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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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Battle Bards Episode 41: Post-Apocalyptic

December 23, 2014

Battle Bards

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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The Big DING! Warlords Edition

November 21, 2014

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It took some of my guildies a little less than 24 hours, and a lot more of my friends aren’t even anywhere close, but for me it took about eight days. Last night, a week after the release of World of Warcraft’s newest expansion Warlords of Draenor, I hit the new level cap of 100.

I have to say, the experience just keeps piling on in this expac. My husband and I weren’t pushing hard towards 100 by any means, mostly keeping to our regular gaming schedule and only playing a couple hours in the evenings, a bit more on the weekends.

Not to mention, I kept getting distracted from questing by about a million other things — treasure hunting, collecting and battling companion pets, archaeology…and most of all, I got constantly waylaid in my leveling by my Garrison. Every half hour or so I’d be hearthing back to my base to set up new missions, check in on progress and status of my buildings,  start new work orders, etc. It’s bloody ADDICTIVE.

It’s actually a wonder I made it to the new cap in only about a week.

Obviously there’s so much to do in WoD. Even though I’ve achieved level 100, I know I’ve only scratched the surface. I’m happy about a lot of the new content and while my overall impressions are positive, it’s still probably too soon for me to do any in depth write-up. The expansion has been keeping me quite busy though, and that’s good thing (though not for all the other stuff I have to do this month)!

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Battle Bards Episode 39: Jigs and Shanties

November 18, 2014

Battle Bards

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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The Secret World: The Belated Halloween Event

November 4, 2014

The Secret World Halloween update that was supposed to have gone live on October 20 didn’t happen. It didn’t happen the week after either. It finally dropped, the day before Halloween or thereabouts, and I didn’t get the chance to check it out until last night’s session of TSW Monday, along with Tententacles, Syp and Winin, who has recently come back to the game and is checking out the Meowling cat quest from previous years.

The new quest for this year is The Broadcast, given to us by NPC Dave Screed the conspiracy theorist and weird magazine editor in NYC. Needless to say I won’t be revealing any specific/spoilerific details here, but there will be images galore to tease the content. It’s a pretty fun one, and if you like “haunted house” themes in games, you should definitely play the mission for yourself to see what the folks at Funcom have come up with. It’s pretty spooky!

sepia

The good old “ghostly figure in an old sepia photograph” effect.

eyes

Eek! The eyes, they’re everywhere!

around the corner

Who is that figure standing there just around the corner?

mission boss fight

The mission boss fight.

thriller

Post-quest celebration: getting our Thriller on!

Though, Chucho’s (center) outfit might possibly be the scariest thing I saw last night.

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