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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Running from 2007 to 2016, ChangYou's Dragon Oath is probably one of those MMORPGs you've never heard of, nevermind actually played. Yet when Syl stumbled upon it on YouTube, she knew it was a soundtrack for the Battle Bards to highlight. Take a journey with the team today as they visit this Bhuddist-inspired MMO and hear the sounds of this Chinese soundtrack.

Episode 174 show notes

  • Intro ("Da Li," "Horse Farm," and "Voodoo Sea")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Wild Plains"
  • "Fire Palace"
  • "Malefics"
  • "Stone Forest/Jade Valley"
  • "Mt. Emei"
  • "Mt. Infinity"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Character Creation" from Moonlight Blade, "Tensil Theme" from Anachronox, and "Cacti Canyon" from Minecraft Dungeons
  • Outro (feat. "South Rainforest")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_174.mp3
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Seeking a simpler and more quaint life? Then come on down to the farm with the Battle Bards, as the video game music crew looks at pastoral themes from MMORPGs! From stereotypical-sounding tracks to enchanting discoveries, this episode is all about tilling the fields, living off the land, and loving the music that floats above it all.

Episode 173 show notes

  • Intro ("Pig Ranch" from Blade & Soul, "Farm" from Free Realms, and "Cool Ranch" from Pirate101)
  • "A Farmer's Life" from WildStar
  • "Settlement" from ArcheAge 
  • "Farm" from Lime Odyssey
  • "Charmin' Farmin'" from RuneScape
  • "Human Farm" from Forsaken World
  • "Farm" from Dragon Nest
  • "Shanghai Farm" from MapleStory
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Happy to You" from Age of Empires III, "Before the Reckoning" from Last Oasis, and "Snowy Sky" from SaGa Scarlet Grace
  • Outro (feat. "Quiet Countryside" from Project Gorgon)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_173.mp3
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Although Lost Ark is still making its slow journey to the west, the music arrived ahead -- on a songbird, of course! It's a flat-out amazing soundtrack by a Hollywood composer, and the Battle Bards want to make sure that you aren't missing out on its musical gifts. So settle back, put on some headphones, and prepare to be blown away.

Episode 172 show notes

  • Intro ("Ocean World," "The Ark," and "Sanctuary of Arcadia")
  • "Into the Wider World"
  • "The Town of Leonhardt"
  • "Black Teeth"
  • "Silrian Theme”
  • "Mokoko Village"
  • "Club Avenue"
  • "Calm Village"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Sym
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Population Zero, "The Tavern" from Wargroove, 
  • Outro (feat. )
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_172.mp3
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Hitch up your shorts, buckle your boots, and step into another deep forest of MMORPG music with the Battle Bards! As diverse as the woods are in virtual worlds, so too are these tracks that attempt to convey the feeling of a variety of leafy settings.

Episode 171 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Mnes Forest" from Echo of Souls, "Forest of Adera" from Eldevin, and "Sleeping Forest" from Allods Online)
  • "Forest of Legends" from Bless
  • "Mystery Forest of Vikings" from Minions of Mirth
  • "Lost Forest" from Revelation Online
  • "Saphora Forest" from Aion 
  • "Drustvar Glenbrook Woods" from World of Warcraft 
  • "Forest of December" from Tree of Savior 
  • "Tera Forest" from MapleStory
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail: Katriana, Cursed Seishi, and Bereman
  • Jukebox picks: "Day at the Fair" from Life is Feudal, "Wastelanders Theme" from Fallout 76, and "Doom Eternal" from Doom Eternal
  • Outro (feat. "The Rime Woods" from Champions Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_171.mp3
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Stop your whinnying and take Star Stable's soundtrack out for a gallop today! You might discover, as the Battle Bards did, that this horse-themed MMO has a pretty amazing and lovely soundtrack that's as large in quantity as it is high in quality. So saddle up for a ride through the trails of this lively soundscape!

Episode 170 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "To Pandoria," "Hooves on the Run," and "Forest Bells")
  • "A Dimension in Pink"
  • "South Hoof Peninsula"
  • "Epona"
  • "The Capital of Jorvik"
  • "My Stable"
  • "Cloud Kingdom"
  • "How to Build Your Ranch"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Zinn, Katriana, and Castagere (link to the song mentioned)
  • Jukebox picks: "Painful Gulch" from Lucky Luke, "Badlands 2" from Horse Isle 3, and "Azukay" from River City Girls
  • Outro (feat. "Glacier Galloping")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_170.mp3
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Do you ever walk on the wild side in MMOs? Do you have a penchant for beastly races that aren't merely reskinned humans? Then you might find something to like in today's offerings from the Battle Bards. It's a show full of tracks that pay homage to the animalistic races in MMORPGs, but the most savage thing of them all? Syl's put-downs.

Episode 169 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "A Savage Beauty" from TERA, "Scatherran Forest Critter Glen" from RIFT, and "Kloro" from Glitch)
  • "The Charr Triumphant" from Guild Wars 2 
  • "Namazu Beast Tribe" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "M5" from Furcadia
  • "Taunka Night" from World of Warcraft
  • "Chardok" from EverQuest II
  • "Weaponizing of Maniacal Furballs" from WildStar
  • "Purr of the Hunter" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Zoward and Minimalistway
  • Jukebox Picks: "Welcome Horizons" from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, "Sneaky Driver" from Katana ZERO, and "Twilight in Dreamlands" from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  • Outro (feat. "Quaggan Command" from Guild Wars 2)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_169.mp3
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Final Fantasy XIV know full well how Square Enix loves to dote on its huge and often bizarre boss battles -- and includes the lengthy themes to match! This week, the Battle Bards have formed a light party to tackle several of the more unique and memorable boss themes from this MMO. Will they loot a few favorites in the process?

Episode 168 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Alexander," "Bismark," and "Garlean Leader")
  • "Shinryu"
  • "Omega Sigmascape"
  • "Titania"
  • "Sephirot"
  • "Calcabrina"
  • "Susano"
  • "Eden Titan"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Smuggler-in-a-YT
  • Jukebox picks: "Towards the Eternal Glory" from Code Vein, "Aquarius" from Castlevania III (Famicom), and "The Opened Way" from Shadow of the Colossus
  • Outro (feat. "Nidhogg")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_168.mp3
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Tapping into their inner children, the three Battle Bards get into the spirit of name calling, trading stickers, and goofing off in kiddie MMOs. It's another episode devoted to 100% kid-themed games and their soundtracks and the weird rabbit hole tangents that the hosts find themselves pursuing. Did you know Switzerland has a Not-Fun Zoo? Never, ever go there. Just trust us.

Episode 167 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme" from LEGO Minifigures Online, "Shrouded Glade" from Free Realms, and "Aerokid" from Habbo Hotel)
  • "Character Creation" from FusionFall
  • "Jammer Anthem" from Animal Jam
  • "Arissola" from Temtem
  • "Maple Island 1" from MapleStory 2 
  • "Unicorn Adventure" from Fantage 
  • "Kid's View" from Trickster Online 
  • "Goofy Speedway" from Toontown Online 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Katriana, Danny, and Ratstew
  • Jukebox picks: "Ode to the Bridge Builder" from World of Goo, "First Steps" from Unravel, and "Ophelia" from Elsinore
  • Outro (feat. "Bolshoy Theatre" from Hello Kitty Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_167.mp3
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Who knew that interlocking brick systems would result in so many video games -- and a pretty good soundtrack? The Battle Bards step on many small bricks on their way to reach LEGO Universe, the now-defunct MMO that only ran for a couple of years. Tune in for a high-octane trip through toys, tunes, and alliteration as Syp, Steff, and Syl regress to their childhood!

Episode 166 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Spaceship Entrance" and "Pirate Cove 1")
  • "Our Universe"
  • "Tortoise Terrace"
  • "Darkling Battle" 
  • "Pet Rock" 
  • "Nimbus Plaza"
  • "Magic Forest"
  • "Crocodile Corner" 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Scotty
  • Jukebox picks: "Mysterious Destiny" from Bayonetta, "The Sunflower Farm" from Ghost Giant, and "Thieves' Forest" from Castle Crashers
  • Outro (feat. "Character Create")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_166.mp3
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For those who played the Nintendo Entertainment System, the name “Sunsoft” conjures up memories of intense gameplay, slick design, and — of course — terrific music. On today’s episode of Retro Reprise, Syp and Syl delve into the 8-bit treasure trove of video game music from this studio. Grab these vibes and don’t let go!

Retro Reprise Episode 21: Sunsoft’s NES classics

  • Intro
  • “Area 3” from Blaster Master
  • “Stage 1” from Journey to Silius
  • “Stage 1” from Gremlins 2
  • “Streets of Desolation” from Batman
  • “Good Weather” from Mr. Gimmick
  • “Main Theme” from Ufouria: The Saga
  • “Stage 1” from Batman: Return of the Joker
  • “Boss Battle” from Fester’s Quest
  • Outro (“Stage 3” from Journey to Silius)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_21.mp3
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On this Very Special Edition of the Battle Bards, Lord of the Rings Online's Bill Champagne sat down for an interview to talk about his tenure in this long-running MMORPG as its lead composer. From his surprising origin story to tales behind the scenes at Standing Stone Games to his favorite soundtracks, Bill gives the flip-side of MMO music production while still sharing the love that we all have for these scores!

Special note: Bill picked specific LOTRO tracks for us to feature on today's show, which is a first for the program! Bill Champagne can be found on Twitter @BillChampMusic.

Episode 165 show notes

  • Intro
  • "Where Dragons Dwell and Kingdoms Fell"
  • "Life in Laketown"
  • "Beyond All Darkness"
  • "Valley Nourished by the Great River"
  • "Dread and Drear"
  • "Feast in the House of Grimbeorn"
  • "Fury of the First Age"
  • "She Who Walks in the Darkness"
  • "The Remnants of Grárik"
  • Outro (feat. "Lingering Shadow")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_165.mp3
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If you ever walked into a forest glade at the light of the first full moon of the year, you may spy an impish fae dancing among the moonbeams and singing to all of the woodland creatures that come out for the annual concert. And if you ever tune in to Battle Bards -- in particular, this episode -- you may hear a rare recording of fairy music along with very serious discussion involving (a) aerial kung-fu, (b) the taste of fairy wings, and (c) didgeridoos. You are so not prepared for any of this.

