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The world's first & only dedicated MMO music podcast! Jolly talk and soundtrack discussion since 2013, every 2 weeks.
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The world's first & only dedicated MMO music podcast! Jolly talk and soundtrack discussion since 2013, every 2 weeks.






Battle Bards Episode 132: Steampunk

Steam-powered tech, airships, clockwork machines, and automata are the source of inspiration for this week's episode of Battle Bards! The team scrounged the landscape of MMOs for music from and inspired by steampunk games. It's a wild grab bag of themes, so fire up your phonographs and give it a listen! Episode 132 show notes "Operation Gnomeregan""The Refugee""Main Theme""Main Theme""Lands of Igsh""Through the Epoch""Login Theme""Ganedine""Town""Adventure Awaits""Dark Forest""Lakrum...


Retro Reprise Episode 14: Final Fantasy combat tunes

It's been a year-and-a-half since Syl and Syp first dove into Final Fantasy music, but now the duo is back to discuss combat themes from four of the game's 1990s installments! From One-Winged Angel to The Man with a Machine Gun, it's all the classics you've been listening to -- and adoring -- for years, packaged with exclusive fan commentary! Show notes (episode download, episode page) "Clash on the Big Bridge""Combat""Jenova""One-Winged Angel""The Man with a Machine Gun""The...


Battle Bards Episode 131: Path of Exile

It may be a fairly grim MMOARPG, but Path of Exile features a surprisingly, well, grim soundtrack. Guess that wasn't that much of a surprise! This episode, the Battle Bards wade into the fracas of this rather expansive soundtrack to see what audio treasure has been dropped by the zerg of mobs. Episode 131 show notes "Main Theme," "The Overseer's Tower,""The Ascent""Fall of Oriath Theme""Four Guardians""Solaris Temple""Hunter or Prey""The Grand Arena""Templar Courts""Elder""A Distant...


Battle Bards Episode 130: Oddballs 2

While every Battle Bards episode is a cavalcade of strangeness, this week the team is ratcheting it up with the return of "Oddball" MMORPG music tracks. If there's a piece of music that made one of the hosts tilt their heads to the side and go "whaaat the what is this?" then rest assured, it's on this show! Episode 130 show notes (show page, direct download) "Robo Factory""Little Kitty's Adventure""The Rube Song""Chompy Hunt""Flow Control""Welcome to Doram Town""Valentine's Theme""Venetian...


Battle Bards Episode 129: Elder Scrolls Online Morrowind

In today's episode, the Battle Bards crew row their dinghy to the island of Vvardenfell, where there is a rumor of the legend of the return of Morrowind. Yes, it's a tour through Elder Scrolls Online's first expansion soundtrack. Will it be enough to reverse a few negative opinions of the base MMO's score? (spoiler: yes indeedy!) Episode 129 show notes “Ascadian Idyll," "Omens Prophecy,""Telvanni Towers""Shadow of Baar Dau""A Land of War and Poetry""Grazelands Dawn""Currents of the...


Battle Bards Episode 128: Seaside port

Why not sail up to our dock and tie your ship to ours for an hour? The Battle Bards return for another great episode examining MMORPG music, with the focus this time around being on harbor and port music. Does the sight of boats sailing out into the open ocean inspire you? Then this music may be the soundtrack to your next great adventure! Episode 128 show notes "Selbina""New Bellin Port""Hermalte Port""Port BGM""Lith Harbor""Aria de Coimbra""Saltswept""Port Noble""Epheria Port""Port...


Battle Bards Episode 127: Champions Online

When you sit down to make a list of the greatest heroes that humanity has ever known, obviously the Battle Bards will top that list. So who better to comment on the music to the sadly neglected superhero MMO Champions Online than they? The trio wiggle into their ill-fitting tights and see if they can make sense of this off-kilter soundtrack before they have to dash out and save the day, yet again. Episode 127 show notes (show page, direct download) "Midtown," "Apostolic Church,"...


Battle Bards Episode 126: Out of this world

It's time to boldly go where no podcast has gone before -- by exploring MMO space themes! It's perhaps the flat-out goofiest and silliest Battle Bards episode to date, so you're going to have to excuse a whole lot of diversions, arguments, and giggles. Because that's what space does to people? We do not know. This episode is also notable for Syl's all-time greatest quote, "Planets are usually in space." Usually. Episode 126 show notes "A New Frontier""Morning Star""Centaurus""First...


Battle Bards Episode 125: Archlord

The Battle Bards are always on the prowl for overlooked soundtracks from overlooked MMORPGs, and this week, they might have found a new one to share. Meet Archlord, a Korean title from 2005 that made very little waves in the west. Yet the music is pretty good and worthy of a listen. If you like epic high fantasy, then you're going to love today's episode! Episode 125 show notes "Main Theme," "Shinewood,""Thrilgard""Tullan""Limelight""Cie Selva""Elan Jines""Battle 2""Delfaras""Hariel""Top...


Battle Bards Episode 124: Old MMOs, new music

It's a catch-all, catch-up episode for the Battle Bards as they dig through new soundtrack releases from MMORPGs that they've covered in the past! You may be prepared for an eclectic and enjoyable mix of music -- but there is no way that you can steel yourself for the raw and heartfelt confessions that take place on this show. Episode 124 show notes (show page, direct download) "Tiragarde Tavern""Never Look Back""Mellow""The River Running""The Last Train to Cairo""Old Wisdom Tree""The...


Battle Bards Episode 123: Guild Wars 2's Path of Fire

With eagerness in their hearts, the Battle Bards rush toward another Guild Wars 2 soundtrack, ready to bask in the aural glory of this MMO that's known for its incredible music. But hark! What is this Path of Fire? Join us for a listen through a soundtrack that one unnamed soundtrack reviewer has termed "bland and generic." If that isn't a back-of-the-box quote, we don't know what is! Episode 123 show notes "On the Banks of the Elon,""Highland Hares,""Undead of Elona""Main Theme""Sands...


Battle Bards Episode 122: Happy town

In peaceful villages and bubbly burgs, you just know that there's bound to be an abundance of happy music! Whenever the Battle Bards regroup to lick their wounds and drink the terrors away, they often find that happy town music is perfect to soothe jangled nerves and re-center one's heroism. There's plenty of those tunes in today's episode, so recoup with them as they listen to the songs of the common folk. Episode 122 show notes (show page, direct download) "Kamasylvia Town""Medieval...


Battle Bards Episode 121: Myst Online

The world's first, best, and only MMORPG music podcast is back to venture into a rather obscure title, Myst Online! The Battle Bards delve into this odd, atmospheric soundtrack that isn't quite like what we're used to hearing in online games. There's some love, some hate, some snark, and some indigestion. Also, we discover several of Syl's greatest fears and force her to live through them. Episode 121 show notes "Spore Me," "Convergence,""Kadish Tolesa Future Vault""Badlands""Trailer...


Retro Reprise Episode 13: '90s studio fanfares

After an incredibly long absence, Retro Reprise is back for a kind of weird episode -- but aren't those the best? On this week's show, Syp listens to many video game studio logos and fanfares from the 1990s. These jingles may be short, but we heard them so many times they became burned into our brains! Which one was your favorite? Show notes Origin SystemsRareCapcomApogeeHot-BBlizzard EntertainmentKonamiMicroproseInterplayCrystal DynamicsLG SoftwareMicronetOcean SoftwareSeta...


Battle Bards Episode 120: Short stuff

Look down -- and it'll be the last thing you'll ever see! That's because fury and death arrive in the form of short character races in MMORPGs. Even if they hit below the belt, their music is sweet to the ears! In this episode of Battle Bards, the crew take on themes from Gnomes, Halflings, Dwarves, and other short races in MMOs. Episode 120 show notes "Dwarf Tavern""The Gnomes""Exploring the Shire""The Call of Stone""Gnomes""Asura Theme""New Tinkertown""Gnome Village II""Thorin's...


Battle Bards Episode 119: Skyforge

Believe it or not, it's the Battle Bards' fifth anniversary! From its weirdly humble beginnings back in 2013 to our arrogant ramblings here in 2018, coverage of MMO music must continue! In today's episode, we'll be listening to a surprisingly good soundtrack: Skyforge. Yes, that Russian sci-fi MMO from the Allods team that lets you grow into your ego as a god. Groove on these tunes and see if there's a new sleeper soundtrack waiting for you! Episode 119 show notes "Pioneers," "Story...


Battle Bards Episode 118: More starting zone themes

What are your favorite memories of those first few days in a brand-new MMORPG? Chances are that those memories are inextricably connected to the music of these beginning areas. On today's episode of Battle Bards, the crew revisits starting zone themes to talk about the experience of those first critical steps in an online game -- and the songs that connect us forever to that. Episode 118 show notes "Dun Morogh""Autumn in Ascalon""Silverwood""Emerald Falls""Bleakrock...


Battle Bards Episode 117: Destiny

Two Destinies for the price of one! For this episode, the Battle Bards are gearing up in their favorite space armor to take on highlights from both of the Destiny soundtracks. From buyer's regret to confusing the gender of a key character, there is all sorts of on-air therapy happening with this kooky trio! Episode 116 show notes "Sepiks Prime," "The Wilds,""Ikora""Inner Light""The Traveler""The Ecstasy (Jupiter)""Lost Light""The Last City""Holliday""The Farm""Becalmed""Track...


Battle Bards Episode 116: There be dragons

Mighty and majestic, scaly in hide and shrewd of mind, smoking with fury unabated... these are the Battle Bards! Also, dragons. Yes, in today's episode, the Bards tackle the soundtracks to one of the most iconic fantasy creatures of all time. So call over your good luck dragon and get your best Sean Connery voice on as we loot the musical hoard of these beasts. Episode 116 show notes "Bash the Dragons""Shinryu's Theme""Drakonspire Depths""Sindragosa""The Valley of Dragons""A White Dragon...


Battle Bards Episode 115: EVE Online

Forgettable ambient noise or entrancing space sounds? This is the debate that's at the core of today's episode, as the Battle Bards take on EVE Online's beloved and perhaps misunderstood soundtrack. It's a journey that goes far beyond our galaxy to one full of intrigue, industry, and space discotheques! Episode 115 show notes "Below the Asteroids," "Odyssey,""I Saw Your Ship (symphony version""Akat Mountains""Minmatar Rock""Hail to the Explorer""Theme from Jita""Red Glowing...