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'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
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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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The world's first, best, and only MMORPG music podcast is back to venture into a rather obscure title, Myst Online! The Battle Bards delve into this odd, atmospheric soundtrack that isn't quite like what we're used to hearing in online games. There's some love, some hate, some snark, and some indigestion. Also, we discover several of Syl's greatest fears and force her to live through them.

Episode 121 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Spore Me," "Convergence," and "Kadish Tolesa Future Vault")
  • "Badlands"
  • "Trailer Music"
  • "Yeesha's Theme"
  • "Out of the Hive"
  • "Burn You Up, Burn You Down"
  • "K'veer"
  • "Air Stream"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: MP and Scott
  • Jukebox Picks: "Menu" from Pocket Mine, "Theme 3" from Doom 2016, and "City Chicks" from Pit People
  • Outro ("Gallery Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_121.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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Look down -- and it'll be the last thing you'll ever see! That's because fury and death arrive in the form of short character races in MMORPGs. Even if they hit below the belt, their music is sweet to the ears! In this episode of Battle Bards, the crew take on themes from Gnomes, Halflings, Dwarves, and other short races in MMOs.

Episode 120 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Dwarf Tavern" from World of Warcraft, "The Gnomes" from Project Copernicus, and "Exploring the Shire" from Lord of the Rings Online)
  • "The Call of Stone" from Warhammer Online
  • "Gnomes" from EverQuest Online Adventures
  • "Asura Theme" from Guild Wars 2
  • "New Tinkertown" from World of Warcraft
  • "Gnome Village II" from RuneScape
  • "Thorin's Hall" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Dwarven Village Theme" from Lineage II
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Chestnut Bowl, Fair Mores
  • Jukebox Picks: "Nomads of the White Desert" from Assassin's Creed Origins, "Deployment" from Hive Jump, and "First Steps" from Celeste
  • Outro (feat. "Dwarf Cave" from Forsaken World)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_120.mp3
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Believe it or not, it's the Battle Bards' fifth anniversary! From its weirdly humble beginnings back in 2013 to our arrogant ramblings here in 2018, coverage of MMO music must continue! In today's episode, we'll be listening to a surprisingly good soundtrack: Skyforge. Yes, that Russian sci-fi MMO from the Allods team that lets you grow into your ego as a god. Groove on these tunes and see if there's a new sleeper soundtrack waiting for you!

Episode 119 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Pioneers," "Story Without End," and "Wilderness")
  • "Dreams of Aelion"
  • "Login Theme"
  • "Stronghold"
  • "Campaign Music"
  • "Aelinar"
  • "Forest Retreat"
  • "Battle"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Rafael and Mark
  • Jukebox Picks: "Breathe the Black" from Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, "Skalitz 1403" from Kingdom Come Deliverance, and "A.C.I.D." from Into the Breach
  • Outro (feat. "Illusion")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_119.mp3
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What are your favorite memories of those first few days in a brand-new MMORPG? Chances are that those memories are inextricably connected to the music of these beginning areas. On today's episode of Battle Bards, the crew revisits starting zone themes to talk about the experience of those first critical steps in an online game -- and the songs that connect us forever to that.

Episode 118 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Dun Morogh" from World of Warcraft, "Autumn in Ascalon" from Guild Wars, and "Silverwood" from RIFT)
  • "Emerald Falls" from Revelation Online
  • "Bleakrock Isle" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Ronfaure" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Azuremyst Isle" from World of Warcraft
  • "Olvia" from Black Desert
  • "The Black Shroud" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Newbie Melody" from RuneScape
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Hirvox and GeorgeWilson3
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Menu" from Life is Strange: Before the Storm, "With Sympathy" from Gears of War 2, "The Descent into Spring Valley" from Nine Parchments
  • Outro (feat. "Isle of Refuge" from EverQuest II)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_118.mp3
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Two Destinies for the price of one! For this episode, the Battle Bards are gearing up in their favorite space armor to take on highlights from both of the Destiny soundtracks. From buyer's regret to confusing the gender of a key character, there is all sorts of on-air therapy happening with this kooky trio!

Episode 116 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Sepiks Prime," "The Wilds," and "Ikora")
  • "Inner Light" from Destiny 2
  • "The Traveler" from Destiny 1
  • "The Ecstasy (Jupiter)" from Destiny 1
  • "Lost Light" from Destiny 2
  • "The Last City" from Destiny 2
  • "Holliday" from Destiny 2
  • "The Farm" from Destiny 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: rafael12104, Katriana, Veon91
  • Jukebox Picks: "Becalmed" from Sea of Thieves, "Track One" from Loong Online, and "Riverside Bogie" from Railway Empire)
  • Outro (feat. "The Union (Mercury)")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_117.mp3
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Mighty and majestic, scaly in hide and shrewd of mind, smoking with fury unabated... these are the Battle Bards! Also, dragons. Yes, in today's episode, the Bards tackle the soundtracks to one of the most iconic fantasy creatures of all time. So call over your good luck dragon and get your best Sean Connery voice on as we loot the musical hoard of these beasts.

Episode 116 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Bash the Dragons" from Guild Wars 2, "Shinryu's Theme" from Final Fantasy XIV, and "Drakonspire Depths" from Aion)
  • "Sindragosa" from World of Warcraft
  • "The Valley of Dragons" from SUN
  • "A White Dragon Fallen into the Earth" from Dragon's Dogma Online
  • "Mordremoth" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Dragon Considers" from The Secret World
  • "Spirit Island" from Istaria
  • "Tiamat's Requiem" from Aion
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Frazleytastic, Pandalulz, Jdub, Mylin1
  • Jukebox picks: "The Valley of the Blinding Mist" from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, "Milton's Tower" from What Remains of Edith Finch, and "Ave Maria" from Hitman: Blood Money
  • Outro ("Here Be Dragons" from Guild Wars 2)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_116.mp3
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Forgettable ambient noise or entrancing space sounds? This is the debate that's at the core of today's episode, as the Battle Bards take on EVE Online's beloved and perhaps misunderstood soundtrack. It's a journey that goes far beyond our galaxy to one full of intrigue, industry, and space discotheques!

Episode 115 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Below the Asteroids," "Odyssey," and  "I Saw Your Ship (symphony version")
  • "Akat Mountains"
  • "Minmatar Rock"
  • "Hail to the Explorer"
  • "Theme from Jita"
  • "Red Glowing Dust"
  • "Merchants, Looters, and Ghosts"
  • "The Dealer"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Veon91, Zen Dadaist, KatsPurr
  • Jukebox picks: "Musik 2" from Hotline Miami, "Battlefield One" from Battlefield 1, and "Theories of an Eager Heart" from Planet Coaster
  • Outro (feat. "EVE Fanfest 2013 Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_115.mp3
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Yes officer, these Battle Bards were well above the speed limit and violated many noise complaints in the local neighborhoods. But it was for a good cause, sir! This music from vehicular MMOs is just way too good to keep quiet! What's that? You'll let them go with just a warning? You only know they're going to peel out and look for another score to settle!

Episode 114 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Snowmobile Chase" from The Secret World, "Harmonic Vengeance" from Auto Assault, and "Racing 4 Pinks" from Motor City Online)
  • "Garage" from Crossout
  • "Smuggler Track S Two" from Grand Theft Auto Online
  • "Assault of Fort Harrison" from Auto Assault
  • "Kharkov" from World of Tanks
  • "A2B" from The Crew
  • "My Garage" from Drift City
  • "Redlining" from Motor City Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Scott Rankin and Chillos Smith Jr.
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, "The Ballad of Doctor Death" from Outlaws, "Free Roaming" from Owlboy
  • Outro (feat. "Beyond the Precipice" from War Thunder)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_114.mp3
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Alien, quiet, and weird -- that's the Anarchy Online soundtrack for you in a nutshell. For the first episode of 2018, the ever-contentious Battle Bards are back to quibble about, gush over, and nitpick the score to one of the older sci-fi MMOs on the market today.

Episode 113 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Seascape," "Spiritual Elysium," and "The Cup")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Majestic Omni"
  • "Omni-Tek Theme"
  • "Ancient Civilizations"
  • "Dungeon Dub"
  • "Shadowlands Battle Music"
  • "Amongst the Trees"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Friendly Necromancer, Katriana, and Rafael
  • Jukebox picks: "Simmering Steeps" from Portal Knights, "I Am Justice" from Diablo III, and "First Light" from Aion
  • Outro (feat. "Open Plains")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_113.mp3
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It's time to take a diversion to play -- and listen -- to the minigames tucked inside of our MMOs! The Battle Bards haul out their last show of 2012 with an eclectic and fun assortment of minigame soundtracks. While minigame-specific music might be hard to hunt down, this trio did their best and are reasonably satisfied with the result. Which is good, because no refunds on this podcast!

Episode 112 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Darkmoon Faire" from World of Warcraft, "Artifact Hunt" from Free Realms, and "Sneaky Block" from Trove)
  • "Bonus Stage" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Pet Battles" from World of Warcraft
  • "Triple Triad" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Choo Choo Zoo" from Wizard101
  • "Space Missions (Republic)" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "Pest Control" from RuneScape
  • "Checkers" from Free Realms
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Skaldrom, Minimalistway, and Rafael12104
  • Jukebox picks: "Temple of the Fist" from FFXIV: Stormblood, "Main Theme" from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and VGMpire
  • Outro (feat. "Jump Rope" from Master X Master)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_112.mp3
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The Battle Bards are always up for a musical bargain, and on today's episode, they'll deliver two MMORPGs for the price of one (sitting)! It's a look at two rather obscure eastern MMOs, Cabal Online and Cabal 2, both of which have some surprisingly good music tucked away. So expand your video game musical horizons with this show!

Episode 111 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Frozen Tower of the Undead" from Cabal 1, "Freii Hills" from Cabal 2, and "Altar of Siena" from Cabal 1)
  • "Green Despair" from Cabal 1
  • "Desert Scream" from Cabal 1
  • "Mission Battle" from Cabal 1
  • "Illusion Castle" from Cabal 1
  • "Forest of Troglo" from Cabal 2
  • "Another Truth" from Cabal 1
  • "Login Screen" from Cabal 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: @JinxedThought, @Katriana_games, Minimalistway, and George Wilson III
  • Jukebox picks: "Fertile Highlands" from Conan Exiles, Super Marcato Bros., and "Welcome to Amnoon" from Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire
  • Outro ("Luper's Excavation Site" from Cabal 2)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_111.mp3
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The Battle Bards are quite familiar with the power of the strummed guitar and lute, knowing that such simple instruments can bring down walls, devastate armies, and dethrone monarchs. But on their off days, acoustic guitars are simply pleasurable to hear and are sprinkled throughout many a-MMO's soundtrack. It's six-stringed serenity in the 110th episode of this podcast!

Episode 110 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Sunlight of Morning" from Aion, "The Fringes (Daytime)" from FFXIV, and "Hills of the Shire" from LOTRO)
  • "Auf zu neuen Welten" from Drakensang
  • "Firelight" from TERA
  • "Lisbon" from Uncharted Waters Online
  • "Aughaire and Angmar" from LOTRO
  • "Dion Theme" from Lineage II
  • "Pre-Alpha 4" from Shroud of the Avatar
  • "Breeze Island" from Ragnarok 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener comments: Rafael12104
  • Jukebox picks: Retro Game Audio, "Emerald Falls" from Revelation Online, and "Main Theme" from Spyro's Adventure
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_110.mp3
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When you've got a club full of penguins overseen by the Mouse House itself, you know things are going to get both wacky and weird! Club Penguin may not be everyone's go-to MMO for music, but its wide array of simplified genres certainly give the Battle Bards a lot to discuss on this week's show.

Episode 109 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Hello Yellow," "Extra Planetary Force," and "Cabin Trails")
  • "Starting Fresh"
  • "Medieval Theme"
  • "Cart Surfer"
  • "Bull's Eye"
  • "Pizza Parlor"
  • "Ocean Voyage"
  • "Rock the Boat"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana_games and Zoward
  • Jukebox picks: "Divine's Lament" from Divinity Original Sin 2, "Inner Light" from Destiny 2, and Level with Emily Reese
  • Outro (feat. "Strange Galaxy")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_109.mp3
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Here's a musical episode that you can really sink your teeth into! Your... ear teeth? In any case, the Battle Bards are evaluating our Dark Masters this Halloween season to see which has the best music: vampires or werewolves. It's a sinister, gothic show with several first-time MMO appearances for the podcast, so check it out!

