[generic] RPG Theme Tunes/Songs

#1
The Queerz! game has an amazing theme tune / music video.


Do any other roleplaying games have theme tunes?

Obviously licenced properties (Dr Who, The Expanse, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Buffy etc) often do, but that's because they can adopt the music from their parent property. What about other games?

The nearest I can think of is the Critical Role DnDBeyond theme, which almost doubles as a D&D 5e theme song:


Are there any others?
 
#3
Streamed rpg shows often do - eg see the intros for Critical Role itself, Exandria Unlimited, Dark and Dicey, Clear Skies.

RPGs themselves though? Not often, though in what context would it come up? Kickstarter promo vids, for instance. Some games do have soundtracks/background music, eg James Semple has done a fair bit.
 
#5
RPGs themselves though? Not often, though in what context would it come up?
Pretty much the same context any theme tune would come up in. As a preceding piece of music to put people in the correct frame of mind for the game. It might also serve as a divider between real world social dynamics and game time dynamics - so if everyone is chatting and not really thinking about gaming a short piece of intro music is great for getting in the right head space.
 
#8
Erdenstern (German musical group/ orchestra) do music specifically for RPG's (CD's like Into the Green, Into the Red, Into the White etc.) Very good, very atmospheric, using traditional and modern instruments
 
#9
Pretty much the same context any theme tune would come up in. As a preceding piece of music to put people in the correct frame of mind for the game. It might also serve as a divider between real world social dynamics and game time dynamics - so if everyone is chatting and not really thinking about gaming a short piece of intro music is great for getting in the right head space.
Exactly this - I always used the various opening themes from Star Wars to give a "story so far" opening crawl, as the cue to start playing the game.

Then again, I used Star Wars incidental and other late romantic pieces (Sibelius, Dvorak, Korngold) to run little set piece cut scenes between scenes, to show what the rest of the Galaxy was up to while the heroes were doing their thing.
You know - cut to the Death Star, Moff Tarkin is scheming with Vader. Dramatic music concludes. Cut back to the heroes.
It created a nice bit of genre-serving dramatic irony - you know the bad guys are plotting, but your characters don't. I only ever had one ultra-old-school gamer complain about it.

I did the same thing with other games too - selecting specific pieces as the themes for particular NPCs, factions, etc. I've got a whole bunch of playlists on my PC for different games and settings.
 
#11
Erdenstern (German musical group/ orchestra) do music specifically for RPG's (CD's like Into the Green, Into the Red, Into the White etc.) Very good, very atmospheric, using traditional and modern instruments
For general background music, the Nox Arcana stuff published by Monolith Graphics on DriveThru is sometimes pretty good (eg the Phantoms of the High Seas and Theater of Illusion albums).

I do sometimes have one or a cluster of tracks for when I'm -writing- a game, which is kind of a theme. Useful as a cue to jump back in.
 
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