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Battle Bards Episode 169: Wild Things

May 20, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Do you ever walk on the wild side in MMOs? Do you have a penchant for beastly races that aren’t merely reskinned humans? Then you might find something to like in today’s offerings from the Battle Bards. It’s a show full of tracks that pay homage to the animalistic races in MMORPGs, but the most savage thing of them all? Syl’s put-downs.

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Episode 169 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “A Savage Beauty” from TERA, “Scatherran Forest Critter Glen” from RIFT, and “Kloro” from Glitch)
  • “The Charr Triumphant” from Guild Wars 2
  • “Namazu Beast Tribe” from Final Fantasy XIV
  • “M5” from Furcadia
  • “Taunka Night” from World of Warcraft
  • “Chardok” from EverQuest II
  • “Weaponizing of Maniacal Furballs” from WildStar
  • “Purr of the Hunter” from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Zoward and Minimalistway
  • Jukebox Picks: “Welcome Horizons” from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, “Sneaky Driver” from Katana ZERO, and “Twilight in Dreamlands” from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  • Outro (feat. “Quaggan Command” from Guild Wars 2)
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Battle Bards Episode 168: Big Bad Boss Battles of FFXIV

May 6, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Final Fantasy XIV know full well how Square Enix loves to dote on its huge and often bizarre boss battles — and includes the lengthy themes to match! This week, the Battle Bards have formed a light party to tackle several of the more unique and memorable boss themes from this MMO. Will they loot a few favorites in the process?

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Episode 168 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Alexander,” “Bismark,” and “Garlean Leader”)
  • “Shinryu”
  • “Omega Sigmascape”
  • “Titania”
  • “Sephirot”
  • “Calcabrina”
  • “Susano”
  • “Eden Titan”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Smuggler-in-a-YT
  • Jukebox picks: “Towards the Eternal Glory” from Code Vein, “Aquarius” from Castlevania III (Famicom), and “The Opened Way” from Shadow of the Colossus
  • Outro (feat. “Nidhogg”)
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Battle Bards Episode 167: Childlike Wonder

April 22, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Tapping into their inner children, the three Battle Bards get into the spirit of name calling, trading stickers, and goofing off in kiddie MMOs. It’s another episode devoted to 100% kid-themed games and their soundtracks and the weird rabbit hole tangents that the hosts find themselves pursuing. Did you know Switzerland has a Not-Fun Zoo? Never, ever go there. Just trust us.

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Episode 167 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Main Theme” from LEGO Minifigures Online, “Shrouded Glade” from Free Realms, and “Aerokid” from Habbo Hotel)
  • “Character Creation” from FusionFall
  • “Jammer Anthem” from Animal Jam
  • “Arissola” from Temtem
  • “Maple Island 1” from MapleStory 2
  • “Unicorn Adventure” from Fantage
  • “Kid’s View” from Trickster Online
  • “Goofy Speedway” from Toontown Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Katriana, Danny, and Ratstew
  • Jukebox picks: “Ode to the Bridge Builder” from World of Goo, “First Steps” from Unravel, and “Ophelia” from Elsinore
  • Outro (feat. “Bolshoy Theatre” from Hello Kitty Online)
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Battle Bards Episode 166: Lego Universe

April 8, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Who knew that interlocking brick systems would result in so many video games — and a pretty good soundtrack? The Battle Bards step on many small bricks on their way to reach LEGO Universe, the now-defunct MMO that only ran for a couple of years. Tune in for a high-octane trip through toys, tunes, and alliteration as Syp, Steff, and Syl regress to their childhood!

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Episode 166 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Spaceship Entrance” and “Pirate Cove 1”)
  • “Our Universe”
  • “Tortoise Terrace”
  • “Darkling Battle” 
  • “Pet Rock” 
  • “Nimbus Plaza”
  • “Magic Forest”
  • “Crocodile Corner” 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Scotty
  • Jukebox picks: “Mysterious Destiny” from Bayonetta, “The Sunflower Farm” from Ghost Giant, and “Thieves’ Forest” from Castle Crashers
  • Outro (feat. “Character Create”)
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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. )