Episode 164 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Kelethin" from EverQuest II, "All's Fairy in Love and War" from RuneScape, and "Fairytale" from EverQuest)
  • "A Fairy of Peace" from Aion
  • "Fairy Academy" from MapleStory
  • "Fairy Tale Out of Time" from Allods Online
  • "Fae Forest" from Project Gorgon 
  • "Fae Wilds" from Trove 
  • "The Fairy Valley" from Luna Online 
  • "Pixie Beast Tribe" from FFXIV
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener note from Katriana and Caroline
  • Jukebox Picks: "The Cause" from Elemental Gearbolt, "Beach Bunny" from Jazz Jackrabbit, and "The Crystal Shards" from Kirby 64
  • Outro (feat. )
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_164.mp3
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While the game itself was a messy and convoluted sequel to a classic RPG, Chrono Cross has nevertheless persevered over time to become a cult classic that is incredibly beloved for its amazing soundtrack. On the show today, Syl and Syp share a conversation about their favorite tracks and just what made this score so special to hear.

Retro Reprise Episode 20: Chrono Cross 

  • Intro
  • "Time's Scar"
  • "Reminiscence"
  • "Dreams of the Shore Near Another World"
  • "Forest of Cutting Shadows"
  • "Dead Sea"
  • "Radical Dreamers"
  • "Star Stealing Girl"
  • "Voyage"
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_20.mp3
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The Battle Bards return to the verdant fields of EverQuest for a look at the updated and remastered soundtrack that came out last year. If you only know EverQuest's music in its MIDI format, why not venture into the modern era of the game's score? It's a trip down Norrath lane, just slightly belated from the MMO's 20th anniversary!

Episode 163 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Boomba's Exchange," and "Faydwer's Dusk")
  • "The Jaunty Bardic Song"
  • "Dawn Over Norrath" 
  • "The Gates of Qeynos" 
  • "The Gypsy's Trek"
  • "Faydark"
  • "Halfling Habits" 
  • "Norrathan Seas" 
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener note from Zinn
  • Jukebox Picks: "Victor X" from Ion Fury, "Et Ratio Principalis" from Control, and "Isabelle Battle Theme" from Shadowverse
  • Outro (feat. )
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_163.mp3
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Do you love a good mystery? A hidden secret? A riddle wrapped in an enigma and presented on a platter of puzzle? Then you're in for a treat with today's Battle Bards, as mystery-themed music from MMORPGs is served for dinner! Also, Syl and Syp finally throw down over a long-standing criticism regarding song picks. It's brutal.

Episode 162 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Wintertide" from TERA, "A Lost and Secret Island" from Rappelz, and "Mystery Forest of Vikings" from Minions of Mirth)
  • "Mystery" from Astellia
  • "Heart of the Ocean" from Runes of Magic
  • "Winter's Mystery" from WildStar 
  • "Riggle's Theme" from Avabel Online 
  • "The Asura" from Rappelz
  • "Secrets of the Second Age" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Hidden Village" from World of Tanks
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes from David and Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: "15F Master Suite" from Luigi's Mansion 3, "Puzzled Creatures" from Concrete Genie, and "Aqua" from Smurfs' Nightmare
  • Outro (feat. "The Mystery" from Allods Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_162.mp3
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While Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV is enjoying rousing success here in the west, its other MMO -- Dragon Quest X -- never made it across the Pacific. Today, the Battle Bards assemble to examine the soundtrack to this overlooked fantasy game and see how it holds up by itself and in comparison to the Dragon Quest franchise.

Episode 161 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Bright Horizons," "Soprano of Blue," and "The Race of Water")
  • "Overture"
  • "The Heavens" 
  • "Good Night Villagers"
  • "Town Music"
  • "Melody of the Blade"
  • "Casino"
  • "Exploring the Hills"
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes from Druidsfire, Bill Champagne, Katriana, and Wolfy
  • Jukebox Picks: "Endless World" from Dragon Quest II, "Main Theme" from Toonstruck, and "Edge Water" from The Outer Worlds
  • Outro (feat. "Comedic Fight")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_161.mp3
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For the first time since Episode 50, the Battle Bards crew returns to the theme of cover songs of MMO tracks. Several extremely musicians tackled their favorite MMORPG tunes to our delight, taking us on a breathless tour of their spin of these classic tunes. Since we want to give all of the artists full credit, you can find links to their full tracks in the show notes -- give them a listen!

Episode 160 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Grizzly Hills Theme" from World of Warcraft, "Main Theme" from Albion Online, and "Fear Not This Night" from Guild Wars 2)
  • "Gondamon Theme" from Lord of the Rings Online, performed by Brandon Skelton
  • "The Secret World" from The Secret World, performed by Lord Bif Music
  • "Forest Calling" from Lineage II, performed by Dryante Zan
  • "Heavensward Synth" from Final Fantasy XIV, performed by Dutyyaknow 
  • "Arthas Theme" from World of Warcraft, performed by Eliott Tordo 
  • "The Tale of the Mad King Thorn" from Guild Wars 2, performed by Sharm
  • "Stones" from Ultima Online, performed by Mathias Semborg 
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Jade Plateau" from Blast Corps, "The Trial" from Epoch, and "An Endless Beach" from Death Stranding
  • Outro (feat. "Kelethin" from EverQuest)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_160.mp3
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It's a return to a soundtrack that, over the past couple of years, experienced a lavish remastry. This week, the Battle Bards explore the wild notes of Black Desert, a soundtrack that relishes its situational and ambient tracks. It might not be the most memorable soundtrack, but enjoyable? Yes, we'd advocate that. Also, Steff finally snaps and tells her co-hosts off. Draaaaamaaaaa!

Episode 159 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Florin," "The Capital City," and "Glish")
  • "Serendia"
  • "Valtarra Mountains"
  • "Treant Forest”
  • "Northern Wheat Plantation"
  • "Acher Western Camp"
  • "Behr Theme"
  • "Terrmian Waterpark"
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: George Wilson III
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, "Magical Merrymaking" from Wizard of Legend, and "Monolith" from Cloudbuilt
  • Outro (feat. "Hidel City")
  • Stinger: The superiority of the Swiss
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_159.mp3
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Do you feel a little... frozen this winter season? Winter is something amazing to behold, especially when video game composers attempt to capture its unique magic in their songs. Today, let the Battle Bards warm up your bones and your ears with tunes from the snowy vales and icy wastes of MMORPGs!

Episode 158 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Another World (Winter Journey)" from Aion, "The Long Winter" from Asheron's Call 2, and "Sorceress of Melted Snow" from Allods Online)
  • "Sea of Snow" from Runes of Magic
  • "Violet's First Adventure" from RuneScape
  • "The Snow Falls" from Pantheon
  • "Winter Night Crystal" from Black Desert
  • "Ice Cave (Day)" from Trickster Online
  • "A Perfect Snowball" from Spiral Knights
  • "Dazzling Snow" from Ragnarok Online
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Liraven and Spookydonkey24
  • Jukebox Picks: "Floor 2-2" from Streets of Rogue, "Main Theme" from The Invisible Hours, and "Holders of Power" from Ys 1 & 2
  • Outro (feat. "Winter Wonderland" from Ashes of Creation)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_158.mp3
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An odd, offbeat, and short-lived MMO, Chronicles of Spellborn hardly registered on most of the gaming community's consciousness. However, this fantasy title has not escaped the attention of the Battle Bards, especially with Assassin Creed's Jesper Kyd composing most of the score. It's a strange score, with plenty of otherworldly tunes, but just perfect for this team to tackle!

Episode 157 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Lullaby," and "Palace at Night")
  • "Armada Combat”
  • "Stonedeep"
  • "Aldenvault"
  • "Silent Child"
  • "Gleaming Cauldron Tavern"
  • "Fountain"
  • "Traitor's Rest Tavern"
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: "Afterimage" from Einhänder, "Main Theme" from Yonder, and "Colored Engine" from FAR: Lone Sails
  • Outro (feat. "Housing")
  • Stinger: Battle Bards’ t-shirt store
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_157.mp3
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Is blue a color? An emotion? A song? An overused alien skin tone? One thing is for certain: Blue shows up an awful lot in MMORPG soundtrack, which is why the Battle Bards have mined their music libraries for the bluest of blue tunes to share. Will they come to a conclusion as to what "blue" means? And will Steff ever let go of a grudge? Probably never, but it'll be a fun listen even so!

Episode 156 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Blue Dots" from Anarchy Online, "Limitless Blue" from FFXIV, and "Engage Blue" from Stargate Worlds)
  • "Sapphire Basin" from Blade and Soul
  • "The Tune of the Azure Light" from MapleStory
  • "Synthquest Blue" from Star Citizen
  • "Legend of the Blue Horizon" from WildStar
  • "Blue Coral Dark" from Lime Odyssey
  • "Blue Kojin Tribe" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Cobalt Deep" from Vanguard
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Zinn and Zoward
  • Jukebox Picks: "Brazil (Atomic Era)" Civilization VI, "Main Theme" from Old Man's Journey, and "Interred Glory" from Bloodstained
  • Outro (feat. "Blue Giant" from Elite Dangerous)
  • Stinger: Battle Bards' t-shirt store
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_156.mp3
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Welcome to the "Cursed Episode" of Battle Bards, where you'll be risking bad luck and poor RNG rolls just by hearing it! But it is totally worth it, because this week the trio is tackling the astounding Shadowbringers soundtrack and it's impressive addition to the FFXIV music library. Also, if you listen very, very carefully, a certain "la-HEE" might make a cameo!

Episode 155 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Prologue," "Amaro Mount Theme," and "Figments")
  • "The Source"
  • "Civilizations"
  • "Kholusia Night"
  • "The Dark Which Illuminates the World"
  • "Vamo' alla Flamenco"
  • "Unwound"
  • "Insatiable"
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Zinn and Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: "Hear Our Call" from Ancestor's Legacy, "Gateway Galaxy" from Super Mario Galaxy, and "Menu (Ramp Mix)" from Tron Run_r
  • Outro (feat. "Hades Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_155.mp3
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Do you remember what Halloween looked like when you were a kid? What about what it sounded like? In today's special edition of Retro Reprise, Syp returns to the Halloweens of the past to listen to some of the best themes from horror video games. It might not all be scary, but don't let your guard down too quickly -- your doom might lurk just around the next note!

