RPGFan's Rhythm Encounter

Jul 29 2017 2 109 mins

Join the staff of RPGFan as they discuss the wide world of RPG music both old and new.



50 - Hazem Hawash and Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom
Jul 29 2017 • 40 min
Many years later after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Enigami brings to life Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom, a magical world of vivid sceneries and wonderful, alluring music. Creator and composer, Hazem Hawash, alongside his dedicated team, pored a great deal of love into Shiness, so it was only right to bring in Hazem to chat about this lovely game and its shining soundtrack. Enjoy the chat, dear readers! Featuring: Marcos Gaspar, Hazem Hawash Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


49 - Mustin and Psychokinetic
Jul 07 2017 • 41 min
It's safe to say that EarthBound has a lot of fans, and that includes us at RPG...Fan. Bad jokes aside, where there are fans, there's often a demand for quality arrangements of classic RPG music. Mustin, of Mustin Enterprises (formerly OneUp Studios), and a group of excellent remix producers collectively known as Bad Dudes have provided just that for EarthBound fans with Psychokinetic. Join us as we chat with Mustin about the album and the timelessness of EarthBound. Featuring: Marcos Gaspar, Mustin Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


48 - Braxton Burks on Johto Legends
Jun 02 2017 • 33 min
Are you a Pokemon fan? Have you always wanted to hear an orchestral arrangement of the music from Pokemon Gold and Silver? Well, you're in luck, because such an album is currently in the works, courtesy of Materia Collective! Join Marcos as he chats with Braxton Burks, the creative mind behind this exciting new arrangement! Featuring: Marcos Gaspar, Braxton Burks Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]



47 - Interlude: Persona 5
Apr 02 2017 • 37 min
Our third interlude is all about the music of Persona 5! With the long-awaited RPG just around the corner, we thought it would be a special treat to share some selections from the amazing soundtrack this time around. So grab your masks and get ready to steal some hearts! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2017/6075.html Also, on a housekeeping note, Rhythm Encounter is going through a period of transition at the moment. As such, we're going to be on hiatus for a bit while we get things sorted. We hope you can bear with us during this time, and we'll let you know as soon as we're back in action! Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


46 - Music of the Year 2016: Final Movement
Mar 01 2017 • 94 min
The final movement of Rhythm Encounter's Music of the Year 2016 extravaganza is upon us. In true MOTY tradition, that means this episode is where we, your hosts, get to share with you some of our favorite music from the past year. We've got music from big names like Final Fantasy and Pokemon to indie titles like VA-11 HALL-A, and we even have some choice arrangements to delight you with as well. So sit back and enjoy one last hurrah as Music of the Year 2016 on Rhythm Encounter comes to a close. Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2017/5952.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


45 - Music of the Year 2016: Second Movement
Feb 27 2017 • 73 min
If you're looking for more Music of the Year goodness, look no further than our second exceptional movement on Rhythm Encounter. On this episode, two longtime friends of the show, Michael Cunningham from RPGamer and Don Kotowski from Video Game Music Online, join us to share their favorite music from 2016. Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2017/5942.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Michael Cunningham, Don Kotowski Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


44 - Music of the Year 2016: First Movement
Feb 25 2017 • 81 min
What's that in the sky? It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Music of the Year 2016 on Rhythm Encounter! This year we've trimmed the fat a little to make each of our three MOTY podcasts a little easier to digest. Our first episode kicks things off with a few of our dedicated staff members sharing their favorite musical selections from 2016. Take a listen and you may just be able to remember the year fondly after all! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2017/5939.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Peter Triezenberg, Robert Fenner Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


43 - Interlude: Deus Ex, Final Fantasy, Atelier, and Pokémon
Jan 20 2017 • 37 min
In our second interlude, we check out music from the latest Deus Ex, the cutest little Final Fantasy out there, and the most recent entries in the venerable Atelier and Pokemon series. Join us for a short and sweet look at some excellent, recently released music! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2017/5792.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


