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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin usher in the Shadowlands era of World of Warcraft, share impressions from the New World demo, dissect the Lord of the Rings Online Q&A, wonder why chocobos are strutting into Guild Wars 2, and reveal which MMO was the defining one for their gaming careers. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of …
 
Stuck at home? Denied a vacation this year? The Battle Bards are here to help! In seven songs, the cross-continental crew travel all around the world with one pick per continent. Can MMORPGs take us on across the globe with their music alone? Indeed they can! Episode 181 show notes Intro (feat. "American Sea" from Uncharted Waters Online, "Mission …
 
Hey, Bree isn't here on the podcast today! It's going to be anarchy, fridge raiding, and free love! Or it'll be Chris and Justin going Beyond Light with Destiny 2, grabbing all of SWTOR's daily rewards, checking out Nexon and Pearl Abyss quarterly reports, and gabbing about what books should be made into MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an acti…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin welcome Dungeons and Dragons Online's latest expansion, celebrate Old School RuneScape's record breaker, talk about World of Warcraft's multiboxing ban, and reveal their shocking views on minigames. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if …
 
While Moonlight Blade is not yet a known quantity over here in the west, its soundtrack has gone before it and landed right into the laps of Steff, Syl, and Syp -- otherwise known as the Battle Bards! In this contentious episode, the three dance, flow, and fly through this big and distinct score. Episode 180 show notes Intro (feat. "Time," "Thunder…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Guild Wars 2's roadmap (and Steam delay), Shadowlands' new launch date, WoW Classic's final content push, Wagadu Chronicles' successful Kickstarter, and some listener voicemails about subscriptions and newbie experiences. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, a…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about SWTOR's new festival, World of Warcraft's butterfly controversy, New World's alpha, a new issue for City of Heroes, LOTRO's ill-received patch, and a frank discussion why working at a game studio is not for them. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer …
 
Shiver me timbers -- the Battle Bards are coming aboard and demanding that all capable musicians appear on the poop deck and blast out a few shanties and jigs for their pleasure! In today's episode, this motley crew examines the pirate themes that sail across many-a-MMO. Will they find rich booty -- or only a few pieces o' eight? Find out! Episode …
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about their experiences playing Torchlight III, fall expansions for Dungeons and Dragons Online and EverQuest II, Atlas Reactor's strange revival, testing dates for Pantheon and Ashes of Creation, StarCraft II's end of development, and how to add more difficulty into mob encounters. It’s the Massively OP Po…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Amazon's latest casualty, Star Trek Online's secret of success, World of Warcraft's increased benefits package, details from FFXIV's next patch, a couple of secret MMORPG projects, and their experience rage-quitting MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, a…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about World of Warcraft's momentous expansion delay, release dates for Magic Legends and Torchlight III, a new home for Skyforge, and what to do when you feel untethered from an MMO It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like t…
 
Washington D.C. has fallen to the plague, curiously well-armed agents are everywhere, and intriguing music floats. The Division 2 features a tense and action-packed synth score that distinguishes itself among online games -- and is worth an investigation by the Battle Bards. Suit up, because today we're going to the musical dark zone! Episode 178 s…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin discuss Ultima Online's newest initiative, Lord of the Rings Online's rumored class, a roleplay-centric African MMO in development, an actual patch for Secret Worlds Legends, and representation in online worlds. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And …
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin discuss Microsoft's $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda, the frequent death of Echo of Soul, Fallout 76's busy week, Conan Exile's first expansion, Phantasy Star Online 2's next patch, and how marketers use the fear of missing out to influence us. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, ta…
 
As the weather howls and gusts around us, the Battle Bards stand in the middle of it all with their heads lifted up, listening to the music that rides on the breeze. In this episode, Syl, Steff, and Syp examine wind-themed tracks from MMORPGs. Will they find all of the wind's colors? Probably not, but nobody ever mistook these three for artistic ge…
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Mia, and Justin discuss the surprising sequel to ArcheAge that's in development, LOTRO's controversial mini-expansion, Wizard101's documentary, Corepunk's potential, FFXI's missing mobile edition, and nefarious MMO sales tactics. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emai…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin break out the pumpkin spice lattes and drink up World of Warcraft's reputation boost, the launch of a casual space MMO, Fallout 76's upcoming One Wasteland patch, and a lightning round of 10 listener questions! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And r…
 
