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Battle Bards Episode 214: Thieves and rogues

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you’ll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life’s blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today’s show!

Episode 214 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Rogue” from Blackwater, “The Holy Land of Assassins” from Ragnarok Online, and “Rogues” from WildStar)
  • “The Call of Cyrodiil” from Elder Scrolls Online

  • “Thief Theme” from MapleStory 2

  • “Two Rogues, One Mark” from Hearthstone

  • “Golden Thief” from Ragnarok Online 2

  • “Thieves” from EverQuest

  • “Dark Brethren” from Sea of Thieves

  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Seashell Strut” from Monster Galaxy and “Honor and Thieves” from Ruined King
  • Outro (feat. “Band of Robbers” from Runes of Magic)
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Battle Bards Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

The END(walker) of Final Fantasy XIV came, went, and brought us some excellent music along the way! In this episode of the Battle Bards, Syl and Syp joust back and forth over the tunes from FFXIV’s latest expansion. Is it an acquired taste or an instant hit? Let them be the judge!

Episode 213 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Opening Cinematic,” “Welcome to Our Town,” and “Black Steel, Cold Embers”)
  • “Vibrant Voices”

  • “The Nautilus Knoweth”

  • “On Blade’s Edge”

  • “The Day Will Come”

  • “Spoken Without End”

  • “Festival of the Hunt”

  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Welcome to Wonder Labyrinth” from Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth and “Elm St.” from Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Outro (feat. “In the Balance”)
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Battle Bards Episode 211: Shops and services

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

When the Battle Bards get loaded up with money and jewels in MMOs, they head back into town for a shopping spree! And if they’re shopping, you know they’re listening to whatever muzak is piped into these establishments. Syp and Syl listen to the music of shops and services — and deliver their best to you!

Episode 211 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Cash Shop” from Dragon’s Nest, “Shopping Arcade” from MapleStory 2, and “The Store” from Neverwinter Nights)
  • “The Mystic Forge” from Guild Wars 2

  • “The Magic Shop” from PlaneShift 

  • “Temple of Gold” from Aion

  • “Aesthetician’s Theme” from FFXIV

  • “Brownie Storehouse” from Vanguard

  • “Auction Hall” from LOTRO 

  • “Smithy” from Meridian 59

  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “The Ewer” from Sable and “The Lake” from Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future
  • Outro (feat. “Shop” from Elsword)
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Battle Bards Episode 210: Warframe

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

We heard your many requests, and we delivered! The Battle Bards crew is back to explore the final frontier of music in the Warframe soundtrack. From funky ninja fighting tracks to stirring interstellar ballads, Warframe ended up being a fun journey through space, time, and composition.

Episode 210 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Fortuna Login,” “March of the Moa,” and “Venus Combat”)
  • “This is What You Are”
  • “Cetus” 
  • “KDrive Race Music A”
  • “Gene Molds C” 
  • “Smiles from Juran”
  • “We All Lift Together”
  • “Sleeping in the Cold Below”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Main Theme” from The Sims 4: Cottage Living, “On Blade’s Edge” from FFXIV, and “Easthaven in Peace” from Icewind Dale
  • Outro (feat. “Synapse”)
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Battle Bards Episode 209: Superhero MMOs

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

When they’re not saving the world from bad tunes, the Battle Bards stuff themselves into spandex and try out for sixth-tier superhero teams. Because saving the world is en vogue, don’t you know? In today’s episode, the crew takes a tour through the music of superhero MMORPGs past, present, and future!

Episode 209 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Freedom Court” from City of Heroes, “The Rime Woods” from Champions Online, and “Credits” from Marvel Heroes)
  • “Digital Death Dream” from City of Titans 

  • “Nightclub District 2” from Marvel Heroes

  • “Funk” from City of Heroes

  • “Asgard Town” from Super Hero Squad Online

  • “Arkham Asylum” from DCUO

  • “Desert Disaster” from Champions Online

  • “A Brave New World” from City of Heroes 

  • Which one did we like best?

  • Listener notes from Katriana

  • Jukebox Picks: “Welcome to a Kick in the Pants in Good Old Hillville” from Commander Keen 4, “The Winding Meadow” from RuneScape Orchestral, and “Opposites Attract” from It Takes Two
  • Steff’s Best Books of 2021 list
  • Outro (feat. “Metropolis 13” from DCUO)
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Battle Bards Episode 208: Valheim

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

Mighty Vikings and meek bards come together to sing the praises of the soundtrack to 2021’s smash hit Valheim! Syl does her best to sell us all on the game (and, perhaps occasionally, its soundtrack) as the threesome hack, slash, and plunder the score to see what spoils might be taken back to the homeland.