42 - Evil Etudes
Dec 30 2016 • 103 min
Love 'em or hate 'em, an RPG just isn't the same without a good villain. And every good villain needs a good theme song. On this episode of Rhythm Encounter, we explore some choice themes for evil empires and the bad guys who run them. Take a walk on the dark side with us, and don't forget to bring your doomsday weapon, ancient magic, or trained monster of choice! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/5726.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Marcos Gaspar, Peter Triezenberg Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


41 - Interlude: Falcom, Sakuraba, Final Fantasy Greats
Nov 20 2016 • 35 min
In our very first Interlude, we test the waters with music from Falcom, Motoi Sakuraba, and a bevy of Final Fantasy greats. Join us as we discuss these recent releases in our new Interlude format! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/5577.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


40 - Back to School
Nov 06 2016 • 110 min
A new school year is upon us, and it brings with it countless hours of reading, classwork, and exams. But never fear! Rhythm Encounter is here with a collection of music perfect for the new scholastic year. Whether it's soothing music to listen to while studying, or tunes that remind us of our days in the classroom, Caitlin, Mike, and guest hosts Marcos and Peter bring a little something of everything to this RPGFan cram session. Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/5523.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Marcos Gaspar, Peter Triezenberg, special appearance by Moe the Cat Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


39 - Interview: Materia Collective on Hero of Time
Oct 28 2016 • 26 min
The amazing group of musicians known as Materia Collective are working on a new orchestral album featuring music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Rhythm Encounter has the exclusive scoop! Join Marcos as he chats with Eric Buchholz and Sebastian Wolff about this exciting new arrangement! Featuring: Marcos Gaspar, Eric Buchholz, Sebastian Wolff Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


38 - Strange Wilderness
Oct 01 2016 • 102 min
World maps have changed a lot over the last few decades. The overworld is now something of a rarity and players are much more likely to explore a game through a series of connected fields than to have the traditional world map experience. The spirit remains the same, though, and the music remains awesome. Caitlin, Mike, and guest host Alana Hagues explore a lot of maps and trek through a bunch of fields on this most excellent episode of Rhythm Encounter! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/5381.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Alana Hagues Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]



37 - Foliage Ocean in St. Louis
Aug 25 2016 • 127 min
Forests are an interesting mainstay in RPGs today. So many games have them and there are so many different types. The music accompanying these locales is just as varied, giving us bright, happy forests; dark and sinister jungles; and mystical yet mysterious woodlands (to name just a few). Join Caitlin, Mike, and returning guest Stephanie Sybydlo as they explore the music of some of the best RPG forests out there! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/5232.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Stephanie Sybydlo Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us: [email protected]


36 - Bends of Time
May 02 2016 • 108 min
We're a little late in celebrating the 20th and 15th anniversaries of Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, but alas, we can't travel back in time to bring it out sooner...or can we? Kidding aside, the music of Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross is special to many RPG fans, and we at Rhythm Encounter are no exception. In addition to music from the original soundtracks, we also have selections from some of the fantastic arrangement albums that were released in celebration of these anniversaries. We also asked RPGFan Editor Emeritus Liz Maas, a fellow Chrono lover, to join us and share some of her favorite music, so there's a lot to love in this episode! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/4724.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Liz Maas Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


35 - Music of the Year 2015 - Final Movement
Feb 18 2016 • 121 min
It's our Music of the Year finale on Rhythm Encounter, which means it's time for your intrepid hosts to share their favorite music from 2015. We've got picks from some of the biggest games of the year, as well as indie gems and new arrangements of some classic themes, so tune in and enjoy! Once again, this finale episode features a host of bonus music played in the background, and while we don't discuss them during the episode, we listed each of these songs in a bonus tracklist to identify what's what. Be sure to check out both tracklists with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/4445.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato


34 - Music of the Year 2015 - Second Movement
Feb 16 2016 • 132 min
Every year, we invite some special guests from outside RPGFan to join us for Music of the Year. For 2015, we've dedicated an entire episode just for them. Welcome back friends of the show Jayson Napolitano (Scarlet Moon Productions), Michael Cunningham (RPGamer), and Don Kotowski (VGMOnline)! They've brought some unexpected and undeniably catchy picks from 2015 to share with the RPGFan nation, so tune in and enjoy! With a veritable bounty of bonus interlude and background music, don't miss the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/4438.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Jayson Napolitano, Michael "Mac" Cunningham, Don Kotowski


33 - Music of the Year 2015 - First Movement
Feb 14 2016 • 101 min
It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. It's Music of the Year again on Rhythm Encounter, and in keeping with tradition, we have a trio of episodes chock full of guests and awesome tunes from 2015. Starting things out with a bang are some truly swell selections from our very own Peter Triezenberg, Mike Sollosi, and Marcos Gaspar! Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2016/4434.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Peter Triezenberg, Mike Sollosi, Marcos Gaspar


32 - Terminus Est
Dec 30 2015 • 192 min
It's been a long road, but Rhythm Encounter has finally reached the final boss in our miniseries on battle themes! The regular crew is joined by the awesome and social media savvy Stephanie Sybydlo as we listen to some choice music while saving the world (and sometimes, the galaxy too). We fight evil space aliens, would-be gods, and even the occasional primal in our quest to play amazing final boss tunes, and our recent music selection isn't too shabby either. Check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/4250.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Stephanie Sybydlo


31 - Those Who Fight Further
Nov 04 2015 • 119 min
The Rhythm Encounter crew are taking on big, bad bosses in our second of three episodes devoted to battle themes. Stephen lets the SNES live again with some lesser known picks, Caitlin has an uncontrollable love for crazy piano and strings, and Mike brings some explosively awesome tracks to round out the show. Don't miss our recent music section, which is awesome as always, and check out the full tracklist with links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/4042.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


30 - Those Who Fight
Oct 17 2015 • 81 min
Rhythm Encounter presents a trio of episodes devoted to battle music and we're kicking things off with regular battle themes! We've got some things old and some things new, some things well known and others more obscure. So join us for an hour or two of the music we love to fight bad guys and the occasional woodland creature with. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/3955.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


29 - Casual Fundays
Oct 10 2015 • 75 min
While Stephen gets settled in Japan, Caitlin and Mike are joined by the always awesome Marcos Gaspar to present a special, express episode of casual themes. Whether it's chilling in outer space, grabbing a pint at the local tavern, or chatting with a friendly, weapon-selling bear, we've got tunes to suit just about every relaxation need. So sit back, kick your feet up, and casually welcome in fall with Rhythm Encounter! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/3919.html Featuring: Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Marcos Gaspar Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


28 - Quack Pack: An Interview with HyperDuck SoundWorks
Jun 09 2015 • 48 min
Following in the hallowed footsteps of other awesome shows about ducks, Rhythm Encounter brings you its first interview podcast of 2015 with a discussion featuring the talented Irish composer duo HyperDuck SoundWorks. Chris Geehan and Dan Byrne-McCullough talk about their beginnings, their inspirations, the soundscape of the 1980s, and the best song in Mega Man X with Stephen and Mike 2. The HyperDuck fellows also break down their work on Dust: An Elysian Tail and Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4, and preview some music from the upcoming Cosmic Star Heroine. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/3299.html. Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Michael Sollosi, Chris Geehan, Dan Byrne-McCullough Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]



27 - Planes, Trains, and Chocobos
May 16 2015 • 96 min
After a well-deserved break following our Music of the Year mega feature, Rhythm Encounter is back! This time we're talking about travel themes, from airships to giant mechs to all-powerful gods. Stephen flexes his music muscles with some classic ship themes, Caitlin gets really moved by some of her oldest and newest favorites, and Mike squeezes some clever picks into this jam-packed episode. Our recent music section is also supersized to give you that much more awesome to listen to, featuring tunes from Final Fantasy, Xenoblade, and Okami. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/3167.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