Episode 108 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Gilneas" from World of Warcraft, "Werewolf Camp" from Forsaken World, and "Transylvanian Rain" from The Secret World)
  • "Clan (Pride Theme)" from Wolfteam
  • "Werewolf" from Neverwinter
  • "Main Theme" from Requiem
  • "Kindred Village" from Forsaken World
  • "Palace of the Dead Floors" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Concordia" from Dark Eden
  • "Hunter's Creed" from Darkfall
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "No Heaven" from Borderlands, Music Respawn show, "Sanctuary" from Destiny 2
  • Outro ("Cathedral of Eternal Night" from World of Warcraft)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_108.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
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Instead of looking back at MMORPGs this week, the crew of Battle Bards launches forward into early access! What would a show about music from MMOs that aren't even officially out yet be like? We're going to find out in this wild and woolly episode!

Episode 106 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Pre-Alpha Music" from Shroud of the Avatar, "Main Theme" from H1Z1, and "Rhyldan" from The Repopulation)
  • "Main Theme" from Star Citizen
  • "Main Theme" from Kritika Online
  • "Main Theme" from Osiris: New Dawn
  • "Another Story Begins" from Gloria Victis
  • "Main Theme" from Sea of Thieves
  • "Bay Theme" from Cloud Pirates
  • "Winter is Here" from Crowfall
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener feedback
  • Jukebox picks: "The Wild White Yonder" from West of Loathing, "Main Theme" from Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, and "A Threatin' Zeppelin" from Cuphead
  • Outro ("True Pirate" from Sea of Thieves)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_106.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Set sail for amazing adventure and an assortment of audio discoveries! This week, Cap'n Steff and her lackeys board Uncharted Waters Online to see what bounty this soundtrack holds. It may not be to everyone's liking, but the sea is a fickle mistress that doesn't appeal to everyone!

Episode 105 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Login Screen," "Central South America," and "Seville")
  • "First Voyage"
  • "Bar"
  • "Forest"
  • "East Asian Sea"
  • "Russian Empire"
  • "American Sea"
  • "Caribbean Pirate Song"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener feedback
  • Jukebox Picks: "On The Sands Of Serkonos" from Dishonored 2, "The Scent of the Sea" from I am Setsuna, and "Strike the Earth!" from Shovel Knight
  • Outro (feat. "Caribbean Pirate Song")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_105.mp3
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And lo, as the Battle Bards walk through the zone of the shadow of death, they will fear no evil, but they will listen to evil's soundtrack because that is what they do! In today's episode, the crew looks at the darker side of MMORPG soundtracks, dwelling in the wicked, the profane, and the deliciously macabre. Also, Syp does his Cookie Monster voice.

Episode 104 show notes

  • Intro (feat."In the Darkest Hour" from Vindictus, "Twilight Vale" from World of Warcraft, and "Theme" from Hellgate London)
  • "Into the Shadows" from Dragon's Prophet
  • "Zombie Apocalypse" from The Secret World
  • "Eulogy for Hope" from Warhammer Online
  • "Krall Theme" from Aion
  • "Battle of the Black Gate" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Warsong" from World of Warcraft
  • "The Heartbeat of Evil / The Strain" from WildStar
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Monster Town" from Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, "1:00 A.M." from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and "The Synapse" from Deus Ex
  • Outro (feat. "Palace of the Dead Final Floor" from Final Fantasy XIV)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_104.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

You think you've heard strange MMORPG soundtracks before, but Wurm Online is about to take you to the odd frontier. With two distinctive soundtracks that skew away from typical composition, Wurm baffles, amuses, and bewitches the Battle Bards in today's show!

Episode 103 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Sunrise," "Long Summer," and "Traveling")
  • "Waking Up"
  • "Why You Dive"
  • "Abandon the Hill"
  • "Flatland Stride"
  • "They Wait Back Home"
  • "Along the Broken Ridge"
  • "Village Work Song"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Stormblood Theme" from Final Fantasy XIV, "Shipwreck Creek" from Yooka Laylee, and "The Path" from The Last of Us
  • Outro (feat. "Disband Deed")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_103.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

When it comes to talking about the music from the original NES, everyone seems to always reference the same games. But what about those "other" titles with interesting and memorable soundtracks that get ignored? In today's show, Syp pulls out 10 offbeat NES music tracks that you might have never heard of -- but definitely should! Buckle up, Retro Reprise is about to go off the beaten path and into the wild unknown!

Episode 12: Offbeat NES music tracks

  • Intro
  • "Theme" from Rambo
  • "Theme" from Pictionary
  • "Coralcola Village" from StarTropics 2
  • "Duel" from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • "Towering Catastrophe" from Monsters in my Pocket
  • "Running Through the Blue Fields" from Strider
  • "House Theme 3" from A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • "Good Weather" from Mr. Gimmick!
  • "Salvage Chute" from Bucky O'Hare
  • "Strange Woman" from Uninvited
  • Outro ("Mini-Game" from Pictionary)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_12.mp3
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Is it even possible for pure joy to be derived from MMORPG music? Whether or not, the Battle Bards are going to take a serious stab at it in today's episode! Each piece is hand-picked and home-brewed to distill joy for the listener, coated in sparkling hopes and drizzled with fond memories. No matter what, you're in for an uplifting show!

Episode 102 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Maple Island 1" from MapleStory 2, "Life Abundant" from Stargate Worlds, and "Farm" from Free Realms)
  • "Village Theme 1" from ArcheAge
  • "Sunlight of Morning" from Aion
  • "Plotting Our Course" from WildStar
  • "Sunnyside" from Granado Espada
  • "Party in the Shire" from LOTRO
  • "To Start a Journey" from Star Wars Galaxies
  • "Lakeside" from Cabal Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Dead Space, "Hot Pursuit" from Gravity Rush, and "Grazelands Dawn" from Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  • Outro (feat. "Home Sweet Home" from RuneScape)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_102.mp3
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As the Battle Bards cruise into their second hundred episodes, it's time to cover a very long-lived fantasy MMO from 2002, Ragnarok Online. The game has an... interesting soundtrack and a devoted following in some circles, but as the crew discovered on today's show, the score is not without its criticisms. It's time to kick summer vacation to the curb and trumpet another parade of MMO music!

Episode 101 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Aplen Rose" and "Theme of Alberta")
  • "Theme of Lutie"
  • "Splendid Dreams"
  • "March with Irish Whistle"
  • "Dream of a Whale"
  • "Sleeping Volcano"
  • "Antique Cowboy"
  • "Christmas in the 13th Month"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Frotierkilla
  • Jukebox Picks: "Meet Tiki and Mermaid" from Dragon's Crown, "Devil's Swing" from Bendy and the Ink Machine, "Drake's Theme" from Uncharted
  • Outro (feat. "Erebos' Prelude")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_101.mp3
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Syp returns to the 8-bit era as he counts down his top 10 favorite Gameboy tunes. It's a harder task than you think, considering how long the system was out and how many great games and soundtracks were created for it! Chances are he'll ignore your favorite, but it'll be a fun show nevertheless with lots of cheery and catchy tracks. What's your favorite?

Episode 11: Top 10 Gameboy tunes

  • Intro
  • "Theme" from The Smurfs
  • "Staff Credits" from Metroid II
  • "Town of Albano" from Lufia: The Legend Returns
  • "Battle of the Holy" from The Castlevania Adventure
  • "Stage 1" from TMNT: Fall of the Foot Clan
  • "Ripe Seeds" from Castlevania II
  • "Theme" from Monster Max
  • "Type B" from Tetris
  • "Tal Tal Heights" from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • "Birabuto Kingdom" from Super Mario Land
  • Outro (feat. "Cave Stage" from Turok 2)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_11.mp3
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After four years and over 700 MMORPG music tracks, the Battle Bards have arrived at their 100th show! For this centennial spectacular, Syl, Steff, and Syp reminisce about the most notable shows, their best soundtrack discoveries, and their favorite tracks. This super-sized show gets wrapped up with a bout of listener emails and a promise of another amazing hundred episodes!

Episode 100 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "A New Hope" from FFXIV, "Bard's Guild" from EverQuest, and "First Light" from Guild Wars)
  • Favorite Soundtrack Discoveries over the past four years
  • Steff: TERA ("Sanctuary" and "Godspeed"), League of Legends ("Braum" and "Demacia Rising"), and World of Warcraft: Legion ("Lion's Rest" and "Anduin")
  • Syl: Runes of Magic ("Veranas Bridge" and "Traveling Tale"), Dragon's Prophet ("Auratia" and "Candlelight"), and Ultima X Odyssey ("Town Life" and "Rule City")
  • Syp: Lineage 2 ("Praise the Victorious Knight" and "Talking Island Village"), WildStar ("Bandits, Thieves, and Epic Loot" and "A Story of Hope and Healing"), and RuneScape ("Horizon" and "Arise Legend")
  • Favorite single MMO tracks
  • Syp: "Freedom Theme" from City of Heroes
  • Steff: "Legacy of Romulus" from Star Trek Online
  • Syl: "Tidecaller" from League of Legends
  • Syp: "Spiritual Elysium" from Anarchy Online
  • Steff: "Sillus Mountains" from Aion
  • Syl: "Wolf at the Gates" from World of Warcraft
  • Syp: "Wailers and Waterwheels" from FFXIV
  • Steff: "Hills of the Shire" from LOTRO
  • Syl: "City of Tarir" from Guild Wars 2
  • Syp: "Smooth" from WildStar
  • Steff: "Sleepless Lullaby" from The Secret World
  • Syl: "Make Zone" from Lime Odyssey
  • Syp: "Peace, The Jedi Consular" from SWTOR
  • Steff: "Little Shepherd" from Blade and Soul
  • Syl: "Danaria" from Aion
  • Segment C: Listener feedback
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_100.mp3
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The Battle Bards are on vacation at a tropical beach paradise! In the team's 99th episode, they examine beach, resort, and island music cues from MMORPGs. Can it still be a resort when everything around you is out for murder? As long as the music is this good, who cares?

Episode 99 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Maple Island 1" from MapleStory 2 and “Castaways from World of Warcraft)
  • "Starter Beach" from Wonderland Online
  • "Dolphin Island" from Rose Online
  • "Costa del Sol" from FFXIV
  • "Caribbean Port" from Pirates of the Burning Sea
  • "Oceania Town" from Uncharted Waters Online
  • "Port BGM" from Lime Odyssey
  • "A Tropical Getaway" from WildStar
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Run Program" from Tron Run_r, "Theme" from The Tenth Line, and "Oakvale" from Fable
  • Anniversary note
  • Outro (feat. "Palmgil Oasis" from Aura Kingdom)
  • Stinger
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_99.mp3
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Perfect World -- it's not just a massive games publisher, it's also an MMORPG! The team at Battle Bards timidly tiptoe into this unknown soundtrack, not sure of what may lurk around the next bend. Is it a pile of suck? An undiscovered gem? Forgettable fluff? We're not going to tell you in the intro here, you'll have to listen along with us to find out!

Episode 97 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Rising Tide Theme and "Frostcovered City")
  • "Fly With Me/Etherblade City"
  • "Archosaur"
  • "Plume City"
  • "City of Raging Tides"
  • "Descent Theme"
  • "Genesis Theme"
  • "Cube of Fate"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Horizon Zero Dawn, "The Capital with a Beautiful Lake and the Holy Sword" from Tales of Zestiria, and "Caprice" from Morrowind
  • Anniversary show incoming!
  • Outro (feat. "Everywhere")
  • Stinger
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_98.mp3
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What was originally the swan song -- the "final" game developed -- of Square turned into the studio's flagship franchise that is now in its 30th year. For the return of Retro Reprise, Syl and Syp take a nostalgic journey back through the first nine Final Fantasy games, looking at the music from the NES, SNES, and PlayStation eras. Missing the combat tracks? Stay tuned for part 2 of this series!

Episode 10: Final Fantasy adventures

  • Intro
  • Final Fantasy I: "Main Theme"
  • Final Fantasy I: "Prelude"
  • Final Fantasy I: "Airship"
  • Final Fantasy I: "Matoya's Cave"
  • Final Fantasy II: "Chocobo Theme"
  • Final Fantasy IV: "Victory Theme"
  • Final Fantasy IV: "Love Theme"
  • Final Fantasy VI: "Terra's Theme"
  • Final Fantasy VI: "Aria Di Mezzo Carattere (Opera Theme)"
  • Final Fantasy VII: "Aeris' Theme"
  • Final Fantasy VII: "Cosmo Canyon"
  • Final Fantasy VII: "Chasing the Black Caped Man"
  • Final Fantasy VII: "Ahead on our Way (Kalm Village)"
  • Final Fantasy VIII: "Liberi Fatali"
  • Final Fantasy VIII: "Balamb Garden"
  • Final Fantasy VIII: "Fisherman's Horizon"
  • Final Fantasy IX: "Behind the Door"
  • Final Fantasy IX: "The Place I'll Return to Someday"
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_10.mp3
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"Magic can be ANYthing!"

The forces of magic run deep within MMORPGs, casting shadows of wonder wherever we look -- and listen. In today's show, Syl sparks a musical revolution as her fellow Bards struggle to rise to the challenge of defining what, exactly, constitutes a "magical" track and evokes that particular feeling. Did we nail it? You'll have to join us for the journey to find out!

