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Battle Bards Episode 57: Blade & Soul

August 25, 2015

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Syl finally realizes a long-held dream to cover Blade & Soul on Battle Bards. Truly, this is the highlight of her life, the apex of her existence, and the sunshine beams through her kitchen window. It’s pretty groovy for the rest of the bards, too, as the threesome enjoy this Asian soundtrack and vie for their favorite picks.

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Blade and Soul

Episode 57 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” and “Cheerful Festival”)
  • “Silverfrost Mountain/Main Theme”
  • “Little Shepherd”
  • “Boss Gorilla”
  • “Black Pirates”
  • “Shadow in the Sunset”
  • “Kun Theme/Character Creation”
  • “The Pot Thief”
  • What one did we like best?
  • Mail from Rory: Taylor Davis
  • Jukebox: Destiny (“Excerpt from Hope”), The Sims (“Verisimilitude”), SWTOR II (“The Final Battle”)
  • Outro (featuring “Fly Into the Sky”)
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Battle Bards Episode 56: Main Themes II

August 4, 2015

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is up!

Fifty-five shows later and the Battle Bards are returning to the topic of main themes! That’s right, it’s an episode about nothing but MMO themes, from the loud and brash to the quiet and sublime. There’s some new, some old, and some not even released yet — so chances are you’ll find something here to love!

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Episode 56 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Main Theme” from Darkfall and “Main Theme” from LEGO Universe)
  • “Original Main Theme” from City of Heroes
  • “Login Theme” from ArcheAge
  • “Kariela’s Song” from Shroud of the Avatar
  • “LOTRO Legacy” from Lord of the Rings Online
  • “Login Theme 2” from Firefall
  • “Main Theme” from Landmark
  • “Rise of a Hero” from Dragon’s Prophet
  • What one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: Ni No Kuni (Wrath of the White Witch), Dragon Age Inquisition, Ragnarok Online 1 & 2
  • Outro (featuring “Legends of Azeroth” from World of Warcraft)
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Battle Bards Episode 55: Star Wars The Old Republic

July 21, 2015

Battle Bards

A new episode of Battle Bards is out!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, three Battle Bards decided to give Star Wars: The Old Republic its own show (finally). While we’ve talked about SWTOR many times before on the podcast, this week we’ll go full-on space opera with our look into what made this soundtrack both memorable and maddening!

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SWTOR

Episode 55 show notes
  • Intro (featuring “Star Wars Main Theme” and “Peace, the Jedi Consular”)
  • “Main Theme (Clash of Destiny)”
  • “Shapa Keesay (Shape-Shifter)”
  • “Romance”
  • “Tatooine, the Desert Sands”
  • “The Occupation of Balmorra”
  • “Revan’s Theme”
  • “Bravado, the Smuggler”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: The Witcher 3, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, Dragon Quest X
  • Outro (featuring “Yesterday’s Jawa”)
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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

Battle Bards

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

Battle Bards

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

Battle Bards

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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