Episode 208 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Moder v2,” “Mountain,” and “Yagluth”)
  • “Menu Theme”
  • “Entering Valheim”
  • “Black Forest”
  • “Meadows”
  • “Home Base”
  • “Plains”
  • “Sailing”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “In the Belly of the Beast” from Deep Rock Galactic, “Forest of Mystery” from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and “Main Theme” from Deathloop
  • Outro (feat. “Eikthyr”)
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Battle Bards Episode 207: Seeing Red

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

Have you ever gotten so mad that you literally saw red? Better yet, have you ever heard the color red when you’ve listened to an MMO’s soundtrack? In this episode, the Battle Bards explore the diversity that exists within this singular blood hue. What does red sound like? Find out in this hour!

Episode 207 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Red Broth” from Warframe, “Red Menace” from Stargate Worlds, and “Crimson Cove” from City of Heroes)
  • “Scarlet Raven” from World of Warcraft

  • “Ruby Weapon” from FFXIV

  • “The Scarlet Desert” from EverQuest

  • “Red Land” from Aion

  • “Bloody Ice” from Cabal Online

  • “Red Scar” from Ragnarok Online 2

  • “The Morning of Crimson Peak” from Blade and Soul

  • Which one did we like best?

  • Jukebox Picks: “Main Theme” from Red Dead Redemption, “Will of the Spirits” from Tales of Arise, and “Rain” from The 7th Guest 
  • Outro (feat. “Redwood” from Aion)

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Battle Bards Episode 206: Warping back to WildStar

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

It’s been a long, long time since the Battle Bards have ventured down to the surface of Nexus — at least, as a full episode. Now, it’s time to warp back to WildStar! But after having featured this amazing soundtrack so often on the show, are there any good picks left… or just the dregs from a former civilization?

Episode 206 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Main Theme,” “A Tropical Getaway,” and “Sea of Green”)
  • “March of the Empire”

  • “Operation Northern Wastes” 

  • “Legend of Blue Horizon” 

  • “A Very Dominion Shade’s Eve”

  • “Clear Skies”

  • “From the Ashes” 

  • “Grist for the Mill”

  • Which one did we like best?

  • Listener notes from Friendly Necromancer

  • Jukebox Picks: “Main Theme” from Wild West World, “Main Theme” from Metroid Dread, and “Fading Twilight Battle Theme” from Dungeon Encounters

  • Outro (feat. “The Malgrave Trail”)

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Battle Bards Episode 205: Love is in the air

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

They might not be the most naturally romantic crew at heart, but the Battle Bards have been known to get, er, swoony when love is professed and crushes confessed. In the spirit of love and romance, Steff, Syl, and Syp explore romantic themes in MMORPG soundtracks to see if they can figure out what the heart really wants!

Episode 205 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Lana, the Advisor” from SWTOR, “Origa, Beautiful” from Aion, “Tieve’s Theme” from Vindictus, and “Chapel of Love from EverQuest II)
  • “Endless Affection” from Rohan Online 

  • “Votan Romance” from Defiance

  • “And Love You Shall Find” from FFXIV

  • “Happily Ever After” from FFXI 

  • “Love Story” from RuneScape

  • “Waltz in the Forest” from Aion

  • “Romeo and Juliet” from Mabinogi

  • Which one did we like best?

  • Listener notes from Katriana

  • Jukebox Picks: “FFXIV Remix Medley” by Calico, “Side-Crawler’s Dance” from Wonder Boy III (SMS), and “Main Theme” from Square-Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Outro (feat. “Valentione’s Day” FFXIV)

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Battle Bards Episode 204: New World

Episode 214: Thieves and rogues Battle Bards

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes Intro (feat. "Rogue" from Blackwater, "The Holy Land of Assassins" from Ragnarok Online, and "Rogues" from WildStar) "The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory 2 "Two Rogues, One Mark" from Hearthstone "Golden Thief" from Ragnarok Online 2 "Thieves" from EverQuest "Dark Brethren" from Sea of Thieves Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "Seashell Strut" from Monster Galaxy and "Honor and Thieves" from Ruined King Outro (feat. "Band of Robbers" from Runes of Magic) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.
  1. Episode 214: Thieves and rogues
  2. Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker
  3. Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

The MMORPG smash hit of 2021 is now a soundtrack of far-off lands, dangerous vistas, and bewildering secrets. To navigate this New World, the Battle Bards have disembarked onto the shores of this score to see what wonders they can pillage.

Episode 204 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “A New World,” “Discovery,” and “Heart of Corruption”)
  • “Embark”

  • “Cutlass Keys”

  • “Everfall” 

  • “Sunset Ballad”

  • “Monarch Bluffs” 

  • “Brightwood”

  • “Homeward Bound”

  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from George and Minimalistway
  • Jukebox picks: “Yara Para Todos” from Far Cry 6, “Deep Thoughts” from Tales of Crestoria, and “Engineering” from System Shock 2
  • Outro (feat. “Sea of Trees”)