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 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
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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
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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:battle bards -- 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:battle bards -- 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:battle bards -- 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:battle bards -- 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:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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The Battle Bards are taking an airship back to Eorzea to cover the soundtrack to the first expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, Heavensward. How does the expansion's score stack up to the original? How does it connect to Final Fantasies of the past? And will Syl spoil the plot for Syp? So many questions... so many mini-rants. It's a great show!

Episode 69 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Main Menu Theme” and "Alexander Boss Theme")
  • "Ishgard Pillars Day"
  • "Heroic Moments Theme"
  • "Aetherochemical Research Facility Theme"
  • "Fractal Continuum Theme"
  • "Matoya's Cave"
  • "Idyllshire Night Theme"
  • "Ravana"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Mail from WS_Dandelion about Dawngate
  • Jukebox (feat. "Oakvale" from Fable 2, "Stage One" from XCOM 2, and "A Place to Call Home" from FFIX)
  • Outro (feat. "Pharos Sirius Hard Mode Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_69.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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When an MMO player gets cozy in his or her in-game home, the sound is as essential to the ambiance as the decor. Not every game creates special music for player housing, but enough do that it's attracted the Battle Bards to take a closer look at the topic. Housing music and collectible tracks? It's starting to pick up momentum in MMOs, and Battle Bards is on the forefront of the revolution!

Episode 68 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Free 2 Party" from WildStar and "Chrono Trigger's Millenial Fair" from Trove)
  • "A Golden Field (Exile's Housing Theme)" from WildStar
  • "Karazhan Music Roll" from World of Warcraft
  • "Pernon Residential" from Aion
  • "Autumn Ale" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Home Sweet Home" from RuneScape
  • "Where the Hearth Is" from FFXIV
  • "Hammerknell Fortress Music Box" from RIFT
  • Jukebox (feat. "Echoes of a Zephyr" from FFXI, "Seaskape" from Splatoon, "Exploration" from Star Trek Online)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_68.mp3
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Before they were podcasters, the Battle Bards trained in sacred monestaries deep in the Chinese mountains, where they learned martial arts and life without wifi. As they tackle the Age of Wushu soundtrack this week, memories flood back of their life as kung fu artists who drifted from town to town, setting right what once was wrong.

Episode 67 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Martial Instance" and "Youyunshiliuzhou")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Chengdu"
  • "Luoyang"
  • "Zhouz"
  • "Lingxiaocheng"
  • "Scholars"
  • "Saibeicaoyuan"
  • Jukebox (feat. "Explore" from Aliens: Colonial Marines, "The Swindle Title" from The Swindle, "Episode 1, Track 1" from Life is Strange)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_67.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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