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Battle Bards Episode 165: LOTRO Composer Bill Champagne

March 25, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

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!

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Episode 165 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • 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”)
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Battle Bards Episode 164: Away With the Fairies

March 11, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

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.

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Episode 164 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • 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. “Fairy in the Grove” from Lineage 2)
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Battle Bards Episode 163: EverQuest Upgraded

February 26, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

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!

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Episode 163 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • 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. )
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Battle Bards Episode 162: Mystery Abounds

February 12, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

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.

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Episode 162 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • 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)
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Battle Bards Episode 161: Dragon Quest X

January 29, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

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.

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Episode 161 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • 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”)
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Battle Bards Episode 160: MMO Cover Songs Vol. 2

January 15, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

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!

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Episode 160 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • 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)
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Battle Bards Episode 159: Black Desert Revisited

January 1, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

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 score, but enjoyable? Yes, we’d advocate that. Also, Steff finally snaps and tells her co-hosts off. Draaaaamaaaaa!

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Episode 159 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • 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