26 - Music of the Year 2014 - Final Movement
Apr 05 2015 • 276 min
The grand finale of our Music of the Year podcast extravaganza features music selected by your intrepid Rhythm Encounter hosts and tunes requested by you, our faithful and awesome listeners. There's truly something for everyone here, with music from the classics, more recent releases, and even some rare games you probably have never heard of all getting their moment in the spotlight. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/features/Music_of_the_Year_2014/Rhythm_Encounter_MOTY14-3.html. Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, John Tucker, Robert Steinman... and you! Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


25 - Music of the Year 2014 - Second Movement
Apr 02 2015 • 285 min
Music of the Year 2014 continues on Rhythm Encounter with even more guests and, you guessed it, more music! We thought about simply playing the rest of Dragon Age: Inquisition and Persona Q and calling it a night, but ended up throwing in some Square Enix and indie tunes for variety's sake. And be sure not to miss our very special guests, including Don Kotowski of Game Music Online, Kim Wallace of GameInformer, and Emily Reese of Minnesota Public Radio/Top Score Podcast! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/features/Music_of_the_Year_2014/Rhythm_Encounter_MOTY14-2.html. Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Don Kotowski, Pat Gann, Marcos Gaspar, Davi Tesnovich, Peter Triezenberg, Kimberley Wallace, Emily Reese Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


24 - Music of the Year 2014 - First Movement
Mar 30 2015 • 285 min
We may be well into 2015, but on Rhythm Encounter it's never too late to talk about our favorite music from the past year. We've got a full party of hosts and special guests, and so much awesome music to discuss that we couldn't fit it into just one episode. Join us for part one of a trilogy of episodes devoted to RPGFan's Music of the Year 2014! Special Note: Due to an unforeseen technical error, you may hear a higher than normal amount of background audio interference in this episode. We apologize for this unfortunate situation, but hope that our sparkling conversation shines through regardless! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/features/Music_of_the_Year_2014/Rhythm_Encounter_MOTY14-1.html. Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Derek Heemsbergen, Rob Steinman, Zack Reese, Michael A. Cunningham, Michael Sollosi, Jayson Napolitano Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


23 - Winter Warmer
Feb 13 2015 • 115 min
Rhythm Encounter rings in the new year with an episode of chill tunes to warm up with. Stephen's got Etrian Odyssey (or at least series composer Yuzo Koshiro) on the brain, Caitlin rebels with a few unconventional picks, and Mike serves up some classic snowy tunes to round things out. As always, we also listen to some cool tracks from albums recently reviewed on RPGFan. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2015/2678.html. Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


22 - String Quartet: An Interview with Taylor Davis
Dec 10 2014 • 51 min
Surprise, podcast listeners! Bet you thought we were done with interviews for the year. Well, Mike still needed to get his fanboy on, so we got a hold of one of his favorite musicians, the talented violinist Taylor Davis. Tune in as we find out how Taylor got her start, how she develops her music, and-- most importantly-- what her favorite RPG soundtrack is. We also listen to some of Taylor's beautiful arrangements and original pieces, so make sure your ears can handle all the awesome. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/2334.html. Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato, Taylor Davis Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


21 - Theme Park
Nov 24 2014 • 112 min
It's all about characters on this episode of Rhythm Encounter, and I'm not just talking about our colorful cast of charismatic hosts. Join us as we discuss some of our favorite character themes from RPGs both well-known and not-so-well-known. Featuring spiky-haired kids with Disney characters for friends (I'm sure you all know who picked that one), cursed princesses who hide in the shadows, one-eyed pirates piloting giant mechs, and plenty of other interesting personalities. Also, delight in some excellent new music, including tracks from the recently released Terra Battle and the eagerly anticipated Final Fantasy XV! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/2240.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