Retro Reprise Episode 19: The music of Halloweens past

  • Intro
  • "The Attic" from A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)
  • "Main Theme" from Alone in the Dark (PC)
  • "Boss Battle" from Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)
  • "Don't Cry, Jennifer" from Clock Tower (SNES)
  • "Demon Forest" from Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
  • "Stage One" from Ghosts 'n' Goblins (Arcade)
  • "Save Room" from Resident Evil 2 (PS)
  • "Not Tomorrow" from Silent Hill (PS)
  • Outro (feat. "Ending Credits" from Night Trap)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_19.mp3
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Get an early jump on Halloween with the Battle Bards, as they grab the nearest shovel and start unearthing all sorts of morbid and macabre tunes from MMORPGs! In this grim grinning episodes, Syl, Steff, and Syp explore the musical side of the afterlife in online games. Listen to it... at your own peril.

Episode 154 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Paths of the Dead" from Lord of the Rings Online, "Graverobbing" from RuneScape, and  "Dead Forest" from Vanguard)
  • "Crypt of Decay" from EverQuest
  • "Secrets in a Shallow Grave" from Fallen Earth
  • "Graveyard" from World of Warcraft
  • "Silent Death" from The Secret World 
  • "Korriban Tombs" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "Lullaby of Death" from Runes of Magic
  • "Graveyard" from Neverwinter
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Mark
  • Jukebox Picks: "Summer Day" from Radical Dreamers, "Create-a-Sim" from The Sims 4: Island Living, and "A New Adventure" from Hytale
  • Outro (feat. “Death” from Ryzom)
  • Stinger:
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_154.mp3
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Gryphons, Elves, and gobs and gobs of singing people -- that's Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset for ya! The Battle Bards return to Tamriel to rate and review the second expansion soundtrack from ESO. Aside from practically non-stop choral contributions, the Bards quite enjoy this trip to a high fantasy land full of wonder and power.

Episode 153 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Even Paradise Has Shadows,"  "Here Be Wonders," and "Interlude")
  • "From the Abysses Below and Beyond"
  • "Past Defines Future"
  • "Gryphons Soar in the Sun"
  • "Dusk Song of the High Elves"
  • "Sun-Blessed Alinor"
  • "Masque of Reveries"
  • "Three Hearts Afire"
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Castegere and Bhagpuss
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Gears of War 5, "Outer Wilds" from Outer Wilds, and "The Wind Sings of a Journey" from Legend of Mana
  • Outro (feat. "The Lullaby of Praxis")
  • Stinger:
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_153.mp3
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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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In MMORPGs across the world, days are beginning and days are ending -- and with them come the catharsis of the sunrise and sunset. The Battle Bards draw together in this special stillness to discuss some of the in-game tracks devoted to these moments. So from sunrise to sunset, here are the melodic moods that accompany our journeys online.

Episode 142 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "The Flag at Dusk" from Blade & Soul, "The Warming Sunrise" from Star Wars Galaxies, and "A Horizon in the Sunset" from Rappelz)
  • "Sunrise" from RuneScape
  • "Weeping Sunrise" from Runes of Magic
  • "Dawn Gleams on Cyrodil" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Sunrise" from Worlds Adrift
  • "Crimson Sunset" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Eternal Sunset" from TERA
  • "Sunset Ridge" from City of Heroes
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Scott, Nogamara, Zinn, YD Wes, Phubarrh (listen)
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from The Secret of Monkey Island, "Day of the Bright Sun" from My Time at Portia, and
  • Outro (feat. "Dusk Song of High Elves" from Elder Scrolls Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_142.mp3
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Fans of retro video game music have heard all of the same classics over and over again, which is why in today's episode of Retro Reprise, Chaos Constant and Syp dip into the more unknown titles of the Sega Genesis library for tunes that you may have overlooked! From the tense atmosphere of Warsong to the futuristic music of Pulseman, this show might have your new favorite track waiting to be discovered.

Retro Reprise Episode 18: Obscure Genesis Games 

  • Intro
  • "Kingdom Knight" from Warsong
  • "Soltype" from Alien Soldier
  • "Wily Stage 1" from Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • "An Old Sad Dance" from King Colossus
  • "Neo Tokyo" from Pulseman
  • "Stereo Protect" from Pulseman
  • "Splash Down!!" from Ristar
  • "Midnight Greenhouse" from Knuckles Chaotix
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_18.mp3
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The Battle Bards take to the sky to investigate the somewhat obscure Riders of Icarus and see if the lofty visuals can be matched by the music -- or if this soundtrack has been grounded for good! "Surprisingly rich" and "theatrical" are review terms that the Battle Bards are willing to license out to the studio to put on the soundtrack cover.

Episode 141 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Character Creation" and "Attauis")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Character Selection"
  • "The Beginning"
  • "First Elite"
  • "Fort Baellus"
  • "Artisan Square"
  • "Floor 34 Boss Theme"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Caroline, Katriana, Zoward, Paragon Lost, and Maggie May
  • Jukebox picks: "Crimson Caribbean" from Blackwake, "Field Tutorial Zone" from Mabinogi, and "The Castle" from Dead Cells
  • Outro (feat. "Sea of Hakanas")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_141.mp3
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It's one of the most powerful and versatile of musical instruments, and now the piano is getting its own featured show here on Battle Bards! The crew re-assembles, not to avenge, but to uplift beautiful, striking, and moving piano themes from MMORPGs. So tickle the ivories with Syl, Steff, and Syp as they listen to today's signature tracks.

Episode 140 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Breezewind Park" from Blade and Soul, "Main Theme" from The Secret World, and "Piano Works #1 Serendia" from Black Desert)
  • "Theobomos Hotel" from Aion
  • "Purple" from Worlds Adrift
  • "Kaelar and Empyrean Freeholds" from Ashes of Creation
  • "Tieve's Theme" from Vindictus
  • "Lullaby" from Chronicles of Spellborn
  • "The Die is Cast" from Tree of Savior
  • "Ancient City" from FFXIV
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Katriana and IronSalamander8 [link]
  • Jukebox picks: "Chiasm" from GRIS, "Main Theme" from Neon Chrome, and "The Beginning" from Resident Evil 2 Remake
  • Outro (feat. "Hywel" from Mabinogi)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_140.mp3
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They might not have been the AAA-budget titles of the 1990s, but shareware games were perhaps even more well-known due to the proliferation of these demos. Studios such as id, Epic, and Apogee made their mark with these titles -- and the simple but memorable tunes from each got lodged into our brains. Joining Syp today is Chaos Constant from Occasional Hero, who is a self-professed retro game music fan and has plenty to say about the shareware era!

Show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Cruising with Stryker" from Major Stryker and "The City Streets" from Duke Nukem 3D)
  • "Title Theme" from Halloween Harry
  • "Toy Factory Table" from Epic Pinball
  • "Main Theme" from Duke Nukem 3D
  • "Welcome to a Kick in the Pants in Good Old Hillville" from Commander Keen 4
  • "Main Theme" from Mystic Towers
  • "Spiders" from Jill of the Jungle
  • "Shooting Star" from Major Stryker
  • "Episode 1 Levels 4-6" from Stargunner
  • Outro ("Beach Bunnies" from Jazz Jackrabbit)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_17.mp3
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It has been a good long while since the Battle Bards walked the road that led them from the Shire to Mordor, but now they're back in Lord of the Rings Online -- and they have a lot of positive things to say about this beloved soundtrack. If the word "quaint" can ever be used as a recommendation for a score, it has to be done so here! Tune in as these three Minstrels share a few favorite tracks you may not have heard before.

Episode 139 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Let Us Sing Together," "Rivendell," and "Urgent Errands")
  • "Coronation of Aragorn"
  • "Mug in Your Hand"
  • "Brigand's Tale”
  • "Night in the Shire"
  • "Malthellam, the Steward of the Vale"
  • "Tavern Lore"
  • "Cape of Belfalas Housing"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Hamblepants and Jaedia
  • Jukebox picks: "Chicken Illuminati HQ" from Guacamelee 2, "Menu Music" from Kingdom Hearts 3, and "Towergrounds" from Forgotton Anne
  • Outro (feat. "Battle of Pelennor Fields Final Victory")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_139.mp3
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Boy howdy, is it time for another highfalutin Battle Bards episode? Shucks, looks like! In this week's show, the trio saddle up for a ride through the tumbleweeds and mesas of western MMO tunes. It may be slim pickins, but the pickins are actually pretty good!

Episode 138 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Renewal" from Fallen Earth, "Ashe" from Overwatch, and "Crimson Hills" from Aion)
  • "Calm Guitar" from Crossout
  • "Thermock Hold" from WildStar
  • "Way Out West" from LEGO Worlds
  • "Main Theme" from Wild West Online
  • "Eyes of Ice" from Aion
  • "Cool Ranch Tumbleweed Explorer" from Pirate101
  • "Main Theme" from Dino Storm
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Katriana and PanagiotisLial
  • Jukebox picks: "Legend of the Eagle Bearer" from Assassin's Creed Odyssey, "Into the Wilderness" from Wild Arms, and "Escape" from Return of Obra Dinn
  • Outro (feat. "Antique Cowboy" from Ragnarok Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_138.mp3
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The Amiga series of computers is renowned for its amazing sound -- and the terrific scores that video game composers were able to wrangle. In this episode of Retro Reprise, Syl joins Syp for a look and listen back at this machine and the tunes that carry on its legacy!

Show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Space Ninja" from Lotus 3)
  • "Theme" from Deflektor
  • "Ending" from Fuzzball
  • "Hymn to Aurora" from Horace Wimp
  • "Theme" from The Humans
  • "Theme" from The Carl Lewis Challenge
  • Outro (feat. "Theme" from Hero Quest)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_16.mp3
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What's your hero's theme? If you play League of Legends, you know the answer to that already, because every hero in that game has his, her, or its own musical motif, from the dour to the delightful. In this episode of Battle Bards, the crew turns to this popular MOBA to see what heroic themes are pure ear candy.

