Battle Bards

de Justin Olivetti

Episodios

Battle Bards Episode 196: Project Gorgon

por Justin Olivetti

This time around, the Battle Bards cruise into the indie MMO known as "Project Gorgon" to see what musical landscape is being concocted in this usual realm. From dark dungeon crawls to dusty deserts, it's a trip around a world of fantasy, mystery, and deliberate old school musical cues!

Episode 196 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Fae Forest," "SunVale," and "The Spider Crypt")
  • "Overture Theme"
  • "Quiet Countryside"
  • "Eltibule"
  • "Delving for Forgotten Secrets"
  • "Rakshasa City"
  • "Anagoge Magical Island"
  • "The Deep Desert" 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Mark
  • Jukebox picks: "Galaxy Map" from Mass Effect, "Main Theme" from Ratchet and Clank, and "Lich is Unbreakable" from Loop Hero
  • Outro (feat. "Bard Music")

Battle Bards Episode 195: In the mountains

por Justin Olivetti

Attempting to summit the very best of MMO music, the Battle Bards head up, up, up into the mountains with this episode! What musical motifs do the ranges hold in online games? The crew of Steff, Syl, and Syp are going to try to find out -- if the yeti doesn't eat them first!

Episode 195 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Berg" from Drakensang Online, "Snowhorn" from Runes of Magic, and "Mountains" from Valheim)
  • "Interdica High Mountain" from Aion
  • "Wind-Washed Mountains" from Genshin Impact 
  • "The Vista from Mount Crom" from Age of Conan 
  • "Steamfront Mountains" from EverQuest 2 
  • "Mountains of Past Times" from Elsword Online 
  • "Sunqua Peak" from Guild Wars 2
  • "The Mountains of Night" from Age of Conan 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Welcome to the Academy" from The Slormaster, "Frontier Music" from The Trail, and "A Big Adventure" from Sackboy
  • Outro (feat. "Cold Mountain Duet" from World of Warcraft)

Battle Bards Episode 194: No Man's Sky

por Justin Olivetti

No Man's Sky is a Cinderella story, a turnaround from a project that failed on its promises to exceeding them. But what about its soundtrack? In this episode, the Battle Bards examine this "experimental" score and grapple with how it fits with space exploration theme.

Episode 194 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "I've Seen Things," "Blueprint for a Slow Machine," and "Escaping the Dark Side")
  • "Heliosphere"
  • "Outlier"
  • "The Lost Traveler"
  • "Asimov"
  • "The Journey"
  • "World of Wonders"
  • "Escape Velocity"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Outriders, "The Last Artificer" from In Other Waters, and "Track 2" from Bomb Jack
  • Outro (feat. "The Sacrifice")

Battle Bards Episode 193: Tribal jams

por Justin Olivetti

Strike up a drum, flourish a flute, and howl to the moon -- it's time to get funky with some tribal jams! In this episode of the Battle Bards, the intrepid crew enjoy a wide range of chanty, drummy, and peppy tracks from MMORPGs.

Episode 193 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Tribal Downtime" from Elsword Online, "Exotic Marketplace" from Lineage 2, and "Hunting" from Lord of the Rings Online)
  • "Perion" from MapleStory 2 
  • "The Black Hand" from Conan Exiles
  • "Scent of Memories" from Aion
  • "Roobrick and Balzare" from Glitch
  • "Raging Strings" from Aion
  • "The Federation of Windurst" from Final Fantasy XI 
  • "The Wild's Presence 3" from Guild Wars 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Quicksilver" from Super Burnout, "Norse Worship Site" from Black and White, and "Gamble" from Necrobarista
  • Outro (feat. "Celestia Tribal Theme" from Wizard101)

Battle Bards Episode 192: Mabinogi

por Justin Olivetti

Is Mabonogi a muppet, a Welsh adventure, or a Korean MMORPG? It's certainly an odd title, but its music is worthy of the Battle Bards' time. This week, the trio sails through the soundtrack to this anime fantasy sandbox -- and gives proper attention, respect, and love to the country of Wales.