20 - New Beginnings
Oct 09 2014 • 118 min
We're shaking things up a little in this episode of Rhythm Encounter with a new host, a (slightly) different approach to recent music, and a lot of "new game" tunes. We search RPGs both new and old, Japanese and Western for some of the finest tracks to start a fifty-hour quest with, from title screens to opening cutscenes to battle music. Stephen has a thing for vocal themes, new host Caitlin Argyros passes the rigorous Rhythm Encounter exam, and show regular Mike Salbato pays homage to the wonderful sounds of the SNES. Join us for a lot of feels, a huge helping of nostalgia, and the chance to hear Stephen rendered speechless (on several occasions) due to awesome music. And do note that we've now included timestamps on every track, for your listening convenience! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/2088.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Caitlin Argyros, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


19 - Schmoozin' with Schafianski
Aug 22 2014 • 47 min
I was able to pronounce his name right on the first try. Do I get a special prize? Whether you can say it or not, listener, you'll still want to tune in to the latest episode of Rhythm Encounter to hear our interview with Sean Schafianski, the talented arranger behind VGM Remastered. Sean's covers of beloved games like Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, NieR, and more will delight your ears. Tune in to learn more about our gracious guest in advance of his repeat appearance on the next episode of the show. What's the topic for next time? I'll be keeping that information obscured for now, thank you very much. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/1907.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Sean Schafianski Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


18 - Hometown
Aug 01 2014 • 109 min
In the spirit of travel, Stephen takes the Rhythm Encounter ship on a trek through some of our most beloved town themes. Listen as the team gets wild with Wild ARMs, toughens up with some Brave Fencer Musashi, grins hard with Grinsia, and commits original sin with Divinity: Original Sin, among many other exciting highlights! Derek, not with us due to a freak dogsledding accident abroad, is covered for by Mike Salbato and newcomer Caitlin Argyros! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/1825.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Mike Salbato, Caitlin Argyros Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]



17 - Inn Vogue
Jul 03 2014 • 121 min
Don't just sleep there, let's get to it. Grab a pillow, there's nothing to it. The latest and laziest episode of Rhythm Encounter features a bevy of sleepy, gentle, relaxing RPG melodies. We bring you some of our favorite picks across a smattering of beloved games, from the tranquil world of Mana to the dark ambiance of Koudelka. And it wouldn't be an episode of Rhythm Encounter without Stephen including something from Yoko Shimomura and Derek fawning over Xenoblade Chronicles. Thankfully, guest Michael Salbato appears again to knock some sense into us and diversify the lineup. Keep those ears peeled (if such a thing is possible, although it sounds very painful) for the inn and/or resting jingles from classic RPGs that we've sprinkled throughout the episode, too-- and make sure to listen all the way to the end, because we're running a contest regarding those inn jingles which could net you free music! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/1673.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


16 - Do Androids Dream of Electric Chocobos?
May 24 2014 • 117 min
We're back! The dystopian future that is 2014 opens (a little late, as always) with our favorite tunes from our favorite science fiction games. We enlisted the aid of veteran RPGFanner John Tucker to seek out some of our favorite spacey, roboty, occasionally bound-to-the-earth tunes, so be sure to check out the latest and greatest Rhythm Encounter for all the delicious musical action! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/1487.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, John Tucker Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


15 - Music of the Year 2013 - Final Movement
Mar 16 2014 • 123 min
Closing off our coverage of the grand year that was 2013, we turn our ears to the music YOU most wanted to hear. Join the Rhythm Encounter crew (plus two) as we listen to absolutely anything you told us to, even if it wasn't from 2013! Blue Dragon, Sen no Kiseki, Baten Kaitos, Might and Magic-- the mix here is crazy, so be sure to listen in! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/features/Music_of_the_Year_2013/Rhythm_Encounter_Final_Movement.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Mike Salbato, Brian Tomlinson Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