Episode 137 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Elementalist Lux," "Odyssey Login," and "Snowdown 2018")
  • "Irelia"
  • "Arcade Ahri"
  • "Dragon Trainer Tristana"
  • "Kindred"
  • "Lulu"
  • "Tahm Kench"
  • "Braum"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Mika, Thomas, and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Warsongs: Silver Scrapes (ProtoShredanoid Remix)" from League of Legends, "Can't Wait Until Night" from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and "Stars at Our Backs" from Monster Hunter World
  • Outro ("Jinx, the Loose Cannon")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_137.mp3
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Ever feel like the Battle Bards have covered every MMO soundtrack in existence? It's actually far from true, and today's episode is Exhibit A to prove it. The team looks at seven online RPGs that have never had a single track featured on a Battle Bards show -- and it's a fun discovery process! So settle back as we roll out 100% debuts!

Episode 136 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Terminus" from Pantheon and "Main Theme" from Otherland)
  • "A Harsh Winter Fell" from Camelot Unchained
  • "Intro Theme" from Rising Force Online
  • "Aman's Theme" from Lost Ark
  • "Outdoors" from The 4th Coming
  • "Sea of Hakanas" from Riders of Icarus
  • "East Sea Plain (night)" from Dream of Mirror Online
  • "The Magic Shop" from PlaneShift
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Mika, Theldos, Myre_Test, Mike, and Raphael
  • Jukebox picks: "Sea Theme" from Heroes of Might and Magic IV, "Dog" from MineCraft, and "Cave" from Blue Dragon
  • Outro ("Lorencia" from Mu Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_136.mp3
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It's Battle Bards vs. Battle for Azeroth -- and only one victor will come out of this alive! Actually, the podcast trio is delighted to have another World of Warcraft expansion to explore and investigate. Will it be destined to obscurity as this x-pack apparently will be, or does the score rise above and beyond Blizzard's design flaws? Find out in today's show!

Episode 135 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "The Grand Bazaar," "Drustvar," and "Freehold")
  • "Pride of the Seas"
  • "Crimson Forest"
  • "Might of the Zandalar"
  • "Zuldazar Zandalari Lament"
  • "The Motherlode Dungeon"
  • "Time and Tide"
  • "Tiragarde Sound Tavern (Night)"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Pedro Macedo Camacho (Composer, Star Citizen), Katriana, and
    Jinxed Thoughts
  • Jukebox picks: "Pallet Town" from Pokémon Let's Go, "Hunting Path" from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and "Another Voyage" from Chrono Cross
  • Outro ("Dive Bar C")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_135.mp3
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On this episode of Retro Reprise, Syl drags Syp back to her childhood playing on the Atari ST -- and the tunes that made this machine so memorable. Do these tracks withstand the test of time? Find out -- if you dare!

Show notes

  • Intro
  • "Theme" from Wizball
  • "Theme" from Toki
  • "In-Game Music" from Bubble Bobble
  • "Theme" from Wonderboy in Monsterland
  • "Theme" from Mousetrap
  • "Theme" from Xenon 2: Megablast
  • "Theme" from Bard's Tale
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_15.mp3
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It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! And, er, Halloween! Well, the Battle Bards were never much for subtlety, so you must excuse their efforts to sandwich two holidays -- and their related MMO soundtracks -- into one amazing yet confusing show. Whether you like to be spooked or Santa'd, this episode's got the score for you!

Episode 134 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Xmas Jazz Theme" from Lineage II, "White Christmas" from Ragnarok Online, and "Wistmead" from Lord of the Rings Online)
  • "Halloween 2018" from Black Desert
  • "Halloween" from Elsword
  • "Ice Day for Penguins" from RuneScape
  • "Jingle Bells" from Dragon Nest
  • "Frostfell" from EverQuest II
  • "Winter Wingding" from Glitch
  • "Gotham Winter Holiday" from DC Universe Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Scott, Cynalus, and Zinn
  • Jukebox picks: "Village of Rynoka" from Moonlighter, "Train Heist" from Red Dead Redemption 2, and "Bloody Tears" from Super Castlevania IV
  • Outro ("Santa Claus is Coming to Town" from Lime Odyssey)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_134.mp3
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The sparkling majesty of space beckons to the hearts of the Battle Bards -- and up there they discover the Star Citizen soundtrack! In today's episode, Syl establishes that she's not a "scifi nerd," Syp causes an international crisis, and the team comes together to hand out praise to this rich score. 

Episode 133 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "A Symphony in Motion," and "First Light")
  • "Scifi Homage"
  • "Bishop Speech"
  • "Majesty of Space"
  • "Hero March"
  • "My Home"
  • "Leir III"
  • "Main Theme Happy Variation 1"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Cyclone Jack, Scott, Ken, and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Marble Gallery" from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, "Overture" from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and "A Jaunty Tune" from Death's Gambit
  • Outro ("The Ballad of Big Benny's")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_133.mp3
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Steam-powered tech, airships, clockwork machines, and automata are the source of inspiration for this week's episode of Battle Bards! The team scrounged the landscape of MMOs for music from and inspired by steampunk games. It's a wild grab bag of themes, so fire up your phonographs and give it a listen!

Episode 132 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Operation Gnomeregan" from World of Warcraft, "The Refugee" from City of Steam, and "Main Theme" from Arcanum)
  • "Main Theme" from Black Gold Online
  • "Lands of Igsh" from Allods Online
  • "Through the Epoch" from City of Steam
  • "Login Theme" from Divine Soul
  • "Ganedine" from Neo Steam
  • "Town" from Guns of Icarus
  • "Adventure Awaits" from Deepworld
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Video Game Music Soundtrack OST and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Dark Forest" from Rise of Nations, "Lakrum Beach" from Aion, and "CrossWorlds" from CrossCode
  • Outro ("Menace of the Underdark Character Creation" from Dungeons and Dragons Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_132.mp3
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It's been a year-and-a-half since Syl and Syp first dove into Final Fantasy music, but now the duo is back to discuss combat themes from four of the game's 1990s installments! From One-Winged Angel to The Man with a Machine Gun, it's all the classics you've been listening to -- and adoring -- for years, packaged with exclusive fan commentary!

Show notes (episode download, episode page)

  • Intro
  • FFV: "Clash on the Big Bridge"
  • FFVII: "Combat"
  • FFVII: "Jenova"
  • FFVII: "One-Winged Angel"
  • FFVIII: "The Man with a Machine Gun"
  • FFVIII: "The Extreme"
  • FFIX: "Combat"
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_14.mp3
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It may be a fairly grim MMOARPG, but Path of Exile features a surprisingly, well, grim soundtrack. Guess that wasn't that much of a surprise! This episode, the Battle Bards wade into the fracas of this rather expansive soundtrack to see what audio treasure has been dropped by the zerg of mobs.

Episode 131 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "The Overseer's Tower," and "The Ascent")
  • "Fall of Oriath Theme"
  • "Four Guardians"
  • "Solaris Temple"
  • "Hunter or Prey"
  • "The Grand Arena"
  • "Templar Courts"
  • "Elder"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from CJ and Loopy
  • Jukebox picks: "A Distant Journey, Soaring on the Battlefronts" from Granblue Fantasy, "Main Theme" from Spider-Man 2018, and "First Steps" from Celeste
  • Outro ("The Aquaduct")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_131.mp3
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While every Battle Bards episode is a cavalcade of strangeness, this week the team is ratcheting it up with the return of "Oddball" MMORPG music tracks. If there's a piece of music that made one of the hosts tilt their heads to the side and go "whaaat the what is this?" then rest assured, it's on this show!

Episode 130 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Robo Factory" from The Sims Online, "Little Kitty's Adventure" from Ragnarok Online, and "The Rube Song" from Glitch)
  • "Chompy Hunt" from RuneScape
  • "Flow Control" from Entropia Universe
  • "Welcome to Doram Town" from Ragnarok Online
  • "Valentine's Theme" from FFXIV
  • "Venetian Eclipse" from NeoSteam
  • "Papaya" from FFXIV
  • "BEER!" from WildStar
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Alleycat Blues" from TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, "Crush" from Command and Conquer Red Alert, and "White All Around Us" from Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Outro (feat. "Kobold Still Hates You" from Dungeons and Dragons Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_130.mp3
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In today's episode, the Battle Bards crew row their dinghy to the island of Vvardenfell, where there is a rumor of the legend of the return of Morrowind. Yes, it's a tour through Elder Scrolls Online's first expansion soundtrack. Will it be enough to reverse a few negative opinions of the base MMO's score? (spoiler: yes indeedy!)

Episode 129 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Ascadian Idyll," "Omens Prophecy," and "Telvanni Towers")
  • "Shadow of Baar Dau"
  • "A Land of War and Poetry"
  • "Grazelands Dawn"
  • "Currents of the Odai"
  • "Reverie of the Netchimen"
  • "Magnus Smiles on Suran"
  • "Azura's Coast"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Deekay_zero
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Crash Bandicoot, "Darkness Rises" from The Banner Saga 3, "Traps" from Turrican II
  • Outro (feat. "Vvardenfell Vista")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_129.mp3
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Why not sail up to our dock and tie your ship to ours for an hour? The Battle Bards return for another great episode examining MMORPG music, with the focus this time around being on harbor and port music. Does the sight of boats sailing out into the open ocean inspire you? Then this music may be the soundtrack to your next great adventure!

Episode 128 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Selbina" from Final Fantasy XI, "New Bellin Port" from Risk Your Life, and "Hermalte Port" from Dragon Nest)
  • "Port BGM" from Lime Odyssey
  • "Lith Harbor" from MapleStory 2
  • "Aria de Coimbra" from Granado Espada
  • "Saltswept" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Port Noble" from City of Villains
  • "Epheria Port" from Black Desert
  • "Port Town Ilfalo" from Wizardry Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: "Deliverance" from God of War, "Jump Up, Super Star!" from Super Mario Odyssey," and "New Junk City" from Earthworm Jim
  • Outro (feat. "Port Malaya" from Ragnarok Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_128.mp3
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When you sit down to make a list of the greatest heroes that humanity has ever known, obviously the Battle Bards will top that list. So who better to comment on the music to the sadly neglected superhero MMO Champions Online than they? The trio wiggle into their ill-fitting tights and see if they can make sense of this off-kilter soundtrack before they have to dash out and save the day, yet again.