Episode 192 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme (Piano)," "Afternoon Tea," and "Prince of Denmark")
  • "Sidhe Finnachaid"
  • "Merlin"
  • "Tears of Memory"
  • "Avalon Theme"
  • "Bangor"
  • "An Old Story From Grandma"
  • "Belita: Hunter at World's End"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Danny
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from The Long Return, "Cowboystrats 3" from Railway Empire, and "Climbing" from Spirit of the North
  • Outro (feat. "Deeper and Deeper")

Battle Bards Episode 191: Digging up the past

por Justin Olivetti

Today's episode of the Battle Bards was phoned in -- phoned in with 2800-baud modems from the 1990s, that is! Steff, Syl, and Syp return to the early era of graphical MMOs to see what video game music existed in that time. From the bleeps to the bombastic, this show digs deep into the past to see what is waiting to be uncovered...

Episode 191 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Toxxulia Forest" from EverQuest, "Main Theme" from Asheron's Call, and "Idiotic Ghost" from Lineage)
  • "The Streets of Furcadia" from Furcadia
  • "Corloth" from Meridian 59
  • "Main Theme" from AOL's Neverwinter Nights
  • "The Dark Theme" from The 4th Coming
  • "Whispers" from Dark Eden
  • "Age of Heroes" from Dark Sun Online
  • "Ocllo" from Ultima Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Dorian
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Ecco the Dolphin, "Forest of Secrets" from Ikenfell, and "Main Theme" from Treasure Planet
  • Outro (feat. "Tavern 1" from The Realm Online)

Battle Bards Episode 190: Genshin Impact

por Justin Olivetti

It was the FOMO title of last fall, and now Genshin Impact is in your ears! On this episode of the Battle Bards, Syp, Steff, and the Other One explore the varied and delightfully cheerful soundtrack to this online RPG. Unless you have headphones made of live kittens, it'll be the most adorable thing you'll listen to all day!

Episode 190 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Make Haste, Partner," "Liyue Defense," and "Dusk in Mondstadt")
  • "Beats of Water Drops"
  • "Spring in Clouds"
  • "Bustling Afternoon of Mondstadt"
  • "Welp, Didn't Expect That"
  • "Chasing the Torrents"
  • "Symphony of Boreal Wind" 
  • "Against All Odds"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Space Trip" from The Light Corridor, "Main Theme" from Desperados III, and "Expedition" from Epic Seven
  • Outro (feat. "Happy Journey")

Battle Bards Episode 189: Spooky and Magical 3

por Justin Olivetti

Is that a chill creeping down your spine? Did your ears just perk up at the hint of fae music in the trees? Is Tinkerbell blasting you with a cannon full of musical confetti? Then you must be in a good place to listen to some more spooky and magical music from MMORPGs with the Battle Bards!

Episode 189 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Emerald Labyrinth" from FFXIV, "Wizard City Tower Golem" from Wizard101, and "Jawaii Town" from Ragnarok Online 2)
  • "Enraptured" from Final Fantasy XIV 
  • "Uralia" from Glitch
  • "The Lullaby of Praxis" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "A Very Exile Shade's Eve" from WildStar
  • "Bow and Jubilate" from Runes of Magic
  • "Floating Whispering" from Aion 
  • "Bloody Moon Melody" from Black Desert 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Valheim Composer Patrik Jarlestam and Pheeb Hello
  • Jukebox picks: "The Cemetery" from Pumpkin Jack, "Dungeon" from Sword of Vermillion, and "Rain" from Call of the Sea
  • Outro (feat. "The Fortune Teller" from Star Stable)

Battle Bards Episode 188: World of Warcraft Shadowlands

por Justin Olivetti

While the Battle Bards tend to agree that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands isn't as strong of an expansion soundtrack compared to the last few, it's still WoW, and it still has some gems worth uncovering. Join Syl, Steff, and Syp as they journey into the afterlife and see what the freshly dead listen to in their eternities!