Episode 97 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “The Magic Shop from PlaneShift and "The Magic Forest" from LEGO Universe)
  • "Ethereal" from Lord of Ultima/Ultima X Odyssey
  • "Crystal Castle" from Fiesta Online
  • "The Fortuneteller" from The Secret World
  • "All Out of Breadcrumbs" from WildStar
  • "Lost in a Spiderweb's Beauty" from Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • "Garangdol Plains" from ArcheAge
  • "The Elven Prophecy" from Runes of Magic
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "The Calm" from The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, "Kingsmouth Ahead" from The Secret World, and "Santa Monica" from Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
  • Outro (feat. “Magic Undergrowth” from Trove)
  • Stinger
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_97.mp3
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"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

With those words, you know you're in for a rollicking good adventure -- and some impressive and spellbinding music to match! On today's episode, the Battle Bards return to Star Wars: The Old Republic to look at the music of the recent expansions. Has the Force been with this MMO's soundtrack? I've got a bad good feeling about this!

Episode 96 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Star Wars Main Theme,” "Fallen Empire Main Theme," and "Scorpio, the Deceiver")
  • "The Alliance"
  • "Versus Arcann"
  • "Aries, the Mischievous"
  • "Lana, the Advisor"
  • "Odessen, the Sanctum"
  • "Serenity"
  • "Fulfilling Destiny"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Twin Seeds" from Nights into Dreams, "Boss Theme 1" from One-Way Heroics, and "Menu" from Spore
  • Outro (feat. "Escape from Zakuul")
  • Stinger

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_96.mp3
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Are they music critics or funky spelunkers? Today, the Battle Bards are both as they delve into the secrets of MMORPG cave and cavern music. It may not be a part of these games that you think about muchly, but underground spaces tend to be assigned their own unique sounds and themes. Let's check them out!

Episode 95 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Cave of Wonders" from Vanguard, "Cave of Life" from MapleStory, and "Christmas Caverns" from RuneScape)
  • "Mysterious Cavern" from Shroud of the Avatar
  • "Misterious Cave" from Lineage II
  • "Caverns of Time" from World of Warcraft
  • "Ursa Caverns" from Rappelz
  • "Nameless Cave" from Ragnarok Online 2
  • "Memorial Caverns" from Free Realms
  • "Kaphras Cave" from Black Desert
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Dragon Age Origins, "To the Ends of the Galaxy" from Stellaris, "Main Theme (Amiga)" from Secret of Monkey Island
  • Outro (feat. "Frostshard Cavern" from Aion)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_95.mp3
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Do you find the German language to be inherently terrifying? Then you're going to love the soundtrack to this German MMORPG! Actually, it's quite lovely and a diamond in the rough, at least according to some of the Battle Bards. Today's episode ventures into territory marked by a drakensang -- a "dragon's song" -- and emerges refreshed and renewed.

Episode 94 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Overture," "Where Ignorance Rules" and "A Glimpse of Atlantis")
  • "Opening/River of Time"
  • "Fight for Glory"
  • "Potpourri"
  • "Freunde/Friends"
  • "Born in the Era of Heroes"
  • "Ferdok"
  • "Kusliker Scherzo"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Hornet" from Hollow Knights, "Boost" from Velocity 2X, "Main Theme" from LEGO Dimensions
  • Outro (feat. "Home of Old Habits")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_94.mp3
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It's taken this long, but the Battle Bards have gone completely and irreversibly insane in the membrane! Today the team cracks open the door of the MMO music funhouse to see what off-kilter, crazy, and manic tunes may be found. WARNING: Once you've entered the asylum, you might find yourself a resident... for life!

Episode 93 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Cutely Grotesque and Certifiably Insane" from WildStar, "The Dream Palace" from The Secret World, and "Mischief" from Infinite Crisis)
  • "The Lunatic Court" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Woman Peeling Potatoes" from Tree of Savior
  • "Steel Rose" from Aion
  • "The Vault (Joker's Funhouse)" from DC Universe Online
  • "Select a Sim 2" from The Sims Online
  • "The Haunted Manor" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Dirge of the Damned" from Glitch
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Tailor Made" from Lemmings (SNES), "Main Theme" from Robinson the Journey, and "Delphinus Delphis" from Abzu
  • Outro (feat. "Dark Astoria Raimi Arcade" from City of Heroes)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_93.mp3
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Strap in for a fiery ride across the skies in today's episode of Battle Bards! While Dragon's Prophet was not fated to last long -- at least in North America -- it did leave behind a treasure trove of music that we've only started to dig into. The bards get a little dragonish themselves for this show, perhaps of a different opinion of what constitutes the perfect score for giant flying lizards.

Episode 92 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Rise of a Hero -- Call of Battle" and "Candlelight")
  • "Auratia"
  • "River"
  • "Flicker of Life"
  • "The Black Swan"
  • "Commoner's Dream"
  • "Light's Path"
  • "Helmoth"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Menu" from Conan Exiles, "Richer" from Valkyria: Azure Revolution, "Early Game 1" from Majesty
  • Outro (feat. "Dawn")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_92.mp3
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Take a stroll through the trees and become totally lost in the foliage, drinking in the sounds of the forest with today's show, as the Battle Bards go hiking through the woods to hear the music that they inspire. It's an hour of forest tales on this week's exploration of MMORPG soundtracks, so journey with us from Ultima X to Final Fantasy XI!

Episode 91 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Southern Janost Forest" from Runes of Magic and "Caledon Forest" from Guild Wars 2)
  • "Kingwood" from Ultima X Odyssey
  • "Albion Campacorentin Forest" from Dark Age of Camelot
  • "The Breeze of the Old Forest" from Rappelz
  • "Golden Wood Impression" from LOTRO
  • "Scatherran Forest Light" from RIFT
  • "Redwood (Ancient Forest)" from Aion
  • "The Sanctuary of Zi'tah" from FFXI
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Forest" from The Last Guardian, "Flash Forward" from Virginia, and "Heliosphere" from No Man's Sky
  • Outro (feat. "The Song of the Forest" from Blade and Soul)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_91.mp3
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Expecto MMOsium! The Battle Bards have donned their robes and taken to casting nasty spells on each other with their wands, all in the spirit of today's soundtrack -- Wizard101. This surprisingly expansive kid MMORPG visits a wide range of genres and has a score to match. But was the experience magical or mundane?

Episode 90 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Home Sweet Home," and "Grizzleheim 2")
  • "Avalon - High/Abbey Road"
  • "Polaris - Ballet Theme"
  • "Avalon - Main Theme"
  • "Wysteria - Pickswick Academy"
  • "Marleybone - Theme 1"
  • "Darkmoor - Main Theme"
  • "Wintertusk - Austrilund"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Bulls Eye" from Club Penguin, "Top of the World" from Eagle Flight, and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" from The Witcher 3
  • Outro (feat. "Polaris - Bad Ballet Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_90.mp3
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Candles will no longer haunt Syp's dreams -- Simon Belmont is here to whip them out of existence once and for all! Oh, and also Dracula. In today's show, Castlevania on the NES gets the star treatment as Syp dives into the music from the gothic horror platformer trilogy.

Episode 9: 8-bit Castlevania

  • Intro (feat. "Mansion" from Castlevania II)
  • "Vampire Killer" from Castlevania
  • "Starker" from Castlevania
  • "Wicked Child" from Castlevania
  • "Out of Time" from Castlevania
  • "Bloody Tears" from Castlevania II
  • "The Silence of the Daylight" from Castlevania II
  • "Beginning" from Castlevania III
  • "Deja Vu (Vampire Killer)" from Castlevania III
  • "Stream" from Castlevania III
  • Outro (feat. "Stage Clear" from Castlevania III)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_9.mp3
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When the sun goes down, the Battle Bards' work has just begun! In this week's episode, the crew explores nighttime music cues in MMOs, chasing the ever-elusive feel of what that period between dusk and dawn sounds like in game. Don't fall asleep!

Episode 89 show notes

  • Intro (feat."Shire Nights" from Lord of the Rings Online and "Moons of Evening Star" from Elder Scrolls Online)
  • "Painted Skies" from FFXIV
  • "Nacht" from Drakensang
  • "Starry Night" from Aura Kingdom
  • "Candlelight" from Dragon's Prophet
  • "Nighttime Music" from Black Desert Online
  • "Palace at Night" from Chronicles of Spellborn
  • "Rogshire Night 2" from Runes of Magic
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Heroic Assault" from Gears of War 2, "E3 2016 Trailer" from Cosmic Star Heroine, and "Main Theme" from Atlas Reactor
  • Outro ("Dusk of God" from MapleStory)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_89.mp3
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The new hotness on the MMO scene is Revelation Online, the Chinese import that has gamers abuzz with its flashy graphics and rounded theme park offerings. But how does its soundtrack hold up? The Battle Bards investigate an eastern game with a western composer -- World of Warcraft's Neal Acree. How does it come off?

Episode 88 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Bamboo Thicket" and "Imperial Camp")
  • "Swamp Town"
  • "Altar of Purification"
  • "Calm Blue"
  • "Underwater Adventures"
  • "Mystic Forest"
  • "The Chosen (Main Theme)"
  • "TianYu Island"
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Prologue" from Rime Burta, "The Light in Us All" from Planet Coaster, and "Main Theme" from Oblivion
  • Outro ("The Chosen")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_88.mp3
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It was the 8-bit console pretty much nobody owned -- and yet has endured longer than any console to date. The Sega Master System has a fascinating history and some (if not a ton of) great chiptunes. Give it a listen and you might learn a thing or two about the video game industry while rocking out to some great VGM!

Episode 8: Sega Master System

  • Intro
  • "Side-Crawler's Dance" from Wonder Boy III
  • "Bridge Zone" from Sonic the Hedgehog
  • "First Stage" from Double Dragon (PSG vs. FM)
  • "Main Title" from Alien 3
  • "Push" from Zillion
  • "Medusa's Lullaby" from Ecco II: The Tides of Time
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_8.mp3
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It's high time that the Battle Bards lay prostrate at the feet of their social and intellectual superiors, the high and mighty Elves! Yes, it's a full episode of elven music, a virtual rainbow of harps and swirly magic and slightly grumpy hosts who use this opportunity to unload their gripes against this fantasy race.

Episode 87 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Teldrassil" from World of Warcraft and "Elf Wood" from MapleStory)
  • "Grey Havens" from LOTRO
  • "Elf Forest" from Forsaken World
  • "Allemantheia (The City of Truth)" from TERA
  • "High Elf Tomb" from World of Warcraft
  • "Unicorn's Rest (Elven Village)" from Lineage 2
  • "Elven Theme" from Allods Online
  • "Rena's Theme (Hope of the Elven)" from Elsword Online
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Rhyldan" from The Repopulation, "OST" from Fantasy Life, and "Welcome to Rapture" from BioShock
  • Outro ("Rena's Theme")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_87.mp3
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Jump to hyperspace and turn up the tunes, for Syp is going full-on into Star Control 2's amazing and bizarre soundtrack. It's an oddity among video game scores, even to this day, and much beloved because of it.

Episode 7: Star Control 2

  • Intro
  • "Starbase Commander"
  • "Hyperspace"
  • "Spathi Theme"
  • "Zoq-Fot-Pik Theme"
  • "Slylandro Theme"
  • "Melnorme Theme"
  • Outro ("Yehat Theme")
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_7.mp3
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With all of the unbridled love for World of Warcraft's soundtrack on Battle Bards, historically, you know that we couldn't let a new expansion score go without commentary. In this show, the three co-hosts tackle the weighty and lengthy Legion OST, cherry-picking their favorite tunes and confessing all manner of gaming sins.

Episode 86 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Kingdoms Will Burn" and "Dalaran Dawn")
  • "Anduin"
  • "The Last Stand"
  • "Requiem for the Lost Cities"
  • "Highmountain"
  • "Suramar City"
  • "Totems of the Grizzlemaw Revisited"
  • "Lion's Rest (Canticle of Sacrifice)"
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "America" from Civilization VI, "Tropos (Day)" from Owlboy, and "Me Too" from The Sims 4
  • Outro ("Karazhan 7.1")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_86.mp3
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Syp doesn't hold a monopoly on retro VGM -- far from it! In this episode, he plays a melting pot of listener requests from many eras, platforms, and genres. Want to send in your own requests for a future show? Drop him a line on Twitter @Sypster!

Episode 6: Listener requests! 

  • Intro
  • "Song of the Grid" from Ballblazer (Atari 7800)
  • "Volcanic Stage" from Life Force (NES)
  • "Stage Select" from Mega Man X (SNES)
  • "Scars of Time" from Chrono Cross (PlayStation)
  • "Lemming 2 (Miners and Climbers)" from Lemmings (Amiga)
  • "Intro" from Gods (Amiga)
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_6.mp3
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The desert is calling the Battle Bards, but are they willing to make the trek across these vast wastelands to see if the music is worthwhile or not? Guess co-host Scott joins Syl and Syp for a listen through several desert tracks to see what can be sifted from the sand. Is there treasure below or sun-bleached boredom?

