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Battle Bards Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

June 1, 2022

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

The END(walker) of Final Fantasy XIV came, went, and brought us some excellent music along the way! In this episode of the Battle Bards, Syl and Syp joust back and forth over the tunes from FFXIV’s latest expansion. Is it an acquired taste or an instant hit? Let them be the judge!


Episode 213 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Opening Cinematic,” “Welcome to Our Town,” and “Black Steel, Cold Embers”)
  • “Vibrant Voices”
  • “The Nautilus Knoweth”
  • “On Blade’s Edge”
  • “The Day Will Come”
  • “Spoken Without End”
  • “Festival of the Hunt”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Welcome to Wonder Labyrinth” from Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth and “Elm St.” from Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Outro (feat. “In the Balance”)

Battle Bards Episode 198: Final Fantasy XI Expansions

July 28, 2021

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Return with us to the lands of Vana’diel, as the Battle Bards dip into the ocean of Final Fantasy XI expansion music. While Syl might be chiding Syp over his inappropriate attire, at least these amazing tunes can overcome all hostility!


Episode 198 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Where It All Begins,” “Vana’diel March #4,” and “Echoes of a Zephyr”)
  • “Kazham”
  • “Breaking Ground”
  • “The Cosmic Wheel
  • “Autumn Footfalls”
  • “Bustle of the Capital”
  • “Unity”
  • “The Sanctuary of Zi’Tah”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Branden
  • Jukebox picks: “The Town of Luncheon” from Chicory, “Sarah’s Song” from Tyrion, and “Dolphin Surf” from Tetris Effect
  • Outro (feat. “The Pioneers”)

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?


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”)

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!


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”)

Battle Bards Episode 69: Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward

February 23, 2016

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

The Battle Bards are taking an airship back to Eorzea to cover the soundtrack to the first expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, Heavensward. How does the expansion’s score stack up to the original? How does it connect to Final Fantasies of the past? And will Syl spoil the plot for Syp? So many questions… so many mini-rants. It’s a great show!



Episode 69 show notes
  • Intro (feat. “Main Menu Theme” and “Alexander Boss Theme”)
  • “Ishgard Pillars Day”
  • “Heroic Moments Theme”
  • “Aetherochemical Research Facility Theme”
  • “Fractal Continuum Theme”
  • “Matoya’s Cave”
  • “Idyllshire Night Theme”
  • “Ravana”
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Mail from WS_Dandelion about Dawngate
  • Jukebox (feat. “Oakvale” from Fable 2, “Stage One” from XCOM 2, and “A Place to Call Home” from FFIX)
  • Outro (feat. “Pharos Sirius Hard Mode Theme”)

Battle Bards Episode 2

April 23, 2013

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The Battle Bards are back with another episode of the one and only podcast dedicated to the love MMO music!

This week, the theme is Final Fantasy XI. Once again, we’re down one Dodge, but Syp, Syl and myself are here to feature and talk about the music from this MMO, arguably one of the most beautiful and diverse soundtracks in the world of video gaming.

I’m excited to announce that episode 2 is up and ready to go! Happy listening!



The Game Plan

July 21, 2010

My whole life, I’ve never had a desktop computer to call my own. I got my first PC at 17, a Sony laptop that was to go away with me across the ocean when I went to college. Then with the switching of residences, going to grad school, moving around the city in general, I figured buying laptops just made sense for someone like me with my nomadic life. But now that I’ve finally settled down, I thought maybe investing in a  good desktop may be in order, so I can finally enjoy the luxuries of having a nice big screen, and more importantly, be able to do my graphics work on a computer without worrying about it scorching the skin off my legs.

It’s not going to be all about work, obviously; I also made sure the new machine will be a decent gaming rig. The parts won’t be here for a while yet, but I’m already looking forward to setting it up and have been thinking about what MMOs I’ll be putting on it and also my gaming plans for the rest of 2010. World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings Online, the two games on my “Currently Playing” list, will definitely get installed, but then so might these:

1. Star Trek Online

I  chose to sign up for my Twitter account right around the time the Season 2 Update started on the test server Tribble, so everyday I’ve been inundated with tweets from my fellow bloggers about how great it is. New additions to the game include diplomacy, mini-games, a level cap increase, and much more — it’s enough to bring me back to the game and I think I’m going to reactivate my subscription as soon as the update goes live on Holodeck…or maybe even sooner. It’ll make more sense to give myself some time to re-familiarize with the game controls, lest I get blown to bits by the Undine the first time I venture into their native fluidic space.

Seeing as STO is my perfect casual game, unless there will be a whole slew of new content available, I’ll probably only maintain an active account for a month or two and take a break from it again come fall.

By the way, is the Federation News Service fleet still there? Please say it is so.

2. Age of Conan

I haven’t been playing  this game lately, mostly because of the number of technical problems I’ve encountered with the new Rise of the Godslayer expansion. Most of the issues are Funcom’s, but admittedly, some are mine. I had no problems playing my lower level characters, but memory leaks caused the client to crash to desktop as soon as my level 80 Priest of Mitra entered the new Khitai lands. Much of the expansion’s new features are tied up in the post-level cap content, so everything I had wanted to do, like explore the Alternate Advancement system or grind reputation with the new factions to get my Tiger or Wolf mount/pet, had to be put on hold.

Raids were also out of the question. My poor gaming laptop, which is a few years old, can run this game smoothly when I’m playing solo or in a six-man team, but big groups made my frame rates plummet. And when you’re the healer, that’s always bad news. I’m hoping the new computer will alleviate a lot of these problems, and that I’ll finally get to do all that I’d ever wanted in AoC. Now that I think about it, I might even have racked up enough offline levels by now to give to my Bear Shaman to make her my second level 80.

3. Final Fantasy XIV

Another game with beautiful graphics that I’m hoping the new computer will run more smoothly. To be honest, I was quite shocked to hear that FFXIV will be coming out this year, at the end of September, no less. I’ll probably end up giving this a try this fall, even though I haven’t really been buying into the hype. I’ve never been a rabid FF fan, never played FFXI, but I’m still quite interested in this, at least enough to keep a distant eye on the news coming out. This can either be a hit or miss for me, I really can’t tell yet.

4. DC Universe Online

If and only if FFXIV doesn’t work out, I’ll most likely be giving DCUO a look come winter. I like the DC universe okay, nowhere near as much as I love Marvel, but some of my all-time favorite comic book characters belong to DC (like Harley Quinn) and I know the heroes, the villains and the stories well enough to make me ooh and ahh over what I’ve seen so far. Looks like it’s been slated for a November release, but I might give it a month or so to see what others are saying about it before I take the plunge for myself (if it comes to that). By then, LOTRO should also have gone F2P, so I won’t have to juggle more than 2-3 subscriptions.