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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Back for a third round, the Battle Bards examine a slew of main themes from MMORPGs! Considering how essential these themes are in making a strong first impression upon players, Steff, Syl, and Syp run these tracks through their paces to see which hook them on a first listen... and which put them to sleep.

Episode 152 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Knights of the Fallen Empire Main Theme" from SWTOR, "Main Theme" from Lost Ark, and "Refly Main Theme" from Aion)
  • "Main Theme" from Atlas
  • "Main Theme" from Astellia
  • "The Dragon's Spine" from Age of Conan
  • "Main Theme" from Echo of Soul
  • "Main Theme" from Eldevin
  • "Main Theme" from ArcheAge
  • "Main Theme" from The Chronicles of Spellborn
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Katriana, Zinn, Caroline, and Castagere
  • Jukebox picks: "Arbiter's Mark" from Fell Seal, "What the Forest Taught Me" from Secret of Mana, and "Main Theme" from Rogue Squadron
  • Outro (feat. "Memories of Rohan" from Rohan)
  • Stinger: Playful evil
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_152.mp3
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It's an MMORPG you've never heard of. It's an MMO soundtrack you've never heard, period. But as intrepid explorers of the musical unknown, the Battle Bards are here to unearth this tiny indie title and its score. Minions of Mirth may have died an ignoble death in 2017, but its soundtrack lives on -- and now it's immortalized in the 151st episode of this podcast!

Episode 151 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Peaceful," and "View Over the Water")
  • "Inexhaustible Ardor"
  • "Villagers of Mirth"
  • “Battlefield’s Pride”
  • "Landpromise"
  • "Dwarves Krig"
  • “Wandering Day”
  • "The Sails of Salvage"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Velimirius, Ghostlight, and Inon Zur
  • Jukebox picks: "Options" from Comix Zone, "Main Theme" from StarFox 64, and "Pictures of the Past" from Rain World
  • Outro (feat. "Black Air Magic")
  • Stinger: M-O-M
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_151.mp3
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It may not be the most sexy or exotic of biomes, but plains tend to pop up in pretty much every MMORPG -- and they always have music to adventure by! In this episode of the Battle Bards, the crew evaluates music from steppes, savannahs, and the great, great plains. Is it all dull atmospheric tunes? Far from it, as you'll soon discover. So join this eclectic team for a grand 150th episode spectacular!

Episode 150 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Plains of Beauty" from Runes of Magic, "Open Plains" from Anarchy Online, and "The Azim Steppe (Daytime)" from FFXIV)
  • "Plains" from World of Warcraft
  • "Plains of Ashford" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Gahren Plains" from Vanguard
  • "Pradeth Plains" from Aion
  • "Agris Steppe" from Black Desert
  • "Zafaria Savannah" from Wizard101
  • "Skypetal Plains South" from Blade and Soul
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Caroline, Sam, Sym, and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Slinger's Song" from Bastion, "Waterfalls" from Seasons After the Fall, and "The Roof" from Plants vs. Zombies
  • Outro (feat. "Thundering Steppes" from EverQuest II)
  • Stinger: Efficient German love
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_150.mp3
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Is Istaria more than just "that game where you can play a dragon?" If it is, the answer might lie in its hidden repository of soundtrack tunes! The Battle Bards once again assemble to apply their dragonish wit, tenacity, and fire-scathing critiques to a largely undiscovered score. It's more fun of an experience than you might expect, so come along for the ride!

Episode 149 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Saris," "Kirasanct Tundra," and "Spirit Island")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Ancient Ruins"
  • "Mahagra"
  • "Eyes in the Garden"
  • "Tazoon"
  • "Aughundell"
  • "New Rachival"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Buddy, Smuggler-in-a-yt, and Chris
  • Jukebox picks: "Rab the Wizard" from Dragon Quest XI, "At Night the Forest Sings" from Anno 1800, "Main Theme" from Legend of 
  • Outro (feat. "Mystery Ancients")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_149.mp3
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On a special theme episode of Battle Bards, acclaimed composer Inon Zur is given the spotlight, especially for his contributions to several MMORPG soundtracks such as RIFT, TERA, and EverQuest II. If you've only known Zur as "The Fallout Guy," then prepared to be pleasantly illuminated as to the wider body of his work! Also, the crew takes in an orphaned music track and gives it the name "Steve." We will always love you, Steve.

Episode 148 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Homecoming" from TERA, "Klak'Anon" from EverQuest II, and "Invisible Ghosts" from Fallout 76)
  • "Main Theme" from Fallout 76
  • "Trailer Theme" from Durango Wildlands
  • "Behind the Mountain" from Lineage 2
  • "Othmir Camp" from EverQuest II
  • "Variation 1" from Arena of Fate
  • "Oceans of Stone" from TERA
  • "Sanctum solo" from RIFT
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail: What soundtracks have you discovered through Battle Bards?
  • Jukebox picks: "Lost in the Cave" from 2003's The Hobbit, "First Light" from Crysis, and "Unicorn's Rest (Cover)" from Lineage II
  • Outro (feat. "Freemarch" from RIFT)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_148.mp3
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Bring on the heavy makeup, electric guitars, and MMO groupies, because the Battle Bards are rock and rolling their way into Continent of the Ninth Seal (aka C9). It may not be a game -- or soundtrack -- that most know, but does that mean that there is a musical treasure trove waiting to be discovered? Listen to this episode to find out!

Episode 147 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Innocence RunersVill" and "Brotherhood of the Wolf")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Cold Mountain"
  • "Black Yard"
  • "Blade of a Knife"
  • "Gong!"
  • "Braveheart"
  • "Waterford Theme"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Caroline, Bullwraith, and George Wilson III
  • Jukebox picks: "We've All Done Things" from Days Gone, "Main Theme" from Unending Dusk, and "The Adventure Begins" from Cube World
  • Outro (feat. "Silent Night")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_147.mp3
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In another theme sequel, the Battle Bards return to the notion of vocal tracks in MMORPGs. Does singing hold a special place in online games, or is it immersion breaking? In some cases, it can be both. Join Syl, Steff, and Syp for a romp through a widely diverse array of sung tunes -- and beware the pigs!

Episode 146 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Singing" from Elder Scrolls Online, "Song from the Woods" from The Secret World, and "Eternal Love" from Lineage II: Oath of Blood)
  • “Dragonsong” from Final Fantasy XIV
  • “Glutton for Nourishment” from RuneScape
  • “The Daughter of the Sea” from World of Warcraft
  • “Dungeon Herograve” from Lime Odyssey
  • “Wild Side” from WildStar
  • “Port Lux (Vocal Version)” from Cabal Online
  • “Odyssey” from Granado Espada
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Caroline
  • Jukebox picks: "The Frostlands" from Octopath Traveler, "Dolphin Surf" from Tetris Effect, and "Future" from Max Payne 3
  • Outro (feat. "Day of Destiny" from Dragon Nest: Saint Haven)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_146.mp3
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It's Bard vs. Bard vs. Bard in this show, as the trio of MMO video game music lovers take sides in the Dark Age of Camelot debate! This tri-realm PvP game is rather unique for having published an "inspired by" album featuring music not in the game at all in addition to the actual soundtrack. So why not review both? Syp, Syl, and Steff are more than up for the task!

Episode 145 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Albion Town 1," "Vinum Bonum," "The Wizard," and "Albion Campacorentin Forest")
  • “Call to Arms (Frontiers)”
  • “Combat Music”
  • “Star of the County Down”
  • “Breton Melody”
  • “Moving”
  • “Hibernia Town”
  • “Albion Sailbury Plains”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Ceta" from Rimworld, "Across the Stars" from Star Wars: The Old Republic, and "Main Theme" from Trine 3
  • Outro (feat. "Howth")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_145.mp3
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Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet: Combined, these forces create the awesome power of Roy G. Biv -- otherwise known as the rainbow! In today's experimental episode of the Battle Bards, Steff, Syl, and Syp attempt to find MMORPG music tracks to go with each of the seven colors that shine over a rainstorm or in a particularly oily puddle. It's a daunting mission, but these three are just crazy enough to finish it!

Episode 144 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Greenwood Camp" from Free Realms, "Red Menace" from Stargate Worlds," and "Purple Trip" from Glitch)
  • "Drinking from Red Wine" from WildStar
  • "Celestial Crab March" from Wizard101
  • "Hello Yellow!" from Club Penguin
  • "Green Valley" from Ys Online
  • "Flying in a Blue Dream" from MapleStory
  • "Purple Snow" from Grenado Espada
  • "Wild Violet" from Tree of Savior
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Sylkesh, George Wilson III, and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "End Credits" from Hello, Neighbor!, "Onward" from Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, and "Dulles Airport" from Die Hard Trilogy
  • Outro (feat. "Blue World" from MapleStory)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_144.mp3
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It may see itself as an "old school fantasy MMO," but Rappelz' soundtrack is a great mixture of old and new, traditional and experimental. In this episode, the daring and ever-courageous Battle Bards plumb the depth of this score and see what can be brought out of obscurity and into the light!

Episode 143 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "A New Epic," "Breeze of Old Forest," and "Resonance of the World")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "The Deva"
  • "Crystal Mountain"
  • "The Temple of the Masters"
  • "A Horizon in the Sunset"
  • "A Lost and Secret Island"
  • "The Morning Breaks of Rondo"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail: Bullwraith, Katriana, Caroline, and Michael
  • Jukebox picks: "Cierzo" from Outward, "Green Village Baruchie" from Another Eden, and "La Pintarroja" from Tropico 6
  • Outro (feat. "The Ursa Caverns")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_143.mp3
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