Episode 188 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Bastion Kyrian," "Ardenweald Nocturne Mischief," and "Revendreth Decadence")
  • "Through the Roof of the World"
  • "Oribos the Eternal City"
  • "Only Human"
  • "Ember Court Band"
  • "Revendreth Venthyr"
  • "Ardenweald Nocturne Melancholy Dream"
  • "Bastion Steward Hoot 'n' Doot"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Michał Korniewicz
  • Jukebox picks: "Login Theme" from World of Warcraft, "Celebration" from Greedfall, and "Testing the Passionate Bonds" from Tales of Zesteria
  • Outro (feat. "Death is a Battlefield")

Battle Bards Episode 187: Sewers and swamps

por Justin Olivetti

Oh yeah, this is destined to be our most-downloaded show ever, because the Battle Bards are bringing the THRILLS of sewer systems and the EXCITEMENT of swamps right to your eardrums! Decaying organic matter and waste disposal are always fun times in the music department! Syp, Steff, and Syl comb through their MMO soundtrack archives to see what intriguing specimens they could pull out. It's gonna be gross, people.

Episode 186 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Freeport Sewers" from EverQuest II, "Marsh of Peril" from Vanguard, and "Swamp of Silence" from Aion)
  • "Dalaran Sewers" from World of Warcraft
  • "Purple Lotus Swamp" from Age of Conan
  • "Wetlands" from World of Warcraft
  • "Swamplands" from EverQuest Online Adventures 
  • "Battle in the Swamp" from Star Wars: The Old Republic 
  • "Swamp of No Hope" from EverQuest II 
  • "Empyrea Zanadu Sewers" from Wizard101
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Landing Zone" from Chex Quest, "Bastion" from Spellforce 3, and "Day 10" from Viva Pinata
  • Outro (feat. "Swamp" from The 4th Coming)

Battle Bards Episode 186: Lineage

por Justin Olivetti

While Lineage II is one of the absolute favorite soundtracks of the Battle Bards, the first game in this series has been shamefully overlooked on the show. No longer! In today's episode, Syl, Steff, and Syp dig into this rather lovely and expressive score for an MMO that's been around longer than some of their listeners have been alive. From the sappy to the sublime, Lineage has more than a few surprises in store for the adventurous listener!

Episode 186 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "The Fog of Dawnlight," "Before Sunset," and "Town Market Stargaze")
  • "Against Odds"
  • "Phantasmal Island" 
  • "Across the Sea"
  • "Eternally"
  • "The Adventure of Racoon" 
  • "Take a Rest Here"
  • "Waltz on the Cloud"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from R. Ellen Ferare
  • Jukebox picks: "Learn Step Turn" from Creaks, "Quicksilver" from Super Burnout, and "Main Theme" to Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Outro (feat. "Singing of Shepherd")

Battle Bards Episode 185: Taking Flight

por Justin Olivetti

Flying has always been both beloved and controversial in MMORPGs, but no matter what your stance on it, at least you can agree that when you slip the surly bonds of earth, you need an amazing soundtrack for that moment. Thankfully, captain Steff, co-pilot Syl, and navigator Syp are here to point out some of the best flying-themed tunes found in online games. So raise your tray tables to their locked position, because this episode's about to take off!

Episode 185 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. “Boundless” from Final Fantasy XIV, "Skybound" from Entropia Universe, and "Gryphons Soar in the Sun" from Elder Scrolls Online)
  • "Main Theme" from World of Warplanes
  • "Eagle Flight" from Guild Wars 2
  • "A Glorious Flight" from War Thunder
  • "Adventure" from Guns of Icarus
  • "Fly into the Sky" from Blade and Soul
  • "Flying Sky" from Trove
  • "Flying" from Flyff
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Bullwraith
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Star Wars Squadrons, "Menu Theme" from Medieval Dynasty, and "Salutations" from Subnautica
  • Outro (feat. )

Battle Bards Episode 184: MapleStory 2

por Justin Olivetti

Nexon's late, doomed MapleStory 2 gets a resurrection of sorts, as the Battle Bards salvage the soundtrack and deliver it, shining and sparkly, to you. It's a surprisingly good score with lots of interesting themes, and as such, Steff, Syl, and Syp are excited to talk about it. So rest in peace, MapleStory 2, we think you left behind a delightful musical legacy.