Episode 127 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Midtown," "Apostolic Church," and "Renaissance Center")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Location! Location! Location!"
  • "The Undying Reef"
  • "New Harmon Reeducation Facility"
  • "Sovereign Sunset"
  • "Renegade Run"
  • "Snake Gulch"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Scott
  • Jukebox Picks: "The Traveler" from Crusader: No Remorse, "Main Theme" from Octopath Traveler, and "Main Theme" from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Outro (feat. "7th Anniversary Celebration")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_127.mp3
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It's time to boldly go where no podcast has gone before -- by exploring MMO space themes! It's perhaps the flat-out goofiest and silliest Battle Bards episode to date, so you're going to have to excuse a whole lot of diversions, arguments, and giggles. Because that's what space does to people? We do not know.

This episode is also notable for Syl's all-time greatest quote, "Planets are usually in space." Usually.

Episode 126 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "A New Frontier" from Destiny 2, "Morning Star" from Anarchy Online, and "Centaurus" from Elite: Dangerous)
  • "First Light" from Star Citizen
  • "The Cold Science of Supremacy" from WildStar
  • "Terran Wander 3" from Earth and Beyond
  • "Delta Rising Theme" from Star Trek Online
  • "Through a Lush Ravine" from Wurm Online
  • "Main Theme" from Black Prophecy
  • "Theme Version 2" from Star Sonata
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Rafael, Bryan, and Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Revenant, "This Way" from The Terminator Sega CD, and "She Came from Outer Space" from A Hat in Time
  • Outro (feat. "Surface Tension Conference" from Star Trek Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_126.mp3
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The Battle Bards are always on the prowl for overlooked soundtracks from overlooked MMORPGs, and this week, they might have found a new one to share. Meet Archlord, a Korean title from 2005 that made very little waves in the west. Yet the music is pretty good and worthy of a listen. If you like epic high fantasy, then you're going to love today's episode!

Episode 125 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Shinewood," and "Thrilgard")
  • "Tullan"
  • "Limelight"
  • "Cie Selva"
  • "Elan Jines"
  • "Battle 2"
  • "Delfaras"
  • "Hariel"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Zalfig, Gamhuin, Minimalist Way, Rowan
  • Jukebox Picks: "Top of the World" from Steep, "Primitive Rage" from Descent, and "The Synapse" from Deus Ex, 
  • Outro (feat. "Battle 1")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_125.mp3
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It's a catch-all, catch-up episode for the Battle Bards as they dig through new soundtrack releases from MMORPGs that they've covered in the past! You may be prepared for an eclectic and enjoyable mix of music -- but there is no way that you can steel yourself for the raw and heartfelt confessions that take place on this show.

Episode 124 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Tiragarde Tavern" from World of Warcraft, "Never Look Back" from EVE Online, and "Mellow" from RuneScape)
  • "The River Running" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "The Last Train to Cairo" from The Secret World
  • "Old Wisdom Tree" from Black Desert
  • "The Inquest" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Temple of Erlik (Night Version)" from Age of Conan
  • "The Ruby Sea" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Summerset Theme" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "A Town Unlike Any Other" from Darkside Detective, "Main Menu" from StarCraft, "Main Theme" from Viridi
  • Outro ("Empyrea Leisure Dome" from Wizard101)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_124.mp3
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With eagerness in their hearts, the Battle Bards rush toward another Guild Wars 2 soundtrack, ready to bask in the aural glory of this MMO that's known for its incredible music. But hark! What is this Path of Fire? Join us for a listen through a soundtrack that one unnamed soundtrack reviewer has termed "bland and generic." If that isn't a back-of-the-box quote, we don't know what is!

Episode 123 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "On the Banks of the Elon," "Highland Hares," and "Undead of Elona")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Sands of the Djinn"
  • "The Bounty Hunter"
  • "Legendary Ascent"
  • "Pricklepath Hollow"
  • "Welcome to Amnoon"
  • "Sands of Chaos (Percussion Version)"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Minimalistway
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Pharaoh, "Great Bustle" from Lost Sphear, and "Green Hill Zone Act 1" from Sonic Mania
  • Outro ("Veins of the Dragon")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_123.mp3
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In peaceful villages and bubbly burgs, you just know that there's bound to be an abundance of happy music! Whenever the Battle Bards regroup to lick their wounds and drink the terrors away, they often find that happy town music is perfect to soothe jangled nerves and re-center one's heroism. There's plenty of those tunes in today's episode, so recoup with them as they listen to the songs of the common folk.

Episode 122 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Kamasylvia Town" from Black Desert, "Medieval Village" from Runes of Magic, and "Colhen Theme" from Vindictus)
  • "Elysean Village" from Aion
  • "Townston" from Dungeon Runners
  • "Village Theme 3" from ArcheAge
  • "Magmeld Town" from Lineage II
  • "The Bells of Dale" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Mnene Village" from Echo of Soul
  • "Nunudito Town" from Lime Odyssey
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Katriana, Rafael (Blade and Soul track), Alyn
  • Jukebox Picks: "Braxton Burks" from Johto Legends, "Main Theme" from There Came an Echo, and "Lost Soul" from BioShock
  • Outro ("Emerald Village" from Blade and Soul)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_122.mp3
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The world's first, best, and only MMORPG music podcast is back to venture into a rather obscure title, Myst Online! The Battle Bards delve into this odd, atmospheric soundtrack that isn't quite like what we're used to hearing in online games. There's some love, some hate, some snark, and some indigestion. Also, we discover several of Syl's greatest fears and force her to live through them.

Episode 121 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Spore Me," "Convergence," and "Kadish Tolesa Future Vault")
  • "Badlands"
  • "Trailer Music"
  • "Yeesha's Theme"
  • "Out of the Hive"
  • "Burn You Up, Burn You Down"
  • "K'veer"
  • "Air Stream"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: MP and Scott
  • Jukebox Picks: "Menu" from Pocket Mine, "Theme 3" from Doom 2016, and "City Chicks" from Pit People
  • Outro ("Gallery Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_121.mp3
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After an incredibly long absence, Retro Reprise is back for a kind of weird episode -- but aren't those the best? On this week's show, Syp listens to many video game studio logos and fanfares from the 1990s. These jingles may be short, but we heard them so many times they became burned into our brains! Which one was your favorite?

Show notes

  • Intro (Sega Scream commercial)
  • Origin Systems
  • Rare
  • Capcom
  • Apogee
  • Hot-B
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Konami
  • Microprose
  • Interplay
  • Crystal Dynamics
  • LG Software
  • Micronet
  • Ocean Software
  • Seta Corporation
  • Sierra
  • Telegames
  • Warp
  • Outro
  • Special thanks to the Retro Video Game Logo Project!
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_13.mp3
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Look down -- and it'll be the last thing you'll ever see! That's because fury and death arrive in the form of short character races in MMORPGs. Even if they hit below the belt, their music is sweet to the ears! In this episode of Battle Bards, the crew take on themes from Gnomes, Halflings, Dwarves, and other short races in MMOs.

Episode 120 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Dwarf Tavern" from World of Warcraft, "The Gnomes" from Project Copernicus, and "Exploring the Shire" from Lord of the Rings Online)
  • "The Call of Stone" from Warhammer Online
  • "Gnomes" from EverQuest Online Adventures
  • "Asura Theme" from Guild Wars 2
  • "New Tinkertown" from World of Warcraft
  • "Gnome Village II" from RuneScape
  • "Thorin's Hall" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Dwarven Village Theme" from Lineage II
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Chestnut Bowl, Fair Mores
  • Jukebox Picks: "Nomads of the White Desert" from Assassin's Creed Origins, "Deployment" from Hive Jump, and "First Steps" from Celeste
  • Outro (feat. "Dwarf Cave" from Forsaken World)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_120.mp3
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Believe it or not, it's the Battle Bards' fifth anniversary! From its weirdly humble beginnings back in 2013 to our arrogant ramblings here in 2018, coverage of MMO music must continue! In today's episode, we'll be listening to a surprisingly good soundtrack: Skyforge. Yes, that Russian sci-fi MMO from the Allods team that lets you grow into your ego as a god. Groove on these tunes and see if there's a new sleeper soundtrack waiting for you!

Episode 119 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Pioneers," "Story Without End," and "Wilderness")
  • "Dreams of Aelion"
  • "Login Theme"
  • "Stronghold"
  • "Campaign Music"
  • "Aelinar"
  • "Forest Retreat"
  • "Battle"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Rafael and Mark
  • Jukebox Picks: "Breathe the Black" from Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, "Skalitz 1403" from Kingdom Come Deliverance, and "A.C.I.D." from Into the Breach
  • Outro (feat. "Illusion")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_119.mp3
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What are your favorite memories of those first few days in a brand-new MMORPG? Chances are that those memories are inextricably connected to the music of these beginning areas. On today's episode of Battle Bards, the crew revisits starting zone themes to talk about the experience of those first critical steps in an online game -- and the songs that connect us forever to that.

Episode 118 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Dun Morogh" from World of Warcraft, "Autumn in Ascalon" from Guild Wars, and "Silverwood" from RIFT)
  • "Emerald Falls" from Revelation Online
  • "Bleakrock Isle" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Ronfaure" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Azuremyst Isle" from World of Warcraft
  • "Olvia" from Black Desert
  • "The Black Shroud" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Newbie Melody" from RuneScape
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Hirvox and GeorgeWilson3
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Menu" from Life is Strange: Before the Storm, "With Sympathy" from Gears of War 2, "The Descent into Spring Valley" from Nine Parchments
  • Outro (feat. "Isle of Refuge" from EverQuest II)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_118.mp3
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Two Destinies for the price of one! For this episode, the Battle Bards are gearing up in their favorite space armor to take on highlights from both of the Destiny soundtracks. From buyer's regret to confusing the gender of a key character, there is all sorts of on-air therapy happening with this kooky trio!

Episode 116 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Sepiks Prime," "The Wilds," and "Ikora")
  • "Inner Light" from Destiny 2
  • "The Traveler" from Destiny 1
  • "The Ecstasy (Jupiter)" from Destiny 1
  • "Lost Light" from Destiny 2
  • "The Last City" from Destiny 2
  • "Holliday" from Destiny 2
  • "The Farm" from Destiny 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: rafael12104, Katriana, Veon91
  • Jukebox Picks: "Becalmed" from Sea of Thieves, "Track One" from Loong Online, and "Riverside Bogie" from Railway Empire)
  • Outro (feat. "The Union (Mercury)")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_117.mp3
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Mighty and majestic, scaly in hide and shrewd of mind, smoking with fury unabated... these are the Battle Bards! Also, dragons. Yes, in today's episode, the Bards tackle the soundtracks to one of the most iconic fantasy creatures of all time. So call over your good luck dragon and get your best Sean Connery voice on as we loot the musical hoard of these beasts.

