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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Ever feel like the Battle Bards have covered every MMO soundtrack in existence? It's actually far from true, and today's episode is Exhibit A to prove it. The team looks at seven online RPGs that have never had a single track featured on a Battle Bards show -- and it's a fun discovery process! So settle back as we roll out 100% debuts!

Episode 136 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Terminus" from Pantheon and "Main Theme" from Otherland)
  • "A Harsh Winter Fell" from Camelot Unchained
  • "Intro Theme" from Rising Force Online
  • "Aman's Theme" from Lost Ark
  • "Outdoors" from The 4th Coming
  • "Sea of Hakanas" from Riders of Icarus
  • "East Sea Plain (night)" from Dream of Mirror Online
  • "The Magic Shop" from PlaneShift
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Mika, Theldos, Myre_Test, Mike, and Raphael
  • Jukebox picks: "Sea Theme" from Heroes of Might and Magic IV, "Dog" from MineCraft, and "Cave" from Blue Dragon
  • Outro ("Lorencia" from Mu Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_136.mp3
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It's Battle Bards vs. Battle for Azeroth -- and only one victor will come out of this alive! Actually, the podcast trio is delighted to have another World of Warcraft expansion to explore and investigate. Will it be destined to obscurity as this x-pack apparently will be, or does the score rise above and beyond Blizzard's design flaws? Find out in today's show!

Episode 135 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "The Grand Bazaar," "Drustvar," and "Freehold")
  • "Pride of the Seas"
  • "Crimson Forest"
  • "Might of the Zandalar"
  • "Zuldazar Zandalari Lament"
  • "The Motherlode Dungeon"
  • "Time and Tide"
  • "Tiragarde Sound Tavern (Night)"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Pedro Macedo Camacho (Composer, Star Citizen), Katriana, and
    Jinxed Thoughts
  • Jukebox picks: "Pallet Town" from Pokémon Let's Go, "Hunting Path" from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and "Another Voyage" from Chrono Cross
  • Outro ("Dive Bar C")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_135.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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On this episode of Retro Reprise, Syl drags Syp back to her childhood playing on the Atari ST -- and the tunes that made this machine so memorable. Do these tracks withstand the test of time? Find out -- if you dare!

Show notes

  • Intro
  • "Theme" from Wizball
  • "Theme" from Toki
  • "In-Game Music" from Bubble Bobble
  • "Theme" from Wonderboy in Monsterland
  • "Theme" from Mousetrap
  • "Theme" from Xenon 2: Megablast
  • "Theme" from Bard's Tale
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_15.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! And, er, Halloween! Well, the Battle Bards were never much for subtlety, so you must excuse their efforts to sandwich two holidays -- and their related MMO soundtracks -- into one amazing yet confusing show. Whether you like to be spooked or Santa'd, this episode's got the score for you!

Episode 134 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Xmas Jazz Theme" from Lineage II, "White Christmas" from Ragnarok Online, and "Wistmead" from Lord of the Rings Online)
  • "Halloween 2018" from Black Desert
  • "Halloween" from Elsword
  • "Ice Day for Penguins" from RuneScape
  • "Jingle Bells" from Dragon Nest
  • "Frostfell" from EverQuest II
  • "Winter Wingding" from Glitch
  • "Gotham Winter Holiday" from DC Universe Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Scott, Cynalus, and Zinn
  • Jukebox picks: "Village of Rynoka" from Moonlighter, "Train Heist" from Red Dead Redemption 2, and "Bloody Tears" from Super Castlevania IV
  • Outro ("Santa Claus is Coming to Town" from Lime Odyssey)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_134.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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The sparkling majesty of space beckons to the hearts of the Battle Bards -- and up there they discover the Star Citizen soundtrack! In today's episode, Syl establishes that she's not a "scifi nerd," Syp causes an international crisis, and the team comes together to hand out praise to this rich score. 

Episode 133 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "A Symphony in Motion," and "First Light")
  • "Scifi Homage"
  • "Bishop Speech"
  • "Majesty of Space"
  • "Hero March"
  • "My Home"
  • "Leir III"
  • "Main Theme Happy Variation 1"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Cyclone Jack, Scott, Ken, and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Marble Gallery" from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, "Overture" from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and "A Jaunty Tune" from Death's Gambit
  • Outro ("The Ballad of Big Benny's")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_133.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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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
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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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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