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Battle Bards Episode 37: At The Market Fair

October 21, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Fill your coin purses and come on out for a day at the market with the Battle Bards! This week, Syp, Syl and I look at marketplace-related music in MMOs or the tunes that bring to mind a market atmosphere — whether that means a bustling town, a busy harbor with ships being unloaded by dock hands, or merchants selling their wares. This episode just might make you want to go out and go shopping!

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Giran
Episode 37 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Nightfall Freedom Harbor” from Forsaken World and “Brownie Storehouse” from Vanguard)
  • “Selbina” from Final Fantasy XI
  • “The Town Market” from Elsword Online
  • “Inside the Marketplace Tent” from Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • “Town of Giran” from Lineage II
  • “Draynor Market” from RuneScape
  • “Free Market” from MapleStory
  • “Town of Morvan” from Vindictus
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Logun
  • Outro

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WoW: We Are Legendary

October 10, 2014

legendary cloak

The legendary cloak wasn’t something I expected ever to get, but at the beginning of September when I resubbed to World of Warcraft I saw that things for the quest chain were in full swing. With a game-wide buff Gaze of the Black Prince increasing rep gain and drop rate for the raid items you need, I figured there’s no harm in trying for it – and there’s no time like the present. I’m also grateful for Tententacles for also going for the legendary cloak chain, because without him doing it too, I honestly don’t think I would have been as motivated!

So, seven weeks or so later (I did get lucky these last couple of weeks with Titan Runestones), I finally got my cloak on my Monk. And just in time too, with the prepatch for the next expansion said to drop next Tuesday, and apparently the quest chain will go away. If you’re still thinking of going for the cloak, this may be your last chance to start, because starting Tuesday next week it might not be possible to get the first quest anymore.

But if you’re in the middle of the chain, it’s not too late. I’m in that boat too, as I’ve actually begun work on the legendary cloak on another character, my Druid. She’s been my main forever, and even though I’ve been playing my Monk a lot more recently, my emotional attachment to the Druid is just too strong to not try for the legendary cloak with her too. When the patch drops, they’re removing the valor grind requirement section of the quest, which was by far the most aggravating and longest part anyway, and there’s a good chance to finish before or around the time Warlords of Draenor is released. Sure, a few weeks into the expansion and the cloak will probably be obsolete, but for completionists, it’s still an impressive achievement and a nice memento to have.

 

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Battle Bards Episode 36: Featuring Guest Composer Tracy Bush

October 7, 2014

Battle Bards
A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

This week we welcome a special guest to our show, Composer Tracy W. Bush! His resume includes World of Warcraft, DCUO, Dungeon Runners, Tabula Rasa, Free Realms, and City of Heroes and his vast experience in the MMO industry makes him a wealth of information about the musical creative process. He’s also known for his Murloc voice (yep, he’s the man behind the iconic “mrglmrglmrglmrgl!!!!”) and you just might hear Tracy do a demonstration. Unfortunately, I was out of town during the week of recording so I wasn’t able to join in the fun, but Syp and Syl do a good job holding the fort!

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Episode 36 show notes
  • Interview with Tracy W. Bush
  • “Darnassus” from World of Warcraft
  • “Radio Free Zerg” from StarCraft
  • “Darnassus” from World of Warcraft
  • “Tanaris” from World of Warcraft
  • “Cimmora Main Theme” from City of Heroes
  • Tracy’s Murloc demo
  • “Townston Theme” from Dungeon Runners
  • “Rattletooth’s Lair” from Dungeon Runners
  • “Townston Theme” from Dungeon Runners
  • “Blue Turns to Grey” from Tabula Rasa
  • “AFS Outpost” from Tabula Rasa
  • “Checkers” from Free Realms
  • “Gotham City BGM” from DC Universe Online
  • “Cooking” from Free Realms
  • Mail from JadenK
  • Outro (“Radio Free Zerg” from StarCraft)

 

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Secret Mondays: We’re Back In Business

September 23, 2014

The Secret World is back with new content, having released a new pack of Side Stories in their latest patch. I had to delay my return to the game for a week because I was out of town, but now I’m back and together with my usual Secret Monday crew consisting of Syp, Tententacles and my husband, we rocked more quests in Tokyo.