Episode 85 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Tatooine, the Desert Sands” from Star Wars: The Old Republic and "Desert Wind" from AIKA Online)
  • "Kheshatta" from Age of Conan
  • "Desert Scape" from Aura Kingdom
  • "Sands of the Alik'r" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Desert Fortress Theme" from Cabal 2
  • "Liath Desert B" from Vanguard
  • "Tanaris" from World of Warcraft
  • "Sunset Desert" from MapleStory
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Countdown" from Dota 2, "Ryoshima Plains" from Okami, and "Sepiks Redux" from Destiny: Rise of Iron
  • Outro ("Desert Sun" from Ultima X Odyssey)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_85.mp3
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The name's Syp. Just Syp. And I'm definitely not a super secret agent, nor a covert Russian spy, nor a particularly savvy podcaster. But I do know what I like when it comes to video game music, and 1997's Goldeneye 007 has probably my favorite Nintendo 64 score. It's the perfect soundtrack to all of life's activities, granted that you're infiltrating Cold War-era bases and blowing away scowling terrorists!

Episode 5: Goldeneye 007 (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme" and "Wrist Clock")
  • "Runway"
  • "Dam"
  • "Chemical Warfare Facility"
  • "Escape from Missile Train"
  • "Elevator Music"
  • "Cradle"
  • Outro (feat. "Main Theme Acapella" by Triforcefilms)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_5.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Need a podcast with a world sampler? Look no further than this episode, where co-hosts from the USA, Switzerland, and New Zealand join forces to discuss the Ultima Online games -- and yes, there's more than just one! Scott AKA Mylin subs in for Steff this week as the Battle Bards explore three Ultima titles and the fantastic music behind each.

Episode 84 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. “Stones” from Ultima Online and "The Hero's Call" from Ultima Forever)
  • "Cove" from Ultima Online
  • "Hail, Lady of Britannia" from Ultima Forever
  • "Misty Forest" from Ultima X
  • "Buccanneer's Den" from Ultima Online
  • "Despise the Light, Live in Shadows" from Ultima Forever
  • "Townlife" from Ultima X
  • "Rule City" from Ultima X
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Explore (Day 2)" from Skyrim, "Cable Car" from No One Lives Forever, and "Cold Steel Coffin" from NieR
  • Outro (feat. "Victory" from Ultima Online)

Download the officially free Ultima X Odyssey soundtrack here!

 

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_84.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

One of the most beloved video game soundtracks of all time gets a capital treatment in this episode, thanks to special guest star Syl of Battle Bards. Syl and Syp talk about their memories of the game, favorite picks, and the legacy that this score produced in the 20-odd years since Chrono Trigger's release.

Episode 3: Chrono Trigger 

  • Intro (feat. "Title Screen" and "Gato's Song")
  • "Battle Theme"
  • "Frog's Theme"
  • "Robo's Theme"
  • "Kingdom Trial"
  • "To Far Away Times"
  • "Memories of Green"
  • "Corridors of Time/Shala's Time"
  • "Guardia Castle"
  • "Delightful Spekkio"
  • "Fanfare"
  • "Brink of Time"
  • "At the Bottom of the Night"
  • "Millenial Fair"
  • "Yearnings of the Wind"
  • Outro (feat. "Yearnings of the Wind" by Blake Robinson)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_4.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Triumph and victory -- are they the same thing? Sometimes, but not always. On today's breathtaking episode of Battle Bards, the team tackles triumphant (and victorious!) themes from MMORPGs, trying to nail down what, exactly, makes a track fit in this category. Also, Syl totally breaks the rules of the show's format and she doesn't even apologize. That's how much of a rebel she is.

Episode 83 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "High Price of Victory" from ArcheAge and "Veranas City" from Runes of Magic)
  • "Battle of Pelennor Fields -- Final Victory" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Hail the Victor!" from Lineage 2
  • "Victory Banners" from Guild Wars
  • "Argent Tournament: Joust Event" from World of Warcraft
  • "Victory Theme" from Overwatch
  • "Victory" from Firefall
  • "Spark of Hope" from Dragon's Prophet
  • Which one did you like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "On the Wings of Adventure" from Pixelmon, "Hyperspace" from Star Control 2, "Main Theme" from Song of the Deep
  • Outro (feat. "Knighting Ceremony" from Lineage 2)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_83.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

What do you get when you take a space janitor and throw him into head-imploding danger? He dies, an awful lot -- but it's pretty funny when he does! In this episode of Retro Reprise, Syp takes a journey through the Space Quest series and its decidedly quirky soundtrack.

Episode 3: Space Quest

  • Intro
  • "Introduction" from Space Quest
  • "Auto-Nav Button" from Space Quest
  • "The Skimmer" from Space Quest
  • "Droids B Us" from Space Quest
  • "Main Theme" from Space Quest III
  • "Fester's World of Wonders" from Space Quest III
  • "Astro Chicken" from Space Quest III
  • "Let's Shop!" from Space Quest IV
  • "Skate-o-Rama" from Space Quest IV
  • "Introduction" from Space Quest V
  • "Starcon Academy" from Space Quest V
  • "Soylent Jingle" from Space Quest VI
  • "Mission Complete" from Space Quest VI
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_3.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

This week on Battle Bards, the crew dips its toes into the "candyland" world of Dragon Nest. It's a game that belies stereotypical expectations, being both dark in theme and rich in music. Of course, Steff declares herself a wet blanket from the onset, but will she be won over by the show's end? Listen and find out!

Episode 82 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Dragon Nest - Fluttering Leaves of the Tree of Life" and "Apocalypse Battle")
  • "Song of the Goddess: The Eternal Path"
  • "Dark Lair"
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Mana Ridge"
  • "Horse Racing"
  • "Prairie Town"
  • "Calderock Pass"
  • Which one did you like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Flicker of Life" from Dragon's Prophet, "Happy Street" from Happy Street, "Titles" from Little Inferno
  • Outro (feat. "Colosseum")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_82.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

It's the 25th anniversary of one of the best video game consoles of all time, and to celebrate, Syp is counting down his top 10 favorite Super NES tunes. It's all about personal choice, fond memories, and new discoveries in this second episode of Retro Reprise!

Episode 2: Top 10 favorite SNES tunes

  • Intro
  • 10. "The Road is Full of Dangers" from Super Mario RPG
  • 9. "Dark World" from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • 8. "Boss Battle" from Zombies Ate My Neighbors
  • 7. "Gang-Plank Galleon" from Donkey Kong Country
  • 6. "Terra's Theme" from Final Fantasy 3/6
  • 5. "Bloody Tears" from Super Castlevania IV
  • 4. "New Junk City" from Earthworm Jim
  • 3. "Overworld Theme (with Yoshi)" from Super Mario World
  • 2. "Frog's Theme" from Chrono Trigger
  • 1. "Corona" from Starfox
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_2.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

They may be ugly. They may be smelly. And they may have no table manners whatsoever. What, we're not talking about the Battle Bards! No, it's actually a reference to the subject matter of today's episode: Goblins, Orcs, and Ogres. The most unglamorous of MMO races get their day in the spotlight, as the co-hosts scrounge through soundtracks to find music that best represents their various cultures. Oh, and apparently Ogres are the odd man out, because they get nothin' other than a sad place in the show marquee.

Episode 81 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Plight of the Ogres" from World of Warcraft and "Down Down to Goblin-Town" from Lord of the Rings Online)
  • "The Crymbil (Goblins)" from Project Copernicus
  • "Orc Village" from Lineage II
  • "Kezan (Goblins)" from World of Warcraft
  • "Goblin Village" from Runes of Magic
  • "New Orsinium" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Greenskins (Orcs)" from Warhammer Online
  • "Cave of the Goblins" from RuneScape
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Along for the Ride" from Poly Bridge, "Light is Green" from Halo 5, and "Theme" from Squids
  • Outro (feat. "Goblin Sapper Quotes" from Warcraft III)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_81.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Is your life a duck blur? Then you're going to need a strong dose of the Duck Tales to get you through it! Woo-ooo!

Welcome to Retro Reprise, a brand-new half-hour podcast showcasing classic video game music from the '80s and '90s. For the maiden episode, we look at one of the NES' best soundtracks: Duck Tales. From the moon to the mines of Africa, this soundtrack was rocking it back in 1989 -- and it still does today, considering all of the covers created by budding musicians on YouTube.

Episode 1: Duck Tales show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme" and "Launchpad Copter")
  • "The Moon"
  • "Himalayas"
  • "Transylvania"
  • "The Amazon"
  • "African Mines"
  • "Niagara Falls"
  • Duck Tales Remastered
  • Outro (feat. "Game Over")
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Ep_1_-_Duck_Tales.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Never heard of Aura Kingdom? The Battle Bards hope that after an hour of attention, you might add a new title to your video game music library. This fantasy MMO has an exuberant score that nonetheless inspires vicious bickering and passionate speeches by the co-hosts. It's the 80th episode, and the Battle Bards are still going strong!

Episode 80 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Step by Step" and "Wise Tale")
  • "Welcome to the New World"
  • "Reflection"
  • "Archmage's Holy Land/Echoes of the Past"
  • "Grand City"
  • "Witcher Waltz"
  • "Hustle and Bustle"
  • "Fate of the Forest"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "The Last of Us" from The Last of Us, "Two Dots" from Two Dots, and "Summer (Tropicala)" from Stardew Valley
  • Outro (feat. "Hero")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_80.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Ready to battle it out more than usual? The Battle Bards are cranking up the combat tunes from MMORPGs today, inviting all sorts of violence and slap-happy tempos into the show. So strap on your sword, sling a shield on your back, and get ready to leap into the fray with a wide assortment of excellent -- and even unusual -- music tracks!

Episode 79 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Planes of Power Battle Music 2" from EverQuest and "Combat Part 3" from The Secret World)
  • "Dungeon Boss Music" from FFXIV: Heavensward
  • "Skull Island Broadside Combat" from Pirate101
  • "Savage Coast Combat" from Age of Conan
  • "Combat 4" from Black Desert Online
  • "Combat en Amakna" from Dofus
  • "Madera Combat" from Defiance
  • "High Battle 2" from EverQuest II
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Les Monstres" from Contre Jour, "Dearly Beloved" from Kingdom Hearts II, "Hymn to Aurora" from Horace Wimp
  • Outro ("Battle Music 3" from War Thunder)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_79.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Before World of Warcraft, there was EverQuest -- the king of the MMOs and the pioneer of true 3D graphics in virtual worlds. Today the Battle Bards pay homage to this classic game, going back to 1999 to see how the music (in its various formats) hold up. If you were waiting for an episode where Steff spends most of the time screeching in agony, this is it!

Episode 78 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Bard's Guild," and "Karana Bridge")
  • "Kerra Isle"
  • "Plane of Storms"
  • "Plane of Knowledge"
  • "Akanon"
  • "Tower of Soulsek Ro"
  • "Solitude"
  • "Toxxulia Forest"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Shannon Doyle
  • Jukebox picks ("Bridge Zone" from Sonic SMS, "From Past to Present" from Skyrim, and "Following Stanley" from The Stanley Parable)
  • Overclocked Podcast shout-out
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_78.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Steff has decreed the return of spirit of adventure — and so it shall be! In the second part of this theme, the Battle Bards explore adventurous and inspirational MMO tunes. Are we out of ideas or overflowing with incredible tracks? It’s definitely the latter, so grab your hiking stick and join us as we venture out into the great yonder!

Episode 77 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Gahren Plains” from Vanguard and “Tullan” from ArchLord)
  • “Ship of Destiny” from TERA
  • “Make Zone BGM” from Lime Odyssey
  • “A Grand Adventure” from WildStar
  • “Freedom Wind” from Aura Kingdom
  • “Albrassia Field” from Ragnarok 2
  • “Halas” from EverQuest Online Adventures
  • “Sailing Icy Seas” from World of Warcraft
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: “Main Menu” from Overwatch, “Wings” from Xenogears, and“Animated” from Zombies Corporate Life
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_77.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

“It’s high time that we talk about the Heart of Thorns expansion for Guild Wars 2!” Syl says, and we couldn’t agree more. The Battle Bards assemble to look at the first expansion for this fantasy MMO — and the evolution of the game’s soundtrack from the Jeremy Soule era. The verdict? Unanimous love for this incredible score!

Episode 76 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Rata Novus” and “An Exalted Lullaby”)
  • “Main Theme”
  • “Auric Wilds”
  • “Glint’s Legacy”
  • “Tarir, the Forgotten City”
  • “Far From Home”
  • “Attack on Tarir”
  • “Faren’s Flyer”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: “Main Theme” from Wynncraft, “The Dance Begins” from Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and “Comfort” from Frosaken World
  • Outro (feat. “Jaka Itzel”)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_76.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Get out on the dance floor and boogie down with the Battle Bards! Today the bards look for -- believe it or not -- electronic dance music in MMO soundtracks. Yes, it exists, and yes, it's all over the map. So strap in for a tub-thumping, rave-inducing episode that does skew to the goofy and surreal at times.

