A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The Battle Bards podcast alternates with Retro Reprise every other week, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.

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A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The Battle Bards podcast alternates with Retro Reprise every other week, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.

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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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