Posted in World of Warcraft, Podcast, Music

Battle Bards Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it’s currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You’ll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question!

Episode 222 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “The Dragon’s Hoard,” “Riverbends,” and “The Isles Awaken”)
  • “Take to the Skies”
  • “Giants of the Span”
  • “Windsong”
  • “Tyrhold”
  • “Ramparts of Valdrakken”
  • “Gardens of Unity”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith
  • Jukebox Picks: “Encounter Elite” from Sea of Stars, “Jubilife Village Theme” from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and “Density” from Citizen Sleeper
  • Outro (feat. “Life Pools”)
Posted in Lord of the Rings Online, Music, Podcast

Battle Bards Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

The power of the One Ring doesn’t just rule them all — it also brings Steff back from retirement! All three Battle Bards are here today to talk about Lord of the Rings Online’s enormous Before the Shadow soundtrack. From Hobbits to swans to everything in between, our radio dial is stuck on Middle-earth for now.

Episode 221 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “The Silver Bastion,” “Valor of Yore,” and “Hidden Hearths”)
  • “Before the Shadow”

  • “Cranny and Nook”

  • “Mark of the White Hand”

  • “The Waiting Night”

  • “The Stoors Abode”

  • “The Shadow Rises”

  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener Notes: Thuan, Zinn, and Katriana
  • Jukebox Picks: “Sunset Breakfast” from Tunic, “Lichdragon Fortissax” from Elden Ring, and “San Francisco Escape By Day” from Driver
  • Outro (feat. “A History Not Forgotten”)
Posted in Podcast

2022 in Review: Syp’s podcasts

Continuing the tour of my geeky 2022, I’ll turn my attention to podcasts. Over the course of the year, I participated in three of these ongoing projects. It’s a time-consuming hobby, especially with the editing-intensive Battle Bards, but it gives me a regular opportunity to hang out with friends and talk about some fun subjects.

MOP Podcast

This year we reached 400 episodes right before the Christmas break. That’s 400 episodes since we rebooted the podcast back in ’15, with another 350 or so prior to that. I’ve been talking about MMORPGs for a long, long time at this point… but it’s not boring! Not yet, at least.

Bree’s a good co-host, and it’s a regular fixture of my week to spend an hour or so every Monday afternoon holed up in my office talking about the latest news developments and listener questions with her. I’m always a little awed how people have faithfully tuned into this cast for years upon years now. If you’re one of them, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Battle Bards

The Battle Bards crew made a cadence shift in 2022. For the first time since we started in 2013, we downshifted from two to one episode a month. This was partially because we were starting to feel mildly burned out and partially because our co-host Steff took a hiatus. But we still cranked out at least one new show every month in 2022 and had a good time doing it. We’re now up to 220 episodes.

Community Rewatching 101

Our bi-weekly Community rewatch wrapped up season one and plowed into season two during the calendar year. We’re getting a lot more comfortable doing this, with some of our team even investing in better equipment to record professional-sounding episodes (with dorky personalities inhabiting them). It’s generally a great way to relax at the end of every other Tuesday with this great group of friends.

Posted in Music, Podcast

Battle Bards Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

Whether or not you like dragons, you have to admit that Guild Wars 2 certainly ended them in style! Join Syl and Syp as they rewind to last winter’s End of Dragons and its incredible bounty of soundtrack goodness.

Episode 220 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Daigo Ward” and “Mist Connections”)
  • “A Future Carved in Jade”
  • “A New Era of Heroes”
  • “I’m Home”
  • “The Petrified Forest”
  • “Captain of the Aetherblades”
  • “Stroll in the Night Markets”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Crystal Garden” from King’s Quest V and “Knucklebones” from Cult of the Lamb
  • Outro (feat. “The Empire of Dragons”)
Posted in Music, Podcast

Battle Bards Episode 219: Peace and quiet

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

If anyone’s ever told you to “take a chill pill,” then the Battle Bards have your full dosage in today’s episode. Exploring peaceful and serene tracks from MMORPGs, Syl and Syp find their inner calm — before the inevitable slaughter.