Episode 75 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Club Tracks” from Anarchy Online and “Club 47” from Star Trek Online)
  • "Free to Dance" from WildStar
  • "Lords of Verminion Theme" from FFXIV
  • "Sunset Tracer" from Tree of Savior
  • "Pocket D Themes" from City of Heroes
  • "Involute" from Granada Espada
  • "Robo Factory Theme" from The Sims Online
  • "Stratus" from The Matrix Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Floating Sky" from Trove, "Peaceful Hills" from Portal Knights, and "Wet Hands" from Minecraft
  • Outro ("Mission Complete" from Spiral Knights)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_75.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

This eastern sandbox import has many people playing and talking about it, but are they listening to Black Desert Online? The Battle Bards are, naturally, and in this conversation-packed episode, they charge through this fantasy soundtrack to glean the best and discard the rest!

Episode 74 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Majesty" and "Keplan")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Town of Glycidyl/Glish"
  • "Discovery Theme"
  • "Tavern Theme"
  • "Road to Valencia"
  • "Trent Village Ambience"
  • "Media Horse Riding"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Gravity Falls Mystery Tour" from Disney Infinity, "Makura Kouji" from Mushishi, and "Animal Apogee" from RuneScape
  • Outro (feat. "Nighttime")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_74.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

By popular demand -- which you should read as "Syl's imperial fiat" -- the Battle Bards are returning to the fertile musical landscape of spooky and magical tunes. From undead taverns to fairy courts, the bards explore all manner of sparkly, moody themes. So turn the lights down low, brew your favorite beverage, and enjoy!

Episode 73 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Comfort" from Forsaken World and "Quiet Place" from Ragnarok 2)
  • "Undead Tavern" from World of Warcraft
  • "Magiteknical Difficulties" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Old History Area Theme" from Angels Online
  • "The Ghost Ship Navislamia" from Rappelz
  • "All's Fairy in Love and War" from RuneScape
  • "White Forest" from ArcheAge
  • "The Falls of Nimrodel" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: "Little Girl, Gen" from Child of Light, "Dodging Bullets" from Quantum Break, and "Harvest Hazards" from Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze
  • Outro (feat. "The Magic Forest" from LEGO Universe)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_73.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Can you believe it -- it's the third anniversary of Battle Bards already! Three years ago, Steff, Syp, and Syl joined forces to create the world's first, best, and only MMORPG music podcast. It's been an incredible ride, and for the show's birthday the Bards have invited our listeners to contribute more of their favorite tracks for a listeners request show! It's a plus-sized show, so enjoy - and thanks everyone for sticking with us through 72 episodes!

Episode 72 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "The Hollin Gate" from Lord of the Rings Online and "Invincible" from World of Warcraft)
  • "Tokyo 2" from The Secret World (submitted by Gryph)
  • "The Chosen" from Revelation Online (submitted by Thoroughmas)
  • "Nym's Property" from Star Wars Galaxies by (submitted by Bree)
  • "...But Still We Go On" from EVE Online (submitted by Galactrix)
  • "Embers in the Storm" from Bless (submitted by Jaedia)
  • "The Land Will Weep" from World of Warcraft (submitted by Tyler)
  • "King Thordan" from Final Fantasy XIV (submitted by Marc Evans)
  • "Bloody Battle" from Blade & Soul (submitted by Weakness)
  • "Dream Theme" from Glitch (submitted by Tithegha)
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (feat. "Valentine's Day Theme" from FFXIV)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_72.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Let's get this out of the way up front: No, Ragnarok Online 2 isn't the type of game that you'd think would have a terrific soundtrack, and yes, it totally has a terrific soundtrack. On this episode, the Battle Bards skip through renowned Japanese composer Yoko Kanno's score, picking out their favorite tracks from this fantasy MMO. Will they convince you that this is a hidden gem? Listen and see!

Episode 71 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Beginners" and "Misha")
  • "EverLand (Instrumental)"
  • "Yoru (Violin)"
  • "Small Dungeon"
  • "Clap and Walk"
  • "Din Don Dan Dan"
  • "Afternoon"
  • "Stone Music"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks (feat. "Sinister Euphoria" from Aura Kingdom, "A Writer's Dream" from Alan Wake, and "The Battle of Lil' Slugger" from Super Meat Boy)
  • Outro (feat. "Boss Battle [Karaoke]")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_71.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

While loud and brash music might be what often grabs our attention, the astute soundhound will keep an ear out for beautiful low-key pieces that weave through MMORPGs. Today the Battle Bards crew dials it back to look at tracks that exude ambience in all of its forms. From Final Fantasy XIV to Chronicles of Spellborn, interesting and noteworthy ambient tracks were unearthed, dissected, and returned to the soil for future blossoming.

Episode 70 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Ambient Track" from EverQuest and "Helm's Hold Ambient" from Neverwinter)
  • "In Golden Light" from The Secret World
  • "Snowcloak" from FFXIV
  • "Meditation of the Oracle" from Chronicles of Spellborn
  • "Smoke from Down Below" from EVE Online
  • "Vashj'ir" from World of Warcraft
  • "Spore Me" from Myst Uru
  • "Devidians Ambient" from Star Trek Online
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks (feat. "Edge and Flight" from Mirror's Edge, "Overture" from Stargate Worlds, "Enchanted Forest Pursuit" from Rayman Legends)
  • Listener request send-in
  • Outro ("Loading Loop" from The Sims Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_70.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Today, the Battle Bards are back for a special update and podcast episode!

First things first, for all those of you who frequent twitter and would like to receive regular updates on our shows as well as MMO music in general, you can now follow us via our official twitter feed @battlebardscast. Don't hesitate to contact us there or leave feedback or suggestions on twitter in the future - we love to hear from you!

As some of you know, Battle Bards is part of The Gaming and Entertainment Network, a free collaboration of independent gaming and geekery related podcasts bringing news, discussion and shenanigans to audiences since 2014. TGEN also hosts a quarterly round-table show, the TGEN Tribunal, across all our podcasts which is hosted by a different member every time in order to spread some linklove across all our shows and make discovery easier for our individual audiences. For this fourth episode of the Tribunal, it was our turn with Syl doing the honors on behalf of Battle Bards.

 TGEN Tribunal Episode 04 show notes

  • VR in Gaming 2016: Are we excited yet?
  • Crowdfunding versus E-Begging: What's the difference?
  • Non-Combat MMOs/games: Can we do this already?

All music intro/outros via www.bensound.com

Co-Hosts:

Thanks to our listeners for tuning in and supporting TGEN! You can find regular updates from all our shows on the official website or follow the network on twitter @TGENPodcastNet. See you next week as business resumes as usual here on Battle Bards with a brand new episode 70 - it's getting ambient!

Direct download: TGEN_Tribunal_episode_04.mp3
Category:tgen -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

The Battle Bards are taking an airship back to Eorzea to cover the soundtrack to the first expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, Heavensward. How does the expansion's score stack up to the original? How does it connect to Final Fantasies of the past? And will Syl spoil the plot for Syp? So many questions... so many mini-rants. It's a great show!

Episode 69 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Main Menu Theme” and "Alexander Boss Theme")
  • "Ishgard Pillars Day"
  • "Heroic Moments Theme"
  • "Aetherochemical Research Facility Theme"
  • "Fractal Continuum Theme"
  • "Matoya's Cave"
  • "Idyllshire Night Theme"
  • "Ravana"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Mail from WS_Dandelion about Dawngate
  • Jukebox (feat. "Oakvale" from Fable 2, "Stage One" from XCOM 2, and "A Place to Call Home" from FFIX)
  • Outro (feat. "Pharos Sirius Hard Mode Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_69.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

When an MMO player gets cozy in his or her in-game home, the sound is as essential to the ambiance as the decor. Not every game creates special music for player housing, but enough do that it's attracted the Battle Bards to take a closer look at the topic. Housing music and collectible tracks? It's starting to pick up momentum in MMOs, and Battle Bards is on the forefront of the revolution!

Episode 68 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Free 2 Party" from WildStar and "Chrono Trigger's Millenial Fair" from Trove)
  • "A Golden Field (Exile's Housing Theme)" from WildStar
  • "Karazhan Music Roll" from World of Warcraft
  • "Pernon Residential" from Aion
  • "Autumn Ale" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Home Sweet Home" from RuneScape
  • "Where the Hearth Is" from FFXIV
  • "Hammerknell Fortress Music Box" from RIFT
  • Jukebox (feat. "Echoes of a Zephyr" from FFXI, "Seaskape" from Splatoon, "Exploration" from Star Trek Online)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_68.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Before they were podcasters, the Battle Bards trained in sacred monestaries deep in the Chinese mountains, where they learned martial arts and life without wifi. As they tackle the Age of Wushu soundtrack this week, memories flood back of their life as kung fu artists who drifted from town to town, setting right what once was wrong.

Episode 67 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Martial Instance" and "Youyunshiliuzhou")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Chengdu"
  • "Luoyang"
  • "Zhouz"
  • "Lingxiaocheng"
  • "Scholars"
  • "Saibeicaoyuan"
  • Jukebox (feat. "Explore" from Aliens: Colonial Marines, "The Swindle Title" from The Swindle, "Episode 1, Track 1" from Life is Strange)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_67.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

What is this madness? The Battle Bards are taking a daring field trip out of the boundaries of MMO soundtracks to look at some music from MOBAs. Can these battle arenas hold a candle to the sublime scores of their kissing cousins? They can indeed, as this episode proves!

Episode 66 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Demacia Rising" from League of Legends and "Class 5 Leviathan" from Infinite Crisis)
  • "Tidecaller" from League of Legends
  • "Promise (Gaslight Batman's Theme)" from Infinite Crisis
  • "The Battle Begins" from Heroes of the Storm
  • "Quinn and Valor" from League of Legends
  • "This Fight is Mine" from Infinite Crisis
  • "Norse Theme" from SMITE
  • "Lulu and Shaco's Quirky Encounter" from League of Legends
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox (feat. "Meet Tiki and Mermaid" from Dragon's Crown, "Main Theme" from Arkham City, and "Player Music 1" from Asheron's Call 2)
  • Outro (feat. "The Curse of the Sad Mummy" from League of Legends)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_66.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Welcome to the musical apocalypse! In this week's episode, the Battle Bards get their Mad Max on with a trip to the premiere post-apocalyptic MMO, Fallen Earth. It's a combination of western, action, and... "other." What does the wasteland sound like? Find out in this episode!

Episode 65 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Last Call" and "Renewal")
  • "Escape from Hoover Dam"
  • "Blood-Soaked Sunrise (Welcome to the Apocalypse)"
  • "Scouting the Wastes"
  • "Risen Moon"
  • "Thwarting Alec Masters"
  • "Pathfinding"
  • "Survival (They Always Come Back)"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail: Ironweakness: what's a cost effective starting point for collecting MMO soundtrack music?
  • Jukebox (featuring "Almere Valley -- Sunlit Forest 3" from Project Copernicus,  "Horseplay" from Red Dead Redemption, "Waiting for Fire" from There Came an Echo)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_65.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

While not every MMO has specific musical cues for its factions and races, many do, and today on Battle Bards the crew shares some of their favorites from over the years! Additionally, the co-hosts will share their favorite races and why Final Fantasy XI is the creepiest MMO everr!

Episode 64 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Capital City (Celtic)" from Age of Empires Online and "Gibberlings" from Allods Online)
  • "The Noble Tauren" from World of Warcraft
  • "Tarutaru Male" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Cutely Grotesque and Certifiably Insane (Chua Theme)" from WildStar
  • "The Bird God Wakes (Chaos)" from Warhammer Online
  • "Baraka Theme" from TERA
  • "Terran Main Theme" from Earth & Beyond
  • "New Conglomerate Theme" from PlanetSide 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox (featuring "Patience Point" from World of Warcraft, "Laidback Thrills" from Battleblock Theater, and "Spring Cleaning" from Don't Starve: Reign of Giants)
  • Outro ("Spore Me" from Myst Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_64.mp3
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With a new World of Warcraft expansion on the horizon, the Battle Bards turn their attention to Warlords of Draenor to see how it stacks up to the rest of the series. The answer? For at least one of the bards, it's the best WoW soundtrack ever. Crank up the volume and get your Orc on, for it's time to go on the musical warpath!

