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Lore Party is a podcast about video game lore. No reviews, no gameplay, no industry news. We focus on the stories, characters, and universes of our favorite games. These are the stories that have stayed with us long after we’ve defeated the final boss, the characters we think of as dear friends, and the universes we revisit time and time again. New episodes every week.
 
As the tone of public discourse becomes increasingly angry and divisive, Common Ground Committee offers a healing path to reaching agreement and moving forward. We talk with top leaders in public policy, finance, academe and more to encourage the seeking and finding of points of agreement, and to demonstrate how combating incivility can lead us forward.
 
Join host and producer Lawerence Kelly on Those Who Play Create!, a monthly podcast that explores the inspirations for some of the gaming industry's best. In each episode, Lawerence will interview video game artists, designers, developers, and writers about their motivations, influences, and creative processes to unpack the true stories behind making the video games we love.
 
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Abu and Leo are taking the week to spend with loved ones, but will be back in full force next week so don't go anywhere! This episode contains SPOILERS for what Abu and Leo are doing this week but nothing related to Dune Support what we do here AND get ad-free episodes and bonus content by becoming a Patron Holidays are coming up, if you haven't al…
 
The holiday season is here but many people across the country may be dreading sitting down with their nearest and dearest— all because of politics. In the first half of this episode, we discuss political differences with a father and daughter who have different ways of seeing the world. Clare Ashcraft and her dad Brian live in Ohio. He’s an enginee…
 
Abu and Leo continue their read-through of Children of Dune with a deep dive into pages 299-348 of the novel. They explore one of the biggest reveals to date, and they speculate as to the inner workings of everyone's favorite ghola. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far.…
 
Democrats feared and Republicans expected a "red wave" election, but it didn’t happen. Why was the outcome such a surprise? Who gets the credit and blame? How do results impact the near-term future? What are the prospects for finding common ground in Congress where both the Senate and House will have razor-thin majorities? We discuss these question…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 9, in which tensions start to boil over in the Narkina 5 prison facility. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not mak…
 
Abu and Leo explore the life of iconic sword master and sex machine Duncan Idaho. This episode contains SPOILERS for all of the Dune novels by Frank Herbert. Get ad-free episodes and bonus content by becoming a Patron Check out the custom-designed Dune swag on our merch store This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Visit our site to…
 
While many American consumers have given up their daily news habit, millions of others are now addicted to rage media— cable news and social media that push sensationalism, groupthink, and tribalism. This trend of "news bubbles" is relatively recent. Over the past 30 years, the decline of many regional newspapers has given way to a new form of slic…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 8. In this episode, Cassian finds himself in a strange, unfriendly new environment, while the Imperial noose tightens around the people of Ferrix. This is an E…
 
Abu and Leo respond to listener messages and explore the scale of the Dune universe, unpack the Qizarate's motivations, and share their anime recommendations. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Read along with us by following the Children of Dune book club schedule G…
 
Abu and Leo explore Thufir's life story, from his earliest years on planet Logi to his many years on Arrakis and beyond. Heralded by some as the greatest Mentat to ever live, it's literally shocking how much he contributed to House Atreides. This episode contains SPOILERS for the entire first book of the Dune Saga. Get ad-free episodes and bonus co…
 
The United States has one of the highest news avoidance rates in the world. Tens of millions of Americans don't read, watch or listen to the news each day. The media are held in low regard by the public. So, is there a better way to report and analyze current events that satisfies readers' interests? We hear from Mark Sappenfield, Editor of The Chr…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 7, which explores the ripple effects of the daring and bloody events on Aldhani. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may …
 
Abu and Leo continue their read-through of Children of Dune with a deep dive into pages 255-298 of the novel. They explore Farad'n Corrino's childhood and set the stage for the second half of the book. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Read along with us by followin…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 6, which takes us on a thrill ride as Cassian and his allies embark on a daring heist. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussio…
 
Abu and Leo explore the life of a prolific musician, pay their respects to Shadout Mapes, and geek out about Krimskell fiber. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first book in the Dune saga. The episode was edited by Geoff Moonen. Get ad-free episodes and bonus content by becoming a Patron Check out the custom-designed Dune swag on our merc…
 