Episode 184 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Rune Blader Cave," "Black Star," and "Ice Age Field")
  • "Knight Theme"
  • "Perion Field 1"
  • "Tria"
  • "Dream"
  • "Dungeon"
  • "Lapenta"
  • "Historic Desert"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Flying in the Sky" from Super Robot Wars F, "Rey's Theme" from Sims 4: Journey to Batuu, and "Volcano" from Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • Outro (feat. "Wizard Theme")

Battle Bards Episode 183: Theme parks

por Justin Olivetti

This episode is your ticket to the greatest amusement park experience known to gamers! With cotton candy and ride tickets in hand, the Battle Bards rush into the gates of their favorite theme parks -- and theme parks WITHIN theme park MMOs! So what do amusement parks sound like in online roleplaying games? Find out in this fantastic spectacle of an episode!

Episode 183 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Shopping Arcade 1" from MapleStory 2, "Nar Shadda" from SWTOR, and "Dream Carnival" from Hello Kitty Online)
  • "Themepark Overture" from Lineage 2
  • "Mudskipper Calliope" from RuneScape
  • "Darkmoon Faire Hero" from World of Warcraft
  • "Fantastic Theme Park" from MapleStory 
  • "Blizzard World" from Overwatch
  • "Carnival of Death" from The Secret World
  • "Gold Saucer" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "A Sit By the Water" from A Monster's Expedition, "Forest" from The Smurfs (NES), and 
  • Outro (feat. "Fairie Funland Trailer Theme" from Revelation Online)

Battle Bards Episode 182: Last Oasis

por Justin Olivetti

What does the apocalypse sound like? That's the burning question, so to speak, that the Battle Bards are investigating this week as they dive into the soundtrack to Last Oasis. Michał Korniewicz's unique score is a haunting experience that must be heard to be believed. But at the end of it all, will it be enough to endure?

Episode 182 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Seven Pieces of the Moon," "Before the Reckoning," and "Against All Odds")
  • "Beast from Beneath" 
  • "Growth"
  • "Woodpunk"
  • "The Old Ways"
  • "The Flotillans"
  • "Big Red"
  • "Chase the Bard"
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Listener notes from Mika, Minimalistway, and Bullwraith
  • Jukebox picks: "Out of the North" from Assassin's Creed Valhalla, "Main Theme Part 3" from Baldur's Gate 3, and "Super Sonic" from Sonic Mania
  • Outro (feat. )

Battle Bards Episode 181: Around the world

por Justin Olivetti

Stuck at home? Denied a vacation this year? The Battle Bards are here to help! In seven songs, the cross-continental crew travel all around the world with one pick per continent. Can MMORPGs take us on across the globe with their music alone? Indeed they can!

Episode 181 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "American Sea" from Uncharted Waters Online, "Mission Mayan 1" from Pirates of the Burning Sea, and "Four Corners" from A Tale in the Desert)
  • Australia: "Untamed Outback" from Elsword Online
  • North America: "Main Theme" from Outlaws of the Old West 
  • Europe: "Eulmore 1" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • South America: "Mayan Lobby Theme" from SMITE
  • Asia: "Main Theme" from Silkroad Online
  • Africa: "Akhet" from Age of Conan
  • Antarctica: "Arcterra" from WildStar
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Listener notes: Grilledcheese28 and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Maki Ya" from Scott Pilgrim: The Game, "Through the Roof of the World" from World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, and "Chasing the Torrents" from Genshin Impact
  • Outro (feat. "Sunnyside" from Granado Espada)

Battle Bards Episode 180: Moonlight Blade

por Justin Olivetti

While Moonlight Blade is not yet a known quantity over here in the west, its soundtrack has gone before it and landed right into the laps of Steff, Syl, and Syp -- otherwise known as the Battle Bards! In this contentious episode, the three dance, flow, and fly through this big and distinct score.

