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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 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”)
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Battle Bards Episode 193: Tribal Jams

May 19, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Strike up a drum, flourish a flute, and howl to the moon — it’s time to get funky with some tribal jams! In this episode of the Battle Bards, the intrepid crew enjoy a wide range of chanty, drummy, and peppy tracks from MMORPGs.

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Episode 193 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Tribal Downtime” from Elsword Online, “Exotic Marketplace” from Lineage 2, and “Hunting” from Lord of the Rings Online)
  • “Perion” from MapleStory 2
  • “The Black Hand” from Conan Exiles
  • “Scent of Memories” from Aion
  • “Roobrick and Balzare” from Glitch
  • “Raging Strings” from Aion
  • “The Federation of Windurst” from Final Fantasy XI
  • “The Wild’s Presence 3” from Guild Wars 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Quicksilver” from Super Burnout, “Norse Worship Site” from Black and White, and “Gamble” from Necrobarista
  • Outro (feat. “Celestia Tribal Theme” from Wizard101)
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Battle Bards Episode 192: Mabonogi

May 5, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Is Mabonogi a muppet, a Welsh adventure, or a Korean MMORPG? It’s certainly an odd title, but its music is worthy of the Battle Bards’ time. This week, the trio sails through the soundtrack to this anime fantasy sandbox — and gives proper attention, respect, and love to the country of Wales.

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Episode 192 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Main Theme (Piano),” “Afternoon Tea,” and “Prince of Denmark”)
  • “Sidhe Finnachaid”
  • “Merlin”
  • “Tears of Memory”
  • “Avalon Theme”
  • “Bangor”
  • “An Old Story From Grandma”
  • “Belita: Hunter at World’s End”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Danny
  • Jukebox picks: “Main Theme” from The Long Return, “Cowboystrats 3” from Railway Empire, and “Climbing” from Spirit of the North
  • Outro (feat. “Deeper and Deeper”)
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Battle Bards Episode 191: Digging Up The Past

April 21, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Today’s episode of the Battle Bards was phoned in — phoned in with 2800-baud modems from the 1990s, that is! Steff, Syl, and Syp return to the early era of graphical MMOs to see what video game music existed in that time. From the bleeps to the bombastic, this show digs deep into the past to see what is waiting to be uncovered…

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Episode 191 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Toxxulia Forest” from EverQuest, “Main Theme” from Asheron’s Call, and “Idiotic Ghost” from Lineage)
  • “The Streets of Furcadia” from Furcadia
  • “Corloth” from Meridian 59
  • “Main Theme” from AOL’s Neverwinter Nights
  • “The Dark Theme” from The 4th Coming
  • “Whispers” from Dark Eden
  • “Age of Heroes” from Dark Sun Online
  • “Ocllo” from Ultima Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Dorian
  • Jukebox picks: “Main Theme” from Ecco the Dolphin, “Forest of Secrets” from Ikenfell, and “Main Theme” from Treasure Planet
  • Outro (feat. “Tavern 1” from The Realm Online)
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Battle Bards Episode 190: Genshin Impact

March 31, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

It was the FOMO title of last fall, and now Genshin Impact is in your ears! On this episode of the Battle Bards, Syp, Steff, and the Other One explore the varied and delightfully cheerful soundtrack to this online RPG. Unless you have headphones made of live kittens, it’ll be the most adorable thing you’ll listen to all day!

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Episode 190 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Make Haste, Partner,” “Liyue Defense,” and “Dusk in Mondstadt”)
  • “Beats of Water Drops”
  • “Spring in Clouds”
  • “Bustling Afternoon of Mondstadt”
  • “Welp, Didn’t Expect That”
  • “Chasing the Torrents”
  • “Symphony of Boreal Wind” 
  • “Against All Odds”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Space Trip” from The Light Corridor, “Main Theme” from Desperados III, and “Expedition” from Epic Seven
  • Outro (feat. “Happy Journey”)