Episode 63 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Malach" and "Shadowmoon Valley")
  • "Wolf at the Gates"
  • "Chieftans Gather"
  • "Family"
  • "Last Light (A Hero's Sacrifice)"
  • "Man Down"
  • "T's Have It"
  • "A Light in the Darkness"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox (featuring "Abadis Forest" from Dust: An Elysian Tail, "Main Theme" from Fallout 4, "EverLand" from Ragnarok Online 2)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_63.mp3
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Right after the main theme of an MMO, typically the first piece of in-game score you'll hear is a lengthy character creation piece. Today the Battle Bards reroll characters to hear these tunes all over again and decide which of them kept them on those screens a few more minutes than they strictly needed to.

Episode 62 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Character Creation" from DDO and "Into the Unknown" from WildStar)
  • "Character Creation" from Ultima Online
  • "Character Selection" from ArcheAge
  • "Asmodian Theme" from Aion
  • "Character Creation" from Shadowbane
  • "Criminal Theme" from APB
  • "Character Creation" from Black Desert
  • "Character Creation" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox (featuring "Main Theme" from Assassin's Creed 3, "Sunset Tracer" from Tree of Savior,  and "Disco Descent" from Crypt of the Necromancer)
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_62.mp3
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Catapulting themselves into the far future, the Battle Bards survey the post-apocalyptic scene in Firefall and find it... groovy. This week we take a look at Red 5's MMO shooter and its electronic soundtrack to see if there's a future worth hoping for in here or one that has lost all musical taste. Which will it be? You'll have to listen to find out!

Episode 61 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Login Theme 3" and "Tutorial Theme")
  • "Login Theme"
  • "Kanaloa"
  • "Trans-Hub Incursion"
  • "Blackwater Harvester Combat"
  • "Copacabana"
  • "Login Theme 1"
  • "Rescue Mission 4"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: Undertale ("Once Upon a Time"), Assasin's Creed ("Black Flag Shanties"), 8/16-bit soundtracks ("Jungle Fight" from Contra)
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_61.mp3
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For our whopping 60th episode, we explore the endless journey of MMOs! So wait, what is this theme really about? According to Syl, "it is all about the rich, multi-faceted, multi-part tracks that tell a story, come with transitions or surprises and have a certain length to allow for that to happen."

Tall order? Sure, but the Battle Bards have never shirked a musical challenge!

Episode 60 show notes

  • Intro (including "Blackburrow" from EverQuest 2 and "Along the Broken Ridge" from Wurm Online)
  • "Oriel Residential" from Aion
  • "Roaming Free" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Peace, the Jedi Consular" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "After the Storm" from Lineage II
  • "Combat Hymn" from Anarchy Online
  • "Alas, the Dragon Shall Break" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Path of Tears" from World of Warcraft
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: Final Fantasy XI ("Autumn Footfalls"), Dear Esther ("Ascension"), Ori and the Blind Forest ("Naru, Embracing the Light")
  • Speakpipe challenge reminder
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_60.mp3
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Haven't played The Crew? You're not alone! Haven't listened to The Crew's soundtrack? Shame on you! Today the Battle Bards take on this driving MMO's score to see if it causes them to put their pedals to the metal... or their heads to their pillows.

Also we got another speakpipe challenge for our regular listeners at the end of this episode - be the first to claim the prize!

Episode 59 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Takedown" and "Game Over")
  • "Leadfoot"
  • "Backalleys"
  • "Heavy as a Feather"
  • "Introductions"
  • "Outrun"
  • "Dayton"
  • "On Point"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox - "Honor for All" from Dishonored, "Tiny Masterpiece of Evil" from League of Legends, and "Alderaan" from SWTOR
  • Speakpipe Challenge!
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_59.mp3
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Today, the Battle Bards are bringing the beat! It's a whole show about percussion-heavy MMO soundtracks, with far more variety than you would have thought possible. So turn your volume up to 11 and get ready to air drum your heart out!

Episode 58 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Snowjade Palace” from Blade & Soul and “Rattle Tooth Theme” from Dungeon Runners)
  • "The Warmind" from Destiny
  • "Grand Slam" from WildStar
  • "Manduri Village" from Aion
  • "Secret Garden/The Rap" from Dark Age of Camelot
  • "Crimson Hills" from Aion
  • "March of the Allied Forces" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Martial Instance" from Age of Wushu
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: Infinite Crisis ("Promise"), Portal ("Still Alive"), Parodius Da! ("Oh! Japanism")
  • Outro ("Disband Deed" from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_58.mp3
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Syl finally realizes a long-held dream to cover Blade & Soul on Battle Bards. Truly, this is the highlight of her life, the apex of her existence, and the sunshine beams through her kitchen window. It's pretty groovy for the rest of the bards, too, as the threesome enjoy this Asian soundtrack and vie for their favorite picks.

Episode 57 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” and “Cheerful Festival")
  • "Silverfrost Mountain/Main Theme"
  • "Little Shepherd"
  • "Boss Gorilla"
  • "Black Pirates"
  • "Shadow in the Sunset"
  • "Kun Theme/Character Creation"
  • "The Pot Thief"
  • What one did we like best?
  • Mail from Rory: Taylor Davis
  • Jukebox: Destiny ("Excerpt from Hope"), The Sims ("Verisimilitude"), SWTOR II ("The Final Battle")
  • Outro (featuring “Fly Into the Sky”)

 

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_57.mp3
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Fifty-five shows later and the Battle Bards are returning to the topic of main themes! That's right, it's an episode about nothing but MMO themes, from the loud and brash to the quiet and sublime. There's some new, some old, and some not even released yet -- so chances are you'll find something here to love!

Episode 56 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Main Theme" from Darkfall and "Main Theme" from LEGO Universe)
  • "Original Main Theme" from City of Heroes
  • "Login Theme" from ArcheAge
  • "Kariela's Song" from Shroud of the Avatar
  • "LOTRO Legacy" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Login Theme 2" from Firefall
  • "Main Theme" from Landmark
  • "Rise of a Hero" from Dragon's Prophet
  • What one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: Ni No Kuni (Wrath of the White Witch), Dragon Age Inquisition, Ragnarok Online 1 & 2
  • Outro (featuring "Legends of Azeroth" from World of Warcraft)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_56.mp3
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, three Battle Bards decided to give Star Wars: The Old Republic its own show (finally). While we've talked about SWTOR many times before on the podcast, this week we'll go full-on space opera with our look into what made this soundtrack both memorable and maddening!

Episode 55 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Star Wars Main Theme" and "Peace, the Jedi Consular")
  • "Main Theme (Clash of Destiny)"
  • "Shapa Keesay (Shape-Shifter)"
  • "Romance"
  • "Tatooine, the Desert Sands"
  • "The Occupation of Balmorra"
  • "Revan's Theme"
  • "Bravado, the Smuggler"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: The Witcher 3, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, Dragon Quest X
  • Outro (featuring "Yesterday's Jawa")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_55.mp3
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It might be the middle of the summer in the northern hemisphere, but it's never too early to start getting ready for the cold! On this episode of Battle Bards, the crew takes on the theme of bitter, desolate, and beautiful winter soundscapes from a wide range of MMO scores. Winter is, after all, coming. Let's prepare!

Episode 54 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Snowcloak" from Final Fantasy XIV and "Winter Theme" from Allods Online)
  • "Sillus Mountains" from Aion
  • "Wintertusk Hrundle Fjord" from Wizard101
  • "Iron Pine Peak" from RIFT
  • "Winterspring (Cataclysm)" from World of Warcraft
  • "Iceclad Ocean" from EverQuest 2
  • "Hoth, the Frozen Wastes" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "The Shiverpeaks" from Guild Wars 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (featuring "Dazzling Snow" from Ragnarok Online)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_54.mp3
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It was the first big superhero MMO, and for at least one Bard, it was the entry point into MMO gaming. Today we'll be looking at the late, great City of Heroes and its strange, lovable, and often baffling soundtrack, as well as trying to explain to Syl why superheroes are totally cool. Pull on those tights and prepare to soar up, up and away into a score like no other on today's show!

Episode 52 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Main Theme" and "Steel Canyon Copper District")
  • "Freedom Court"
  • "Devil's Coat Tails"
  • "Argosy Industries"
  • "Freedom Theme"
  • "Going Rogue Theme"
  • "Welcome to Nova Praetoria"
  • "Bloody Bay: Green Nugget"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Joseph
  • Outro ("Mission Complete")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_53.mp3
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Syp will need to apologize for his uncharacteristically grumpy attitude during this week's recording, as he did not fully understand the teacher's homework assignment and apparently hates good music. That said, it's a whirlwind hour of dreamy, thoughtful, and touching music as the Battle Bards tackle the theme of "introspective" tunes in MMOs! Also, Syl uses the line, "Dancing naked in the forest while getting high," which is going to bump up our SEO rating something fierce.


Episode 52 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Air Stream" from Myst Online and "Emerald Depths" from Vanguard)
  • "Exiles of the Dream" from ArcheAge
  • "Forest Calling" from Lineage 2
  • "Hail Novia" from Shroud of the Avatar
  • "Heart of a Hero" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Our Perception of Beauty" from WildStar
  • "Redeemed Garden" from Anarchy Online
  • "Memories of Spring" from Aion
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_52.mp3
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Feel the power! Feel the burn! Feel the... Vindictus!

When a game is made up of insane frantic combat, what will its score sound like? The Battle Bards are keen to find out with their journey through this particular game's soundtrack. It's wild, it's bombastic, and it's (as always) divisive!

Episode 51 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Ancient Dragon" and "Malina")
  • "Crom Crauch"
  • "Keaghan"
  • "Main Theme"
  • "White Whale Inn"
  • "Craftsman Colru"
  • "PvP Theme"
  • "Succubus Queen/The Siren of Slaughter"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (featuring "Grim Reaper")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_51.mp3
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For our grand 50th episode spectacular, we looked to the MMO music community for inspiration. What we found were dozens of talented and interesting covers of some of our favorite game soundtracks! Celebrate with us as we give props to those who love MMO tunes almost as much as we do!

Episode 50 show notes

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_50.mp3
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From the mind of Inon Zur to the ears of the Battle Bards comes the soundtrack to RIFT. And while the Bards may have a positive past with the game, their reaction to the score is a rocky ride indeed. What treasures and traps will they pull out of this music? Find out as they welcome Steff back into the fold after her long absence!

Episode 49 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Defiant Theme" and "Iron Pine Peak")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Moonshade Highlands"
  • "Scarlet Gorge"
  • "Silverwood"
  • "Shimmersand"
  • "Atagarian Well"
  • "Stonefield"
  • What did we like best?
  • Mail from Josh
  • Outro (featuring “”)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_49.mp3
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Did you know that the Battle Bards have a time machine? Well they do, and this week they're setting it all the way back to the 1990s! With the help of guest host Scott (Ramblings of a MMO Gamer Guy), the crew examines music from an oft-overlooked era of MMO gaming (and soundtracks). Just because it's older doesn't mean it's ancient!

Episode 48 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Main Theme" from Neverwinter Nights AOL and "Excalibur" from Asheron's Call)
  • "Bard Guild" from EverQuest
  • "Dungeon" from The Realm Online
  • "Minoc" from Ultima Online
  • "Main Theme" from Nexus
  • "Neriak" from EverQuest
  • "Main Theme" from Meridian 59
  • "Nebula" from Rubies of Eventide
  • What did we like the best?
  • Mail From Tadamichi (Quiet Life and In Memories)
  • Outro (featuring “Age of Heroes” from Dark Sun Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_48.mp3
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When Steff's away, the Bards will play... Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, that is! The current beloved MMO of bloggers and gamers alike, FFXIV's rebooted soundtrack has made us take notice. With the help of guest host Scott (Ramblings of a MMO Gamer Guy), we tackle the highlights of this impressive score while trying to ignore the smell of chocobo poo.

Episode 47 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Prelude -- Rebirth" and "A World Apart")
  • "Guildleve Theme/Tenacity"
  • "Ramuh Theme/Thunder Rolls"
  • "Defender of the Realm"
  • "La Noscea Field Theme/On Westerly Winds"
  • "Gridania Night Theme/Dance of the Fireflies"
  • "Ultima"
  • "Thanalan Field Theme/To The Sun"
  • What did we like the best?
  • Mail From Zulika Mi-Nam
  • Outro (featuring "A Victory Fanfare Reborn")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_47.mp3
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It's been 10 incredible years since EverQuest II launched and players not only stepped into this version of Norrath but first heard the tunes of composer Laura Karpman. Join the Battle Bards for a special interview with Laura, who knows just so, so, so much more about music than the rest of us.

We also had several audio glitches in this cast, so bear with us!

Episode 46 show notes

  • Intro
  • Interview with composer Laura Karpman featuring the following EverQuest II tracks:
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Antonica"
  • "Commonlands"
  • "Freeport"
  • "Lavastorm"
  • "Tower of the Drafling"
  • "Isle of Refuge"
  • "Thundering Steppes"
  • "Qeynos"
  • "Nectulos"
  • "Nektropos Castle"
  • "Clefts of Rujark"
  • "Poet's Palace"
  • "Silent City"
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_46.mp3
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This week the Bards have invited long-time friend and listener Belghast to join them -- and to pick the topic for the show! Bel picked a fun and unusual theme: Rocking out with electric guitars. Do MMOs and rock mix? On this particular episode they do!

