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Battle Bards Episode 28: Runes Of Magic

May 27, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

This week, the theme is the music from Runes of Magic. As MMO soundtracks go, it’s one of the more popular ones, but what do the Bards think? Opinions are all across the board for this one, so be sure to tune in with me, Syp and Syl on this one. It’s one fun show you won’t want to miss.

As a reminder, we’re going to be doing a Listener’s Request episode very soon. If you have a favorite MMO track we haven’t covered, we invite you to submit it for the show! Feel free to leave a comment, tweet or email me or get in touch with us through the Battle Bards page.

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Runes of Magic

Episode 28 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme,” “Blazing Battle,” and “Absurdia”)
  • “Main Theme Chapter 4″
  • “Adventure”
  • “Silverspring Day 2″
  • “The Radiant Arcanum”
  • “Tower of Wailing Wind”
  • “Varanas City”
  • “Traveling Tale”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail From Zoward
  • Mail from Shintar
  • Reminder about listener episode submissions
  • Outro (featuring “The Radiant Arcanum”)
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Updates From Tamriel

May 22, 2014

knight of the dawn

It’s been a while since my last Elder Scrolls Online update, and I figured there’s no better time to do it than the one-month mark.

To cut to the chase, I’m still kicking around Tamriel on my Dragonknight, since I’d paid for a three month sub up front — ESO just feels like the kind of game I’d like to take my time in; I knew I was going to need at least that much time, and I think for the most part my instincts were correct. Granted, I’d like to throw myself into the game, but things have just been crazy this month. Thankfully I’ve been able to play here and there as time allows.

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But already though, I can see and feel the effects of the post-1-month flight. Most nights, I don’t see as many people in the guild anymore, and some of the barrow instances where I used to see tons of other players going through to get skyshards — I never even used to have to fight, everything was always already dead! — well, they’re like ghost towns now. I think we’ve seen enough MMO launches to expect this cycle; it’s a pattern that has established itself since time eternal, but its effects are still very noticeable.

On a more positive note, I’m still enjoying my time playing. The quest writing in this game really is phenomenal. My Dragonknight is currently sitting at level 28, making my way through the content in Rivenspire, which probably puts me in the middle of the pack. It’s still a long way until 50, but I do plan on getting there, even if it takes me longer than the three months.

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Right now I’m still sitting on the fence regarding WildStar. That I’ll be playing WS is probably a foregone conclusion, the only question is when. I’ve long given up being a game juggler, and if I’m to have any chance of seeing level cap in ESO, I’m going to have to simply not commit myself to another game until that happens, and stick to that plan no matter how tempting it might be to cave. It’s not looking like I’ll be able to play WS on day one, but I’m just crossing my fingers by the time I do get to buy the game and jump in, a lot of my friends will still be very active in it.

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Battle Bards Episode 27: Kids’ MMOs

May 13, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up! This week my co-hosts Syp and Syl and I are finding our inner child with music from a variety of kids’ MMOs. Boy, I never knew there were so many of them out there.

Beware, however, with this warning from the Sypster himself: If you’re allergic to bright, happy and cheerful tunes, this episode will probably make you die.

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hello kitty online

Episode 26 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Wysteria Pigswick Academy” from Wizard101 and “Cave of Life” from MapleStory)
  • Dragonica – “You Beat the Boss!”
  • Free Realms - “Sanctuary”
  • MapleStory - “Aqua Road East Sea”
  • Star Stable - Selections
  • Hello Kitty Online - “Dream Carnival”
  • Pirate101 – “Cool Ranch Theme”
  • Super Hero Squad Online - “Boss: Magneto”
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Outro (featuring “Hope” from Hello Kitty Online)
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The Secret World: Teamwork

April 29, 2014
Thinking caps ON!

Thinking caps ON!

I know I haven’t written an update for The Secret World in a while, and part of that’s because I’ve been spending so much time playing The Elder Scrolls Online, and another part of it is that truthfully, nothing much is happening in TSW right now. Earlier this month a mission pack of four investigation quests was released and so the dedicated TSW Monday Night crew decided to stretch that content out as far as we can by doing one each week. Hopefully that will get us close to Tokyo.

Seriously, if the Tokyo update doesn’t drop soon, I’m going to go insane. Because by now I think everyone’s a bit sick of Flappy.

Stop teasing us, Funcom.

Stop teasing us, Funcom.

