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Battle Bards Episode 54: Winter Is Coming!

June 30, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

*Checks outside* Well, it might be the middle of the summer in the northern hemisphere, but it’s never too early to start getting ready for the cold! On this episode of Battle Bards, the crew takes on the theme of bitter, desolate, and beautiful winter soundscapes from a wide range of MMO scores. Winter is, after all, coming. Let’s prepare!

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Hoth

Episode 54 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Snowcloak” from Final Fantasy XIV and “Winter Theme” from Allods Online)
  • “Sillus Mountains” from Aion
  • “Wintertusk Hrundle Fjord” from Wizard101
  • “Iron Pine Peak” from RIFT
  • “Winterspring (Cataclysm)” from World of Warcraft
  • “Iceclad Ocean” from EverQuest 2
  • “Hoth, the Frozen Wastes” from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • “The Shiverpeaks” from Guild Wars 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (featuring “Dazzling Snow” from Ragnarok Online)
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Battle Bards Episode 53: City Of Heroes

June 16, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is live!

It was the first big superhero MMO, and for at least one Bard, it was the entry point into MMO gaming. Today we’ll be looking at the late, great City of Heroes and its strange, lovable, and often baffling soundtrack, as well as trying to explain to Syl why superheroes are totally cool. Pull on those tights and prepare to soar up, up and away into a score like no other on today’s show!

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City of HeroesEpisode 53 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” and “Steel Canyon Copper District”)
  • “Freedom Court”
  • “Devil’s Coat Tails”
  • “Argosy Industries”
  • “Freedom Theme”
  • “Going Rogue Theme”
  • “Welcome to Nova Praetoria”
  • “Bloody Bay: Green Nugget”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Joseph
  • Outro (“Mission Complete”)
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Battle Bards Episode 52: Introspective Tunes

June 2, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Syp will need to apologize for his uncharacteristically grumpy attitude during this week’s recording, as he did not fully understand my homework assignment to the Bards this week, and he apparently hates good music. That said, it’s a whirlwind hour of dreamy, thoughtful, and touching music as the Battle Bards tackle the theme of “introspective” tunes in MMOs! Also, Syl uses the line, “Dancing naked in the forest while getting high,” which is going to bump up our SEO rating something fierce.

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Episode 52 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Air Stream” from Myst Online and “Emerald Depths” from Vanguard)
  • “Exiles of the Dream” from ArcheAge
  • “Forest Calling” from Lineage 2
  • “Hail Novia” from Shroud of the Avatar
  • “Heart of a Hero” from Lord of the Rings Online
  • “Our Perception of Beauty” from WildStar
  • “Redeemed Garden” from Anarchy Online
  • “Memories of Spring” from Aion
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro
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Battle Bards Episode 51: Vindictus

May 19, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Feel the power! Feel the burn! Feel the…Vindictus!
When a game is made up of insane frantic combat, what will its score sound like? The Battle Bards are keen to find out with their journey through this particular game’s soundtrack. It’s wild, it’s bombastic, and it’s (as always) divisive!
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Vindictus
Episode 51 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Ancient Dragon” and “Malina”)
  • “Crom Crauch”
  • “Keaghan”
  • “Main Theme”
  • “White Whale Inn”
  • “Craftsman Colru”
  • “PvP Theme”
  • “Succubus Queen/The Siren of Slaughter”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (featuring “Grim Reaper”)
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Battle Bards Episode 50: Fan Covers

May 5, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Can you believe it’s 50 episodes already? How better to celebrate than to look to the MMO music and fan community for inspiration? What we found were dozens of talented and interesting covers of some of our favorite game soundtracks! Celebrate with me, Syp and Syl as we give props to those who love MMO tunes as much as we do!

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Episode 50 show notes
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Battle Bards Episode 49: Rift

April 14, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

I’m also back on the show after my two-month hiatus. It’s good to be recording again! This week, we talk the music of Rift. While the Bards may have a positive past with the game, our reaction to the score is a rocky ride indeed. What treasures and traps will they pull out of this music? Find out!

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Rift

Episode 49 show notes
    • Intro (featuring “Defiant Theme” and “Iron Pine Peak”)
    • “Main Theme”
    • “Moonshade Highlands”
    • “Scarlet Gorge”
    • “Silverwood”
    • “Shimmersand”
    • “Atagarian Well”
    • “Stonefield”

 

  • What did we like best?

 

  • Mail from Josh
  • Outro (featuring “Siren Song”)

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Battle Bards Episode 48: Back To The 90s (…And Also Back To This Blog!)

March 31, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

I know, I know, it seems I’ve missed a few Battle Bards updates here. Not to mention I’ve not had any other new content here for months. Our family welcomed a new baby at the end of January and things have been pretty busy since. Between taking care of a newborn plus my rambunctious three-year-old, along with my book reviews and other stuff I have to take care of around the place, I’ve been too busy to do much gaming and blogging about it, and so the posts here have kind of dried up.

Can’t promise anything, but I do hope to be more active on here again once things calm down.

But anyway, back to the Battle Bards episode. I’ve been taking a break from the show due to the arrival of our little one, but Syp and Syl and the show guests have been doing great! Fear not though, I will be back to the doing Battle Bards shows again soon.

This week’s episode is Back to the 90s! Did you know that the Battle Bards have a time machine? Well they do, and this week they’re setting it all the way back to the 1990s! With the help of guest host Scott (Ramblings of a MMO Gamer Guy), the crew examines music from an oft-overlooked era of MMO gaming (and soundtracks). Just because it’s older doesn’t mean it’s ancient!

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Episode 48 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” from Neverwinter Nights AOL and “Excalibur” from Asheron’s Call)
  • “Bard Guild” from EverQuest
  • “Dungeon” from The Realm Online
  • “Minoc” from Ultima Online
  • “Main Theme” from Nexus
  • “Neriak” from EverQuest
  • “Main Theme” from Meridian 59
  • “Nebula” from Rubies of Eventide
  • What did we like the best?
  • Mail From Tadamichi (Quiet Life and In Memories)
  • Outro (featuring “Age of Heroes” from Dark Sun Online)

 

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