GAME ENHANCING MUSIC: Playlists for Board Games
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I'm a firm believer that good music can enhance the gaming experience; it helps engage and immerse players into the themes of games whether they're "dripping" with it or merely "pasted on."

Being a big fan of music in general, especially in video game and film scores, I've been able to compile a ton of tracks (in the form of YouTube videos) to complement a good number of games.

When choosing music, I tend to steer away from songs with English lyrics in order to prevent distraction. I make a few exceptions here and there, but you'll find that most tracks are either instrumental or have non-English lyrics.

For the past five years of this beautiful hobby, I've come to be known for always having appropriately thematic background music to play during game sessions and I want to share it all with you guys. Happy listening!

NOTE: The playlists are all continually works in progress, but some are a little more fleshed out than the others. I'm always open for suggestions so let me know!

As mentioned on:

Dice Tower Podcast Ep. #430
(1:21:50)
"It's great...I [use] it all the time!" - Tom Vasel
From gallery of EndersGame

Rahdo's table review (05:54)
"It's really awesome...I've been using that quite a bit as well to really enhance the ambience of the games we've been playing!" - Richard Ham
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Other Music Sources:
Melodice- Site with crowdsourced playlists. Created by user lomero. Most of the playlists have been sourced by yours truly.
Kyur's Background music for board games- A fellow geek's playlists
TableTop Audio- Ambient sounds. Great supplement to music.
Syrinscape- Customizable ambient sounds.

Ways to listen
d10-1 Desktop/laptop browser to go to bartattack's playlists page. (the obvious one; install an ad-blocker OR subscribe to YouTube Red to disable ads)
d10-2 Official YouTube app on mobile device (no background playback capability, and plays ads)
d10-3 Third-party apps that allow background playback: FREEdi (iOS, Android) YTBPlayer (iOS)
d10-4 YouTube.com on Safari (capable of background playback)


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Playlists by Theme
►Greek
►Roman
►Space
►Western & American Frontier

Playlists includes music for:
[Bolded items are latest additions]
51st State: Master Set
Above and Below (and Near and Far)
Agents of SMERSH
Airlines Europe
Alien Frontiers
The Ancient World
Aquasphere
Arcadia Quest
Archipelago
Automania
Beasty Bar
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Black Spy
Blood Rage
The Bloody Inn
Bootleggers
Bora Bora
Bruges
Burgle Bros.
CV
Captain SONAR
Carcassonne
Carson City
Castles of Burgundy/Troyes
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Citrus
City of Remnants
City of Spies: Estoril 1942
Clash of Cultures
Colt Express
Coney Island
Cry Havoc
Cyclades
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Deception: Murder In Hong Kong
Dilluvia Project
Dominion
Eclipse
Empires: Age of Discovery
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space
Evolution
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Forbidden Desert
Francis Drake
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Fury of Dracula
FUSE
Game of Thrones
Ghost Stories
Ginkgopolis
Glass Road
Glen More
Gold West
Grand Austria Hotel
Greed
The Grizzled
Grog Island
Helvetia
In the Year of the Dragon
Inis
Islebound
Istanbul
Jambo
Kemet
King & Assassins
King of Tokyo
Kings of Air and Steam
La Granja
Le Fantome D' l'Opera
Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy/Last Will
Legendary: Marvel Deck Building Game
Level 7: Omega Protocol
Lewis & Clark
Lords of Vegas/Las Vegas
Lost Cities/Relic Runners
Mafia de Cuba
Mascarade
Memoir 44
Merchants & Marauders
Millennium Blades
Mysterium
Nations
Nefarious
Nippon
Oregon
Pandemic
Pandemic: Iberia
Pergamon
Puzzle Strike
Race for The Galaxy
Railways of Europe/America
Raptor
Redacted
The Resistance (see City of Remnants)
Rialto/The Palaces of Cararra
Risk: Legacy
Rise of Augustus
Ristorante Italia
Robinson Crusoe
Scythe
Seasons
Settlers of Catan
Shadowrun: Crossfire
Shadows Over Camelot
Shakespeare
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
Shipyard
Small World
SOS Titanic
Specter Ops
Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Steam Park (see Coney Island)
Suburbia
Summoner Wars/Mage Wars
Super Dungeon Explore/Boss Monster
T.I.M.E. Stories: Asylum, The Marcy Case
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Terraforming Mars
Terror in Meeple City (a.k.a. Rampage)
Ticket to Ride: America, Europe, Nordic Countries, India, Asia, UK
Tragedy Looper
Twilight Struggle
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
Village
Viticulture
Voyages of Marco Polo, The
X-Wing Miniatures/Star Wars Card Game
Yedo
Zombicide

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Featuring music from:
Left 4 Dead
Dead Island
28 Days/Weeks Later
Dawn of the Dead
Zombieland

Ambient supplement/alternative:
Zombies! - TableTop Audio

Choosing the right music for Zombicide was crucial it being one of our more thematic games. Despite all the zombie movies and video game soundtracks to draw from, I found it a bit challenging to find a good amount of tracks that fit the frantic and panic inducing atmosphere of Zombicide. At least ones that were longer than 30 seconds. Several tracks from the Dead Island and Left 4 Dead soundtracks do well in this playlist.


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