Inspiring Soundtracks for the Aspiring Adventurer
Everyone likes music, right? So sitting down with a couple of buddies for a Friday night dungeon crawl or Settlers of Catan throw down is the perfect time to put on some tunes and let the good times “roll”….see what I did there? When battling hordes of orcs, legions of demons and aberrations, doesn’t it make sense to play music that conjures up themes of past legendary battles? Music that, when you close your eyes, helps you envision the hero you wish…no wait… the hero YOU KNOW you are?! Insane Clown Posse doesn’t do that, Drake doesn’t do that and Foreigner SURE AS HELL doesn’t do that! Here are some albums that will get everyone in the right head space and set the right “tone”….. see what I did right there? I DID IT TWICE… dude’s on fuego!
Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian was released in 1982 at a time when fantasy adventure movies were at the top of their game. The music for this cinematic masterpiece was composed and conducted by Basil Poledouris and I gotta say, he hit it outta the park! This soundtrack features a whole spectrum of awe inspiring music to suit your gaming needs from the fiercest of battles to the most tender campfire moments. With a run time of over an hour and a half, this soundtrack is a must have for any serious gaming session.
Favourite track: Theology/Civilization
Ok so this movie has probably either been forgotten or never heard of by most of you BUT…but… the soundtrack is GREAT for gaming. Composed by David Newman and released in 1996, “The Phantom” soundtrack is fast and full of whimsy. When we were younger we all picked songs that would kinda be like our own anthems and mine was definitely from this soundtrack. Running just over an hour long, this soundtrack should 100 percent be in the mix.
Favourite track: The Phantom (It’s kinda my signature song)
Final Fantasy VII
In 1997 Playstation released what would become one of the most iconic games in franchise history and the music backdrop is in every way just as glorious as the game. Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy VII’s soundtrack is thoughtful and features a more melancholy approach than most of the other additions to this list. I’d put this album on anytime our D&D party went adventuring underground or had to deal with a death as there are so many good, sad songs to be found here. That’s not to say there isn’t some fun to be found though; songs like, “Waltz De Chocobo” are great tavern tunes and “Bombing Mission” is a great song for giving chase or trying to escape a burning castle. Running a whopping four and a half hours long, you’ll probably be taking a break before this playlist does.
Favourite track: On That Day, Five Years Ago
When, “300” came out, I believe Ab flex sales probably went through the roof. I also felt fat, really fat. I tried looking at my gut like it was a magic eye painting and I still saw no sight of abs. I also loved that movie to the point where I can never watch it again. The soundtrack, however, is on shuffle, mixed in with other musical gems to help create a mood just right to roll them dice. Composed by Tyler Bates, this soundtrack has a little more of a synthetic feel to it, relying on weird sounding digital, distorted didgeridoos and lots of heavy impact drumming to get the heart pumping. It’s enough to make me want to drop to the ground and crush out 100 ab crunches…..just after this slice of pizza…
Favourite track: Immortals Battle
The Princess Bride
One of the greatest love stories ever told, “The Princess Bride” features everything you could ever want in an adventure flick. The soundtrack was put together by none other than Mark Knopfler of “Sultan’s of Swing” fame. Most of the songs are light on the heavy and heavy on the light. You won’t be putting this on while wading through a crypt full of zombies and ghouls but it’s great for character scenes where the party is talking to one another for those all important “Staying in character experience points”! So sit back, relax, and let the music guide your mind into the realm of the fantastic and wild.
Favourite track: Florin Dance