Episode 45 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Blue Turns to Grey" from Tabula Rasa, "Battle on the Big Bridge Reborn" from FFXIV, and "Prologue" from Castlevania SOTN)
  • "Titan Battle Theme" from FFXIV
  • "Alonewolf" from Rusty Hearts
  • "Toko" from Granado Espada
  • "Character Select/Map Load" from Heroes of the Storm
  • "New Conglomerate Main Theme" from PlanetSide 2
  • "Malicia's Finale" from DDO
  • "Lucid Dreaming" from Aion
  • What track did we like the best?
  • Mail from Akiranon
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_45.mp3
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With Steff out of action for a few shows, Syp and Syl are left floating adrift in a sea of TERA tunes.  This week the Battle Bards will be treading the waters of this high-fantasy MMO soundtrack, finding the best and most interesting picks to discuss.  And then they drown.  The end.

Episode 44 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Awakening" and "Sailor's Horn")
  • "Godspeed"
  • "Elinu's Dance"
  • "Homecoming"
  • "Turnabout"
  • "Riversong"
  • "The Children of Karas"
  • "Sanctuary"
  • Which track did we like the best?
  • Mail By Armagon
  • Outro (featuring "TERA Nova")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_44.mp3
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This week is an... unusual episode for the Battle Bards, but a fun one nonetheless!  The challenge was sent out for each of the bards to pick one song apiece for his or her co-hosts.  Will they like them?  What do these picks say about how the bards see each other?  Will there be a throw-down before all is said and done?  Find out!

Episode 43 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Air Stream" from Myst Online, "Continuum Alpha" from Neocron, and "Honesty to Oneself" from Ultima Forever)
  • From Steff to Syp: "Shinies" from WildStar
  • From Syl to Steff: "Cheerful Festival" from Blade & Soul
  • From Syp to Steff: "Elven Dhalia" from RuneScape
  • From Steff to Syl: "Main Theme" from Monarch
  • From Syl to Syp: "A Pinch of Madness" from WildStar
  • From Syp to Syl: "Protector's Enclave" from Neverwinter
  • Were there any surprises?
  • Mail from Plato Aly
  • Outro ("What does the Lopp say?")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_43.mp3
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Talk about a challenge!  How do you pick a handful of tracks to represent a game that's been around for so long that it has over 1,000 pieces of original music in it?  Fortunately, the Bards are up to the challenge as they tackle RuneScape, that free-to-play game that probably deserves more respect than it gets.

Episode 42 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Theme B" and "Royale")
  • "Arise Hero"
  • "Dune"
  • "Breeze"
  • "The Reaper's House"
  • "Honky Tonk Medieval"
  • "Barking Mad"
  • "Supreme Champions"
  • What did we like?
  • Mail from Adrien
  • Mail from Thoroughmas (and the video link he mentioned)
  • Speakpipe from Scott
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_42.mp3
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It's the end of the world as we know it -- but it's the beginning of the music revolution as we hear it!  In this episode, the Battle Bards don their best Mad Max costumes and tackle MMO music that comes straight from the many apocalypses that game designers have imagined.  Surprising enough, it's not that bleak!

Episode 41 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Trailer Music" from Myst Online and "Karakorum" from Auto Assault)
  • "Ninety-Niners" from Defiance
  • "The Traveler" from Destiny
  • "Renewal" from Fallen Earth
  • "The Survivors Trailer Music" from DayZ
  • "Blood King Commander" from Firefall
  • "Fallen Kings" from Asheron's Call 2
  • "Last Call" from Fallen Earth
  • Which track did we like the best?
  • Mail from Romeorites
  • Mail from Armagon
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_41.mp3
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While we did a Wildstar episode back in show #6, we felt as though we didn't do that soundtrack justice (not the least of which was the fact that we didn't have access to the full OST yet!).  Now that the Bards have listened to almost 200 WildStar tracks, it's time to pull their favorites and discuss this wild, zany musical romp!

Episode 40 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” and "A Golden Field")
  • "The Weave"
  • "Protostar Theme"
  • "The Awakening"
  • "Bandits, Thieves, and Epic Loot"
  • "Smooth"
  • "This is Our Song"
  • "Genesis to Revelations"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Shay
  • Outro (“BEER!”)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_40.mp3
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It's going to be impossible to keep from tapping your toes during this week's show!  The Battle Bards bust out all manner of lively jigs and shanties for the enjoyment of all, and even their past feuds are set aside to dosey-do in front of the tavern fireplace.  We also tick off accordian players across the globe.

Episode 39 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Caribbean Port" from Pirates of the Burning Sea and "Player Owned Ports Ahoy!" from RuneScape)
  • "Sea Shanty 2" from RuneScape
  • "Seaside" from Free Realms
  • "Cool Ranch Tavern Theme" from Pirate101
  • "Bash the Dragon" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Rum" from Monarch: Heroes of a New Age
  • "Tavernenlied" from Drakensang
  • "Pirate 3" from DDO
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Cindy
  • Outro ("A Tavern Far Away" from DDO)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_39.mp3
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The Elder Scrolls soundtracks have a legendary reputation in the video game community, but when you take Jeremy Soule (mostly) out of the mix, can the MMO score stand up to this legacy?  The Battle Bards investigate in an exploration of this massive OST of one of the new MMOs of 2014.

Episode 38 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Winged Twilight" and "Moth, Butterfly, and Torchbug")
  • "Three Banners: Fanfare"
  • "For Blood, For Glory, For Honor"
  • "Weapons Drawn"
  • "The Towers Cast Long Shadows"
  • "Greenheart"
  • "Beauty of Dawn"
  • "Lute Emote"
  • Mail from Draculetta
  • Outro (featuring "Three Hearts as One")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_38.mp3
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Pack  your coin purse, for the Battle Bards are off to the market!  In this episode, we'll examine music not only from MMO marketplaces, but tracks that inspire the feeling and atmosphere of bustling towns, harbors with ships being unloaded, and merchants selling exotic wares.  It's so much happy and uplifting music that you'll forget to be an internet cynic for at least two days!

Episode 37 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Nightfall Freedom Harbor" from Forsaken World and "Brownie Storehouse" from Vanguard)
  • "Selbina" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "The Town Market" from Elsword Online
  • "Inside the Marketplace Tent" from Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • "Town of Giran" from Lineage II
  • "Draynor Market" from RuneScape
  • "Free Market" from MapleStory
  • "Town of Morvan" from Vindictus
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Logun
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_37.mp3
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This week we welcome Composer Tracy W. Bush onto the show to talk about his vast experience in the MMO industry.  His body of work includes World of Warcraft, DCUO, Dungeon Runners, Tabula Rasa, Free Realms, and City of Heroes.  He's also quite the talker, so if you want to get some insight into how the creative process works on a deadline, this will be the episode for you!  Also, you'll hear Tracy recreate his Murloc voice -- yup, this is the guy who created that iconic sound.

Unfortunately, this week Steff was AFK, so it was up to Syl and Syp to grill Tracy.  Don't worry, Steff will be back for episode 37!

Episode 36 show notes

  • Interview with Tracy W. Bush
  • "Darnassus" from World of Warcraft
  • "Radio Free Zerg" from StarCraft
  • "Darnassus" from World of Warcraft
  • "Tanaris" from World of Warcraft
  • "Cimmora Main Theme" from City of Heroes
  • Tracy's Murloc demo
  • "Townston Theme" from Dungeon Runners
  • "Rattletooth's Lair" from Dungeon Runners
  • "Townston Theme" from Dungeon Runners
  • "Blue Turns to Grey" from Tabula Rasa
  • "AFS Outpost" from Tabula Rasa
  • "Checkers" from Free Realms
  • "Gotham City BGM" from DC Universe Online
  • "Cooking" from Free Realms
  • Mail from JadenK
  • Outro ("Radio Free Zerg" from StarCraft)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_36.mp3
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A good D&D session doesn't only need character sheets and an abudance of 20-sided dice, but atmospheric tunes as well.  What kind of soundtrack does the long-running Dungeons & Dragons Online have?  The Battle Bards investigate DDO's score this week, in particular contrasting the old tracks with the newer expansion ones.  As usual, Syp stands mostly alone.

Episode 35 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Character Creation,” "Crafting Hall," and "Wheloon Tavern 1")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "House Dun'Robar"
  • "Yo Ho Ho, Surly Kobold"
  • "Untold Truth"
  • "King's Forest 2"
  • "Eye of the Titan"
  • "Eveningstar 1"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (“Eye of the Titan”)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_35.mp3
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While many soundtrack pieces are a collaboration between an entire orchestra, once in a while a single instrument will take the forefront and steal the spotlight.  Those tracks are the theme of today's show, in which the faithful Bards choose seven MMO songs that feature a dominant instrument.  Also, there is much whining because that is what we do best.

Episode 34 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Breton Melody” from Dark Age of Camelot and “ARK Theme” from Anarchy Online)
  • "Map Music 1" from The Sims Online
  • "Sarutabaruta" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Below the Asteroids" from EVE Online
  • "Sanctuary" from TERA
  • "Ogrimmar" from World of Warcraft
  • "Flibbertigibbet" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Age of the Dragon" from Guild Wars Factions
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_34.mp3
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As we've proven before on Battle Bards, free-to-play and foreign doesn't mean that the soundtrack is going to be lame.  On the contrary, scores like Allods Online is what gets us out of bed in the morning, pumped for another day of listening to excellent MMO music!  We've got several great tracks from Allods today, so put on your listening ears and uncover your tapping toes.

Episode 33 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Main Menu" and "Hadagan")
  • "Main Theme II: Game of Gods"
  • "Gibberlings"
  • "Lords of Destiny - Instruments - Kania"
  • "Astral Prelude"
  • "Jungle 1"
  • "Goblinoball"
  • "Lords of Destiny - AC9 Main NM"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Kevin
  • Mail from Shay
  • Outro ("Disband Deed" from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_33.mp3
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It's the show that Syl's been dreading for almost eight episodes now: The Secret World!  Between conspiracies, zombies, ancient myths, and present-day cabals, is there actually music in this game -- and is it any good?  The bards investigate in this creepy, kooky, mysterious, and ooky show!

Episode 32 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme”)
  • "March on Templars"
  • "Through the Hollow Earth"
  • "Factions"
  • "Sand Meets Sky"
  • "Combat part 6"
  • "Sleepless Lullaby" by Bright September
  • "The Zombie Stare" by Amy Sweet and Clyde Shorey
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Crim
  • Mail from Imakulata
  • Outro (featuring "Nassir's Dance")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_32.mp3
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In this episode of Battle Bards, the hosts face their greatest threat yet: fire!  Yes, this show was disrupted by a genuine fire emergency, but happily everyone came out of it unscathed.  In other news, the bards tackle the second part of a series focusing on listener suggestions.  Good music and great discussion abounds in this show, so don't miss out!

Episode 31 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “The Hero's Call” from Ultima Forever)
  • "A Euology for Hope" from Warhammer Online (suggested by Thomas)
  • "Answers" from Final Fantasy XIV (suggested by CariMac)
  • "Harababuresti Dances" from The Secret World (suggested by Richard Bartle)
  • "Glorious Future" from EVE Online (suggested by Mika)
  • "Theme for Rohan feat. Taylor Davis" from Lord of the Rings Online (suggested by Redbeard)
  • "Vigilant Church Theme" from WildStar (suggested by Nightmare System)
  • What did we like the best?
  • Mail from Redbeard
  • Outro (featuring “Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_31.mp3
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As Battle Bards hits its 30th podcast, the crew turns the show over to... you, the listener!  With this episode, we kick off the first of two shows where each pick is made by fans.  What will they pick and what do both they and we have to say about thse tracks?  Find out!

Episode 30 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Karakorum" from Auto Assault)
  • "Saga of the Norn" from Guild Wars 2 (suggested by Dibstaru)
  • "Guardian/Sanctum Theme" from RIFT (suggested by Scott)
  • "Booty Bay" from World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (suggested by Shay)
  • "Mithlond" from Lord of the Rings Online (suggested by Michael)
  • "Land of the Golden Sun" from Guild Wars: Nightfall (suggested by Kevin)
  • "Desert Travel" from PlanetSide (suggested by Reese)
  • What did we like the best?
  • Mail from Shay
  • Outro (featuring "Disband Deed" from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_30.mp3
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When you think of MMO music, it's rare to put a voice to the tunes.  But more often than you'd think, these tracks have amazing vocals that lend an important layer to the proceedings.  In this episode, the bards focus on their favorite MMO songs -- and even break out in a ditty or two themselves!