Episode 116 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Bash the Dragons" from Guild Wars 2, "Shinryu's Theme" from Final Fantasy XIV, and "Drakonspire Depths" from Aion)
  • "Sindragosa" from World of Warcraft
  • "The Valley of Dragons" from SUN
  • "A White Dragon Fallen into the Earth" from Dragon's Dogma Online
  • "Mordremoth" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Dragon Considers" from The Secret World
  • "Spirit Island" from Istaria
  • "Tiamat's Requiem" from Aion
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Frazleytastic, Pandalulz, Jdub, Mylin1
  • Jukebox picks: "The Valley of the Blinding Mist" from The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, "Milton's Tower" from What Remains of Edith Finch, and "Ave Maria" from Hitman: Blood Money
  • Outro ("Here Be Dragons" from Guild Wars 2)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_116.mp3
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Forgettable ambient noise or entrancing space sounds? This is the debate that's at the core of today's episode, as the Battle Bards take on EVE Online's beloved and perhaps misunderstood soundtrack. It's a journey that goes far beyond our galaxy to one full of intrigue, industry, and space discotheques!

Episode 115 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Below the Asteroids," "Odyssey," and  "I Saw Your Ship (symphony version")
  • "Akat Mountains"
  • "Minmatar Rock"
  • "Hail to the Explorer"
  • "Theme from Jita"
  • "Red Glowing Dust"
  • "Merchants, Looters, and Ghosts"
  • "The Dealer"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Veon91, Zen Dadaist, KatsPurr
  • Jukebox picks: "Musik 2" from Hotline Miami, "Battlefield One" from Battlefield 1, and "Theories of an Eager Heart" from Planet Coaster
  • Outro (feat. "EVE Fanfest 2013 Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_115.mp3
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Yes officer, these Battle Bards were well above the speed limit and violated many noise complaints in the local neighborhoods. But it was for a good cause, sir! This music from vehicular MMOs is just way too good to keep quiet! What's that? You'll let them go with just a warning? You only know they're going to peel out and look for another score to settle!

Episode 114 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Snowmobile Chase" from The Secret World, "Harmonic Vengeance" from Auto Assault, and "Racing 4 Pinks" from Motor City Online)
  • "Garage" from Crossout
  • "Smuggler Track S Two" from Grand Theft Auto Online
  • "Assault of Fort Harrison" from Auto Assault
  • "Kharkov" from World of Tanks
  • "A2B" from The Crew
  • "My Garage" from Drift City
  • "Redlining" from Motor City Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Scott Rankin and Chillos Smith Jr.
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, "The Ballad of Doctor Death" from Outlaws, "Free Roaming" from Owlboy
  • Outro (feat. "Beyond the Precipice" from War Thunder)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_114.mp3
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Alien, quiet, and weird -- that's the Anarchy Online soundtrack for you in a nutshell. For the first episode of 2018, the ever-contentious Battle Bards are back to quibble about, gush over, and nitpick the score to one of the older sci-fi MMOs on the market today.

Episode 113 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Seascape," "Spiritual Elysium," and "The Cup")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Majestic Omni"
  • "Omni-Tek Theme"
  • "Ancient Civilizations"
  • "Dungeon Dub"
  • "Shadowlands Battle Music"
  • "Amongst the Trees"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Friendly Necromancer, Katriana, and Rafael
  • Jukebox picks: "Simmering Steeps" from Portal Knights, "I Am Justice" from Diablo III, and "First Light" from Aion
  • Outro (feat. "Open Plains")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_113.mp3
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It's time to take a diversion to play -- and listen -- to the minigames tucked inside of our MMOs! The Battle Bards haul out their last show of 2012 with an eclectic and fun assortment of minigame soundtracks. While minigame-specific music might be hard to hunt down, this trio did their best and are reasonably satisfied with the result. Which is good, because no refunds on this podcast!

Episode 112 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Darkmoon Faire" from World of Warcraft, "Artifact Hunt" from Free Realms, and "Sneaky Block" from Trove)
  • "Bonus Stage" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Pet Battles" from World of Warcraft
  • "Triple Triad" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Choo Choo Zoo" from Wizard101
  • "Space Missions (Republic)" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "Pest Control" from RuneScape
  • "Checkers" from Free Realms
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Skaldrom, Minimalistway, and Rafael12104
  • Jukebox picks: "Temple of the Fist" from FFXIV: Stormblood, "Main Theme" from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and VGMpire
  • Outro (feat. "Jump Rope" from Master X Master)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_112.mp3
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The Battle Bards are always up for a musical bargain, and on today's episode, they'll deliver two MMORPGs for the price of one (sitting)! It's a look at two rather obscure eastern MMOs, Cabal Online and Cabal 2, both of which have some surprisingly good music tucked away. So expand your video game musical horizons with this show!

Episode 111 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Frozen Tower of the Undead" from Cabal 1, "Freii Hills" from Cabal 2, and "Altar of Siena" from Cabal 1)
  • "Green Despair" from Cabal 1
  • "Desert Scream" from Cabal 1
  • "Mission Battle" from Cabal 1
  • "Illusion Castle" from Cabal 1
  • "Forest of Troglo" from Cabal 2
  • "Another Truth" from Cabal 1
  • "Login Screen" from Cabal 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: @JinxedThought, @Katriana_games, Minimalistway, and George Wilson III
  • Jukebox picks: "Fertile Highlands" from Conan Exiles, Super Marcato Bros., and "Welcome to Amnoon" from Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire
  • Outro ("Luper's Excavation Site" from Cabal 2)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_111.mp3
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The Battle Bards are quite familiar with the power of the strummed guitar and lute, knowing that such simple instruments can bring down walls, devastate armies, and dethrone monarchs. But on their off days, acoustic guitars are simply pleasurable to hear and are sprinkled throughout many a-MMO's soundtrack. It's six-stringed serenity in the 110th episode of this podcast!

Episode 110 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Sunlight of Morning" from Aion, "The Fringes (Daytime)" from FFXIV, and "Hills of the Shire" from LOTRO)
  • "Auf zu neuen Welten" from Drakensang
  • "Firelight" from TERA
  • "Lisbon" from Uncharted Waters Online
  • "Aughaire and Angmar" from LOTRO
  • "Dion Theme" from Lineage II
  • "Pre-Alpha 4" from Shroud of the Avatar
  • "Breeze Island" from Ragnarok 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener comments: Rafael12104
  • Jukebox picks: Retro Game Audio, "Emerald Falls" from Revelation Online, and "Main Theme" from Spyro's Adventure
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_110.mp3
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When you've got a club full of penguins overseen by the Mouse House itself, you know things are going to get both wacky and weird! Club Penguin may not be everyone's go-to MMO for music, but its wide array of simplified genres certainly give the Battle Bards a lot to discuss on this week's show.

Episode 109 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Hello Yellow," "Extra Planetary Force," and "Cabin Trails")
  • "Starting Fresh"
  • "Medieval Theme"
  • "Cart Surfer"
  • "Bull's Eye"
  • "Pizza Parlor"
  • "Ocean Voyage"
  • "Rock the Boat"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana_games and Zoward
  • Jukebox picks: "Divine's Lament" from Divinity Original Sin 2, "Inner Light" from Destiny 2, and Level with Emily Reese
  • Outro (feat. "Strange Galaxy")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_109.mp3
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Here's a musical episode that you can really sink your teeth into! Your... ear teeth? In any case, the Battle Bards are evaluating our Dark Masters this Halloween season to see which has the best music: vampires or werewolves. It's a sinister, gothic show with several first-time MMO appearances for the podcast, so check it out!

Episode 108 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Gilneas" from World of Warcraft, "Werewolf Camp" from Forsaken World, and "Transylvanian Rain" from The Secret World)
  • "Clan (Pride Theme)" from Wolfteam
  • "Werewolf" from Neverwinter
  • "Main Theme" from Requiem
  • "Kindred Village" from Forsaken World
  • "Palace of the Dead Floors" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Concordia" from Dark Eden
  • "Hunter's Creed" from Darkfall
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "No Heaven" from Borderlands, Music Respawn show, "Sanctuary" from Destiny 2
  • Outro ("Cathedral of Eternal Night" from World of Warcraft)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_108.mp3
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Find the complete list of our episodes since April 2013 below.

Retro Reprise

 
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After 50 episodes, the Battle Bards have made the brave decision to revisit the hallowed lands of Blade and Soul to look at two of the soundtrack expansions. The team combs through The World and Silverfrost Mountain albums to see what bounty can be harvested. It's another lively episode with plenty of upbeat music, so what are you waiting for?

Episode 107 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Hammer of the Dog Sorcerer," "The Dreamdrift," and "Hogshead Hamlet")
  • "The Road/Lycandi Foothills"
  • "The Pot Fighter"
  • "Pine Stone Island"
  • "The Stranger"
  • "Forest of Illusions"
  • "Blood Battle"
  • "Pig's Ranch"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: The Annotator podcast, "The Old Republic Theme" from Knights of the Old Republic, and "Gremori Dungeon Ver. 1" from Closers Online
  • Outro ("Snowy North")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_107.mp3
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Instead of looking back at MMORPGs this week, the crew of Battle Bards launches forward into early access! What would a show about music from MMOs that aren't even officially out yet be like? We're going to find out in this wild and woolly episode!

Episode 106 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Pre-Alpha Music" from Shroud of the Avatar, "Main Theme" from H1Z1, and "Rhyldan" from The Repopulation)
  • "Main Theme" from Star Citizen
  • "Main Theme" from Kritika Online
  • "Main Theme" from Osiris: New Dawn
  • "Another Story Begins" from Gloria Victis
  • "Main Theme" from Sea of Thieves
  • "Bay Theme" from Cloud Pirates
  • "Winter is Here" from Crowfall
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener feedback
  • Jukebox picks: "The Wild White Yonder" from West of Loathing, "Main Theme" from Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, and "A Threatin' Zeppelin" from Cuphead
  • Outro ("True Pirate" from Sea of Thieves)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_106.mp3
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Set sail for amazing adventure and an assortment of audio discoveries! This week, Cap'n Steff and her lackeys board Uncharted Waters Online to see what bounty this soundtrack holds. It may not be to everyone's liking, but the sea is a fickle mistress that doesn't appeal to everyone!