Episode 180 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Time," "Thunder," and "Jiuhua Battle Music")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Character Creation" 
  • "Game Anniversary Theme - Day" 
  • "Jinghu Day"
  • "Cloud" 
  • "Saddle"
  • "Rain"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Dug
  • Jukebox picks: "A Short Flight" from A Short Hike, "Whaaarrgarrrbl" from Desktop Dungeons, and "Isle of Siptah Main Theme" from Conan Exiles
  • Outro (feat. "Mid-Autumn Festival Day")

Battle Bards Episode 179: Arrr pirates!

por Justin Olivetti

Shiver me timbers -- the Battle Bards are coming aboard and demanding that all capable musicians appear on the poop deck and blast out a few shanties and jigs for their pleasure! In today's episode, this motley crew examines the pirate themes that sail across many-a-MMO. Will they find rich booty -- or only a few pieces o' eight? Find out!

Episode 179 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Salty Sailor" from World of Warcraft, "The Adventure Begins" from Tales of Pirates, "The Redmoon Marauders" from WildStar, and "Driftwood Island Combat" from Pirates of the Caribbean Online)
  • "Pirate Ship" from MapleStory 2
  • "We Shall Sail Together" from Sea of Thieves
  • "Freeport Theme" from Atlas
  • "Pirates" from Ashen Empires
  • "Port Theme" from Florensia
  • "Randy Dandy Oh" from The Legend of Pirates Online
  • "San Juan" from Pirates of the Burning Sea
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Credits" from Flashback CD, "Hero Approaches" from Port Royale 4, and "The Time Traveller" from Luna: The Shadow Dust.
  • Outro ("Bay Theme" from Cloud Pirates)

Battle Bards Episode 178: The Division 2

por Justin Olivetti

Washington D.C. has fallen to the plague, curiously well-armed agents are everywhere, and intriguing music floats. The Division 2 features a tense and action-packed synth score that distinguishes itself among online games -- and is worth an investigation by the Battle Bards. Suit up, because today we're going to the musical dark zone!

Episode 178 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "The Beginning is the End," "Rocket Science," and "Ballroom")
  • "Prologue 2"
  • "Steps"
  • "Saint"
  • "Dock Wrecks"
  • "Keates"
  • "Hyena Hunt"
  • "Rooftops"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Zinn
  • Jukebox picks: "Sanctuary 3" from Borderlands 3, "Ronda's Diner" from Unforeseen Incidents, and "Bushroot" from Darkwing Duck NES
  • Outro (feat. "Junior")

Battle Bards Episode 177: Gone with the wind

por Justin Olivetti

As the weather howls and gusts around us, the Battle Bards stand in the middle of it all with their heads lifted up, listening to the music that rides on the breeze. In this episode, Syl, Steff, and Syp examine wind-themed tracks from MMORPGs. Will they find all of the wind's colors? Probably not, but nobody ever mistook these three for artistic geniuses!

Episode 177 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Calm Breeze" from Elsword Online, "Silken Wind Through a Bamboo Forest" from Age of Conan, and "The Wind and the Reeds" from Fallout 76)
  • "Sign of Wind" from Lineage
  • "Echoes of a Zephyr" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Dust" from Last Oasis
  • "Whispering Winds" from TERA
  • "On Windy Meadows" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • “Carbines in the Wind" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "Winds of the Frontier" from WildStar
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Zinn and Katriana
  • "Swordmaiden's Prayer," a special WildStar tribute to Avidguru
  • Jukebox picks: "Traps" from Turrican 2, "Title Theme" from Clockwiser, and "Title Theme" from Ary and the Secret of Seasons
  • Outro (feat. "Highland Winds" from Skyforge)

Battle Bards Episode 176: Orchestral RuneScape

por Justin Olivetti

In 2018, RuneScape put out an official orchestral album to highlight some of the best of its remastered and re-recorded soundtrack. From delicate tunes to epic themes, the album shows just how far the game has come since its early MIDI days. The Battle Bards dive into this triumphant score and pull out some vindication for RuneScape at last!

