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 may see itself as an "old school fantasy MMO," but Rappelz' soundtrack is a great mixture of old and new, traditional and experimental. In this episode, the daring and ever-courageous Battle Bards plumb the depth of this score and see what can be brought out of obscurity and into the light!

Episode 143 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "A New Epic," "Breeze of Old Forest," and "Resonance of the World")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "The Deva"
  • "Crystal Mountain"
  • "The Temple of the Masters"
  • "A Horizon in the Sunset"
  • "A Lost and Secret Island"
  • "The Morning Breaks of Rondo"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail: Bullwraith, Katriana, Caroline, and Michael
  • Jukebox picks: "Cierzo" from Outward, "Green Village Baruchie" from Another Eden, and "La Pintarroja" from Tropico 6
  • Outro (feat. "The Ursa Caverns")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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In MMORPGs across the world, days are beginning and days are ending -- and with them come the catharsis of the sunrise and sunset. The Battle Bards draw together in this special stillness to discuss some of the in-game tracks devoted to these moments. So from sunrise to sunset, here are the melodic moods that accompany our journeys online.

Episode 142 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "The Flag at Dusk" from Blade & Soul, "The Warming Sunrise" from Star Wars Galaxies, and "A Horizon in the Sunset" from Rappelz)
  • "Sunrise" from RuneScape
  • "Weeping Sunrise" from Runes of Magic
  • "Dawn Gleams on Cyrodil" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Sunrise" from Worlds Adrift
  • "Crimson Sunset" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Eternal Sunset" from TERA
  • "Sunset Ridge" from City of Heroes
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Scott, Nogamara, Zinn, YD Wes, Phubarrh (listen)
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from The Secret of Monkey Island, "Day of the Bright Sun" from My Time at Portia, and
  • Outro (feat. "Dusk Song of High Elves" from Elder Scrolls Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Fans of retro video game music have heard all of the same classics over and over again, which is why in today's episode of Retro Reprise, Chaos Constant and Syp dip into the more unknown titles of the Sega Genesis library for tunes that you may have overlooked! From the tense atmosphere of Warsong to the futuristic music of Pulseman, this show might have your new favorite track waiting to be discovered.

Retro Reprise Episode 18: Obscure Genesis Games 

  • Intro
  • "Kingdom Knight" from Warsong
  • "Soltype" from Alien Soldier
  • "Wily Stage 1" from Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • "An Old Sad Dance" from King Colossus
  • "Neo Tokyo" from Pulseman
  • "Stereo Protect" from Pulseman
  • "Splash Down!!" from Ristar
  • "Midnight Greenhouse" from Knuckles Chaotix
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT
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The Battle Bards take to the sky to investigate the somewhat obscure Riders of Icarus and see if the lofty visuals can be matched by the music -- or if this soundtrack has been grounded for good! "Surprisingly rich" and "theatrical" are review terms that the Battle Bards are willing to license out to the studio to put on the soundtrack cover.

Episode 141 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Character Creation" and "Attauis")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Character Selection"
  • "The Beginning"
  • "First Elite"
  • "Fort Baellus"
  • "Artisan Square"
  • "Floor 34 Boss Theme"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Caroline, Katriana, Zoward, Paragon Lost, and Maggie May
  • Jukebox picks: "Crimson Caribbean" from Blackwake, "Field Tutorial Zone" from Mabinogi, and "The Castle" from Dead Cells
  • Outro (feat. "Sea of Hakanas")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_141.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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It's one of the most powerful and versatile of musical instruments, and now the piano is getting its own featured show here on Battle Bards! The crew re-assembles, not to avenge, but to uplift beautiful, striking, and moving piano themes from MMORPGs. So tickle the ivories with Syl, Steff, and Syp as they listen to today's signature tracks.

Episode 140 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Breezewind Park" from Blade and Soul, "Main Theme" from The Secret World, and "Piano Works #1 Serendia" from Black Desert)
  • "Theobomos Hotel" from Aion
  • "Purple" from Worlds Adrift
  • "Kaelar and Empyrean Freeholds" from Ashes of Creation
  • "Tieve's Theme" from Vindictus
  • "Lullaby" from Chronicles of Spellborn
  • "The Die is Cast" from Tree of Savior
  • "Ancient City" from FFXIV
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Katriana and IronSalamander8 [link]
  • Jukebox picks: "Chiasm" from GRIS, "Main Theme" from Neon Chrome, and "The Beginning" from Resident Evil 2 Remake
  • Outro (feat. "Hywel" from Mabinogi)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_140.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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They might not have been the AAA-budget titles of the 1990s, but shareware games were perhaps even more well-known due to the proliferation of these demos. Studios such as id, Epic, and Apogee made their mark with these titles -- and the simple but memorable tunes from each got lodged into our brains. Joining Syp today is Chaos Constant from Occasional Hero, who is a self-professed retro game music fan and has plenty to say about the shareware era!