In 2018, RuneScape put out an official orchestral album to highlight some of the best of its remastered and re-recorded soundtrack. From delicate tunes to epic themes, the album shows just how far the game has come since its early MIDI days. The Battle Bards dive into this triumphant score and pull out some vindication for RuneScape at last! Episod…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin celebrate a great week of MMO news, including Guild Wars 2's official expansion announcement, WoW: Shadowlands' release date, and reports from New World's playtest. There's also a good collection of listener mail, such as the origin of Massively OP's Mo and how to recover from burnout. It’s the Massively OP Podc…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin say farewell to En Masse Entertainment, muse over a possible Lost Ark publisher, investigate WoW Classic's permadeath community, learn about what it's like to work in online customer service, and more! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, …
 
Having perfected their musical time machine, the Battle Bards leap back to the past to enjoy the soundscapes of dinosaurs and other prehistoric denizens. What does the MMO soundtrack for savage wildlands and dinotopias sound like? Tune into today's episode and find out! Episode 175 show notes Intro (feat. "Zandalari Allied Race" from World of Warcr…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover Final Fantasy XIV's new content update, World of Warcraft's pre-patch news, City of Heroes legal talks, Daybreak's new acquisition, the passing of Brian Green, and Epic Games' fight against vs. Apple. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remem…
 
On this week’s show, Bree, MJ, and Justin cover all the Warframe news from TennoCon 2020, crow about Crowfall's beta, move into Lord of the Rings Online's Rohan housing, talk about Blizzard's nasty work environment, and chat so much about underwater content! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer em…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover WoW Classic's big event, shady and not-as-shady MMO revivals, EVE Echoes' launch date, and mail about making game stories memorable and MMOs less greedy. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter t…
 
Running from 2007 to 2016, ChangYou's Dragon Oath is probably one of those MMORPGs you've never heard of, nevermind actually played. Yet when Syl stumbled upon it on YouTube, she knew it was a soundtrack for the Battle Bards to highlight. Take a journey with the team today as they visit this Bhuddist-inspired MMO and hear the sounds of this Chinese…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover the Steam launches of SWTOR and Wurm Online, Final Fantasy XIV's plans for the rest of the year, a pseudo-reboot for Phantasy Star Online 2, a possible Fable MMO, and their favorite talent trees. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, …
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover Lord of the Rings Online's ongoing downtime, Guild Wars 2's next episode, Tencent's takeover of Funcom, Nexon OC's closure, No Man's Sky's haunted spaceships, and the use of instancing in zones. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, i…
 
Seeking a simpler and more quaint life? Then come on down to the farm with the Battle Bards, as the video game music crew looks at pastoral themes from MMORPGs! From stereotypical-sounding tracks to enchanting discoveries, this episode is all about tilling the fields, living off the land, and loving the music that floats above it all. Episode 173 s…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover New World's not-so-surprising delay, World of Warcraft's Shadowlands reveals, Legends of Aria's launch, Elder Scrolls Online's next DLC, Dual Universe's beta subscription, and talk about their favorite MMO talent trees. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and game…
 
Although Lost Ark is still making its slow journey to the west, the music arrived ahead -- on a songbird, of course! It's a flat-out amazing soundtrack by a Hollywood composer, and the Battle Bards want to make sure that you aren't missing out on its musical gifts. So settle back, put on some headphones, and prepare to be blown away. Episode 172 sh…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover all sorts of MMORPG patches, from Star Wars: The Old Republic to Dungeons and Dragons Online, while also debating limited action sets and inventory issues. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover the launch of LOTRO's odd PvP server, World of Warcraft Classic's banwave, Star Wars Squadron's reveal, DC Universe Online's Wonderverse, and the state of MUDs in 2020. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in yo…
 
Hitch up your shorts, buckle your boots, and step into another deep forest of MMORPG music with the Battle Bards! As diverse as the woods are in virtual worlds, so too are these tracks that attempt to convey the feeling of a variety of leafy settings. Episode 171 show notes (show page, direct download) Intro (feat. "Mnes Forest" from Echo of Souls,…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin adjust to the news that Torchlight III and New World are coming soon, look over Phantasy Star Online 2's content roadmap, touch base with Raph Koster's studio, follow up with a few controversial MMO studio efforts, and It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer email…
 
On this week’s show, MJ, Bree, and Justin look over the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement on gaming, scout into the future of Elite: Dangerous and Path of Exile, pour one out for Final Fantasy XIV's cancelled fan festival, and talks up a certain Star Wars Galaxies podcast reveal that Bree did. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed…
 
Stop your whinnying and take Star Stable's soundtrack out for a gallop today! You might discover, as the Battle Bards did, that this horse-themed MMO has a pretty amazing and lovely soundtrack that's as large in quantity as it is high in quality. So saddle up for a ride through the trails of this lively soundscape! Episode 170 show notes (show page…
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Colin, and Justin go into the ups and downs of a massive launch week, thrill over LOTRO and DDO's cheap content giveaway, see a BlizzCon prediction come true, and what kind of dream MMO would we make. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d li…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin brace for the busiest launch week in recent memory (Phantasy Star Online 2! Greymoor! Guild Wars 2's No Quarter! EverQuest progression servers!), look at Daybreak's latest studio "spin-off," dig into the latest ArcheAge controversy, talk about rogue server security, and figure out where "ownership" of online gam…
 
Do you ever walk on the wild side in MMOs? Do you have a penchant for beastly races that aren't merely reskinned humans? Then you might find something to like in today's offerings from the Battle Bards. It's a show full of tracks that pay homage to the animalistic races in MMORPGs, but the most savage thing of them all? Syl's put-downs. Episode 169…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover a siege of China's World of Warcraft servers, more MMO financials from the first quarter, Fallout 76's 2020 roadmap, the death of the Dragon's Prophet series, unique uses for character select screens, and expansion draws. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and ga…
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Sam, and Justin cover Population Zero's launch, how World of Warcraft's numbers are doing, Trove's Delves update, Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor's prologue quests, the worth of MMO rewards, and whether or not SSG's business practices are predatory. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opini…
 
Final Fantasy XIV know full well how Square Enix loves to dote on its huge and often bizarre boss battles -- and includes the lengthy themes to match! This week, the Battle Bards have formed a light party to tackle several of the more unique and memorable boss themes from this MMO. Will they loot a few favorites in the process? Episode 168 show not…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin tackle topics such as Age of Conan's surprise update, a Defiance sunset, a World of Warcraft battle of words, Elder Scrolls Online's expansion release date, Guild Wars 2's voiceless episode, and mail about single-minded devs and freeform character buildings. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour o…
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Chris, and Justin mark 15 years of the classic Guild Wars experience, come to grips with Funcom's changes to Dune, discuss how much genocide should World of Warcraft highlight, and got to the bottom of yet another Star Citizen controversy. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and …
 
Tapping into their inner children, the three Battle Bards get into the spirit of name calling, trading stickers, and goofing off in kiddie MMOs. It's another episode devoted to 100% kid-themed games and their soundtracks and the weird rabbit hole tangents that the hosts find themselves pursuing. Did you know Switzerland has a Not-Fun Zoo? Never, ev…
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Colin, and Justin suit up for Phantasy Star Online 2's launch, roll with some Wastelanders in Fallout 76, phase ahead with World of Warcraft Classic, and munch on Final Fantasy XIV's dungeon problem (including if it has one). It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! …
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Andy, and Justin scramble to get on top of a greatly rearranged 2020, with New World's delay, Lord of the Rings Online's preview, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' first public foray, and more! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to sen…
 
Who knew that interlocking brick systems would result in so many video games -- and a pretty good soundtrack? The Battle Bards step on many small bricks on their way to reach LEGO Universe, the now-defunct MMO that only ran for a couple of years. Tune in for a high-octane trip through toys, tunes, and alliteration as Syp, Steff, and Syl regress to …
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Ben, and Justin get utterly, grimly serious about April Fools Day in MMOs, examine the devastating ramifications of Ascent: Infinite Realm's revamp, give keen insight into new features coming to RuneScape and Elder Scrolls Online, and duke it out over the shortest playable races. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-p…
 
For those who played the Nintendo Entertainment System, the name “Sunsoft” conjures up memories of intense gameplay, slick design, and — of course — terrific music. On today’s episode of Retro Reprise, Syp and Syl delve into the 8-bit treasure trove of video game music from this studio. Grab these vibes and don’t let go! Retro Reprise Episode 21: S…
 
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