Rigid polarization and political division are among the biggest challenges facing our country. Young people often feel that tribalism is better than unity and that conversations across political and cultural divides are impossible. College students Clare Ashcraft, who comes from a conservative background, and Jackson Spencer Richter, who calls hims…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 5, from mistrust and frayed nerves in the rebel camp on Aldhani to tense scenes of isolation and household drama on Coruscant. This is an EXPERT level episode,…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 4, which sees our hero assume a false identity to join a crew planning a daring heist, while Luthen and Mon Mothma scheme from the shadowy corners of Coruscant…
 
Abu and Leo continue their read-through of Children of Dune with a deep dive into pages 204-254 of the novel. They explore the limits of mentats and the true cost of Abomination. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Read along with us by following the Children of Dune …
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 3, where deadly consequences come home and Cassian finds himself needing to make a desperate escape. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of…
 
Abu and Leo dive deep to bring you everything you need to know about shapeshifting Bene Tleilax Face Dancers, from their earliest histories to the iteration we meet in Frank Herbert's novels! This episode is totally SPOILER FREE, and can be enjoyed by newcomers and old Dune fans alike. Read along with us by following the Children of Dune book club …
 
Polarization is not just a problem for Congress and our political system, it’s also taking a toll in the workplace. Employees are falling out with each other over politics and fiery issues in the culture wars. Organizations are trying to stem the discord. Some have banned political talk at the office. Others have taken a public stand on an issue of…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 2, in which pressure mounts on our hero as he struggles to tie up loose ends before going on the run. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts o…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series now streaming on Disney Plus. In this debut episode, Kevin and Jaden break down the events of Andor: Episode 1 and share their thoughts on this introduction to a thrilling new entry in the Star Wars saga. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts o…
 
Abu and Leo continue their read-through of Children of Dune with a deep dive into pages 149-203 of the novel. They explore the Preacher's incredible heresy-filled sermon and the shattering of Stilgar's beliefs. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Read along with us by…
 
We dive back in with a time jump to start Volume Six of Saga from Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan, also a new character is introduced, Abu gets mad about a non-reveal, and Alan gets in his feels about being a dad (AGAIN??). This episode discusses ONLY up through chapter 33 of Saga, with no spoilers for any later chapters. For more great shows from…
 
Abu and Leo explore the life of the Baron Vladimir's father, unpack the history of how the Fremen came to ride worms, and take a closer look at oil lens technology. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first book in the Dune saga. The episode was edited by Geoff Moonen. Get ad-free episodes and bonus content by becoming a Patron Check out th…
 
Our guests on today’s show are part of the school shooting generation. Each grew up with active shooter drills and concerns that their school could be next, concepts that were unthinkable when most of today’s politicians were in the classroom. Sophie Holtzman and Jackson Hoppe are sophomores at George Washington University. They are also joint vice…
 
Abu and Alan are ALMOST back from our rest time, but as a special treat, please enjoy this episode of another great comics podcast: The Sandman UNLOCKED, which you can find and follow on all the podcast platforms. On this Issue #1 Read-Along 'Sleep of the Just' Deep Dive, the hosts jump right in talking about the history of books like the Magdalene…
 
Abu and Leo respond to listener messages and explore how Other Memory works, share their ideas on how they'd adapt Dune into a television show, and imagine what it must be like dating in a sietch community. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Read along with us by fol…
 
Jin Sakai was raised from childhood to confront his opponents directly and honorably. But when his home is overwhelmed by invaders, everything changes. In this episode, Conner and Kevin discuss how rather than betraying the Samurai code, Jin's "dishonorable" actions actually serve the code's higher ideals. EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.c…
 
Abu and Leo continue their exploration of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, focusing on his fear, ignorance and paranoia that begin to emerge in the second half of Dune and beyond! This episode contains SPOILERS for ALL THREE of Frank Herbert's Dune novels. Finish Children of Dune before you listen! Read along with us by following the Children of Dune book…
 
The primary election season in this midterm election year is now over in most states. Turnout was often very low— less than 20% of registered voters showed up in many places— while the partisan divide was as wide as ever. In this episode, we hear from leading political strategists, scholars, authors, and journalists about the American system for ch…
 
In Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem: Three Hopes, the existence of Abyss and the Ashen Wolves demonstrate that the authority figures in Fódlan aren't always right. Join Caleb (https://twitter.com/ScifiSpeedster) and Wade (https://twitter.com/waderonspies) as they explore how these outcasts proved their oppressors wrong and thrived under le…
 