Episode 176 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Sunrise," "Newbie Melody," and "Waterfall II")
  • "Harmony"
  • "A Hero's Return"
  • "The Town"
  • "Aurora" 
  • "The Winding Meadow”
  • "Village Dance" 
  • "Gnomeball"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Zinn and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Welcome to Hogwarts" from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, "The Way of the Samurai" from Ghost of Tsushima, and "Garbage Day" from Donut Country.
  • Outro (feat. "RuneScape Theme")

Battle Bards Episode 175: Prehistoric jams

por Justin Olivetti

Having perfected their musical time machine, the Battle Bards leap back to the past to enjoy the soundscapes of dinosaurs and other prehistoric denizens. What does the MMO soundtrack for savage wildlands and dinotopias sound like? Tune into today's episode and find out!

Episode 175 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Zandalari Allied Race" from World of Warcraft, "The Valley of the Hidden Dinosaur" from Star Stable, and "Journey to the Prehistoric" from Club Penguin)
  • "Savage" from Durango Wildlands
  • "Traces of Ancient History" from WildStar 
  • "Dinoville" from Dino Storm
  • "Main Theme" from ARK Survival Evolved
  • "Gift of an Axe" from Conan Exiles
  • "Dino Biome" from Trove
  • "Un'goro Crater" from World of Warcraft
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Zinn and Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: "Unbroken" from The Last of Us Part II, "No Escape" from Hades, and "Red Planet" from Bucky O'Hare
  • Outro (feat. "Path of Titans" from Path of Exile)

Battle Bards Episode 174: Dragon Oath

por Justin Olivetti

Running from 2007 to 2016, ChangYou's Dragon Oath is probably one of those MMORPGs you've never heard of, nevermind actually played. Yet when Syl stumbled upon it on YouTube, she knew it was a soundtrack for the Battle Bards to highlight. Take a journey with the team today as they visit this Bhuddist-inspired MMO and hear the sounds of this Chinese soundtrack.

Episode 174 show notes

  • Intro ("Da Li," "Horse Farm," and "Voodoo Sea")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Wild Plains"
  • "Fire Palace"
  • "Malefics"
  • "Stone Forest/Jade Valley"
  • "Mt. Emei"
  • "Mt. Infinity"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Character Creation" from Moonlight Blade, "Tensil Theme" from Anachronox, and "Cacti Canyon" from Minecraft Dungeons
  • Outro (feat. "South Rainforest")

Battle Bards Episode 173: Down on the farm

por Justin Olivetti

Seeking a simpler and more quaint life? Then come on down to the farm with the Battle Bards, as the video game music crew looks at pastoral themes from MMORPGs! From stereotypical-sounding tracks to enchanting discoveries, this episode is all about tilling the fields, living off the land, and loving the music that floats above it all.

Episode 173 show notes

  • Intro ("Pig Ranch" from Blade & Soul, "Farm" from Free Realms, and "Cool Ranch" from Pirate101)
  • "A Farmer's Life" from WildStar
  • "Settlement" from ArcheAge 
  • "Farm" from Lime Odyssey
  • "Charmin' Farmin'" from RuneScape
  • "Human Farm" from Forsaken World
  • "Farm" from Dragon Nest
  • "Shanghai Farm" from MapleStory
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "Happy to You" from Age of Empires III, "Before the Reckoning" from Last Oasis, and "Snowy Sky" from SaGa Scarlet Grace
  • Outro (feat. "Quiet Countryside" from Project Gorgon)

Battle Bards Episode 172: Lost Ark

por Justin Olivetti

Although Lost Ark is still making its slow journey to the west, the music arrived ahead -- on a songbird, of course! It's a flat-out amazing soundtrack by a Hollywood composer, and the Battle Bards want to make sure that you aren't missing out on its musical gifts. So settle back, put on some headphones, and prepare to be blown away.

Episode 172 show notes

  • Intro ("Ocean World," "The Ark," and "Sanctuary of Arcadia")
  • "Into the Wider World"
  • "The Town of Leonhardt"
  • "Black Teeth"
  • "Silrian Theme”
  • "Mokoko Village"
  • "Club Avenue"
  • "Calm Village"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Sym
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Population Zero, "The Tavern" from Wargroove, 
  • Outro (feat. )

Battle Bards Episode 171: Forest Tales 2

por Justin Olivetti

Hitch up your shorts, buckle your boots, and step into another deep forest of MMORPG music with the Battle Bards! As diverse as the woods are in virtual worlds, so too are these tracks that attempt to convey the feeling of a variety of leafy settings.

