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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 …
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about DDO's Isle of Dread launch, Dragonflight's surprising release date announcement, LOTRO's expanded class/race combos, Trove's new class, and cool ways that music intertwines with MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if y…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Wrath Classic's fresh start servers, the end of Echo of Soul, a couple of upcoming launches, Neverwinter's dragony release, the path to Palia, and accessibility 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 se…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Elder Scrolls Online's High Isle, FFXIV's Patch 6.15, the announcement of Starkeepers, Albion Online's Into the Fray update, a new Lord of the Rings title, and fears over Diablo IV's monetization. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And r…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Diablo Immortal's launch, the umpteenth return of Kritika, the last WoW: Shadowlands patch, a look at that cancelled Marvel MMO, and wished-for sequels to MMOs. 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…
 
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 Intro (feat. "Opening Cinematic," "Welcome to…
 
On this week’s all-reader questions episode, Bree and Justin dig do another expedition in the listener mailbag for topics, including ones on tech, identity representation, character names, roleplay tools, 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 send in…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Star Citizen's roadmap, Final Fantasy XI's anniversary, Guild Wars 2's sky pirates, EVE Online in browsers, why MMOs ruin us for single-player games, 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 send in you…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Lost Ark and FFXIV's war against cheaters, Star Trek Online's new featured episodes, Elder Scrolls Online's card game, Wrath Classic beta's prediction, and why Black Desert is struggling these days. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Blizzard's mobile reveals, Forsaken World's sunset, EVE Fanfest news, ZeniMax's rumored Star Wars MMO, and the future of MMO genres. 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 question to the show, use…
 
On this week’s all-reader questions episode, Bree and Justin dig through a big fat mailbag to answer questions about MMORPG crafting, vehicles, economies, guild progression, dealbreakers, 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 send in your question to…
 
On this bonus episode, Bree and Justin talk about World of Warcraft's expansion reveals, TERA's closure, and LOTRO's anniversary. Enjoy! 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 question to the show, use this link or call in to our voicemail at (734)…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about April Fools Day in MMOs, Black Desert's expansion release, FFXIV's housing lottery, no E3 in 2022, World of Warcraft's expansion rumor, RIFT's future, and what MMOs would be interesting if combined. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about the future of Guild Wars 2, the newest classes for Black Desert and Elyon, sad layoffs at Gamigo, the latest weapon for New World, and chatter about what helps MMOs go the distance. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you…
 
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 Intro (feat. "Cash …
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Elite Dangerous dropping console development, World of Warcraft's confirmation of a new expansion, EVE Online's latest controversy, Guild Wars 2's turtle problem, and whether or not WoW will ever go free-to-play. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gam…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree, Colin, and Justin talk about the big Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons launch, how the Ukraine war is affecting MMOs, SWTOR's path forward, SOLO's free-to-play conversion, and whether it's time to pull the plug on New World... or not. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer e…
 
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 Intro (feat. “Fortuna Login," "March of …
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about End of Dragons' launch, Black Desert's newest expansion, Dungeons and Dragons Online's freebies, World of Warcraft's Patch 9.2, Elder Scrolls Online achievement reduction, and how the elimination of faction restrictions changes MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tal…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Lost Ark's massive launch, how a franchise auction might impact LOTRO, a date for World of Warcraft 9.2, the fate of TitanReach, love for Conan Chop Chop, and a rant about zones we hate. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, i…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree, Chris, and Justin talk about Guild Wars 2's expansion launch date, World of Warcraft's new approach to cross-faction play, Blizzard's continued downward slide, Star Citizen's roadmap tantrum, a rollback for Mortal Online 2, and Lost Ark's launch week. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales,…
 
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 page, direct downl…
 
On this week’s episode, Bree and Justin talk about Microsoft's $69B takeover of Activision Blizzard, the EverQuest franchise roadmaps, Nightingale's non-MMO status, Guild Wars 2's End of Dragon features, and whether streamers help or hurt MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And reme…
 
On this week’s roundtable episode, Bree, Colin, and Justin talk about Elder Scrolls Online's expansion teaser, Lost Ark's gameplay video, ArcheAge's handling under Kakao, Elyon's new class, Doctor Who appearing in EVE Online, and whether it's a good idea to bring back Landmark. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, op…
 
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 Intro (feat. "Moder…
 
On this week’s roundtable episode, Bree, Tyler, MJ, and Justin catch up with the big news from the holidays, recap the MOP 2021 awards, and give our State of the Site report for 2022! 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 question to the show, use…
 
In the final show of the year, Bree and Justin whip through a second round of thoughtful, creative, and occasionally bonkers mail from the Massively OP Podcast listeners. From New World's faceplanting to stress-free MMOs to the controversies around datamining, there are a whole lot of questions that demand answers! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an…
 
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 Intro (feat. "Red Broth" from W…
 
To wrap up the year, Bree and Justin give the news a break and instead dive into the depths of the MOP Podcast mailbag to tackle all sorts of terrific questions from our listeners! There are so many questions, in fact, that this is only the first part -- we'll have to finish it up next week! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of n…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about SWTOR's delay, Lost Ark's launch date, the delightful surprise of Nightingale, a new Warhammer MMO, Crowfall's possible closure, and if MMOs are smart to go for big expansions these days. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if …
 
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 Intro (fe…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about FFXIV: Endwalker's launch, World of Warcraft's next big content update, the latest on the Dune MMO, why New World is disappointing endgamers, quest logging systems, and a look at the decline of looter shooters. 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 talk about Daybreak's as-of-yet-unannounced Marvel MMO, LOTRO's odd future, the Month of Expansions, RIFT's mysterious update, and New World's rookie mistakes. 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 question to …
 
On this week’s bonus show, Eliot joins Justin to talk about Final Fantasy XIV's upcoming Endwalker, including an overview of the expansion, a look at its new jobs, mysteries we'd like cleared up, and speculation about what's coming next for the MMO. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And…
 
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 (sho…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Bobby Kotick's part in the Blizzard Scandal, ArcheAge's new ownership, New World's first content update, expansions for LOTRO and SWTOR, should we be doing all of the side quests, and why spears are underutilized MMO weapons. Includes a sponsored segment for Albion Online but our opinions are our own.…
 
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 Intro (feat. "A New World," "Discovery," and "Heart of Corruption") "Embark" "Cutlass K…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about FFXIV: Endwalker's delay, World of Warcraft's community council, ArcheAge's new management, Lost Ark's beta blast, New World's gold dupes, and why we're not overly worried about the MMO genre. 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 talk about Fallen Earth Classic's launch, Blizzard's next moves, New World's big bugs, Magic Legends' final hours, and why it's never a good idea to read the official forums. 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…
 
For this week's episode, the Battle Bards turn their attention to an oft-neglected realm of MMO music -- that of mobile titles. Will Steff walk into a pole while playing Pokemon Go? Will Syl instantly recognize an old musical favorite? Will Syp use the word "cacophony" at least once this hour? You'll have to listen to find out! Episode 203 show not…
 
On this week’s show, Colin and Justin talk about Elyon's strangely subdued launch, Guild Wars 2's elite specs, World of Warcraft's next big patch announcement, the possible return of Fallen Earth, and a do-over for Legends of Aria. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about the onset of another MMO Halloween season, early access for Book of Travels, DDO's great giveaway, LOTRO's legendary item system mess, FFXIV's Endwalker media tour, and enjoying MMOs from the sidelines. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! An…
 
Piggybacking on a historical lifeline, Silkroad Online has enjoyed a long run in the MMORPG market. But how is its music? To find this out, the Battle Bards begin a long trek through desert and rainforest to discover the truth of Silkroad's soundtrack. Episode 202 show notes Intro (feat. "Karakorum," "Roc Battle," and "Donwhang Cave") "Jangan Town"…
 
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