The investigation missions themselves, though, are EXCELLENT. TSW may have its fair share of your usual kill quests or fetch quests, but its crowning glory are these investigation quests. They must take quite a bit of effort on Funcom’s part to create, but they’re absolutely worth it. After almost two years out, the writing and ingenuity of some of these missions still surprise me on a regular basis.

The mission pack Sidestories: Further Analysis includes the quests Immersion, The Animate Clay, The Abandoned and Trials of the Dragon. So far we’ve done the first three and half of the last one before it glitched. Everything’s better when you’re part of a team! Except when you’re in an investigation mission that bugs out when there are multiple people involved, that is…

Friends also don't let friends get killed by padurii!

Friends also don’t let friends get killed by padurii!

My guildie Tententacles has written written some great walkthrough guides so be sure to check them out! Some of the minor bugs notwithstanding, doing them in a group really is a great experience if you can pull it off. Putting your heads together for some of these puzzles, not to mention splitting up responsibilities and pooling your resources to figure stuff out truly is a lot more fun working as a team.

 

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Battle Bards Episode 26: Granado Espada

April 29, 2014

Battle Bards

Another new episode is up and ready for your listening pleasure!

This week on the Bickering Ba–I mean, Battle Bards, we’re looking at the music of Grenado Espada, and it is quite possibly the most eclectic MMO soundtrack of all time. So it’s not surprising the bards are going to have some disagreements on some of the songs! Join Syp, Syl and I as we discuss the music!

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Grenado Espada

Episode 26 show notes
  • Intro (including “Forzar” and “Old Speckled Reel”)
  • “Main Theme”
  • “Death Book”
  • “Beyond Hope”
  • “Cite de Reboldeux”
  • “Helios”
  • “Endless Battle”
  • “Amanecer”
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Mail from EverQuest 2′s Margaret “Luperza” Krohn
  • Outro (“Purple Snow”)

 

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Battle Bards Episode 25: The Holidays

April 15, 2014

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Now I know what you’re thinking. It’s a pretty random time to be featuring a theme show about the holidays. But hey, it’s ALWAYS a holiday somewhere in MMO land! Join Syp, Syl and I as we talk about our favorite tunes featured in special events, from Christmas to Brewfest.

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winterhome

Episode 25 show notes

  • Intro (including “Wintersday Bell Choir” from Guild Wars 2 and “Lifeday Celebration” from Star Wars Galaxies)
  • “Winter Event” from Star Trek Online
  • “Winter Home” from Lord of the Rings Online
  • “Halloween Wonderland” from Rappelz
  • “Happy Holidays” from Project Copernicus
  • “Brewfest” from World of Warcraft
  • “Starlight Celebration” from Final Fantasy XI
  • “Missing Presumed Death” from RuneScape
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (“Winter Event” from Star Trek Online)

 

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ESO: Storming Spindleclutch

April 14, 2014

whisperer

The first time in a new MMO’s dungeon is always such a learning experience — it not only gives you such insight on the play style of your role or class, but also into the game and its mechanics as well.

On Friday night my husband and I along with guildies Tententacles and Ryan ventured into Spindleclutch (with Musei cheering us on in the sidelines and Pid setting up to go next in round 2), the first instance in The Elder Scrolls Online. I hadn’t gotten the chance to try any group content in beta, so it was all new to me. First of all, four seemed like a curious number for group size, but if it worked for Star Wars: The Old Republic, no reason it shouldn’t for ESO.

spindleclutch2

Thus far I’d been leveling with a sort-of-tank-sort-of-damage build so I wasn’t sure how I would fare, but I was reassured by the fact that most group make-ups can handle the instance without much problem as long as there’s some heals. It took a lot of the pressure off and I saw it as a way to learn the ropes and practice…even if I didn’t have an optimized tank build or abilities.

Let’s just say there was definitely a lot of flailing involved on my part! But it’s so much easier once you know who to target (healer mobs die first!), when to dodge (there’s a lot of that) and for the love of the Nine Divines keep up your stamina and magicka stores for your taunt and evade abilities. Once we got that down, it was all smooth-going. Though, ah, still quite explosive.

spindleclutch3

For a first instance I was surprised to see it was pretty well balanced in terms of difficulty. I’d dreaded being in there for hours and was all prepared for wipe after wipe…but for the amount of time we were in there frustration was minimal and it was very painless. More importantly, I definitely know where my build needs work. Overall a very awesome time!

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