Episode 105 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Login Screen," "Central South America," and "Seville")
  • "First Voyage"
  • "Bar"
  • "Forest"
  • "East Asian Sea"
  • "Russian Empire"
  • "American Sea"
  • "Caribbean Pirate Song"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener feedback
  • Jukebox Picks: "On The Sands Of Serkonos" from Dishonored 2, "The Scent of the Sea" from I am Setsuna, and "Strike the Earth!" from Shovel Knight
  • Outro (feat. "Caribbean Pirate Song")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_105.mp3
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And lo, as the Battle Bards walk through the zone of the shadow of death, they will fear no evil, but they will listen to evil's soundtrack because that is what they do! In today's episode, the crew looks at the darker side of MMORPG soundtracks, dwelling in the wicked, the profane, and the deliciously macabre. Also, Syp does his Cookie Monster voice.

Episode 104 show notes

  • Intro (feat."In the Darkest Hour" from Vindictus, "Twilight Vale" from World of Warcraft, and "Theme" from Hellgate London)
  • "Into the Shadows" from Dragon's Prophet
  • "Zombie Apocalypse" from The Secret World
  • "Eulogy for Hope" from Warhammer Online
  • "Krall Theme" from Aion
  • "Battle of the Black Gate" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Warsong" from World of Warcraft
  • "The Heartbeat of Evil / The Strain" from WildStar
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Monster Town" from Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, "1:00 A.M." from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and "The Synapse" from Deus Ex
  • Outro (feat. "Palace of the Dead Final Floor" from Final Fantasy XIV)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_104.mp3
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You think you've heard strange MMORPG soundtracks before, but Wurm Online is about to take you to the odd frontier. With two distinctive soundtracks that skew away from typical composition, Wurm baffles, amuses, and bewitches the Battle Bards in today's show!

Episode 103 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Sunrise," "Long Summer," and "Traveling")
  • "Waking Up"
  • "Why You Dive"
  • "Abandon the Hill"
  • "Flatland Stride"
  • "They Wait Back Home"
  • "Along the Broken Ridge"
  • "Village Work Song"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Stormblood Theme" from Final Fantasy XIV, "Shipwreck Creek" from Yooka Laylee, and "The Path" from The Last of Us
  • Outro (feat. "Disband Deed")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_103.mp3
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When it comes to talking about the music from the original NES, everyone seems to always reference the same games. But what about those "other" titles with interesting and memorable soundtracks that get ignored? In today's show, Syp pulls out 10 offbeat NES music tracks that you might have never heard of -- but definitely should! Buckle up, Retro Reprise is about to go off the beaten path and into the wild unknown!

Episode 12: Offbeat NES music tracks

  • Intro
  • "Theme" from Rambo
  • "Theme" from Pictionary
  • "Coralcola Village" from StarTropics 2
  • "Duel" from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • "Towering Catastrophe" from Monsters in my Pocket
  • "Running Through the Blue Fields" from Strider
  • "House Theme 3" from A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • "Good Weather" from Mr. Gimmick!
  • "Salvage Chute" from Bucky O'Hare
  • "Strange Woman" from Uninvited
  • Outro ("Mini-Game" from Pictionary)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_12.mp3
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Is it even possible for pure joy to be derived from MMORPG music? Whether or not, the Battle Bards are going to take a serious stab at it in today's episode! Each piece is hand-picked and home-brewed to distill joy for the listener, coated in sparkling hopes and drizzled with fond memories. No matter what, you're in for an uplifting show!

Episode 102 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Maple Island 1" from MapleStory 2, "Life Abundant" from Stargate Worlds, and "Farm" from Free Realms)
  • "Village Theme 1" from ArcheAge
  • "Sunlight of Morning" from Aion
  • "Plotting Our Course" from WildStar
  • "Sunnyside" from Granado Espada
  • "Party in the Shire" from LOTRO
  • "To Start a Journey" from Star Wars Galaxies
  • "Lakeside" from Cabal Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Dead Space, "Hot Pursuit" from Gravity Rush, and "Grazelands Dawn" from Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  • Outro (feat. "Home Sweet Home" from RuneScape)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_102.mp3
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As the Battle Bards cruise into their second hundred episodes, it's time to cover a very long-lived fantasy MMO from 2002, Ragnarok Online. The game has an... interesting soundtrack and a devoted following in some circles, but as the crew discovered on today's show, the score is not without its criticisms. It's time to kick summer vacation to the curb and trumpet another parade of MMO music!

Episode 101 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Aplen Rose" and "Theme of Alberta")
  • "Theme of Lutie"
  • "Splendid Dreams"
  • "March with Irish Whistle"
  • "Dream of a Whale"
  • "Sleeping Volcano"
  • "Antique Cowboy"
  • "Christmas in the 13th Month"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Frotierkilla
  • Jukebox Picks: "Meet Tiki and Mermaid" from Dragon's Crown, "Devil's Swing" from Bendy and the Ink Machine, "Drake's Theme" from Uncharted
  • Outro (feat. "Erebos' Prelude")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_101.mp3
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Syp returns to the 8-bit era as he counts down his top 10 favorite Gameboy tunes. It's a harder task than you think, considering how long the system was out and how many great games and soundtracks were created for it! Chances are he'll ignore your favorite, but it'll be a fun show nevertheless with lots of cheery and catchy tracks. What's your favorite?

Episode 11: Top 10 Gameboy tunes

  • Intro
  • "Theme" from The Smurfs
  • "Staff Credits" from Metroid II
  • "Town of Albano" from Lufia: The Legend Returns
  • "Battle of the Holy" from The Castlevania Adventure
  • "Stage 1" from TMNT: Fall of the Foot Clan
  • "Ripe Seeds" from Castlevania II
  • "Theme" from Monster Max
  • "Type B" from Tetris
  • "Tal Tal Heights" from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • "Birabuto Kingdom" from Super Mario Land
  • Outro (feat. "Cave Stage" from Turok 2)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_11.mp3
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After four years and over 700 MMORPG music tracks, the Battle Bards have arrived at their 100th show! For this centennial spectacular, Syl, Steff, and Syp reminisce about the most notable shows, their best soundtrack discoveries, and their favorite tracks. This super-sized show gets wrapped up with a bout of listener emails and a promise of another amazing hundred episodes!

Episode 100 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "A New Hope" from FFXIV, "Bard's Guild" from EverQuest, and "First Light" from Guild Wars)
  • Favorite Soundtrack Discoveries over the past four years
  • Steff: TERA ("Sanctuary" and "Godspeed"), League of Legends ("Braum" and "Demacia Rising"), and World of Warcraft: Legion ("Lion's Rest" and "Anduin")
  • Syl: Runes of Magic ("Veranas Bridge" and "Traveling Tale"), Dragon's Prophet ("Auratia" and "Candlelight"), and Ultima X Odyssey ("Town Life" and "Rule City")
  • Syp: Lineage 2 ("Praise the Victorious Knight" and "Talking Island Village"), WildStar ("Bandits, Thieves, and Epic Loot" and "A Story of Hope and Healing"), and RuneScape ("Horizon" and "Arise Legend")
  • Favorite single MMO tracks
  • Syp: "Freedom Theme" from City of Heroes
  • Steff: "Legacy of Romulus" from Star Trek Online
  • Syl: "Tidecaller" from League of Legends
  • Syp: "Spiritual Elysium" from Anarchy Online
  • Steff: "Sillus Mountains" from Aion
  • Syl: "Wolf at the Gates" from World of Warcraft
  • Syp: "Wailers and Waterwheels" from FFXIV
  • Steff: "Hills of the Shire" from LOTRO
  • Syl: "City of Tarir" from Guild Wars 2
  • Syp: "Smooth" from WildStar
  • Steff: "Sleepless Lullaby" from The Secret World
  • Syl: "Make Zone" from Lime Odyssey
  • Syp: "Peace, The Jedi Consular" from SWTOR
  • Steff: "Little Shepherd" from Blade and Soul
  • Syl: "Danaria" from Aion
  • Segment C: Listener feedback
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_100.mp3
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The Battle Bards are on vacation at a tropical beach paradise! In the team's 99th episode, they examine beach, resort, and island music cues from MMORPGs. Can it still be a resort when everything around you is out for murder? As long as the music is this good, who cares?

Episode 99 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Maple Island 1" from MapleStory 2 and “Castaways from World of Warcraft)
  • "Starter Beach" from Wonderland Online
  • "Dolphin Island" from Rose Online
  • "Costa del Sol" from FFXIV
  • "Caribbean Port" from Pirates of the Burning Sea
  • "Oceania Town" from Uncharted Waters Online
  • "Port BGM" from Lime Odyssey
  • "A Tropical Getaway" from WildStar
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Run Program" from Tron Run_r, "Theme" from The Tenth Line, and "Oakvale" from Fable
  • Anniversary note
  • Outro (feat. "Palmgil Oasis" from Aura Kingdom)
  • Stinger
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_99.mp3
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Perfect World -- it's not just a massive games publisher, it's also an MMORPG! The team at Battle Bards timidly tiptoe into this unknown soundtrack, not sure of what may lurk around the next bend. Is it a pile of suck? An undiscovered gem? Forgettable fluff? We're not going to tell you in the intro here, you'll have to listen along with us to find out!

Episode 97 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Rising Tide Theme and "Frostcovered City")
  • "Fly With Me/Etherblade City"
  • "Archosaur"
  • "Plume City"
  • "City of Raging Tides"
  • "Descent Theme"
  • "Genesis Theme"
  • "Cube of Fate"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Horizon Zero Dawn, "The Capital with a Beautiful Lake and the Holy Sword" from Tales of Zestiria, and "Caprice" from Morrowind
  • Anniversary show incoming!
  • Outro (feat. "Everywhere")
  • Stinger
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_98.mp3
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What was originally the swan song -- the "final" game developed -- of Square turned into the studio's flagship franchise that is now in its 30th year. For the return of Retro Reprise, Syl and Syp take a nostalgic journey back through the first nine Final Fantasy games, looking at the music from the NES, SNES, and PlayStation eras. Missing the combat tracks? Stay tuned for part 2 of this series!

