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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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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