Side Stories: The Last Pagan includes six new missions, and seeing as big updates from Funcom seem to be so few and far between, once again stretching out the content by doing one quest per week feels like a pretty good idea.

Ricky Pagan

For our first mission, our party hit up new NPC Ricky Pagan in all his pompadour glory, and sought to reunite his lost gang by using THE ALL MIGHTY POWER OF ROCK! Oooh yeeeaaaah…

boombox

Like any mission, The Pagan had your fair share of fighting and kicking ass, but as you can see, much of it was also spent rollicking and jamming out to my swanky boombox. I ask you, what other game lets you do that…as part of the mechanics?! Oh look, my teammates are in combat and getting killed, but eh, let me just finish this song, okay?

people fighting

The mission even ends with a dance party…with ghosts. If this first quest is any indication, looks like we’ll be in for some wild, whacky fun for the rest of this mission pack.

dancing quest

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Battle Bards Episode 35: Dungeons & Dragons Online

September 16, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

A good D&D session doesn’t only need character sheets and an abundance of 20-sided dice, but atmospheric tunes as well.  What kind of soundtrack does the long-running Dungeons & Dragons Online have?  Syp, Syl and I investigate DDO’s score this week, in particular contrasting the old tracks with the newer expansion ones.  As usual, Syp stands mostly alone (oh, he’s so dramatic :P)

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D&D

Episode 35 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Character Creation,” “Crafting Hall,” and “Wheloon Tavern 1″)
  • “Main Theme”
  • “House Dun’Robar”
  • “Yo Ho Ho, Surly Kobold”
  • “Untold Truth”
  • “King’s Forest 2″
  • “Eye of the Titan”
  • “Eveningstar 1″
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (“Eye of the Titan”)
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Battle Bards Episode 34: Feature That Instrument!

August 26, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is out!

We have an interesting theme for you this week. If you’re a regular listener of BB, you might know that sometimes Syp, Syl and I like to talk about the instruments in the different pieces and we all have our individual favorites (and seriously, like what is up with Syp and the kazoo?!)

Anyway, inspired by those discussions, this episode is all about those tracks where a single instrument (or two) will take the forefront in a song and steal the spotlight. So move over orchestral pieces, and feast your ears on these tunes that feature a dominant instrument.

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instruments
Episode 34 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Breton Melody” from Dark Age of Camelot and “ARK Theme” from Anarchy Online)
  • “Map Music 1″ from The Sims Online
  • “Sarutabaruta” from Final Fantasy XI
  • “Below the Asteroids” from EVE Online
  • “Sanctuary” from TERA
  • “Ogrimmar” from World of Warcraft
  • “Flibbertigibbet” from Final Fantasy XIV
  • “Age of the Dragon” from Guild Wars Factions
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
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A Scheduled Return To WoW…

August 25, 2014
There's always something to work towards...

There’s always something to work towards…

Ever since the announcement of the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion release date, I’ve joined the trickle of players returning to the game.

Actually, I’d planned on resubbing around the first week of September, but then I didn’t see the reason to wait anymore. I’ve been pretty busy this summer so I’ve only been really playing one MMO off and on, that game being The Secret World. And the truth is, content there has pretty much dried up despite the TSW Monday crew trying to stretch out Issue 9 and the Side Stories quests as long as we could.

So until more of Tokyo opens up, you’ll find me in Azeroth.

So, what am I doing in WoW these days? Well, mostly relearning how to play my characters, which is par for the course every time I take a protracted leave of absence from the game. There are also still a few alt stragglers languishing around level 70-80 that I’m hoping to bring to 90 before deciding which class I’ll take first into the new expansion.

And of course, each time I come back, I can also count on Blizzard having added a whole slew of new battle pets to their menagerie. The urge to nab what I can for my collection is pretty much a knee jerk reaction by now (481 unique pets and counting)!

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