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Lore Party is a podcast about video game lore. No reviews, no gameplay, no industry news. We focus entirely 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.
 
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We'll be off for the next few weeks for the holidays. Abu and Leo will be stuffing their faces with pie as they plan some amazing upcoming episodes, including some great ideas from our listeners! We love to hear from you, so keep writing to us at gomjabbarpodcast@gmail.com. Please be safe this holiday season, wear a mask, and we'll see you very soo…
 
Abu and Leo take a trip to Frank Herbert's zoo to learn all about the cute, cuddly, and extremely dangerous animals found in the Dune universe, many of which we'll likely see in the upcoming film. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on Twitter an…
 
Lawerence and Kevin are joined by actor Yuri Lowenthal to peel back the layers of Peter Parker's trauma and explore the tough lessons he learned from his friends and enemies. Yuri has voiced iconic characters across hundreds of TV shows, films, and video games. He plays Peter Parker in Insomniac's Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales games. Thi…
 
Abu and Leo explore the lives and legacies of Paul and Leto II, from their struggles with prescient abilities to their internal turmoil as leaders and legends. Were the two most powerful people in the history of the human race saviors, tyrants, or something in-between? This episode contains major SPOILERS for all of Frank Herbert's novels. This pod…
 
Having a complete understanding of the lore in Bungie's most popular franchises requires a heavy investment from the player. Michael explores how the universes of Halo and Destiny are vast, but just playing the games is not enough to comprehend them fully. The Complete Story of Destiny! From origins to Shadowkeep [Timeline and Lore explained] by “M…
 
Abu and Leo give an overview of the many factions moviegoers and new readers will encounter in the Dune universe, from the Atreides and Harkonnen to the Bene Gesserit and Spacing Guild. Each has a role to play in the politics of the intergalactic empire, and understanding their motives is key to understanding their actions. This episode contains NO…
 
Lawerence and Abu are joined by Alex from the Comic Book Club podcast to explore how the comic books and video games take two very different approaches to the origins of Miles Morales. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of spoilers.…
 
Abu and Leo travel to Planet Ecaz, one of the most underrated planets in the Dune universe, to study the many useful and dangerous plants found on its surface. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on Twitter and visit our site to learn more.…
 
Conner and Lawerence explore the motivations behind Kessler's crackpot plan to train Cole MacGrath. The iconic Infamous villain was actually a tragic character driven by feelings of self-loathing and the guilt of his own failures. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the g…
 
It's easy to get burned out by the size of many open-world games, especially when those worlds feel empty. The Hitman series is a prime example of how smaller worlds can feel huge and present new opportunites for players to create their own stories. Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode div…
 
Abu and Leo explore the absolutely wild life of the single most important person in the history of the Dune universe: Ibrahim Vaughn Holtzman. Turns out the man who changed human civilization forever (twice!) was also a legendary troll. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party …
 
Bruce and Kevin discuss the questionable decisions Jacob Frye makes in Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and explore why his issues with his father make him act out in ways that seem more Templar than Assassin. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of spoile…
 
Lawerence is joined by Dan from the Amazing Spider-Talk podcast to jump through the Spiderverse and untangle the relationship between Peter Parker and one of his most iconic villains, Dr. Otto Octavius. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of spoilers…
 
Bruce and Conner explore how multiple characters in the series believe in the utilitarian view that the ends justify the means, making the story of Doom a cautionary tale against overlooking atrocities in the name of the greater good. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played t…
 
The Last Express is a game all about racing against the clock during a period of history that feels like it's running out of time. Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favorite games in 10 minutes or less. Subscribe to Minigame wherever you lis…
 
Bhavya and Caleb explore the many responsibilities of the soldiers in the Battle Chef Brigade, from cooking to fighting to research. A world faced with a unique challenge was forced to build a unique force to fight it, but at what cost? This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played…
 
Abu and Leo explore the long and brutal history of the Fremen people, from the generations of persecution during the Zensunni Migration to the hardships they faced on Arrakis. This episode contains major SPOILERS for all of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on Twitter and visit our site to lea…
 
Bruce and Conner are joined by Ty from the In The Keep podcast to untangle the messy and inconsistent lore of the Doom franchise. The series was never meant to have deep lore, but a passionate fanbase took it upon themselves to flesh out a lot of the world and backstory. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may …
 
Lawerence and Conner explore the long and complicated relationship between Norman Osborn and Dr. Otto Octavius, two brilliant scientists who brought out the best and worst in each other. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of spoilers.…
 
As they wait for Season 2, Abu and Brett decide to cast their dream actors in upcoming roles. They share their top picks for who they'd like to see cast as Phillipa Eilhart, Sigismund Dijkstra, Leo Bonhart, and Emeil Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy. This episode contains minor book spoilers. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. …
 
In The Outer Worlds, everything has a cost. From womb to tomb, your life is dictated by the big business in town. In this episode, Michael explores how this dystopian sci-fi world actually has roots in reality. Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of …
 