Episode 171 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Mnes Forest" from Echo of Souls, "Forest of Adera" from Eldevin, and "Sleeping Forest" from Allods Online)
  • "Forest of Legends" from Bless
  • "Mystery Forest of Vikings" from Minions of Mirth
  • "Lost Forest" from Revelation Online
  • "Saphora Forest" from Aion 
  • "Drustvar Glenbrook Woods" from World of Warcraft 
  • "Forest of December" from Tree of Savior 
  • "Tera Forest" from MapleStory
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail: Katriana, Cursed Seishi, and Bereman
  • Jukebox picks: "Day at the Fair" from Life is Feudal, "Wastelanders Theme" from Fallout 76, and "Doom Eternal" from Doom Eternal
  • Outro (feat. "The Rime Woods" from Champions Online)

Battle Bards Episode 170: Star Stable

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Stop your whinnying and take Star Stable's soundtrack out for a gallop today! You might discover, as the Battle Bards did, that this horse-themed MMO has a pretty amazing and lovely soundtrack that's as large in quantity as it is high in quality. So saddle up for a ride through the trails of this lively soundscape!

Episode 170 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "To Pandoria," "Hooves on the Run," and "Forest Bells")
  • "A Dimension in Pink"
  • "South Hoof Peninsula"
  • "Epona"
  • "The Capital of Jorvik"
  • "My Stable"
  • "Cloud Kingdom"
  • "How to Build Your Ranch"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Zinn, Katriana, and Castagere (link to the song mentioned)
  • Jukebox picks: "Painful Gulch" from Lucky Luke, "Badlands 2" from Horse Isle 3, and "Azukay" from River City Girls
  • Outro (feat. "Glacier Galloping")

Battle Bards Episode 169: Wild Things

por Justin Olivetti

Do you ever walk on the wild side in MMOs? Do you have a penchant for beastly races that aren't merely reskinned humans? Then you might find something to like in today's offerings from the Battle Bards. It's a show full of tracks that pay homage to the animalistic races in MMORPGs, but the most savage thing of them all? Syl's put-downs.

Episode 169 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "A Savage Beauty" from TERA, "Scatherran Forest Critter Glen" from RIFT, and "Kloro" from Glitch)
  • "The Charr Triumphant" from Guild Wars 2 
  • "Namazu Beast Tribe" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "M5" from Furcadia
  • "Taunka Night" from World of Warcraft
  • "Chardok" from EverQuest II
  • "Weaponizing of Maniacal Furballs" from WildStar
  • "Purr of the Hunter" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Zoward and Minimalistway
  • Jukebox Picks: "Welcome Horizons" from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, "Sneaky Driver" from Katana ZERO, and "Twilight in Dreamlands" from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  • Outro (feat. "Quaggan Command" from Guild Wars 2)

 

Battle Bards Episode 168: Big bad boss battles of FFXIV

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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

  • 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 167: Childlike wonder

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Tapping into their inner children, the three Battle Bards get into the spirit of name calling, trading stickers, and goofing off in kiddie MMOs. It's another episode devoted to 100% kid-themed games and their soundtracks and the weird rabbit hole tangents that the hosts find themselves pursuing. Did you know Switzerland has a Not-Fun Zoo? Never, ever go there. Just trust us.

Episode 167 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme" from LEGO Minifigures Online, "Shrouded Glade" from Free Realms, and "Aerokid" from Habbo Hotel)
  • "Character Creation" from FusionFall
  • "Jammer Anthem" from Animal Jam
  • "Arissola" from Temtem
  • "Maple Island 1" from MapleStory 2 
  • "Unicorn Adventure" from Fantage 
  • "Kid's View" from Trickster Online 
  • "Goofy Speedway" from Toontown Online 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Katriana, Danny, and Ratstew
  • Jukebox picks: "Ode to the Bridge Builder" from World of Goo, "First Steps" from Unravel, and "Ophelia" from Elsinore
  • Outro (feat. "Bolshoy Theatre" from Hello Kitty Online)

Battle Bards Episode 166: LEGO Universe

por Justin Olivetti

Who knew that interlocking brick systems would result in so many video games -- and a pretty good soundtrack? The Battle Bards step on many small bricks on their way to reach LEGO Universe, the now-defunct MMO that only ran for a couple of years. Tune in for a high-octane trip through toys, tunes, and alliteration as Syp, Steff, and Syl regress to their childhood!

