Tune Den: Wurm Online
With the amount of Wurm Online-related posts I make, I think we all knew this was going to come eventually.
I mentioned briefly that I almost never turn off in-game music when I’m playing. Wurm Online is the one exception to this rule. One of the reasons is that it’s not a constant stream that plays in the background but instead tracks are played at random times that aren’t triggered by anything in-game. The other reason is that I often have multiple clients open when I play (multiboxing my characters). Overlapping music isn’t very nice to the ears.
So far, the soundtrack is made up of 2 albums with 7 tracks each, all of it created by Tom E Morrison. It’s not like the usual fantasy music, but instead seems to be some combination of meditation and contemporary/world genres. I’m really terribly at identifying music types. You really have to listen to some of the songs to understand. Which is why I’ll include my two favorite tracks here.
From the first album “Meditation & Work”, Beating the Anvil is slightly reminiscent of smithing. The background beat is similar to a hammer striking an anvil. The flute and guitar provide a soothing backdrop for the most part, rising to something exciting later on…maybe the excitement of making a rare item? Something awesome like a rare longsword though, not rare nails again. Not that I’m bitter or anything.
Flatland Stride is definitely my very favorite track and it’s fitting that it’s on the second album titled “Travel & Exploration”. I love exploring in Wurm because things are always changing. Deeds are built up, deeds decay away, new highways lead me to somewhere undiscovered, and sometimes players change the entire landscape of an area. Every once in a while, I get the urge to jump on my horse and check out an area, either known or unknown. This track reminds me in particular of racing across the Grand Steppe on Independence. I’ve been through that vast open plain many times, whether searching for bison, hunting mobs, traveling to Freedom Market, or simply exploring.
If you’d like to purchase the soundtracks, they have been released on: