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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Why not sail up to our dock and tie your ship to ours for an hour? The Battle Bards return for another great episode examining MMORPG music, with the focus this time around being on harbor and port music. Does the sight of boats sailing out into the open ocean inspire you? Then this music may be the soundtrack to your next great adventure!

Episode 128 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Selbina" from Final Fantasy XI, "New Bellin Port" from Risk Your Life, and "Hermalte Port" from Dragon Nest)
  • "Port BGM" from Lime Odyssey
  • "Lith Harbor" from MapleStory 2
  • "Aria de Coimbra" from Granado Espada
  • "Saltswept" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Port Noble" from City of Villains
  • "Epheria Port" from Black Desert
  • "Port Town Ilfalo" from Wizardry Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: "Deliverance" from God of War, "Jump Up, Super Star!" from Super Mario Odyssey," and "New Junk City" from Earthworm Jim
  • Outro (feat. "Port Malaya" from Ragnarok Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_128.mp3
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When you sit down to make a list of the greatest heroes that humanity has ever known, obviously the Battle Bards will top that list. So who better to comment on the music to the sadly neglected superhero MMO Champions Online than they? The trio wiggle into their ill-fitting tights and see if they can make sense of this off-kilter soundtrack before they have to dash out and save the day, yet again.

Episode 127 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Midtown," "Apostolic Church," and "Renaissance Center")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Location! Location! Location!"
  • "The Undying Reef"
  • "New Harmon Reeducation Facility"
  • "Sovereign Sunset"
  • "Renegade Run"
  • "Snake Gulch"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Scott
  • Jukebox Picks: "The Traveler" from Crusader: No Remorse, "Main Theme" from Octopath Traveler, and "Main Theme" from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Outro (feat. "7th Anniversary Celebration")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_127.mp3
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It's time to boldly go where no podcast has gone before -- by exploring MMO space themes! It's perhaps the flat-out goofiest and silliest Battle Bards episode to date, so you're going to have to excuse a whole lot of diversions, arguments, and giggles. Because that's what space does to people? We do not know.

This episode is also notable for Syl's all-time greatest quote, "Planets are usually in space." Usually.

Episode 126 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "A New Frontier" from Destiny 2, "Morning Star" from Anarchy Online, and "Centaurus" from Elite: Dangerous)
  • "First Light" from Star Citizen
  • "The Cold Science of Supremacy" from WildStar
  • "Terran Wander 3" from Earth and Beyond
  • "Delta Rising Theme" from Star Trek Online
  • "Through a Lush Ravine" from Wurm Online
  • "Main Theme" from Black Prophecy
  • "Theme Version 2" from Star Sonata
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Rafael, Bryan, and Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Revenant, "This Way" from The Terminator Sega CD, and "She Came from Outer Space" from A Hat in Time
  • Outro (feat. "Surface Tension Conference" from Star Trek Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_126.mp3
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The Battle Bards are always on the prowl for overlooked soundtracks from overlooked MMORPGs, and this week, they might have found a new one to share. Meet Archlord, a Korean title from 2005 that made very little waves in the west. Yet the music is pretty good and worthy of a listen. If you like epic high fantasy, then you're going to love today's episode!

Episode 125 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Shinewood," and "Thrilgard")
  • "Tullan"
  • "Limelight"
  • "Cie Selva"
  • "Elan Jines"
  • "Battle 2"
  • "Delfaras"
  • "Hariel"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Zalfig, Gamhuin, Minimalist Way, Rowan
  • Jukebox Picks: "Top of the World" from Steep, "Primitive Rage" from Descent, and "The Synapse" from Deus Ex, 
  • Outro (feat. "Battle 1")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_125.mp3
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It's a catch-all, catch-up episode for the Battle Bards as they dig through new soundtrack releases from MMORPGs that they've covered in the past! You may be prepared for an eclectic and enjoyable mix of music -- but there is no way that you can steel yourself for the raw and heartfelt confessions that take place on this show.