14 - Music of the Year 2013 - Second Movement
Mar 13 2014 • 138 min
The Rhythm Encounter Strikes Back! Music of the Year 2013 continues as Stephen, Derek, and a gaggle (though this time, a different gaggle) of guests as they explore the best tunes that last year had to offer. Rogues leave legacies, Minotaurs smash faces, Derek goes Welsh, and Stephen doubles down on two of his favorite series in part two of the madness, featuring a decidedly non-Hollow Rob Steinman and fresh faced newbie editor Brian Tomlinson! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/features/Music_of_the_Year_2013/Rhythm_Encounter_Second_Movement.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Mike Salbato, Rob Steinman, Brian Tomlinson Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


13 - Music of the Year 2013 - First Movement
Mar 10 2014 • 152 min
You might think it's a bit late to be talking "best of 2013," but we believe in doing things with style, and took the time to do just that!. Join Stephen, Derek, and a gaggle of guests as they explore the best tunes that last year had to offer. We had so much to listen to and quite a lot to say about it that we're splitting the celebration into three parts, so be sure to join us for part one of the extravaganza, featuring Michael "Mac" Cunningham of RPGamer and Don Kotowski of Square Enix Music Online! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/features/Music_of_the_Year_2013/Rhythm_Encounter_First_Movement.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Mike Salbato, John Tucker, Don Kotowski, Michael A. Cunningham Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


12 - Red-Letter Date
Jan 20 2014 • 176 min
It's about time. The Rhythm Encounter crew comes back to the future with editor Mike Salbato and more Back to the Future references than you can shake a flux capacitor at. Gates will open, FATE will be challenged, the Triforce will be protected, and time will kompressed before you make it to the end of our bigggest episode ever, so be sure to tune in and start thinking fourth-dimensionally... unless you've got a real problem with that. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2014/1099.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Mike Salbato Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


11 - Pumpkin Spice
Oct 27 2013 • 128 min
It's in your coffee, it's in your candles, and now it's in your favorite RPG music podcast. Pumpkin Spice is the flavor of the season, and we decided to pay tribute to the months of orange and gold by featuring some of the best music to accompany your autumnal adventures. Our picks range from warm and welcoming to cold and foreboding, making this episode wonderfully evocative for those cool October nights. Oh, and we apologize in advance for the nightmare fuel near the end of the episode... or do we? (Special thanks to Sean Schafianski for his chilling arrangement of the Rhythm Encounter theme music, making its debut in this episode!) Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1886.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Kyle E. Miller Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


10 - Falcom Tomfoolery
Oct 07 2013 • 168 min
What, exactly, is a "Vantage Master?" Is there a connection between Zwei!!, Zwei 2, and Nayuta no Kiseki? Why aren't there any dinosaurs in Dinosaur Resurrection? This episode of Rhythm Encounter features a lengthy discussion surrounding the music and games of Falcom, from recent titles to the most obscure games imaginable. Stephen and Derek are joined by Tom Lipschultz of XSEED Games, whose encyclopedic knowledge of the titular company is utterly unmatched. Tom also shares a couple of tracks from the newly-announced Silver Anniversary Edition of Ys: Memories of Celceta, so tune in for the exclusive details! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1829.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Tom Lipschultz Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


9 - Wild Wild West
Aug 21 2013 • 138 min
When you think "memorable RPG music," your mind might not wander beyond the Japanese classics many of us hold dear. We're here to take off those blinders by exposing you to some of our favorite music from Western-developed RPGs. Our selections run the gamut from indie darlings to big-budget blockbusters, spanning several decades of aural excellence. Except for that one King's Quest song. Come on, Stephen. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1672.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Kyle E. Miller Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


