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Battle Bards Episode 208: Valheim

January 5, 2022

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Mighty Vikings and meek bards come together to sing the praises of the soundtrack to 2021’s smash hit Valheim! Syl does her best to sell us all on the game (and, perhaps occasionally, its soundtrack) as the threesome hack, slash, and plunder the score to see what spoils might be taken back to the homeland.

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Episode 208 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Moder v2,” “Mountain,” and “Yagluth”)
  • “Menu Theme”
  • “Entering Valheim”
  • “Black Forest”
  • “Meadows”
  • “Home Base”
  • “Plains”
  • “Sailing”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “In the Belly of the Beast” from Deep Rock Galactic, “Forest of Mystery” from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and “Main Theme” from Deathloop
  • Outro (feat. “Eikthyr”)
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Battle Bards Episode 207: Seeing Red

December 22, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Have you ever gotten so mad that you literally saw red? Better yet, have you ever heard the color red when you’ve listened to an MMO’s soundtrack? In this episode, the Battle Bards explore the diversity that exists within this singular blood hue. What does red sound like? Find out in this hour!

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Episode 207 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Red Broth” from Warframe, “Red Menace” from Stargate Worlds, and “Crimson Cove” from City of Heroes)
  • “Scarlet Raven” from World of Warcraft
  • “Ruby Weapon” from FFXIV
  • “The Scarlet Desert” from EverQuest
  • “Red Land” from Aion
  • “Bloody Ice” from Cabal Online
  • “Red Scar” from Ragnarok Online 2
  • “The Morning of Crimson Peak” from Blade and Soul
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Main Theme” from Red Dead Redemption, “Will of the Spirits” from Tales of Arise, and “Rain” from The 7th Guest
  • Outro (feat. “Redwood” from Aion)
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  • This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
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Battle Bards Episode 206: Warping Back to Wildstar

December 8, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

It’s been a long, long time since the Battle Bards have ventured down to the surface of Nexus — at least, as a full episode. Now, it’s time to warp back to WildStar! But after having featured this amazing soundtrack so often on the show, are there any good picks left… or just the dregs from a former civilization?

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Episode 206 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Main Theme,” “A Tropical Getaway,” and “Sea of Green”)
  • “March of the Empire”
  • “Operation Northern Wastes” 
  • “Legend of Blue Horizon” 
  • “A Very Dominion Shade’s Eve”
  • “Clear Skies”
  • “From the Ashes” 
  • “Grist for the Mill”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Friendly Necromancer
  • Jukebox Picks: “Main Theme” from Wild West World, “Main Theme” from Metroid Dread, and “Fading Twilight Battle Theme” from Dungeon Encounters
  • Outro (feat. “The Malgrave Trail”)
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Battle Bards Episode 205: Love Is In The Air

November 24, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

They might not be the most naturally romantic crew at heart, but the Battle Bards have been known to get, er, swoony when love is professed and crushes confessed. In the spirit of love and romance, Steff, Syl, and Syp explore romantic themes in MMORPG soundtracks to see if they can figure out what the heart really wants!

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Episode 205 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Lana, the Advisor” from SWTOR, “Origa, Beautiful” from Aion, “Tieve’s Theme” from Vindictus, and “Chapel of Love from EverQuest II)
  • “Endless Affection” from Rohan Online
  • “Votan Romance” from Defiance
  • “And Love You Shall Find” from FFXIV
  • “Happily Ever After” from FFXI
  • “Love Story” from RuneScape
  • “Waltz in the Forest” from Aion
  • “Romeo and Juliet” from Mabinogi
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: “FFXIV Remix Medley” by Calico, “Side-Crawler’s Dance” from Wonder Boy III (SMS), and “Main Theme” from Square-Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Outro (feat. “Valentione’s Day” FFXIV)

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This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

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Battle Bards Episode 204: New World

November 10, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

The MMORPG smash hit of 2021 is now a soundtrack of far-off lands, dangerous vistas, and bewildering secrets. To navigate this New World, the Battle Bards have disembarked onto the shores of this score to see what wonders they can pillage.

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Episode 204 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “A New World,” “Discovery,” and “Heart of Corruption”)
  • “Embark”
  • “Cutlass Keys”
  • “Everfall” 
  • “Sunset Ballad”
  • “Monarch Bluffs” 
  • “Brightwood”
  • “Homeward Bound”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from George and Minimalistway
  • Jukebox picks: “Yara Para Todos” from Far Cry 6, “Deep Thoughts” from Tales of Crestoria, and “Engineering” from System Shock 2
  • Outro (feat. “Sea of Trees”)

Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter!

Follow Battle Bards on iTunesStitcherPlayer.FMGoogle Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts!

This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

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Battle Bards Episode 203: The Music of Mobile MMOs

October 27, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

For this week’s episode, the Battle Bards turn their attention to an oft-neglected realm of MMO music — that of mobile titles. Will Steff walk into a pole while playing Pokemon Go? Will Syl instantly recognize an old musical favorite? Will Syp use the word “cacophony” at least once this hour? You’ll have to listen to find out!

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Episode 203 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Take the Lead from AdventureQuest 3D, “Diagon Alley” from Harry Potter Wizards Unite, and “Track 7” from MapleStory M)
  • “Main Theme” from Order & Chaos Online
  • “Walking” from Pokémon Go
  • “Main Theme” from Another Eden
  • “Glish” from Black Desert Mobile
  • “Royal Fight” from Mobile Royale
  • “Title Screen” from Epic 7
  • “Airship Theme” from Stella Arcana
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Friendly Necromancer
  • Jukebox picks: “Volcano” from The Flintstones SNES, “Dance of Illusions” from Castlevania Symphony of the Night, and “Into the Labyrinth” from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
  • Outro (feat. “Bad Reputation” from Hearthstone)
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Battle Bards Episode 202: Silkroad Online

October 13, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Piggybacking on a historical lifeline, Silkroad Online has enjoyed a long run in the MMORPG market. But how is its music? To find this out, the Battle Bards begin a long trek through desert and rainforest to discover the truth of Silkroad’s soundtrack.

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Episode 202 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Karakorum,” “Roc Battle,” and “Donwhang Cave”)
  • “Jangan Town”
  • “Togui Village”
  • “Constantinople Town”
  • “Samarkand”
  • “Festival Event”
  • “Alexandria/Egypt Field Delta”
  • “Jupiter Temple”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Bullwraith
  • Jukebox picks: “The Finest Scenery” from Behind the Frame, “Security Breach” from Angry Video Game Nerd II, and “Befriending Spirits” from Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Outro (feat. “Hotan Kingdom”)