Episode 124 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Tiragarde Tavern" from World of Warcraft, "Never Look Back" from EVE Online, and "Mellow" from RuneScape)
  • "The River Running" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "The Last Train to Cairo" from The Secret World
  • "Old Wisdom Tree" from Black Desert
  • "The Inquest" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Temple of Erlik (Night Version)" from Age of Conan
  • "The Ruby Sea" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Summerset Theme" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "A Town Unlike Any Other" from Darkside Detective, "Main Menu" from StarCraft, "Main Theme" from Viridi
  • Outro ("Empyrea Leisure Dome" from Wizard101)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_124.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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With eagerness in their hearts, the Battle Bards rush toward another Guild Wars 2 soundtrack, ready to bask in the aural glory of this MMO that's known for its incredible music. But hark! What is this Path of Fire? Join us for a listen through a soundtrack that one unnamed soundtrack reviewer has termed "bland and generic." If that isn't a back-of-the-box quote, we don't know what is!

Episode 123 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "On the Banks of the Elon," "Highland Hares," and "Undead of Elona")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Sands of the Djinn"
  • "The Bounty Hunter"
  • "Legendary Ascent"
  • "Pricklepath Hollow"
  • "Welcome to Amnoon"
  • "Sands of Chaos (Percussion Version)"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Minimalistway
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Pharaoh, "Great Bustle" from Lost Sphear, and "Green Hill Zone Act 1" from Sonic Mania
  • Outro ("Veins of the Dragon")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_123.mp3
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In peaceful villages and bubbly burgs, you just know that there's bound to be an abundance of happy music! Whenever the Battle Bards regroup to lick their wounds and drink the terrors away, they often find that happy town music is perfect to soothe jangled nerves and re-center one's heroism. There's plenty of those tunes in today's episode, so recoup with them as they listen to the songs of the common folk.

Episode 122 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Kamasylvia Town" from Black Desert, "Medieval Village" from Runes of Magic, and "Colhen Theme" from Vindictus)
  • "Elysean Village" from Aion
  • "Townston" from Dungeon Runners
  • "Village Theme 3" from ArcheAge
  • "Magmeld Town" from Lineage II
  • "The Bells of Dale" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Mnene Village" from Echo of Soul
  • "Nunudito Town" from Lime Odyssey
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Katriana, Rafael (Blade and Soul track), Alyn
  • Jukebox Picks: "Braxton Burks" from Johto Legends, "Main Theme" from There Came an Echo, and "Lost Soul" from BioShock
  • Outro ("Emerald Village" from Blade and Soul)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_122.mp3
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After an incredibly long absence, Retro Reprise is back for a kind of weird episode -- but aren't those the best? On this week's show, Syp listens to many video game studio logos and fanfares from the 1990s. These jingles may be short, but we heard them so many times they became burned into our brains! Which one was your favorite?

Show notes

  • Intro (Sega Scream commercial)
  • Origin Systems
  • Rare
  • Capcom
  • Apogee
  • Hot-B
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Konami
  • Microprose
  • Interplay
  • Crystal Dynamics
  • LG Software
  • Micronet
  • Ocean Software
  • Seta Corporation
  • Sierra
  • Telegames
  • Warp
  • Outro
  • Special thanks to the Retro Video Game Logo Project!
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_13.mp3
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Find the complete list of our episodes since April 2013 below.

Retro Reprise

 
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After 50 episodes, the Battle Bards have made the brave decision to revisit the hallowed lands of Blade and Soul to look at two of the soundtrack expansions. The team combs through The World and Silverfrost Mountain albums to see what bounty can be harvested. It's another lively episode with plenty of upbeat music, so what are you waiting for?

Episode 107 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Hammer of the Dog Sorcerer," "The Dreamdrift," and "Hogshead Hamlet")
  • "The Road/Lycandi Foothills"
  • "The Pot Fighter"
  • "Pine Stone Island"
  • "The Stranger"
  • "Forest of Illusions"
  • "Blood Battle"
  • "Pig's Ranch"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: The Annotator podcast, "The Old Republic Theme" from Knights of the Old Republic, and "Gremori Dungeon Ver. 1" from Closers Online
  • Outro ("Snowy North")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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