Episode 166 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Spaceship Entrance" and "Pirate Cove 1")
  • "Our Universe"
  • "Tortoise Terrace"
  • "Darkling Battle" 
  • "Pet Rock" 
  • "Nimbus Plaza"
  • "Magic Forest"
  • "Crocodile Corner" 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana and Scotty
  • Jukebox picks: "Mysterious Destiny" from Bayonetta, "The Sunflower Farm" from Ghost Giant, and "Thieves' Forest" from Castle Crashers
  • Outro (feat. "Character Create")

Retro Reprise Episode 21: Sunsoft’s NES classics

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For those who played the Nintendo Entertainment System, the name “Sunsoft” conjures up memories of intense gameplay, slick design, and — of course — terrific music. On today’s episode of Retro Reprise, Syp and Syl delve into the 8-bit treasure trove of video game music from this studio. Grab these vibes and don’t let go!

Retro Reprise Episode 21: Sunsoft’s NES classics

  • Intro
  • “Area 3” from Blaster Master
  • “Stage 1” from Journey to Silius
  • “Stage 1” from Gremlins 2
  • “Streets of Desolation” from Batman
  • “Good Weather” from Mr. Gimmick
  • “Main Theme” from Ufouria: The Saga
  • “Stage 1” from Batman: Return of the Joker
  • “Boss Battle” from Fester’s Quest
  • Outro (“Stage 3” from Journey to Silius)

Battle Bards Episode 165: LOTRO Composer Bill Champagne

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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!

Special note: Bill picked specific LOTRO tracks for us to feature on today's show, which is a first for the program! Bill Champagne can be found on Twitter @BillChampMusic.

Episode 165 show notes

  • 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")

Battle Bards Episode 164: Away with the fairies

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If you ever walked into a forest glade at the light of the first full moon of the year, you may spy an impish fae dancing among the moonbeams and singing to all of the woodland creatures that come out for the annual concert. And if you ever tune in to Battle Bards -- in particular, this episode -- you may hear a rare recording of fairy music along with very serious discussion involving (a) aerial kung-fu, (b) the taste of fairy wings, and (c) didgeridoos. You are so not prepared for any of this.

Episode 164 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Kelethin" from EverQuest II, "All's Fairy in Love and War" from RuneScape, and "Fairytale" from EverQuest)
  • "A Fairy of Peace" from Aion
  • "Fairy Academy" from MapleStory
  • "Fairy Tale Out of Time" from Allods Online
  • "Fae Forest" from Project Gorgon 
  • "Fae Wilds" from Trove 
  • "The Fairy Valley" from Luna Online 
  • "Pixie Beast Tribe" from FFXIV
  • Which one did we like most?
  • Listener note from Katriana and Caroline
  • Jukebox Picks: "The Cause" from Elemental Gearbolt, "Beach Bunny" from Jazz Jackrabbit, and "The Crystal Shards" from Kirby 64
  • Outro (feat. )

Retro Reprise Episode 20: Chrono Cross

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While the game itself was a messy and convoluted sequel to a classic RPG, Chrono Cross has nevertheless persevered over time to become a cult classic that is incredibly beloved for its amazing soundtrack. On the show today, Syl and Syp share a conversation about their favorite tracks and just what made this score so special to hear.

Retro Reprise Episode 20: Chrono Cross 

  • Intro
  • "Time's Scar"
  • "Reminiscence"
  • "Dreams of the Shore Near Another World"
  • "Forest of Cutting Shadows"
  • "Dead Sea"
  • "Radical Dreamers"
  • "Star Stealing Girl"
  • "Voyage"
  • Outro