Friday, July 6, 2018

Music to Game to: Old Tower - Keepers of the Ancient Flame

I listen to a lot of music (over 40 days worth in 2017 according to last.fm) and I find that few things help me keep the mood of a game foregrounded in my mind like a good soundtrack. Plus, I’ve discovered that when I’m playing music to a speaker via Bluetooth, I’m less likely to be on my phone, lest my players hear any stray sounds, letting me better model engagement during a game. To that end, I want to share some of my favorite music to game to; the albums that inspire and inflame my imagination and that I’ve found work well as background music for games as well. I’ll do a mini-review and cover the basics of what mood it helps me set.

Old Tower - Keepers of the Ancient Flame

Part of an obscure but aptly named Dungeon Synth genre, Old Tower puts out synth and keyboard based music that is plodding, brooding and haunting, perfect for any Gothic Horror RPG. Interspersed between the melodies are ambient noises; thunder and blowing winds or something being dragged through the night. Originally released as part of a split cassette, Keepers of the Ancient Flame is sold as a single track, but has five different evocatively named movements "My Dark Journey / A Dying Apparition / Mountains of Pride / Distant Lands / The Vampyric Keep". Appropriately creepy and suggestive of moonless nights and stalking beasts, but never too distracting or startling, I can heartily recommend this as an addition to your RPG soundtrack arsenal.

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