A lot of games get credit for the great soundtracks they have. Final Fantasy is a standout in this. I’m curious, if I had the time and energy to put something together, do you think background music would enhance or distract from your RPG game experience?
I’ve considered putting in the effort to find tracks for different sections of adventures, or different places. Maybe battle music that’s based on the type of creature you are fighting. Your party’s bard, if there is one, could then pick some “songs” that actually are played during the fight that are different from the standard music when they are performing.
Each town could have its own theme song (hopefully it’s long enough that looping while in town doesn’t get too terrible). Each dungeon could have a set of songs, etc. If only there wasn’t so much work to do to find something usable for this. I think it might be a really interesting way to immerse in the game. While there is some work in it, I could grab a bunch of sound tracks for movies and games and try to pick a little playlist of a few songs each for different areas and for different combats.
I could also get some abient nature sounds for forests, rivers, lakes, etc – and play that during the game. I wonder how different that would feel.