8 - An Evening with Aivi
Jul 11 2013 • 38 min
Today's special episode mostly certainly won't make you cry a-more, because it's an interview with Cryamore/Soul Saga/The Black Box composer Aivi Tran! Stephen and Derek talk music, life, and Corridors of Time with the amiable Aivi, so be sure to check this one out! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1552.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Aivi Tran Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]



7 - Don't Tease the Octopus!
Jun 28 2013 • 141 min
Yeeeeowch! After the laid-back atmosphere of our last episode, we crank up the heat and listen to some of our favorite boss themes. We've got a great spread of tracks, from SNES favorites to Playstation legends and so much more. The tables have turned as Random Encounter host Robert Steinman joins us as a guest to discuss his picks-- and before you ask, yes, he did select a track from Dark Souls. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1506.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Robert Steinman Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


6 - Summer Chill
May 26 2013 • 102 min
Summer's here (well, almost), and the heat grows more oppressive by the day. What better way to relax than with a bevy of our favorite summery RPG tunes? We visit sun-kissed beaches, bustling port towns, and arid deserts in a musical tour of the hottest season. School's out, kids, so pack a swimsuit, don your shades, and kick back. If you need us, we'll be swinging in that luxurious hammock just above the crystal-clear island water. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1339.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Kyle E. Miller Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


5 - Ormond Alliance
May 10 2013 • 107 min
So T.G. Cid, Al-Cid, and Dr. Cid walk into Migelo's Shop in Rabanastre... wait, no. The fifth episode of your friendly neighborhood music show delves deep into the world of the Ivalice Alliance, featuring Final Fantasy Tactics (and its sequels), Final Fantasy XII, and Vagrant Story! The music here was so rich, though, that we brought along a pro to help us break it all down: Piano Collections Final Fantasy XII arranger/performer Casey Ormond. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1302.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Casey Ormond Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


4 - "IDOLA" The Phantasy
Apr 20 2013 • 90 min
A whole new world / A brand new place I never knew... Wait, that's Aladdin. Wrong new world. The Phantasy Star lovefest continues with a look at where the series went after leaving the Genesis. Our tracks come from an Online future, the furthest reaches of the Universe, and a Portable galaxy that travels wherever you do. You might just be surprised at how many musical connections these games share with the good ol' days. Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1257.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


3 - Flights of Phantasy
Mar 25 2013 • 132 min
Strap on your cyber-boots and pack a telepipe, because we're taking you on a ride through the early years of the beloved Phantasy Star franchise. Stephen and Derek wax nostalgic with their childhood Phantasy Star memories, while Stephen drops lore-bombs using his near-encyclopedic knowledge of the series. Whether you're a curious newbie or a longtime fan looking to relive your Genesis glory days, we've got you covered; and you might just learn some trivia, too! (And on that note, be warned that full spoilers for every game in the series lurk within!) Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1204.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


1 - Fragile Dreamcast
Feb 25 2013 • 84 min
The first episode of our new music-centric podcast features a sampling of music from a wide variety of games, from Wadjet Eye's Primordia to NIS America's Mugen Souls. Our special topic for this episode's listening and discussing is "everything Dreamcast," so if you're a fan of Sega's final foray into the hardware market, be sure to stick around! Check out links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1122.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


2 - World Revolution
Feb 25 2013 • 107 min
If you're feeling nostalgic for the days of giant people stomping around in disproportionately small worlds, then this episode is for you! Stephen and Derek are joined by the always eloquent Kyle E. Miller to talk classic world map themes. Featuring tunes from classics like Pokemon and Chrono Trigger, and some more modern twists like Mass Effect and Heavy Rain, there's a little something in here for everyone, so give it a listen! Check out the full tracklist and links to reviews/places to buy at https://www.rpgfan.com/news/2013/1165.html Featuring: Stephen Meyerink, Derek Heemsbergen, Kyle E. Miller Questions? Comments? Feeling spoony? Email us: [email protected]


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