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Battle Bards Episode 200: The Bicentennial!

September 1, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Can you believe it? The Battle Bards have hit 200 amazing episodes! Join Steff, Syl, and Syp as they take a victory lap around the field of MMO music, sharing their personal soundtrack discoveries and listeners’ favorite tracks. It’s a Battle Bards Bicentennial!

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Episode 200 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro
  • Reminiscing about the history of Battle Bards (feat. “Fields of the Shire from LOTRO and “Tempest Bay” from RIFT)
  • Our favorite MMORPG soundtrack discoveries over the past 100 episodes
  • Syp: Club Penguin
  • Steff: The Division 2
  • Syl: Lost Ark
  • Syp: Myst Online
  • Steff: Lost Oasis
  • Syl: Star Stable
  • Syp: MapleStory 2
  • Steff: Tree of Savior
  • Syl: Lineage
  • Listeners’ favorite tracks
  • “Mystery of Wistmead” from LOTRO (Katriana)
  • “Title Screen” from DCUO (Friendly Necromancer)
  • “I Am the Sea” from FFXIV (Lewenburg)
  • “Twilight Over Thanalan from FFXIV (Drelkag)
  • “Undead Tavern in Brill” from WoW (JinxedThoughts)
  • “The Length and the Measure” from Warhammer Online (Thomas)
  • “The Rebuilding of Lion’s Arch” from Guild Wars 2 (Tishtoshtesh)
  • “Knowledge Never Sleeps” from FFXIV (Psychae)
  • “First Light” from Star Citizen (IpaMu71)
  • Our favorite non-AAA MMO scores
  • Fallen Earth (Syp)
  • Star Citizen (Steff)
  • Dragon’s Prophet (Syl)
  • Dungeon Runners (Syp)
  • ArcheAge (Steff)
  • Runes of Magic (Syl)
  • Wizard101 (Syp)
  • RuneScape Orchestral (Steff)
  • Ultima X Odyssey (Syl)
  • Outro (feat. “From Protostar!” from WildStar)
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Battle Bards Episode 199: World of Warcraft Tavern Tunes

August 14, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

At the start and end of a long day of adventurin’, the Battle Bards love to kick back with a frosty mug of (ginger) ale or a stein of (root) beer at their favorite taverns. And what watering holes have better music than World of Warcraft, which actually released a full album of it? In today’s show, Steff, Syl, and Syp share some more great music from the social hubs of Azeroth.

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Episode 199 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Vanilla Tavern,” “Deepwater,” and “Hunter’s Refuge”)
  • “Kul’Tiran Taverns”
  • “Dive Bar C”
  • “Slaughtered Lamb”
  • “Pig and Whistle”
  • “Midsummer Fire Festival”
  • “Temple of the Moon”
  • “Thunderbrew”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Ithirahad and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Chinatown” from Katana Zero, “Shooting Star” from Overwatch Animated Shorts, and “Main Theme” from Fantasian
  • Outro (feat. )
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Battle Bards Episode 198: Final Fantasy XI Expansions

July 28, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Return with us to the lands of Vana’diel, as the Battle Bards dip into the ocean of Final Fantasy XI expansion music. While Syl might be chiding Syp over his inappropriate attire, at least these amazing tunes can overcome all hostility!

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Episode 198 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Where It All Begins,” “Vana’diel March #4,” and “Echoes of a Zephyr”)
  • “Kazham”
  • “Breaking Ground”
  • “The Cosmic Wheel
  • “Autumn Footfalls”
  • “Bustle of the Capital”
  • “Unity”
  • “The Sanctuary of Zi’Tah”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Branden
  • Jukebox picks: “The Town of Luncheon” from Chicory, “Sarah’s Song” from Tyrion, and “Dolphin Surf” from Tetris Effect
  • Outro (feat. “The Pioneers”)
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Battle Bards Episode 197: A Royal Affair

July 14, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Bow to your king and queens of MMO music royalty, for the Battle Bards have donned the crown, taking up the majestic scepter, and issued a proclamation that all sorts of royal music must be heard through the land!

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Episode 197 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Behold Tarantia!” from Age of Conan, “The Royal Bodyguard” from Blade and Soul, and “Illusion Castle Radiant Hall” from Cabal Online)
  • “To Wear the Crown” from Monarch
  • “Krakunta” from Lime Odyssey
  • “Royal District” from Project Copernium
  • “The Castle of Luteran” from Lost Ark
  • “The Grand Duchy of Jeuno” from Final Fantasy XI
  • “Royale” from RuneScape
  • “Ode to the Queen” from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from George Wilson and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Letting You Go” from The Sims 4, “Stereo Madness” from Geometry Dash, and “Windward” from Bravely Default
  • Outro (feat. “Royal City” from MapleStory 2)
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Battle Bards Episode 196: Project Gorgon

June 30, 2021

Another episode of Battle Bards is up!

This time around, the Battle Bards cruise into the indie MMO known as “Project Gorgon” to see what musical landscape is being concocted in this usual realm. From dark dungeon crawls to dusty deserts, it’s a trip around a world of fantasy, mystery, and deliberate old school musical cues!

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Episode 196 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Fae Forest,” “SunVale,” and “The Spider Crypt”)
  • “Overture Theme”
  • “Quiet Countryside”
  • “Eltibule”
  • “Delving for Forgotten Secrets”
  • “Rakshasa City”
  • “Anagoge Magical Island”
  • “The Deep Desert” 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Mark
  • Jukebox picks: “Galaxy Map” from Mass Effect, “Main Theme” from Ratchet and Clank, and “Lich is Unbreakable” from Loop Hero
  • Outro (feat. “Bard Music”)
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Battle Bards Episode 195: In The Mountains

June 16, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Attempting to summit the very best of MMO music, the Battle Bards head up, up, up into the mountains with this episode! What musical motifs do the ranges hold in online games? The crew of Steff, Syl, and Syp are going to try to find out — if the yeti doesn’t eat them first!

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Episode 195 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Berg” from Drakensang Online, “Snowhorn” from Runes of Magic, and “Mountains” from Valheim)
  • “Interdica High Mountain” from Aion
  • “Wind-Washed Mountains” from Genshin Impact
  • “The Vista from Mount Crom” from Age of Conan
  • “Steamfront Mountains” from EverQuest 2
  • “Mountains of Past Times” from Elsword Online
  • “Sunqua Peak” from Guild Wars 2
  • “The Mountains of Night” from Age of Conan
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Welcome to the Academy” from The Slormaster, “Frontier Music” from The Trail, and “A Big Adventure” from Sackboy
  • Outro (feat. “Cold Mountain Duet” from World of Warcraft)
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Battle Bards Episode 194: No Man’s Sky

June 2, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

No Man’s Sky is a Cinderella story, a turnaround from a project that failed on its promises to exceeding them. But what about its soundtrack? In this episode, the Battle Bards examine this “experimental” score and grapple with how it fits with space exploration theme.

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Episode 194 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “I’ve Seen Things,” “Blueprint for a Slow Machine,” and “Escaping the Dark Side”)
  • “Heliosphere”
  • “Outlier”
  • “The Lost Traveler”
  • “Asimov”
  • “The Journey”
  • “World of Wonders”
  • “Escape Velocity”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Main Theme” from Outriders, “The Last Artificer” from In Other Waters, and “Track 2” from Bomb Jack
  • Outro (feat. “The Sacrifice”)