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Battle Bards Episode 54: Winter Is Coming!

June 30, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

*Checks outside* Well, it might be the middle of the summer in the northern hemisphere, but it’s never too early to start getting ready for the cold! On this episode of Battle Bards, the crew takes on the theme of bitter, desolate, and beautiful winter soundscapes from a wide range of MMO scores. Winter is, after all, coming. Let’s prepare!

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Hoth

Episode 54 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Snowcloak” from Final Fantasy XIV and “Winter Theme” from Allods Online)
  • “Sillus Mountains” from Aion
  • “Wintertusk Hrundle Fjord” from Wizard101
  • “Iron Pine Peak” from RIFT
  • “Winterspring (Cataclysm)” from World of Warcraft
  • “Iceclad Ocean” from EverQuest 2
  • “Hoth, the Frozen Wastes” from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • “The Shiverpeaks” from Guild Wars 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Outro (featuring “Dazzling Snow” from Ragnarok Online)
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Battle Bards Episode 48: Back To The 90s (…And Also Back To This Blog!)

March 31, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

I know, I know, it seems I’ve missed a few Battle Bards updates here. Not to mention I’ve not had any other new content here for months. Our family welcomed a new baby at the end of January and things have been pretty busy since. Between taking care of a newborn plus my rambunctious three-year-old, along with my book reviews and other stuff I have to take care of around the place, I’ve been too busy to do much gaming and blogging about it, and so the posts here have kind of dried up.

Can’t promise anything, but I do hope to be more active on here again once things calm down.

But anyway, back to the Battle Bards episode. I’ve been taking a break from the show due to the arrival of our little one, but Syp and Syl and the show guests have been doing great! Fear not though, I will be back to the doing Battle Bards shows again soon.

This week’s episode is Back to the 90s! Did you know that the Battle Bards have a time machine? Well they do, and this week they’re setting it all the way back to the 1990s! With the help of guest host Scott (Ramblings of a MMO Gamer Guy), the crew examines music from an oft-overlooked era of MMO gaming (and soundtracks). Just because it’s older doesn’t mean it’s ancient!

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Episode 48 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” from Neverwinter Nights AOL and “Excalibur” from Asheron’s Call)
  • “Bard Guild” from EverQuest
  • “Dungeon” from The Realm Online
  • “Minoc” from Ultima Online
  • “Main Theme” from Nexus
  • “Neriak” from EverQuest
  • “Main Theme” from Meridian 59
  • “Nebula” from Rubies of Eventide
  • What did we like the best?
  • Mail From Tadamichi (Quiet Life and In Memories)
  • Outro (featuring “Age of Heroes” from Dark Sun Online)

 

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Battle Bards Episode 43: Picks For Our Co-Hosts

January 20, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

This week is an… unusual episode for the Battle Bards, but a fun one nonetheless!  The challenge was sent out for each of the bards to pick one song apiece for his or her co-hosts.  Will they like them?  What do these picks say about how the bards see each other?  Will there be a throw-down before all is said and done?  Find out!

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Episode 43 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Air Stream” from Myst Online, “Continuum Alpha” from Neocron, and “Honesty to Oneself” from Ultima Forever)
  • From Steff to Syp: “Shinies” from WildStar
  • From Syl to Steff: “Cheerful Festival” from Blade & Soul
  • From Syp to Steff: “Elven Dhalia” from RuneScape
  • From Steff to Syl: “Main Theme” from Monarch
  • From Syl to Syp: “A Pinch of Madness” from WildStar
  • From Syp to Syl: “Protector’s Enclave” from Neverwinter
  • Were there any surprises?
  • Mail from Plato Aly
  • Outro (“What does the Lopp say?”)

 

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Battle Bards Episode 42: Runescape

January 6, 2015

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Talk about a challenge!  How do you pick a handful of tracks to represent a game that’s been around for so long that it has over 1,000 pieces of original music in it?  Fortunately, your intrepid Battle Bards Syp, Syl and I are up to the challenge as we tackle RuneScape, that free-to-play game that probably deserves more respect than it gets.

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Runescape
Episode 42 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Theme B” and “Royale”)
  • “Dune”
  • “Breeze”
  • “The Reaper’s House”
  • “Honky Tonk Medieval”
  • “Barking Mad”
  • “Supreme Champions”
  • What did we like?
  • Mail from Adrien
  • Mail from Thoroughmas (and the video link he mentioned)
  • Speakpipe from Scott
  • Outro
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Battle Bards Episode 41: Post-Apocalyptic

December 23, 2014

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

It’s the end of the world as we know it — but it’s the beginning of the music revolution as we hear it!  In this episode, the Battle Bards don their best Mad Max costumes and tackle MMO music that comes straight from the many apocalypses that game designers have imagined.  Surprising enough, it’s not that bleak!

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Episode 41 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Trailer Music” from Myst Online and “Karakorum” from Auto Assault)
  • “Ninety-Niners” from Defiance
  • “The Traveler” from Destiny
  • “Renewal” from Fallen Earth
  • “The Survivors Trailer Music” from DayZ
  • “Blood King Commander” from Firefall
  • “Fallen Kings” from Asheron’s Call 2
  • “Last Call” from Fallen Earth
  • Which track did we like the best?
  • Mail from Romeorites
  • Mail from Armagon
  • Outro

 

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Battle Bards Episode 40: Wildstar Redux

December 2, 2014

Battle BardsA new episode of Battle Bards is up!

While Syp, Syl and I did a Wildstar episode back in show #6, we felt as though we didn’t do that soundtrack justice (not the least of which was the fact that we didn’t have access to the full OST yet!).  Now that the Bards have listened to almost 200 WildStar tracks, it’s time to pull their favorites and discuss this wild, zany musical romp!

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Wildstar

Episode 40 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” and “A Golden Field”)
  • “The Weave”
  • “Protostar Theme”
  • “The Awakening”
  • “Bandits, Thieves, and Epic Loot”
  • “Smooth”
  • “This is Our Song”
  • “Genesis to Revelations”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Shay
  • Outro (“BEER!”)
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Battle Bards Episode 39: Jigs and Shanties

November 18, 2014

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A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

It’s going to be impossible to keep from tapping your toes during this one. This week, Syp, Syl and I bust out all manner of lively jigs and shanties for the enjoyment of all, and even their past feuds are set aside to dosey-do in front of the tavern fireplace.  We also tick off accordion players across the globe.

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Sea shanty

Episode 39 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Caribbean Port” from Pirates of the Burning Sea and “Player Owned Ports Ahoy!” from RuneScape)
  • “Sea Shanty 2″ from RuneScape
  • “Seaside” from Free Realms
  • “Cool Ranch Tavern Theme” from Pirate101
  • “Bash the Dragon” from Guild Wars 2
  • “Rum” from Monarch: Heroes of a New Age
  • “Tavernenlied” from Drakensang
  • “Pirate 3″ from DDO
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail from Cindy
  • Outro (“A Tavern Far Away” from DDO)
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