A new episode of Battle Bards is up! Can you believe it — it’s the third anniversary of Battle Bards already! Three years ago, Steff, Syp, and Syl joined forces to create the world’s first, best, and only MMORPG music podcast. It’s been an incredible ride, and for the show’s birthday the Bards have invited our listeners to contribute more of their favorite tracks for a listeners request show! It’s a plus-sized show, so enjoy! LISTEN NOW Episode 72 show notes Intro (feat. “The Hollin Gate” from Lord of the Rings Online and “Invincible” from World of Warcraft) “Tokyo 2” from The Secret World (submitted by Gryph) “The Chosen” from Revelation Online (submitted by Thoroughmas) “Nym’s Property” from Star Wars Galaxies by (submitted by Bree) “…But Still We Go On” from EVE Online (submitted by Galactrix) “Embers in … [Read more...] about Battle Bards Episode 72: 3rd Anniversary – Listener Requests
Update: As anticipated, Steps of Faith got a nerf in patch 2.57. Hopefully this will help prevent stories like mine from replaying in the future. And maybe folks will stop auto-dropping this trial, too. Maybe. So last night, I reached the Steps of Faith Pain trial on Zuri while working to complete the main scenario story and get her ready for Heavensward. I knew that it would be tough to do using the Duty Finder. I just didn’t know that it would be near impossible. -Steps of Faith Begins- Me: Hello! Healer: Oh FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF- NOT THIS TRIAL! DPS: I shoulda just run Ifrit HM four times to finish my poetics. Why did I roulette? Tank: Here, guys, I’ll save you from the pain! *drops* *Rest of group drops, too* Me: I… uh… actually need this for story progression. Guys? … Guys? That was how my first DF went last night. I knew that I was going to be in for a nasty ride. It seems that people hate this trial so badly they will actually eat … [Read more...] about FFXIV: Steps of Faith Nightmares
A new episode of Battle Bards is up! Get out on the dance floor and boogie down with the Battle Bards! Today the bards look for — believe it or not — electronic dance music in MMO soundtracks. Yes, it exists, and yes, it’s all over the map. So strap in for a tub-thumping, rave-inducing episode that does skew to the goofy and surreal at times. LISTEN NOW Episode 75 show notes Intro (feat. “Club Tracks” from Anarchy Online and “Club 47” from Star Trek Online) “Free to Dance” from WildStar “Lords of Verminion Theme” from FFXIV “Sunset Tracer” from Tree of Savior “Pocket D Themes” from City of Heroes “Involute” from Granada Espada “Robo Factory Theme” from The Sims Online “Stratus” from The Matrix Online Which one did we like best? Jukebox picks: “Floating Sky” from … [Read more...] about Battle Bards Episode 75: DANCE PARTY!
A new episode of Battle Bards is up! It’s time to take a diversion to play — and listen — to the minigames tucked inside of our MMOs! The Battle Bards haul out their last show of 2012 with an eclectic and fun assortment of minigame soundtracks. While minigame-specific music might be hard to hunt down, this trio did their best and are reasonably satisfied with the result. Which is good, because no refunds on this podcast! LISTEN NOW Episode 112 show notes (show page, direct download) Intro (feat. “Darkmoon Faire” from World of Warcraft, “Artifact Hunt” from Free Realms, and “Sneaky Block” from Trove) “Bonus Stage” from Guild Wars 2 “Pet Battles” from World of Warcraft “Triple Triad” from Final Fantasy XIV “Choo Choo Zoo” from Wizard101 “Space Missions (Republic)” from Star Wars: The Old Republic “Pest … [Read more...] about Battle Bards Episode 112: MMO Mini-Game Music
giving Final Fantasy XIV a try, with the Japanese MMO getting three months to win me over. Surprisingly, it’s managed to hold my attention in a magitek grip ever since I created a new character earlier this month. If my Twitter feed is anything to go by, I’m having a whale of a time. However, if I’m honest, this isn’t my first time in FFXIV. Back in the original beta, rolled a new character and ventured forth, quickly stumbling on a quest to kill ten rats. Only the rats only had three spawn points, and the spawn timer was so low that a growing crowd of players swamped them. I logged out and never looked back, passing on the game until now. That was almost ten years ago. Time passes and games change, but few have gone through as much upheaval as FFXIV. I interviewed producer/director Yoshida-san back when he was preparing to relaunch the game with the subtitle A Realm Reborn, and I couldn’t help but appreciate the energy and faithful commitment he brought … [Read more...] about FFXIV: Making Good on a Promise