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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