Episode 218 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “A Farmer’s Life” from WildStar, “Dream of Peace” from Lineage II, and “Silverfrost Mountain” from Blade and Soul)
  • “Aro to the Sun” from Runes of Magic

  • “Settler’s Campsite” from Aion

  • “Serenity” from TERA

  • “Ammon Vale” from World of Warcraft

  • “Shire Nights” from LOTRO

  • “Aquarium” from RuneScape

  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Be’elze Territory” from Valkyrie Elysium and “Closing Medley” from Space Quest III
  • Outro (feat. “Fishing” from Lineage II)
Posted in Music, Podcast

Battle Bards Episode 218: Dungeon Fighter Online

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

Rock out with your mace out as the Battle Bards crank up the soundtrack to Dungeon Fighter Online. Have we been missing out on the vast bounty of action setpieces? Is there a delightful orchestral soundtrack tucked inside all of this synth noise? Tune in and find out!

Episode 218 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Main Theme,” “Tower of Despair,” and “Adios Verrickt”)
  • “The Seatrain”
  • “Character Select”
  • “White Night”

  • “Forgotten Forest Boss”

  • “We Are Desperado”
  • “Alfhlyra Post”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes
  • Jukebox Picks: “High Score” from Rotox (Amiga) and “Trichroma Sunset” from Narita Boy
  • Outro (feat. “Helix Powerstation”)
Posted in Music, Podcast

Battle Bards Episode 217: Legend of Edda

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

Chances are you’ve never heard of today’s featured MMO — or its quirky little soundtrack! So why not come along with Syp and Syl to explore Legend of Edda, a now-defunct RPG set in a realm of Greek Mythology?

Episode 217 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Ballack’s Castle” and “Cybele Garden”)
  • “Title Theme”

  • “Frigid Valley”
  • “Gaiyan Town”
  • “Wailing Wall”
  • “Kobalos Mines”
  • “Silver Lake”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes
  • Jukebox Picks: “Millick Meadows (Night)” from Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and “Drug Store” from EarthBound
  • Outro (feat. “Boreas Temple”)
Posted in Final Fantasy, Music, Podcast

Battle Bards Episode 216: FFXIV Before Meteor

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

While Final Fantasy XIV players won’t shut up about A Realm Reborn, it’s not often you hear people speaking fondly of the original 1.0 edition. Yet in this episode of Battle Bards, Syp and Syl find something to praise from this era: the Before Meteor soundtrack. Let’s rewind the clock and hear the O.G. Eorzea tunes!

Episode 216 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Canticle,” “Promise of Plunder,” and “The Rider’s Boon”)
  • “When a Tree Falls”

  • “Navigator’s Glory”

  • “Born of the Boughs”

  • “Desert Moon Defied”

  • “Eorzea de Chocobo”

  • “Dreams Aloft”

  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “Stage 2” from TMNT 2 and “The Fallen Kingdom” from Blue Fire
  • Outro (feat. “To the Fore”)
Posted in Music, Podcast

Battle Bards Episode 215: Lineage W

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

Maybe you’ve never heard of Lineage W, a 2021 spin-off of NCsoft’s long-running franchise. But after today’s Battle Bards episode, you’ll have heard it’s sweet tunes! Join Syl and Syp as they explore this fantasy soundtrack to see how it stacks up against its amazing ancestors.

Episode 215 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Against Odds,” “Moment of Peace,” and “Woodbeck Village”)
  • “Main Theme”

  • “Elven Forest Village”

  • “Lone Wanderer”

  • “Atoning Elf”

  • “Knight of Faith”

  • “Magician in the Nightmare”

  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox Picks: “The Crown” from Oaken and “Golden Forest” from 1080° Snowboarding
  • Outro (feat. “Man of Honor”)
Posted in Music, Podcast

Battle Bards Episode 214: Thieves and rogues

Episode 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight Battle Bards

Will our fascination with giant, skyfaring, flame-belching lizards subside? World of Warcraft bets not, as it's currently soaring through its Dragonflight expansion. Will the music also ascend to lofty realms or fall to the earth with a dud? You'll have to listen to the Battle Bards as they figure out the answer to that question! Episode 222 show notes  Intro (feat. "The Dragon's Hoard," "Riverbends," and "The Isles Awaken") "Take to the Skies" "Giants of the Span" "Windsong" "Tyrhold" "Ramparts of Valdrakken" "Gardens of Unity" Which one did we like best? Listener Notes: George and Bullwraith Jukebox Picks: "Encounter Elite" from Sea of Stars, "Jubilife Village Theme" from Pokemon Legends Arceus, and "Density" from Citizen Sleeper Outro (feat. "Life Pools") 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 222: World of Warcraft Dragonflight
  2. Episode 221: LOTRO Before the Shadow
  3. Episode 220: Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons

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)