Episode 10: Final Fantasy adventures

  • Intro
  • Final Fantasy I: "Main Theme"
  • Final Fantasy I: "Prelude"
  • Final Fantasy I: "Airship"
  • Final Fantasy I: "Matoya's Cave"
  • Final Fantasy II: "Chocobo Theme"
  • Final Fantasy IV: "Victory Theme"
  • Final Fantasy IV: "Love Theme"
  • Final Fantasy VI: "Terra's Theme"
  • Final Fantasy VI: "Aria Di Mezzo Carattere (Opera Theme)"
  • Final Fantasy VII: "Aeris' Theme"
  • Final Fantasy VII: "Cosmo Canyon"
  • Final Fantasy VII: "Chasing the Black Caped Man"
  • Final Fantasy VII: "Ahead on our Way (Kalm Village)"
  • Final Fantasy VIII: "Liberi Fatali"
  • Final Fantasy VIII: "Balamb Garden"
  • Final Fantasy VIII: "Fisherman's Horizon"
  • Final Fantasy IX: "Behind the Door"
  • Final Fantasy IX: "The Place I'll Return to Someday"
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_10.mp3
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"Magic can be ANYthing!"

The forces of magic run deep within MMORPGs, casting shadows of wonder wherever we look -- and listen. In today's show, Syl sparks a musical revolution as her fellow Bards struggle to rise to the challenge of defining what, exactly, constitutes a "magical" track and evokes that particular feeling. Did we nail it? You'll have to join us for the journey to find out!

Episode 97 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “The Magic Shop from PlaneShift and "The Magic Forest" from LEGO Universe)
  • "Ethereal" from Lord of Ultima/Ultima X Odyssey
  • "Crystal Castle" from Fiesta Online
  • "The Fortuneteller" from The Secret World
  • "All Out of Breadcrumbs" from WildStar
  • "Lost in a Spiderweb's Beauty" from Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • "Garangdol Plains" from ArcheAge
  • "The Elven Prophecy" from Runes of Magic
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox Picks: "The Calm" from The Binding of Isaac Rebirth, "Kingsmouth Ahead" from The Secret World, and "Santa Monica" from Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
  • Outro (feat. “Magic Undergrowth” from Trove)
  • Stinger
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_97.mp3
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"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."

With those words, you know you're in for a rollicking good adventure -- and some impressive and spellbinding music to match! On today's episode, the Battle Bards return to Star Wars: The Old Republic to look at the music of the recent expansions. Has the Force been with this MMO's soundtrack? I've got a bad good feeling about this!

Episode 96 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Star Wars Main Theme,” "Fallen Empire Main Theme," and "Scorpio, the Deceiver")
  • "The Alliance"
  • "Versus Arcann"
  • "Aries, the Mischievous"
  • "Lana, the Advisor"
  • "Odessen, the Sanctum"
  • "Serenity"
  • "Fulfilling Destiny"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Twin Seeds" from Nights into Dreams, "Boss Theme 1" from One-Way Heroics, and "Menu" from Spore
  • Outro (feat. "Escape from Zakuul")
  • Stinger

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_96.mp3
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Are they music critics or funky spelunkers? Today, the Battle Bards are both as they delve into the secrets of MMORPG cave and cavern music. It may not be a part of these games that you think about muchly, but underground spaces tend to be assigned their own unique sounds and themes. Let's check them out!

Episode 95 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Cave of Wonders" from Vanguard, "Cave of Life" from MapleStory, and "Christmas Caverns" from RuneScape)
  • "Mysterious Cavern" from Shroud of the Avatar
  • "Misterious Cave" from Lineage II
  • "Caverns of Time" from World of Warcraft
  • "Ursa Caverns" from Rappelz
  • "Nameless Cave" from Ragnarok Online 2
  • "Memorial Caverns" from Free Realms
  • "Kaphras Cave" from Black Desert
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Dragon Age Origins, "To the Ends of the Galaxy" from Stellaris, "Main Theme (Amiga)" from Secret of Monkey Island
  • Outro (feat. "Frostshard Cavern" from Aion)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_95.mp3
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Do you find the German language to be inherently terrifying? Then you're going to love the soundtrack to this German MMORPG! Actually, it's quite lovely and a diamond in the rough, at least according to some of the Battle Bards. Today's episode ventures into territory marked by a drakensang -- a "dragon's song" -- and emerges refreshed and renewed.

Episode 94 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Overture," "Where Ignorance Rules" and "A Glimpse of Atlantis")
  • "Opening/River of Time"
  • "Fight for Glory"
  • "Potpourri"
  • "Freunde/Friends"
  • "Born in the Era of Heroes"
  • "Ferdok"
  • "Kusliker Scherzo"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Hornet" from Hollow Knights, "Boost" from Velocity 2X, "Main Theme" from LEGO Dimensions
  • Outro (feat. "Home of Old Habits")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_94.mp3
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It's taken this long, but the Battle Bards have gone completely and irreversibly insane in the membrane! Today the team cracks open the door of the MMO music funhouse to see what off-kilter, crazy, and manic tunes may be found. WARNING: Once you've entered the asylum, you might find yourself a resident... for life!

Episode 93 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Cutely Grotesque and Certifiably Insane" from WildStar, "The Dream Palace" from The Secret World, and "Mischief" from Infinite Crisis)
  • "The Lunatic Court" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Woman Peeling Potatoes" from Tree of Savior
  • "Steel Rose" from Aion
  • "The Vault (Joker's Funhouse)" from DC Universe Online
  • "Select a Sim 2" from The Sims Online
  • "The Haunted Manor" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Dirge of the Damned" from Glitch
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Tailor Made" from Lemmings (SNES), "Main Theme" from Robinson the Journey, and "Delphinus Delphis" from Abzu
  • Outro (feat. "Dark Astoria Raimi Arcade" from City of Heroes)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_93.mp3
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Strap in for a fiery ride across the skies in today's episode of Battle Bards! While Dragon's Prophet was not fated to last long -- at least in North America -- it did leave behind a treasure trove of music that we've only started to dig into. The bards get a little dragonish themselves for this show, perhaps of a different opinion of what constitutes the perfect score for giant flying lizards.

Episode 92 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Rise of a Hero -- Call of Battle" and "Candlelight")
  • "Auratia"
  • "River"
  • "Flicker of Life"
  • "The Black Swan"
  • "Commoner's Dream"
  • "Light's Path"
  • "Helmoth"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Menu" from Conan Exiles, "Richer" from Valkyria: Azure Revolution, "Early Game 1" from Majesty
  • Outro (feat. "Dawn")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_92.mp3
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Take a stroll through the trees and become totally lost in the foliage, drinking in the sounds of the forest with today's show, as the Battle Bards go hiking through the woods to hear the music that they inspire. It's an hour of forest tales on this week's exploration of MMORPG soundtracks, so journey with us from Ultima X to Final Fantasy XI!

Episode 91 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Southern Janost Forest" from Runes of Magic and "Caledon Forest" from Guild Wars 2)
  • "Kingwood" from Ultima X Odyssey
  • "Albion Campacorentin Forest" from Dark Age of Camelot
  • "The Breeze of the Old Forest" from Rappelz
  • "Golden Wood Impression" from LOTRO
  • "Scatherran Forest Light" from RIFT
  • "Redwood (Ancient Forest)" from Aion
  • "The Sanctuary of Zi'tah" from FFXI
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Forest" from The Last Guardian, "Flash Forward" from Virginia, and "Heliosphere" from No Man's Sky
  • Outro (feat. "The Song of the Forest" from Blade and Soul)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_91.mp3
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Expecto MMOsium! The Battle Bards have donned their robes and taken to casting nasty spells on each other with their wands, all in the spirit of today's soundtrack -- Wizard101. This surprisingly expansive kid MMORPG visits a wide range of genres and has a score to match. But was the experience magical or mundane?

Episode 90 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "Home Sweet Home," and "Grizzleheim 2")
  • "Avalon - High/Abbey Road"
  • "Polaris - Ballet Theme"
  • "Avalon - Main Theme"
  • "Wysteria - Pickswick Academy"
  • "Marleybone - Theme 1"
  • "Darkmoor - Main Theme"
  • "Wintertusk - Austrilund"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Bulls Eye" from Club Penguin, "Top of the World" from Eagle Flight, and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" from The Witcher 3
  • Outro (feat. "Polaris - Bad Ballet Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_90.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Candles will no longer haunt Syp's dreams -- Simon Belmont is here to whip them out of existence once and for all! Oh, and also Dracula. In today's show, Castlevania on the NES gets the star treatment as Syp dives into the music from the gothic horror platformer trilogy.

Episode 9: 8-bit Castlevania

  • Intro (feat. "Mansion" from Castlevania II)
  • "Vampire Killer" from Castlevania
  • "Starker" from Castlevania
  • "Wicked Child" from Castlevania
  • "Out of Time" from Castlevania
  • "Bloody Tears" from Castlevania II
  • "The Silence of the Daylight" from Castlevania II
  • "Beginning" from Castlevania III
  • "Deja Vu (Vampire Killer)" from Castlevania III
  • "Stream" from Castlevania III
  • Outro (feat. "Stage Clear" from Castlevania III)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_9.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

When the sun goes down, the Battle Bards' work has just begun! In this week's episode, the crew explores nighttime music cues in MMOs, chasing the ever-elusive feel of what that period between dusk and dawn sounds like in game. Don't fall asleep!

Episode 89 show notes

  • Intro (feat."Shire Nights" from Lord of the Rings Online and "Moons of Evening Star" from Elder Scrolls Online)
  • "Painted Skies" from FFXIV
  • "Nacht" from Drakensang
  • "Starry Night" from Aura Kingdom
  • "Candlelight" from Dragon's Prophet
  • "Nighttime Music" from Black Desert Online
  • "Palace at Night" from Chronicles of Spellborn
  • "Rogshire Night 2" from Runes of Magic
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Heroic Assault" from Gears of War 2, "E3 2016 Trailer" from Cosmic Star Heroine, and "Main Theme" from Atlas Reactor
  • Outro ("Dusk of God" from MapleStory)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_89.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT