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Roleplaying music – Five essential soundtrack albums

In my column “Roleplaying music” I want to write about the usage of music in tabletop roleplaying. If you start using music in your gaming sessions, there are five albums you should consider buying (if you don’t own them already).

Conan the Barbarian (composed by Basil Poledouris)
Conan the Barbarian is one of my favorite fantasy movies and this is partly because of the great soundtrack. The music is very epic sometimes even bombastic, but there are also quiet, melodic parts. It’s an full orchestral soundtrack, so no synthie sounds here. It’s highly recommended for any fantasy roleplaying game. But you should try to get your hands on the Varese Sarabande CD, since other versions like the CD from Milan miss a few tracks. From what I’ve heard the CD versions are quite hard to find, but you can get it on iTunes for around 6€. So what are you waiting for?

[audio:https://www.stargazersworld.com/mp3/conanthebarbarian.mp3]Conan the Barbarian – “Theology/Civilization”

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Roleplaying music – “WoW: Taverns of Azeroth”

Recently Blizzard Entertainment has released a new game soundtrack album over Apple’s iTunes Store: “World of Warcraft: Taverns of Azeroth” composed by David Arkenstone, who has composed several great albums with Celtic music. I don’t provide a iTunes Store link here, because they are country-specific. So, if you want to check out the album or even buy it, open up your iTunes and use the search function.
The album features 19 tracks of tavern music from the MMORPG “World of Warcraft”.  From the (in)famous “Lion’s Pride”, that was the only tavern music for Alliance taverns before “Burning Crusade”, to the serene “Temple of the Moon” you get a nice compilation of songs, that are probably perfectly suited for listening to during roleplaying sessions.
The complete album sets you back €9.99 and comes as an iTunes Plus album (that is higher quality and without DRM).
By the way, Blizzard has also released several other albums on iTunes Store including the soundtracks from Diablo II, StarCraft and World of Warcraft.