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 every other week, 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 every other week, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.

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When the bards aren't playing their tunes (or at least listening to them), they're facing down the fiercest, biggest bad guys in all of MMOs.  It's at this point of conflict that they raise a finger and say to the Undead Lord of Hell, "Oh hey, is this song included on the official soundtrack?"

That's right, it's an entire episode devoted to "epic" boss battles!  How epic is up to each of the hosts' interpretation, but it's pretty dang entertaining nevertheless.

Episode 23 show notes

  • Intro (including "Epic Boss Battle" from Elsword Online and "Boss Room 1" from Atlantica Online)
  • "Ragnaros/Molten Core" from World of Warcraft (comp. Jason Hayes, Tracy W. Bush, Derek Duke and Glenn Stafford)
  • "Mutants of Delta Bunker" from Defiance (comp. Bear McCreary)
  • "Wizard City Boss Tower" from Wizard101 (comp. Unknown)
  • "Tough Battle" from Final Fantasy XI (comp. Naoshi Mizuta)
  • "Romulan Battle Suite" from Star Trek Online (comp. Kevin Manthei)
  • "King Toad" from Guild Wars 2 (comp. Maclaine Diemer and Leif Chappelle)
  • "Epic Raid Boss 2 / Zod" from DC Universe Online (comp. Tracy W. Bush)
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Mailbag: Scott, Thuan, and Alyndale
  • Outro (“Victory!” from Guild Wars 2)

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_23.mp3
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A long time ago the Battle Bards gave their frank analysis of the immense Guild Wars 2 soundtrack.  While that podcast won several awards and is now being used as standard class curriculum in all primary schools, the original Guild Wars has remained untouched... until now.  Join the crew as they travel back to 2005 to see how the original OST stacks up against its sequel!

Episode 22 show notes

  • Introduction (including "Prophecies Theme" and "Resplendent Makuun")
  • "First Light"
  • "Ashford Abbey"
  • "Over the Shiverpeaks"
  • "Under the Dark Span (Asura theme)"
  • "Eye of the Storm"
  • "Factions Theme"
  • "Festival of Lyss"
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Mail: Joseph's speakpipe (JVT Workshop)
  • Mail: Rory's speakpipe
  • Mail: Doone
  • Outro ("Alternate Theme")

Composed by Jeremy Soule

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_22.mp3
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What MMO music truly moves us?  That's the wide-open question that Steff asked the Battle Bards crew to tackle for today's show.  While there's a variety of answers and perspectives on this, what you'll find is a ton of excellent music and heart-felt discussion!

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Episode 21 show notes

  • Introduction (including "Flicker of Light" from Dragon's Prophet and "A Story of Hope and Healing" from WildStar)
  • "Alderaan, the Throne" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "Lovers Reunited/Heine theme" from Lineage II
  • "Emei" from Age of Wushu
  • "Epilogue: The Eternal Empire" from Age of Conan
  • "Bluecoral Town" from Lime Odyssey
  • "Autumn in Ascalon" from Guild Wars
  • "Red Stone and Golden Leaves" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Mail from Nick
  • Speakpipe challenge!
  • Outro ("Bluecoral Town")

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_21.mp3
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For the momentous occasion of our 20th episode, we Battle Bards have chosen to examine the epic music of... Flyff?  Seriously?  OK, who thought this was a good idea?  No, no, we'll go ahead and do the show, we're professionals.  But Flyff?

Yes.  Flyff.  More Flyff than you can handle!

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Episode 20 show notes

  • Introduction (including “Title Screen" and "General")
  • "Flaris Town Theme"
  • "Death"
  • "Saint Morning"
  • "Crisis/Darkon 1-2 Battle Theme"
  • "General Theme (Flaris)"
  • "Playground"
  • "Darkon Forest Theme"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Mail from Rowan
  • Mail from Dolnor
  • Outro (“Playground”)

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_20.mp3
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The Battle Bards are welcoming 2014 with a heaping dose of DEATH!  Dead MMOs, that is.  Sit right back as we take you on a musical journey through sunsetted games.  Even though you can no longer play them, their ghosts live on through song!

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Episode 19 show notes

  • Introduction (including "Karakorum" from Auto Assault and "World Map 2" from The Sims Online)
  • "Freedom Theme" from City of Heroes
  • "Birth of a Player City" from Star Wars Galaxies
  • "Little Girl / Guild Hall" from Meridian 59
  • "LoadingH" from The Matrix Online
  • "Blue Turns to Grey" from Tabula Rasa
  • "Met With Honor" from Warhammer Online
  • "Griddle Forest" from Glitch
  • Which one was our favorite?
  • Outro ("Rattle Tooth Theme" from Dungeon Runners)

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_19.mp3
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For their final podcast (of the year), the Battle Bards are singing the saga of heroes.  If that's too vague, we'll just be up-front.  It's Vanguard.  We're talking Vanguard's OST.  It was a difficult soundtrack to review because it contained a paradox.  What is that paradox?  Listen, we're not going to spoil everything here -- just listen to the show!

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Episode 18 show notes

  • Introduction (including "Main Theme")
  • "Brightwood Dells"
  • "Celestial Hills"
  • "Steppes of the Sunset"
  • "Grotto of the Sea Hags"
  • "Kaon Mage School"
  • "Falgarholm"
  • "Bamboo Forest"
  • Which one was our favorite?
  • Outro ("Bamboo Forest Combat")

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_18.mp3
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This week on Battle Bards, Steff, Syl, and Syp recall their first steps into MMOs -- and the music that would be forever linked to those events.  Yup, it's starter zone week on the show, so break out a big canister of nostalgia and join us!

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Episode 17 show notes

  • Introduction (including "Silverwood Forest" from RIFT and "Autumn in Ascalon" from Guild Wars)
  • "Freemarch" from RIFT
  • "Elwynn Forest and Westfall Cataclysm" from World of Warcraft
  • "Seascape" from Anarchy Online
  • "Teldrassil" from World of Warcraft
  • "Archet" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Karana" from EverQuest
  • "Tython the Wellspring" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Which one is our favorite?
  • Mailbag
  • Outro ("Freedom Court" from City of Heroes)

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_17.mp3
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Fresh off their Lunatic Lutes World Tour, the bards have decided to do one encore presentation (until the next show, that is).  The topic du jour?  It's Aion, baby!  Your ears will thank us when this hour is over and you've experienced the exciting, lovely music that's contained herein.

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Episode 16 show notes

  • Introduction (including "The Still, Sad World" and "Solid State Battle")
  • "Utopia 3.0 main theme"
  • "Tower of Eternity"
  • "Song of Katalam / 4.0 login"
  • "Fortress of Gods"
  • "Death Waltz"
  • "Steel Rake"
  • "Canyon"
  • Which one is our favorite?
  • Mailbag
  • Outro ("Marks of Dark Wound")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_16.mp3
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Can music make a battle-hardened bard cry?  That's what we're going to put to the test on today's episode.  Syl came up with the theme of "tearjerkers," and it's up to a bewildered Syp and a stoic Steff to figure out what will fit the bill.  It's a surprisingly lively hour of music and discussion across a wide range of MMOs.  Check it out!

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Episode 15 show notes

  • Introduction (including "Tasca's Demise" from Guild Wars and "Rule City" from Ultima X Odyssey)
  • "Intro Cinematic" from Blade & Soul
  • "Forgotten Sorrow (in-game piano version)" from Aion
  • "Sorrowful Lamentations of a Rusty Heart" from Rusty Hearts
  • "Ul'dah Town Theme at Night" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "The Sea of Sorrows" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Shadow Kingdom" from Asheron's Call 2
  • "Arthas, My Son" from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
  • Outro ("Forgotten Sorrow" from Aion)

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_15.mp3
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Sometimes the Battle Bards have to give attention to the "little MMOs" out there.  Maybe you've never heard of World of Warcraft, but you probably have played Warcraft: Orcs & Humans back in the day.  Well, this is the MMO that's set in the same universe, and believe it or not, it's got some great tunes.  Let's give it a listen, why not?

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Episode 14 show notes

  • Introduction (including “Main Theme” from World of Warcraft and "Howling Fjord" from Wrath of the Lich King)
  • "A Call to Arms" from World of Warcraft
  • "Elwynn Forest" from World of Warcraft
  • "The Shaping of the World" from World of Warcraft
  • "The Sin'dorei" from The Burning Crusade
  • "Castaways" from Cataclysm
  • "Mountains of Thunder" from Wrath of the Lich King
  • "Stormstout Brew" from Mists of Pandaria
  • Mailbag: Ian
  • Outro (“Salty Sailor” from Taverns of Azeroth)

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_14.mp3
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