Abu and Leo continue their read-through of Children of Dune with a deep dive into pages 100-148 of the novel. They explore the Preacher's political views and Leto's manipulation of his grandmother. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Read along with us by following th…
 
Hades by Supergiant Games is a case study in how ancient mythological tales can be examined through a modern lens, and displays some admirable diversity in its characters and their relationships. Abu and Avery discuss these strong points, as well as some areas where the game falls short. EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com/loreparty. Try i…
 
Abu and Leo break down the early life of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, the big bad of Frank Herbert's first novel. They explore the villain's more complex motivations from his childhood and how Vladimir represents everything the Imperium demands you become to survive in the cut-throat world of galactic politics. This episode contains SPOILERS for only …
 
In US politics bipartisanship is now the exception, not the rule. But the Millennial Action Project is pushing back: it trains young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and work together to solve America’s problems. In this episode, we meet two members of the Millennial Action Project from opposite sides of the aisle. They are state representativ…
 
The Argonians of Tamriel don't have it easy. They're constantly picked on by their neighbors, regularly made into slaves, and face discrimination nearly everywhere they go. But in their native province of the Black Marsh, they have a massive home field advantage. In this episode, Bruce and Conner discuss the hidden strengths that have kept the Blac…
 
Abu and Leo continue their read-through of Children of Dune with a deep dive into pages 53-99 of the novel. They explore Ghanima's heartbreaking conversation with her grandmother and the tragedy of Alia's life. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels beyond the books and pages covered thus far. Read along with us by…
 
Abu and Leo share a selection of curated Spice Morsels– deep-cut lore tidbits too short for dedicated episodes but too delectable to miss. This episode contains SPOILERS for both Dune and Dune: Messiah. This episode was edited by Matt Storm aka Stormageddon. Find them on twitter @dj_stormageddon. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJa…
 
Abu and Alan apologize for disappointing you all AND THEN pull a Brian & Fiona by saying we're taking MORE time off 😄 (though not NEARLY as long). Also we recommend several great comics from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples that you can enjoy before we come back in mid-September: • Y: The Last Man • Ex Machina • Paper Girls (also streaming on Ama…
 
American business can be a force for finding common ground, but large corporations must now answer to a growing array of stakeholders, who often have opposing views on hot-button issues. In recent years, social media has also forced companies to respond immediately to a variety of conflicting demands. We discuss these challenges with Davia Temin, a…
 
Welcome to Lore Party’s special coverage of Andor - the new Star Wars television series streaming on Disney Plus starting Sept. 21. In this preview episode, we'll explore the background and origins of Rebel Alliance operative Cassian Andor and speculate on the journey he'll experience in the upcoming series. This is an EXPERT level episode, which m…
 
Abu and Leo complete their dive deep into SyFy Channel's "Frank Herbert's Dune" and explore Part 3 of the miniseries. They discuss the silly hats and gush about how well the show handles Paul's transformation. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune novel. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GomJabbar Check out our merch: …
 
Narrative design an often overlooked yet crucial aspect of game development. When done correctly, a game can inspire, delight, and represent players in ways never thought of before. But when done incorrectly, a game risks offending, alienating, and misrepresenting players who may seek comfort and joy in a particular project. In this episode of Thos…
 
Abu and Leo finish their coverage of the Dune: House Atreides comic book, a prequel that explores the decades leading up to the events of Dune. In this episode, they wrap up this series with their insights and impressions of issues #11 and #12. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune novel. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.…
 
The world is being shaken by a collision of energy needs, climate change, and clashes between nations in a time of global crisis— made much worse by Russia's all-out invasion of Ukraine. Roaring inflation has shocked consumers, the Biden Administration, and other governments around the world. In this episode we discuss the rapidly growing challenge…
 
Caleb and Avery unpack the connections between classical myth and the game setting of Supergiant's Hades while exploring Zagreus' role as the god of blood. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the games. Expect lots of spoilers. EXCLUSIVE NordVPN Deal ➼ https://nordvpn.com…
 
Abu and Leo continue their deep dive into SyFy Channel's "Frank Herbert's Dune" and explore Part 2 of the miniseries. They discuss the incredible way Irulan was handled in the story and geek out about the stunning attention to detail in the world building. This episode contains SPOILERS for only the first Dune novel. Support us on Patreon: https://…
 
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