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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 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. )
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Battle Bards Episode 161: Dragon Quest X

January 29, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

While Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV is enjoying rousing success here in the west, its other MMO — Dragon Quest X — never made it across the Pacific. Today, the Battle Bards assemble to examine the soundtrack to this overlooked fantasy game and see how it holds up by itself and in comparison to the Dragon Quest franchise.

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Episode 161 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Bright Horizons,” “Soprano of Blue,” and “The Race of Water”)
  • “Overture”
  • “The Heavens” 
  • “Good Night Villagers”
  • “Town Music”
  • “Melody of the Blade”
  • “Casino”
  • “Exploring the Hills”
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes from Druidsfire, Bill Champagne, Katriana, and Wolfy
  • Jukebox Picks: “Endless World” from Dragon Quest II, “Main Theme” from Toonstruck, and “Edge Water” from The Outer Worlds
  • Outro (feat. “Comedic Fight”)
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Battle Bards Episode 159: Black Desert Revisited

January 1, 2020

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

It’s a return to a soundtrack that, over the past couple of years, experienced a lavish remastry. This week, the Battle Bards explore the wild notes of Black Desert, a soundtrack that relishes its situational and ambient tracks. It might not be the most memorable score, but enjoyable? Yes, we’d advocate that. Also, Steff finally snaps and tells her co-hosts off. Draaaaamaaaaa!

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Episode 159 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Florin,” “The Capital City,” and “Glish”)
  • “Serendia”
  • “Valtarra Mountains”
  • “Treant Forest”
  • “Northern Wheat Plantation”
  • “Acher Western Camp”
  • “Behr Theme”
  • “Terrmian Waterpark”
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: George Wilson III
  • Jukebox Picks: “Main Theme” from Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, “Magical Merrymaking” from Wizard of Legend, and “Monolith” from Cloudbuilt
  • Outro (feat. “Hidel City”)
  • Stinger: The superiority of the Swiss
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Battle Bards 157: Chronicles of Spellborn

November 27, 2019

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

An odd, offbeat, and short-lived MMO, Chronicles of Spellborn hardly registered on most of the gaming community’s consciousness. However, this fantasy title has not escaped the attention of the Battle Bards, especially with Assassin Creed’s Jesper Kyd composing most of the score. It’s a strange score, with plenty of otherworldly tunes, but just perfect for this team to tackle!

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Episode 157 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Main Theme,” “Lullaby,” and “Palace at Night”)
  • “Armada Combat”
  • “Stonedeep”
  • “Aldenvault”
  • “Silent Child”
  • “Gleaming Cauldron Tavern”
  • “Fountain”
  • “Traitor’s Rest Tavern”
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: “Afterimage” from Einhänder, “Main Theme” from Yonder, and “Colored Engine” from FAR: Lone Sails
  • Outro (feat. “Housing”)
  • Stinger: Battle Bards’ t-shirt store
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Battle Bards Episode 155: FFXIV – Shadowbringers

October 30, 2019

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Welcome to the “Cursed Episode” of Battle Bards, where you’ll be risking bad luck and poor RNG rolls just by hearing it! But it is totally worth it, because this week the trio is tackling the astounding Shadowbringers soundtrack and it’s impressive addition to the FFXIV music library. Also, if you listen very, very carefully, a certain “la-HEE” might make a cameo!

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Episode 155 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Prologue,” “Amaro Mount Theme,” and “Figments”)
  • “The Source”
  • “Civilizations”
  • “Kholusia Night”
  • “The Dark Which Illuminates the World”
  • “Vamo’ alla Flamenco”
  • “Unwound”
  • “Insatiable”
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Zinn and Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: “Hear Our Call” from Ancestor’s Legacy, “Gateway Galaxy” from Super Mario Galaxy, and “Menu (Ramp Mix)” from Tron Run_r
  • Outro (feat. “Hades Theme”)
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Battle Bards Episode 153: Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset

September 18, 2019

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Gryphons, Elves, and gobs and gobs of singing people — that’s Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset for ya! The Battle Bards return to Tamriel to rate and review the second expansion soundtrack from ESO. Aside from practically non-stop choral contributions, the Bards quite enjoy this trip to a high fantasy land full of wonder and power.

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Episode 153 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Even Paradise Has Shadows,”  “Here Be Wonders,” and “Interlude”)
  • “From the Abysses Below and Beyond”
  • “Past Defines Future”
  • “Gryphons Soar in the Sun”
  • “Dusk Song of the High Elves”
  • “Sun-Blessed Alinor”
  • “Masque of Reveries”
  • “Three Hearts Afire”
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener notes: Castegere and Bhagpuss
  • Jukebox Picks: “Main Theme” from Gears of War 5, “Outer Wilds” from Outer Wilds, and “The Wind Sings of a Journey” from Legend of Mana
  • Outro (feat. “The Lullaby of Praxis”)
  • Stinger: