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On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about World of Warcraft's 9.1 announcement, Elder Scrolls Online's console upgrade, the latest class for Black Desert, developer accountability, and MMOs that taught us real world skills. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d …
 
Attempting to summit the very best of MMO music, the Battle Bards head up, up, up into the mountains with this episode! What musical motifs do the ranges hold in online games? The crew of Steff, Syl, and Syp are going to try to find out -- if the yeti doesn't eat them first! Episode 195 show notes Intro (feat. "Berg" from Drakensang Online, "Snowho…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about all of the big announcements from E3, Lost Ark's release announcement, a few launches from the past week, confirmation of Aion Classic, and a discussion of difficulty walls in MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d …
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Carlo, and Justin talk about the Blackwood and Burning Crusade launches, Elyon and SOLO impressions, Crowfall's launch announcement, Aion Classic, Bards in Neverwinter and Trove, and some little game called... Palia. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remem…
 
No Man's Sky is a Cinderella story, a turnaround from a project that failed on its promises to exceeding them. But what about its soundtrack? In this episode, the Battle Bards examine this "experimental" score and grapple with how it fits with space exploration theme. Episode 194 show notes Intro (feat. "I've Seen Things," "Blueprint for a Slow Mac…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin answer a host of reader mail! Topics include Blizzard being Blizzard, underwater zones, older MMOs, disillusionment, and how game studios could provide better tools for exploration. 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…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Elite Dangerous: Odyssey's rollout, the delayed start of Burning Crusade Classic's pre-patch, Ashes of Creation's NDA drop, the end of one of LOTRO's progression servers, and mail on a roleplaying revival. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails!…
 
Strike up a drum, flourish a flute, and howl to the moon -- it's time to get funky with some tribal jams! In this episode of the Battle Bards, the intrepid crew enjoy a wide range of chanty, drummy, and peppy tracks from MMORPGs. Episode 193 show notes Intro (feat. "Tribal Downtime" from Elsword Online, "Exotic Marketplace" from Lineage 2, and "Hun…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about New World's preview event and cash shop, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker's reveals, WoW Classic's surprising cloning turnabout, City of Heroes news, voice mail about guild housing, and mail about MMO economies. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer email…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about WoW Classic's Burning Crusade launch schedule, Star Wars Galaxies Legends' Bespin expansion release, Elyon's beta test, Elder Scrolls Online's companion system, and discussion over why they left certain MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emai…
 
Is Mabonogi a muppet, a Welsh adventure, or a Korean MMORPG? It's certainly an odd title, but its music is worthy of the Battle Bards' time. This week, the trio sails through the soundtrack to this anime fantasy sandbox -- and gives proper attention, respect, and love to the country of Wales. Episode 192 show notes Intro (feat. "Main Theme (Piano),…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Guild Wars 2's summer plans, EG7's letter about Daybreak, the death and rebirth of SoulWorker, a huge week for content drops, and why MMO studios should be investing in perpetual content. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if …
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Destiny 2's horrible transmog plans, dates for New Genesis, RuneScape mobile, and Odyssey, Jeff Kaplan's departure from Blizzard, and the mother of all Blizzard critiques. 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…
 
Today's episode of the Battle Bards was phoned in -- phoned in with 2800-baud modems from the 1990s, that is! Steff, Syl, and Syp return to the early era of graphical MMOs to see what video game music existed in that time. From the bleeps to the bombastic, this show digs deep into the past to see what is waiting to be uncovered... Episode 191 show …
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin lament the cancellation of Amazon's Lord of the Rings MMO, investigate a super-secret Guild Wars Easter egg, get psyched over Star Wars Galaxies' Bespin expansion, and discuss the internal logic of MMORPG 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 talk about Path of Exile 2's reveal, a possible Global Agenda sequel, Dual Universe's leadership snafu, more chatter on subscriptions, and how to make MMOs more social. 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 que…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin are joined by MMO Fallout's Connor talk about April Fools pranks, big steps forward for Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft's 9.1 tardiness, Elyon's beta, and why seasonal passes are of the devil. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if y…
 
It was the FOMO title of last fall, and now Genshin Impact is in your ears! On this episode of the Battle Bards, Syp, Steff, and the Other One explore the varied and delightfully cheerful soundtrack to this online RPG. Unless you have headphones made of live kittens, it'll be the most adorable thing you'll listen to all day! Episode 190 show notes …
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Chris, Tyler, and Justin talk about Magic Legends' soft launch, World of Warcraft's business practices, Burning Crusade Classic's beta test, Elite Dangerous Odyssey, Raph Koster's manifesto, and mail about subscriptions and excessive currencies. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Activision-Blizzard's unfortunate layoffs, Lord of the Rings Online's latest patch, Star Wars: The Old Republic's bright future, Magic Legends' open beta test, and a Bobby Kotick rant to end all rants! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And…
 
Is that a chill creeping down your spine? Did your ears just perk up at the hint of fae music in the trees? Is Tinkerbell blasting you with a cannon full of musical confetti? Then you must be in a good place to listen to some more spooky and magical music from MMORPGs with the Battle Bards! Episode 189 show notes Intro (feat. "Emerald Labyrinth" fr…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about RIFT's precarious position, what happens when a data center catches fire, Guild Wars 2's latest update, LOTRO's 2021 roadmap, Elder Scrolls Online's numbers, returning to MMOs after a break, and hypothetical potential for a crafting and gathering MMO. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed ho…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Elder Scrolls Online's Update 29, an incredible WoW Classic community initiative, and Daybreak's Aliens shooter reveal. There's also a lot of listener mail in this episode, covering topics such as time capsules, anti-streaming MMOs, and MacOS. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of ne…
 
While the Battle Bards tend to agree that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands isn't as strong of an expansion soundtrack compared to the last few, it's still WoW, and it still has some gems worth uncovering. Join Syl, Steff, and Syp as they journey into the afterlife and see what the freshly dead listen to in their eternities! Episode 188 show notes Int…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about the crushing news of Gamigo and BioWare's cancelations, Dungeons and Dragons Online's huge anniversary, Riot's MMO hiring spree, Blizzard's mobile Warcraft game, and how we can make MMOs "like they used to be." It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer em…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin go through all of the big reveals from BlizzConline 2021, discuss New World's latest delay, look at ArcheAge's upcoming server merges, talk some Lord of the Rings Online news, and critique how World of Warcraft treats new players. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and…
 
Oh yeah, this is destined to be our most-downloaded show ever, because the Battle Bards are bringing the THRILLS of sewer systems and the EXCITEMENT of swamps right to your eardrums! Decaying organic matter and waste disposal are always fun times in the music department! Syp, Steff, and Syl comb through their MMO soundtrack archives to see what int…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin cover that truly bizarre Elite: Dangerous slave cult thing, look over BlizzConline's schedule, get into Hearthstone Classic, chat about PlanetSide 2's big patch, see how a Neverwinter Nights world is still trucking along, and go through mail on full-loot PvP and brute forcing game systems. It’s the Massively OP …
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk cover the Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker reveal, Skyforge's big Nintendo launch, World of Warcraft's and Guild Wars 2's finances, Google Stadia's misfortunes, making progress in multiple games, and frustrating MMO dungeons. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gam…
 
While Lineage II is one of the absolute favorite soundtracks of the Battle Bards, the first game in this series has been shamefully overlooked on the show. No longer! In today's episode, Syl, Steff, and Syp dig into this rather lovely and expressive score for an MMO that's been around longer than some of their listeners have been alive. From the sa…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Elder Scrolls Online's next expansion, Fallout 76's patch frenzy, Star Trek Online's giddy success, Magic Legends' beta date, the hot mess that is Amazon Game Studios, and whether they prefer questin' or grindin' in MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, a…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Pantheon's much-needed cash infusion, the fallout from the KingsIsle and Jagex sales, World of Warcraft's huge economy, Star Trek Online's anniversary, and the agony of picking between MMO subscriptions. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! A…
 
Flying has always been both beloved and controversial in MMORPGs, but no matter what your stance on it, at least you can agree that when you slip the surly bonds of earth, you need an amazing soundtrack for that moment. Thankfully, captain Steff, co-pilot Syl, and navigator Syp are here to point out some of the best flying-themed tunes found in onl…
 
In this week’s show, Bree and Justin talk about Elite Dangerous' expansion delay, the arrival of more Guild Wars 2 content, Lord of the Rings Online's latest controversy, an attempt by Pirate101 players to save their game, and how you stop "seeing the sausage" in MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, a…
 
In this week's show, Bree and Justin kick off the first "normal" episode of the year by covering Riot's League of Legends MMO announcement, RuneScape's 20th anniversary, Neverwinter's sprawling expansion, Path of Exile's big reveal, and mail about losing excitement in upcoming games. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tal…
 
In our first podcast of the new year, a chunk of the Massively OP team assembles for a mega-roundtable! The combined crew shares what they've been playing lately, discusses the recent MOP Awards, and delivers an informative State of the Site for all of our readers and supporters. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, …
 
Nexon's late, doomed MapleStory 2 gets a resurrection of sorts, as the Battle Bards salvage the soundtrack and deliver it, shining and sparkly, to you. It's a surprisingly good score with lots of interesting themes, and as such, Steff, Syl, and Syp are excited to talk about it. So rest in peace, MapleStory 2, we think you left behind a delightful m…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin engage in their annual Christmas week mailbag spectacular! It's a whole episode of nothing but listener questions and topics, including discussions about crafting, exploring, the mind of Raph Koster, underwater combat, and more! It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and g…
 
This episode is your ticket to the greatest amusement park experience known to gamers! With cotton candy and ride tickets in hand, the Battle Bards rush into the gates of their favorite theme parks -- and theme parks WITHIN theme park MMOs! So what do amusement parks sound like in online roleplaying games? Find out in this fantastic spectacle of an…
 
On this week’s show, Bree and Justin recap the major reveals of Elder Scrolls Online, Crimson Desert, ARK 2, and Elite Dangerous from the Game Awards, weigh the importance of Shadowlands' sales numbers, round up a whole lot of patches, and give advice for your City of Heroes Brute. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales…
 
On this week’s LIVE 300th show, Bree and Justin dig into the huge Daybreak company sale, WoW Classic's final phase, Star Wars: The Old Republic's medium-sized patch, all of the end-of-year activity on MOP, and mail about character personality. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remem…
 
What does the apocalypse sound like? That's the burning question, so to speak, that the Battle Bards are investigating this week as they dive into the soundtrack to Last Oasis. Michał Korniewicz's unique score is a haunting experience that must be heard to be believed. But at the end of it all, will it be enough to endure? Episode 182 show notes In…
 
On this week’s show, Bree, Eliot, and Justin recap World of Warcraft: Shadowlands' launch, adjust to Fallout 76's surprise patch, prepare for FFXIV's next patch, investigate the next generation console launches, celebrate TERA's console crossplay, and remaking older MMOs. It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions…
 
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 …
 
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