Episode 29 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Forest Calling" from Lineage II and "NPC Song" from Guild Wars 2)
  • "Invincible" from World of Warcraft
  • "Briarheart" from Free Realms
  • "Cataclistic" from Runes of Magic
  • "Forgotten Sorrow" from Aion
  • "Sunrise" from Wurm Online
  • "Three Hearts as One" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Fear Not This Night" from Guild Wars 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Jeni
  • Outro ("Kobold Still Hates You" from Dungeons and Dragons Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_29.mp3
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The intriguing and diverse Runes of Magic soundtrack is next on the warpath for the conquering Battle Bards!  Opinions are all across the board as the insults and disagreements fly fast and furious, but in the end all is forgiven, hugs are meted out, and the crew agrees on at least a couple of excellent tracks worthy of your time.

Episode 28 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme," "Blazing Battle," and "Absurdia")
  • "Main Theme Chapter 4"
  • "Adventure"
  • "Silverspring Day 2"
  • "The Radiant Arcanum"
  • "Tower of Wailing Wind"
  • "Varanas City"
  • "Traveling Tale"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail From Zoward
  • Mail from Shintar
  • Reminder about listener episode submissions
  • Outro (featuring "The Radiant Arcanum")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_28.mp3
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Regressing to childhood is no difficult task for the playful bards!  In this episode, Syl, Steff, and Syp examine choice selections from kid MMOs to see if the music is just as good to adult ears as it is to the wee 'uns.  Warning: If you're allergic to bright, happy, and cheerful tunes, this show will probably make you die.

Episode 26 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Wysteria Pigswick Academy" from Wizard101 and "Cave of Life" from MapleStory)
  • Dragonica - "You Beat the Boss!"
  • Free Realms - "Sanctuary"
  • MapleStory - "Aqua Road East Sea"
  • Star Stable - Selections
  • Hello Kitty Online - "Dream Carnival"
  • Pirate101 - "Cool Ranch Theme"
  • Super Hero Squad Online - "Boss: Magneto"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Outro (featuring "Hope" from Hello Kitty Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_27.mp3
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It’s time for one of the most eclectic MMO soundtracks of all time: Granado Espada!  The Battle Bards wade through a wide variety of genres and deal with frayed nerves by getting all sorts of snippy with each other.  Will the music drive them apart?  Find out in this week's show!

Episode 26 show notes

  • Intro (including “Forzar" and "Old Speckled Reel")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Death Book"
  • "Beyond Hope"
  • "Cite de Reboldeux"
  • "Helios"
  • "Endless Battle"
  • "Amanecer"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Mail from EverQuest 2's Margaret "Luperza" Krohn
  • Outro (“Purple Snow")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_26.mp3
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It's always a holiday somewhere, especially in MMOs, so don't blink twice if you happen to hear the Battle Bards talking about Christmas, Halloween, and Arbor Day on this week's episode!  After all, special occasions necessitate special music, and holiday themes can be quite memorable indeed.

Episode 25 show notes

  • Intro (including "Wintersday Bell Choir" from Guild Wars 2 and "Lifeday Celebration" from Star Wars Galaxies)
  • "Winter Event" from Star Trek Online
  • "Winter Home" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Halloween Wonderland" from Rappelz
  • "Happy Holidays" from Project Copernicus
  • "Brewfest" from World of Warcraft
  • "Starlight Celebration" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Missing Presumed Death" from RuneScape
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro ("Winter Event" from Star Trek Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_25.mp3
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We couldn't stay away from Azeroth for long, and so the Bards have journeyed back to World of Warcraft for a second show dedicated to exploring our favorites from the soundtrack.

This episode is also notable in that it's Battle Bards' first anniversary -- an entire year of bringing you MMO music commentary and opinions!  Stay tuned toward the end of the show to hear us share our favorite memories from the past 24 episodes.

Episode 24 show notes

  • Intro (including "Ebon Hold" and "Garden of Life")
  • Undercity (from World of Warcraft)
  • Echoes of the Past (from World of Warcraft)
  • Totems of the Grizzlemaw (from Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Curse of the Worgen (from Cataclysm)
  • Forged in Blood (from Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Argent Tournament (from Wrath of the Lich King)
  • Way of the Monk (from Mists of Pandaria)
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Our first anniversary!
  • Outro (Argent Tournament intro)

Listen to episode 24 now!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_24.mp3
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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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What does adventure mean to you?  Everyone has their own definition, and the Battle Bards are bringing that question to the MMO music scene.  In this episode, each of the three co-hosts submit their own favorite "spirit of adventure" tracks for group discussion.  It's a big world out there and we need the very best soundtrack if we're going the journey through all of it!

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Episode 13 show notes

  • Introduction ("Hearthstone Revealed" from Hearthstone)
  • "Open Sea Music" from Pirates of the Burning Sea
  • "Explorers and Artifacts" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Spiritual Elysium" from Anarchy Online
  • "Step to the Next World" from Aion
  • "Talking Island" from Lineage II
  • "Romulus Suite" from Star Trek Online
  • "Breeland Jig" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • Outro ("Hills of the Shire" from Lord of the Rings Online)

* Apologies for Steff's sound toward the end of the show -- Skype was being glitchy with us!

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_13.mp3
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Embark on a journey with us overseas, as the Battle Bards sail to the lands of Lineage 2.  It's a plus-sized soundtrack with surprisingly good music, and we're all about bringing you the best of the best.  Except for the one track that Syl held back for show 13 because she wanted to spite Syp.  Not that Syp is bitter.  It's a musical journey of cymbals, sunsets, and unicorn dreams.  But what else would you expect from this show?

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Episode 12 show notes

  • Introduction (including After the Storm and The Beginning of Gracia)
  • Opening: Call of Destiny
  • Counterattack
  • The Final Decisive Battle
  • Temple of the Moon
  • Praise the Victorious Knight
  • Merchant Ships from the East
  • Floran Theme
  • Mailbag: Ian
  • Outro (Unicorn Rest)

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_12.mp3
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Everyone knows that the Battle Bards are a little odd.  That's a fact.  So it shouldn't come as a shock to discover that they're also into MMO music that's a little... off the beaten path.  Today's episode is all about the strange and unusual themes that don't quite fit in elsewhere -- but they're in good company together!

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Episode 11 show notes

  • Introduction (including unknown track from Meridian 59)
  • Spiral Knights: "Lucky Knight"
  • FFXI: "Dash de Chocobo"
  • Defiance: "The Battle of San Francisco"
  • WoW: "Operation Gnomeregan"
  • GW2: "Sunny Glade"
  • SWTOR: "Yesterday's Jawa"
  • Glitch: "Rainbow Run"
  • Mailbag: Belghast and Ian (here's the link to his YouTube channel)
  • Outro (Champions Online's 3rd anniversary song)

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_11.mp3
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What pleases the Battle Bards? To crush their enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their husbands.  Also, good music, which is why the bards are diving into the Age of Conan soundtrack this week!  There are divided opinions on this incredibly popular score -- listen and see where you fall!

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Episode 10 show notes

  • Introduction (including "Northern Grassland")
  • "Hamlets of Aquilonia"
  • "All Heroes Unite"
  • "Memories of Cimmeria"
  • "Villages of Khitai"
  • "Ambush from Three Directions"
  • "The Sands of Forgetfullness/Tortage Beach"
  • "The Damp Barachan Nights"
  • Speakpipe: Reply to Axel Grimwulf
  • Mailbag: Reply to Kuter
  • Outro

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_10.mp3
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This week on Battle Bards, the bards kick it old-school in their taverns of choice, checking out the sweet music and fine wine that pours forth from these iconic locations.  You can almost hear the crackling of the fire as these virtual poets strum their lutes... or can you?

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Episode 9 show notes

  • Introduction to tavern tunes (including “Tavern De Kada-El” from PlaneShift)
  • "Prancing Pony" from Lord of the Rings Online, composed by Chance Thomas
  • "Tavern Rock Volume 1" from Dungeons and Dragons Online, composed by Stephen DiGregorio
  • "Tavern" from World of Warcraft, composed by Jason Hayes
  • "Spelunken und Tavernen" from Drakensang Online, composed by Tilman Sillescu and Markus Schmidt
  • "Deepwater" from World of Warcraft, composed by David Arkenstone
  • "Pub" from Ultima Online, composed by ??
  • "Inn Music" from Final Fantasy XIV, composed by Nobuo Uematsu
  • Outro: “Main Theme”

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_9.mp3
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This week on Battle Bards, Syl, Steff, and Syp sail off to Norrath for a good dose of EverQuest 2.  It's a truly massive soundtrack with plenty of stellar pieces to plunder, although it does sound suspiciously more like a movie score than something in an MMO.  Intentional or not?  Listen and decide for yourself!

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Episode 8 show notes

  • Introduction to city themes (including "Main Theme" and "Kelethin")
  • "Character Menu" (comp. Laura Karpman)
  • "Qeynos" (comp. Laura Karpman)
  • "Isle of Refuge" (comp. Laura Karpman)
  • "Skyshrine Merchant's Quarter" (comp. Inon Zur)
  • "Antonica" (comp. Laura Karpman)
  • "Tower of the Drafling" (comp. Laura Karpman)
  • "Qeynos Guild Hall" (comp. Inon Zur)
  • Website and blog plugs
  • Outro: "Main Theme"

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_8.mp3
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This week on Battle Bards, we finally get away from singling out one MMO to doing another theme show: city tunes!  What tales do these virtual metropolises have to tell through music?  The bards are kicking up their feet in their home towns and telling their favorite memories that these songs evoke!

(Apologies on the sound quality in spots -- we had a devil of a time recording this due to several power outages!)

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Episode 7 show notes

  • Introduction to city themes (incl. "Birth of a Player City" from Star Wars Galaxies and "Omni-Tek theme" from Anarchy Online)
  • "Coruscant" from Star Wars: The Old Republic (comp. Lennie Moore)
  • "Stormwind" from World of Warcraft (comp. Jason Hayes)
  • "Imperial Square" from Allods Online (comp. Vladislav Isaev, Mark Morgan)
  • "Meridian" from RIFT (comp. Inon Zur)
  • "Seville" from Uncharted Waters Online (comp. Kazunori Miyake)
  • "Crossroad at Dawn / Gludio" from Lineage II (comp. Bill Brown, Inon Zur)
  • "Kingdom of Light" from Aion (comp. Yang Bang-Ean)
  • Website and blog plugs

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_7.mp3
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This week on Battle Bards, we're going to the future!  That's right, we're covering our first MMO that hasn't been released yet: WildStar.  We've got Composer Jeff Kurtenacker with us to share his insights as we talk about our favorite tracks that have been released so far.  If that's not exciting enough for you, we've got two new exclusive music tracks in the show as well!

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Episode 6 show notes

Check out Composer Jeff Kurtenacker's website!

Special thanks to Tesh for the Battle Bards logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_6.mp3
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This week on Battle Bards, the world's only MMO music podcast is all up in Tyria's face.  That's right: We're going into Guild Wars 2, and we're not returning until we wring the best possible tracks from this already-stellar score!  So listen up, bookahs, 'cause we're only going to record this once!

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Episode 5 show notes

Check out Composer Jeremy Soule's website!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_5.mp3
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This week on Battle Bards, Composer Chance Thomas joins the bards to talk about the stories behind Lord of the Rings Online's score.  It's a strange chance to offer our own reviews and then have the composer review our reviews on the spot -- but we loved it.  It's equal parts education, entertainment, and Elves on this preciousss episode!

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Episode 4 show notes

Check out Chance Thomas online!

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This week on Battle Bards, the crew explores the darkly mysterious realm of music as they focus on spooky and magical tracks from MMOs. The fun of this episode comes as each of the bards interprets what the "spooky and magical" combo means. What songs will they pluck on their lutes? Tune in and find out!

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Episode 3 show notes

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Errata: Whoops, we made a little mistake on the show! The Guild Wars 2 halloween theme is of course by Maclaine Diemer. Apologies!

Special thanks to Tesh for the logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_3_-_Spooky_and_Magical.mp3
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Welcome back to Battle Bards, a collaborative bi-weekly podcast that listens to and discusses MMO soundtracks!  On our second podcast, Syl, Syp, and Steff tackle the daunting and exuberant score of Final Fantasy XI.  It's an hour full of whimsy, mogs, and earworms!

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Episode 2 show notes

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Special thanks to Tesh for the logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_2.mp3
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We're really excited and proud to announce a new project: Battle Bards, an MMO music podcast!  Ever since I started writing about MMO soundtracks, I've realized that there are others out there who are equally enthusiastic about these scores -- and that a podcast would be an excellent way to share our collective passion.  It's taken us a few months to get organized and figure out how best to do the show, but here it is, the first episode of Battle Bards!

Our maiden episode is all about our favorite main themes.  Give it a listen and give us feedback!

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Show Notes:

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Special thanks to Tish Tosh Tesh for the logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_1.mp3
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