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Battle Bards Episode 40: Wildstar Redux

December 2, 2014

Battle BardsA new episode of Battle Bards is up!

While Syp, Syl and I did a Wildstar episode back in show #6, we felt as though we didn’t do that soundtrack justice (not the least of which was the fact that we didn’t have access to the full OST yet!).  Now that the Bards have listened to almost 200 WildStar tracks, it’s time to pull their favorites and discuss this wild, zany musical romp!

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Wildstar

Episode 40 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” and “A Golden Field”)
  • “The Weave”
  • “Protostar Theme”
  • “The Awakening”
  • “Bandits, Thieves, and Epic Loot”
  • “Smooth”
  • “This is Our Song”
  • “Genesis to Revelations”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Shay
  • Outro (“BEER!”)
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Battle Bards Episode 39: Jigs and Shanties

November 18, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

It’s going to be impossible to keep from tapping your toes during this one. This week, Syp, Syl and I bust out all manner of lively jigs and shanties for the enjoyment of all, and even their past feuds are set aside to dosey-do in front of the tavern fireplace.  We also tick off accordion players across the globe.

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Sea shanty

Episode 39 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Caribbean Port” from Pirates of the Burning Sea and “Player Owned Ports Ahoy!” from RuneScape)
  • “Sea Shanty 2″ from RuneScape
  • “Seaside” from Free Realms
  • “Cool Ranch Tavern Theme” from Pirate101
  • “Bash the Dragon” from Guild Wars 2
  • “Rum” from Monarch: Heroes of a New Age
  • “Tavernenlied” from Drakensang
  • “Pirate 3″ from DDO
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Cindy
  • Outro (“A Tavern Far Away” from DDO)
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Battle Bards Episode 38: The Elder Scrolls Online

November 4, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

The Elder Scrolls soundtracks have a legendary reputation in the video game community, but when you take Jeremy Soule (mostly) out of the mix, can the MMO score stand up to this legacy?  Syp, Syl and I investigate in an exploration of this massive OST of one of the new MMOs of 2014.  Keep your ears open for Nordic Santa!

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TESO

Episode 38 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Winged Twilight” and “Moth, Butterfly, and Torchbug”)
  • “Three Banners: Fanfare”
  • “For Blood, For Glory, For Honor”
  • “Weapons Drawn”
  • “The Towers Cast Long Shadows”
  • “Greenheart”
  • “Beauty of Dawn”
  • “Lute Emote”
  • Mail from Draculetta
  • Outro (featuring “Three Hearts as One”)
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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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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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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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