosts from the USA, Switzerland, and New Zealand join forces to discuss the Ultima Online games -- and yes, there's more than just one! Scott AKA Mylin subs in for Steff this week as the Battle Bards explore three Ultima titles and the fantastic music behind each.

Episode 84 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. “Stones” from Ultima Online and "The Hero's Call" from Ultima Forever)
  • "Cove" from Ultima Online
  • "Hail, Lady of Britannia" from Ultima Forever
  • "Misty Forest" from Ultima X
  • "Buccanneer's Den" from Ultima Online
  • "Despise the Light, Live in Shadows" from Ultima Forever
  • "Townlife" from Ultima X
  • "Rule City" from Ultima X
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Explore (Day 2)" from Skyrim, "Cable Car" from No One Lives Forever, and "Cold Steel Coffin" from NieR
  • Outro (feat. "Victory" from Ultima Online)

Download the officially free Ultima X Odyssey soundtrack here!

 

 

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Triumph and victory -- are they the same thing? Sometimes, but not always. On today's breathtaking episode of Battle Bards, the team tackles triumphant (and victorious!) themes from MMORPGs, trying to nail down what, exactly, makes a track fit in this category. Also, Syl totally breaks the rules of the show's format and she doesn't even apologize. That's how much of a rebel she is.

Episode 83 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "High Price of Victory" from ArcheAge and "Veranas City" from Runes of Magic)
  • "Battle of Pelennor Fields -- Final Victory" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Hail the Victor!" from Lineage 2
  • "Victory Banners" from Guild Wars
  • "Argent Tournament: Joust Event" from World of Warcraft
  • "Victory Theme" from Overwatch
  • "Victory" from Firefall
  • "Spark of Hope" from Dragon's Prophet
  • Which one did you like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "On the Wings of Adventure" from Pixelmon, "Hyperspace" from Star Control 2, "Main Theme" from Song of the Deep
  • Outro (feat. "Knighting Ceremony" from Lineage 2)

 

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This week on Battle Bards, the crew dips its toes into the "candyland" world of Dragon Nest. It's a game that belies stereotypical expectations, being both dark in theme and rich in music. Of course, Steff declares herself a wet blanket from the onset, but will she be won over by the show's end? Listen and find out!

Episode 82 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Dragon Nest - Fluttering Leaves of the Tree of Life" and "Apocalypse Battle")
  • "Song of the Goddess: The Eternal Path"
  • "Dark Lair"
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Mana Ridge"
  • "Horse Racing"
  • "Prairie Town"
  • "Calderock Pass"
  • Which one did you like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Flicker of Life" from Dragon's Prophet, "Happy Street" from Happy Street, "Titles" from Little Inferno
  • Outro (feat. "Colosseum")

 

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They may be ugly. They may be smelly. And they may have no table manners whatsoever. What, we're not talking about the Battle Bards! No, it's actually a reference to the subject matter of today's episode: Goblins, Orcs, and Ogres. The most unglamorous of MMO races get their day in the spotlight, as the co-hosts scrounge through soundtracks to find music that best represents their various cultures. Oh, and apparently Ogres are the odd man out, because they get nothin' other than a sad place in the show marquee.

Episode 81 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Plight of the Ogres" from World of Warcraft and "Down Down to Goblin-Town" from Lord of the Rings Online)
  • "The Crymbil (Goblins)" from Project Copernicus
  • "Orc Village" from Lineage II
  • "Kezan (Goblins)" from World of Warcraft
  • "Goblin Village" from Runes of Magic
  • "New Orsinium" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Greenskins (Orcs)" from Warhammer Online
  • "Cave of the Goblins" from RuneScape
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Along for the Ride" from Poly Bridge, "Light is Green" from Halo 5, and "Theme" from Squids
  • Outro (feat. "Goblin Sapper Quotes" from Warcraft III)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_81.mp3
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Never heard of Aura Kingdom? The Battle Bards hope that after an hour of attention, you might add a new title to your video game music library. This fantasy MMO has an exuberant score that nonetheless inspires vicious bickering and passionate speeches by the co-hosts. It's the 80th episode, and the Battle Bards are still going strong!

Episode 80 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Step by Step" and "Wise Tale")
  • "Welcome to the New World"
  • "Reflection"
  • "Archmage's Holy Land/Echoes of the Past"
  • "Grand City"
  • "Witcher Waltz"
  • "Hustle and Bustle"
  • "Fate of the Forest"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "The Last of Us" from The Last of Us, "Two Dots" from Two Dots, and "Summer (Tropicala)" from Stardew Valley
  • Outro (feat. "Hero")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_80.mp3
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Ready to battle it out more than usual? The Battle Bards are cranking up the combat tunes from MMORPGs today, inviting all sorts of violence and slap-happy tempos into the show. So strap on your sword, sling a shield on your back, and get ready to leap into the fray with a wide assortment of excellent -- and even unusual -- music tracks!

Episode 79 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Planes of Power Battle Music 2" from EverQuest and "Combat Part 3" from The Secret World)
  • "Dungeon Boss Music" from FFXIV: Heavensward
  • "Skull Island Broadside Combat" from Pirate101
  • "Savage Coast Combat" from Age of Conan
  • "Combat 4" from Black Desert Online
  • "Combat en Amakna" from Dofus
  • "Madera Combat" from Defiance
  • "High Battle 2" from EverQuest II
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Les Monstres" from Contre Jour, "Dearly Beloved" from Kingdom Hearts II, "Hymn to Aurora" from Horace Wimp
  • Outro ("Battle Music 3" from War Thunder)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_79.mp3
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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
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