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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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

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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)

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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")
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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!

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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)

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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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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:

Contact the Bards:

Special thanks to Tish Tosh Tesh for the logo!

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_1.mp3
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