In this special episode, Abu and Leo speak with Martijn, an indie board game creator who is hard at work developing a Dune tabletop game. They share their impressions of the early prototype and talk to Martijn about some of the challenges he faces. This episode contains MINOR SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels. Our listeners can try ou…
 
Abu and Leo explore the unique technology of the Dune universe and unpack how everything from ornithopters to glowglobes was shaped by major historical events. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on Twitter and visit our site to learn more.…
 
Conner and Lawerence explore how Brooke Augustine's manipulative and hardline policies as the director of the Department of Unified Protection might actually be her way of trying to help her fellow Conduits. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of spo…
 
Bhavya and Caleb are joined by Michael from the Minigame podcast to explore how Coffee Talk uses its mundane barista gameplay to create safe spaces for difficult conversations. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of spoilers.…
 
Skyrim is undoubtedly one of the most played games of all time. But in this episode, Michael revisits the third entry in the franchise and finds that his time spent in Morrowind was much more rewarding. Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central ideas of our favo…
 
Lawerence and Abu explore why Martin Li and Yuri Watanabe became evil. Yuri is a cop with a strong sense of justice and Martin is a self-made billionaire running a massive homeless shelter. What pushed them toward murder and violence? This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played t…
 
Bruce and Conner explore how the Slayer in Doom Eternal disrupted the endless cycle of violence and cooperation between Heaven and Hell by simply getting caught in the middle. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of spoilers.…
 
Abu and Leo explore the humanity of mentats in Dune and examine the lives of iconic characters like Thufir Hawat and Piter de Vries in order to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of these human computers. This episode contains major SPOILERS for all of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on…
 
Abu and Leo explore the history and significance of mentats in the story of Dune. They discuss the founding of the Order of Mentats, their rigorous training, and the profound effect they have on the galaxy. This episode contains major SPOILERS for all of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on Tw…
 
Abu and Leo explore the key events that shaped human history during the 10,000-year period from formation of the Spacing Guild to the first pages of Dune. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on Twitter and visit our site to learn more.…
 
We're so excited to finally unveil our newest podcast! Join Abu and Leo every other Friday as they explore the vast lore of the Dune universe on Gom Jabbar. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts: https://anchor.fm/gom-jabbar Follow us on Twitter and visit our site to learn more about the Lore Party Podcast Network.…
 
We're so excited to finally unveil our newest podcast! Join Abu and Leo every other Friday as they explore the vast lore of the Dune universe on Gom Jabbar. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts: https://anchor.fm/gom-jabbar Follow us on Twitter and visit our site to learn more about the Lore Party Podcast Network.…
 
In our inaugural episode, Abu and Leo dive into their history books and cover the 20,000 years of human history before the formation of the Spacing Guild. This episode contains NO SPOILERS for the plot of Frank Herbert's novels. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on Twitter and visit our site to learn more.…
 
A coronavirus-related health scare causes Michael to quarantine himself for two weeks. In his self-imposed isolation, he plays everything from DOOM to Coffee Talk and rediscovers the comfort that video games can provide. Minigame is a short essay podcast produced and hosted by Michael Farris. Each bite-sized episode dives into the themes or central…
 
Lawerence and Neil are joined by David from Another Zelda Podcast to explore the few times a Zelda game takes place outside the Kingdom of Hyrule. It's been 19 years since Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons released, and they're still some of the most unique and interesting Zelda games. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of t…
 
Caleb and Conner make the case for why the divisive Calypso twins don't deserve the hate they received from many fans. Troy and Tyreen are amazing villains once you understand their history and motivations. This is an EXPERT level episode, which means some parts of the discussion may not make sense unless you’ve played the game. Expect lots of spoi…
 
Conner, Lawerence, and Jaden revisit Star Wars Republic Commando and explore how the unique personalities of each clone soldier in Delta Squad make them such an effective team. This is an EASY level episode, which means you will be able to follow the discussion even if you haven’t played the game. Expect spoilers.…
 
Abu and Brett answer questions submitted by you, our amazing listeners! They explore topics like Yen's resentment toward Aretuza, the effects of Witcher potions, the history of the Elder Blood, and the sex appeal of yellow eyes and white hair. This episode contains Season 1 spoilers and vague non-spoiler references to the books. This podcast is par…
 
Gom Jabbar is your ultimate guide to the iconic Dune universe. Join hosts Abu and Leo as they dive deep into every aspect of Dune lore, from Frank Herbert's original novels to HBO's television show and Denis Villeneuve's blockbuster films. This podcast is part of the Lore Party Podcast Network. Follow us on Twitter and visit our site to learn more.…
 
Caleb and Conner explore the legacy of Borderland's first vault hunter and debate whether his legend lives up to the hype. They discuss Typhon's early life as a turd farmer on Pandora (1:48), the lucky way his iconic career kicks off (4:34), and whether he's a fortunate fool or a mastermind playing a bit (14:35). This is an EXPERT level episode, wh…
 
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