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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Steam-powered tech, airships, clockwork machines, and automata are the source of inspiration for this week's episode of Battle Bards! The team scrounged the landscape of MMOs for music from and inspired by steampunk games. It's a wild grab bag of themes, so fire up your phonographs and give it a listen!

Episode 132 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Operation Gnomeregan" from World of Warcraft, "The Refugee" from City of Steam, and "Main Theme" from Arcanum)
  • "Main Theme" from Black Gold Online
  • "Lands of Igsh" from Allods Online
  • "Through the Epoch" from City of Steam
  • "Login Theme" from Divine Soul
  • "Ganedine" from Neo Steam
  • "Town" from Guns of Icarus
  • "Adventure Awaits" from Deepworld
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Video Game Music Soundtrack OST and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Dark Forest" from Rise of Nations, "Lakrum Beach" from Aion, and "CrossWorlds" from CrossCode
  • Outro ("Menace of the Underdark Character Creation" from Dungeons and Dragons Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_132.mp3
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It's been a year-and-a-half since Syl and Syp first dove into Final Fantasy music, but now the duo is back to discuss combat themes from four of the game's 1990s installments! From One-Winged Angel to The Man with a Machine Gun, it's all the classics you've been listening to -- and adoring -- for years, packaged with exclusive fan commentary!

Show notes (episode download, episode page)

  • Intro
  • FFV: "Clash on the Big Bridge"
  • FFVII: "Combat"
  • FFVII: "Jenova"
  • FFVII: "One-Winged Angel"
  • FFVIII: "The Man with a Machine Gun"
  • FFVIII: "The Extreme"
  • FFIX: "Combat"
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_14.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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It may be a fairly grim MMOARPG, but Path of Exile features a surprisingly, well, grim soundtrack. Guess that wasn't that much of a surprise! This episode, the Battle Bards wade into the fracas of this rather expansive soundtrack to see what audio treasure has been dropped by the zerg of mobs.

Episode 131 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "The Overseer's Tower," and "The Ascent")
  • "Fall of Oriath Theme"
  • "Four Guardians"
  • "Solaris Temple"
  • "Hunter or Prey"
  • "The Grand Arena"
  • "Templar Courts"
  • "Elder"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from CJ and Loopy
  • Jukebox picks: "A Distant Journey, Soaring on the Battlefronts" from Granblue Fantasy, "Main Theme" from Spider-Man 2018, and "First Steps" from Celeste
  • Outro ("The Aquaduct")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_131.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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While every Battle Bards episode is a cavalcade of strangeness, this week the team is ratcheting it up with the return of "Oddball" MMORPG music tracks. If there's a piece of music that made one of the hosts tilt their heads to the side and go "whaaat the what is this?" then rest assured, it's on this show!

Episode 130 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Robo Factory" from The Sims Online, "Little Kitty's Adventure" from Ragnarok Online, and "The Rube Song" from Glitch)
  • "Chompy Hunt" from RuneScape
  • "Flow Control" from Entropia Universe
  • "Welcome to Doram Town" from Ragnarok Online
  • "Valentine's Theme" from FFXIV
  • "Venetian Eclipse" from NeoSteam
  • "Papaya" from FFXIV
  • "BEER!" from WildStar
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Alleycat Blues" from TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, "Crush" from Command and Conquer Red Alert, and "White All Around Us" from Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Outro (feat. "Kobold Still Hates You" from Dungeons and Dragons Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_130.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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In today's episode, the Battle Bards crew row their dinghy to the island of Vvardenfell, where there is a rumor of the legend of the return of Morrowind. Yes, it's a tour through Elder Scrolls Online's first expansion soundtrack. Will it be enough to reverse a few negative opinions of the base MMO's score? (spoiler: yes indeedy!)

Episode 129 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Ascadian Idyll," "Omens Prophecy," and "Telvanni Towers")
  • "Shadow of Baar Dau"
  • "A Land of War and Poetry"
  • "Grazelands Dawn"
  • "Currents of the Odai"
  • "Reverie of the Netchimen"
  • "Magnus Smiles on Suran"
  • "Azura's Coast"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Deekay_zero
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Crash Bandicoot, "Darkness Rises" from The Banner Saga 3, "Traps" from Turrican II
  • Outro (feat. "Vvardenfell Vista")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_129.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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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
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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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
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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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
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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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:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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