Show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Cruising with Stryker" from Major Stryker and "The City Streets" from Duke Nukem 3D)
  • "Title Theme" from Halloween Harry
  • "Toy Factory Table" from Epic Pinball
  • "Main Theme" from Duke Nukem 3D
  • "Welcome to a Kick in the Pants in Good Old Hillville" from Commander Keen 4
  • "Main Theme" from Mystic Towers
  • "Spiders" from Jill of the Jungle
  • "Shooting Star" from Major Stryker
  • "Episode 1 Levels 4-6" from Stargunner
  • Outro ("Beach Bunnies" from Jazz Jackrabbit)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT
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It has been a good long while since the Battle Bards walked the road that led them from the Shire to Mordor, but now they're back in Lord of the Rings Online -- and they have a lot of positive things to say about this beloved soundtrack. If the word "quaint" can ever be used as a recommendation for a score, it has to be done so here! Tune in as these three Minstrels share a few favorite tracks you may not have heard before.

Episode 139 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Let Us Sing Together," "Rivendell," and "Urgent Errands")
  • "Coronation of Aragorn"
  • "Mug in Your Hand"
  • "Brigand's Tale”
  • "Night in the Shire"
  • "Malthellam, the Steward of the Vale"
  • "Tavern Lore"
  • "Cape of Belfalas Housing"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Hamblepants and Jaedia
  • Jukebox picks: "Chicken Illuminati HQ" from Guacamelee 2, "Menu Music" from Kingdom Hearts 3, and "Towergrounds" from Forgotton Anne
  • Outro (feat. "Battle of Pelennor Fields Final Victory")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_139.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Boy howdy, is it time for another highfalutin Battle Bards episode? Shucks, looks like! In this week's show, the trio saddle up for a ride through the tumbleweeds and mesas of western MMO tunes. It may be slim pickins, but the pickins are actually pretty good!

Episode 138 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Renewal" from Fallen Earth, "Ashe" from Overwatch, and "Crimson Hills" from Aion)
  • "Calm Guitar" from Crossout
  • "Thermock Hold" from WildStar
  • "Way Out West" from LEGO Worlds
  • "Main Theme" from Wild West Online
  • "Eyes of Ice" from Aion
  • "Cool Ranch Tumbleweed Explorer" from Pirate101
  • "Main Theme" from Dino Storm
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Katriana and PanagiotisLial
  • Jukebox picks: "Legend of the Eagle Bearer" from Assassin's Creed Odyssey, "Into the Wilderness" from Wild Arms, and "Escape" from Return of Obra Dinn
  • Outro (feat. "Antique Cowboy" from Ragnarok Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_138.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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The Amiga series of computers is renowned for its amazing sound -- and the terrific scores that video game composers were able to wrangle. In this episode of Retro Reprise, Syl joins Syp for a look and listen back at this machine and the tunes that carry on its legacy!

Show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Space Ninja" from Lotus 3)
  • "Theme" from Deflektor
  • "Ending" from Fuzzball
  • "Hymn to Aurora" from Horace Wimp
  • "Theme" from The Humans
  • "Theme" from The Carl Lewis Challenge
  • Outro (feat. "Theme" from Hero Quest)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_16.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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What's your hero's theme? If you play League of Legends, you know the answer to that already, because every hero in that game has his, her, or its own musical motif, from the dour to the delightful. In this episode of Battle Bards, the crew turns to this popular MOBA to see what heroic themes are pure ear candy.

Episode 137 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Elementalist Lux," "Odyssey Login," and "Snowdown 2018")
  • "Irelia"
  • "Arcade Ahri"
  • "Dragon Trainer Tristana"
  • "Kindred"
  • "Lulu"
  • "Tahm Kench"
  • "Braum"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Mika, Thomas, and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Warsongs: Silver Scrapes (ProtoShredanoid Remix)" from League of Legends, "Can't Wait Until Night" from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and "Stars at Our Backs" from Monster Hunter World
  • Outro ("Jinx, the Loose Cannon")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_137.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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