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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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" 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

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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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