MMO music podcast Battle Bards: 2016 in review

Did you know that Massively OP's Justin Olivetti is co-host to the first and only MMORPG music-themed podcast? It's true! The show's called Battle Bards and has been running since 2013 with Justin, Steff, and Syl at the helm, discussing and demoing music in your favorite gaming genre. Here's look back at their efforts from 2016 -- maybe you'll find something to make you dance!

Battle Bards Episode 88: Revelation Online - The new hotness on the MMO scene is Revelation Online, the Chinese import that has gamers abuzz with its flashy graphics and rounded theme park offerings. But how does its soundtrack hold…
Battle Bards Episode 87: Elves! - It’s high time that the Battle Bards lie prostrate at the feet of their social and intellectual superiors, the high and mighty Elves! Yes, it’s a full episode of elven music, a…
Battle Bards Episode 86: World of Warcraft: Legion - With all of the unbridled love for World of Warcraft’s soundtrack on Battle Bards, historically, you know that we couldn’t let a new expansion score go without commentary. In this show, the…
Battle Bards Episode 85: Desert Calling - The desert is calling the Battle Bards, but are they willing to make the trek across these vast wastelands to see if the music is worthwhile or not? Guest co-host Scott joins…
Battle Bards Episode 84: Ultima - Need a podcast with a world sampler? Look no further than this episode, where co-hosts from the USA, Switzerland, and New Zealand join forces to discuss the Ultima Online games -- and…
Battle Bards Episode 83: Triumphant Victory! - Triumph and victory — are they the same thing? Sometimes, but not always. On today’s breathtaking episode of Battle Bards, the team tackles triumphant (and victorious!) themes from MMORPGs, trying to nail…
Battle Bards Episode 82: Dragon Nest - This week on Battle Bards, the crew dips its toes into the "candyland" world of Dragon Nest. It's a game that belies stereotypical expectations, being both dark in theme and rich in…
Battle Bards Episode 80: Aura Kingdom - Never heard of Aura Kingdom? The Battle Bards hope that after an hour of attention, you might add a new title to your video game music library. This fantasy MMO has an…
Battle Bards Episode 79: Combat music - Ready to battle it out more than usual? The Battle Bards are cranking up the combat tunes from MMORPGs today, inviting all sorts of violence and slap-happy tempos into the show. So…
Battle Bards Episode 78: EverQuest - Before World of Warcraft, there was EverQuest — the king of the MMOs and the pioneer of true 3-D graphics in virtual worlds. Today the Battle Bards pay homage to this classic…
Battle Bards Episode 77: Spirit of Adventure 2 - Steff has decreed the return of spirit of adventure -- and so it shall be! In the second part of this theme, the Battle Bards explore adventurous and inspirational MMO tunes. Are…
Battle Bards Episode 74: Black Desert Online - This eastern sandbox import has many people playing and talking about it, but are they listening to Black Desert Online? The Battle Bards are, naturally, and in this conversation-packed episode, they charge…
Battle Bards Episode 73: Spooky & Magical II - By popular demand -- which you should read as "Syl's imperial fiat" -- the Battle Bards podcast is returning to the fertile musical landscape of spooky and magical tunes. From undead taverns to…
Battle Bards Episode 71: Ragnarok Online 2 - Let's get this out of the way up front: No, Ragnarok Online 2 isn't the type of game that you'd think would have a terrific soundtrack, and yes, it totally has a…
Battle Bards Episode 70: MMO Ambience - While loud and brash music might be what often grabs our attention, the astute soundhound will keep an ear out for beautiful low-key pieces that weave through MMORPGs. Today the Battle Bards…
Battle Bards Episode 69: FFXIV Heavensward - [AL:FFXIV]The Battle Bards are taking an airship back to Eorzea to cover the soundtrack to the first expansion to Final Fantasy XIV, Heavensward. How does the expansion's score stack up to the…
Battle Bards Episode 66: The best of MOBA music - This week on the Battle Bards podcast, the crew branches out from the familiar territory of MMO soundtracks and into the wild, untamed regions of MOBA scores. With a survey of titles such…
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