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Jul
13

Brianna’s Favorite Artists from Denver Comic Con 2017

I am always really impressed with the talent on display at conventions like Denver Comic Con, and this year’s artists really seemed to have put their hearts and souls into their work! The Order is all about supporting local and upcoming artists, […]

Jul
11

What is a Makerspace?

The old school artists’ commune has fallen by the wayside these days. Art is moving into a digital age, and our economy is seeing a growing deficit for skilled, work-with-your-hands kinds of jobs. But with schools finding themselves hard up for funding in art and craft apprenticeship learning, and colleges focusing on profit-driven programs, kids and creatives find themselves with diminishing resources to experiment, create and ultimately learn “maker” skills. To address this void, across the United States, a maker movement has emerged. It’s homegrown, DYI-friendly, and all about inspiring creativity across mediums and all ages.

Jul
09

Best Games of 1996

We’re back after taking a week off for Denver Comic Con with the seventh entry in our series on the best games of all time! Since Loresworn has only been around since 2015, but D.M. and T.J. have been having opinions about games much longer than that, we’re embarking on a journey through every year from 1980 to the present, listing our favorite games that came out each year. Every week we’ll be discussing a specific year, listing what we think are the five best games from that year. At the end of this saga, we will look over all the games from each year to create Top 25 Games of All Time lists for each of us, and a grand Top 100 Games of All Time to stand as Loresworn’s final word on the subject!

Jun
29

Loresworn Checks In 8 – Denver Comic Con, Streaming, and More

Watch for updates, news, and everything else that is happening with the Order! If you have any questions about our upcoming projects, let us know in the comments!

Jun
27

Talk Shop 11 – Best Games of 1995!

D.M. (@DMSchmeyer) and T.J. (@AsaTJ) discuss their favorite games of 1995 as part of our recurring feature on the best games of every year from 1980 – Present, culminating in our definitive list of the Best Games of All Time!

Jun
25

Best Games of 1995

We’re back with the sixth entry in our series on the best games of all time! Since Loresworn has only been around since 2015, but D.M. and T.J. have been having opinions about games much longer than that, we’re embarking on a […]

Jun
21

Talk Shop 10 – Best Games of 1994!

D.M. (@DMSchmeyer) and T.J. (@AsaTJ) discuss their favorite games of 1994 as part of our recurring feature on the best games of every year from 1980 – Present, culminating in our definitive list of the Best Games of All Time!

Jun
17

Best Games of 1994

We’re back with the fifth entry of our series on the best games of all time! Since Loresworn has only been around since 2015, but D.M. and T.J. have been having opinions about games much longer than that, we’re embarking on a journey through every year from 1980 to the present, listing our favorite games that came out each year. Every week we’ll be discussing a specific year, listing what we think are the five best games from that year. At the end of this saga, we will look over all the games from each year to create Top 25 Games of All Time lists for each of us, and a grand Top 100 Games of All Time to stand as Loresworn’s final word on the subject!

Jun
05

Clea Cosplay – Update #2

The Clea cosplay saga continues! With this update I painted the bodice, constructed the cloak, and antagonized over making gloves.

Jun
04

Toph Beifong Cosplay – Update #2

This is where the fun (and hair pulling) began! With this update, I dove into hours of pinning and altering of the top in order to keep this cosplay as realistic as possible. I knew going in that this was going to be the case, but I am always up for a challenge – that is how you get better!

May
31

Talk Shop 9 – Best Games of 1993!

D.M. (@DMSchmeyer) and T.J. (@AsaTJ) discuss their favorite games of 1993 as part of our recurring feature on the best games of every year from 1980 – Present, culminating in our definitive list of the Best Games of All Time!

May
27

Best Games of 1993

After a couple weeks off recovering from PDXCon, we’re back with the fourth entry of our series on the best games of all time! Since Loresworn has only been around since 2015, but D.M. and T.J. have been having opinions about games much longer than that, we’re embarking on a journey through every year from 1980 to the present, listing our favorite games that came out each year. Every week we’ll be discussing a specific year, listing what we think are the five best games from that year. At the end of this saga, we will look over all the games from each year to create Top 25 Games of All Time lists for each of us, and a grand Top 100 Games of All Time to stand as Loresworn’s final word on the subject!

May
24

Talk Shop 8 – The Best Games of 1992!

D.M. (@DMSchmeyer) and T.J. (@AsaTJ) discuss their favorite games of 1992 as part of our recurring feature on the best games of every year from 1980 – Present, culminating in our definitive list of the Best Games of All Time!

May
24

Clea Cosplay – Update #1

At long last I have found time to really get started on my Clea cosplay! The body suit was the first step and was super easy to make. It was my first time doing a garment like this, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

May
22

Toph Beifong Cosplay – Update #1

Finally, the Toph is back! It took us a bit to relax our high working hours and get settled into our new place. I am quite excited to pick this cosplay back up again and wear it to Denver Comicon. My overall goal for this cosplay is to wear it to Children’s Hospitals when we finish our “Avitar: The Last Airbender Series”.

May
21

Toph Beifong Cosplay: Pattern Modification

Brianna (@ulvogravn) modifies a store bought pattern for her Toph Beifong Cosplay. Look for more videos showing the development of this cosplay coming soon!

May
16

PDXCon Wrap-Up and Streaming News – Loresworn Checks In 7

T.J. (@AsaTJ) is back from PDXCon, Brianna (@ulvogravn) has cosplay news, we’re bringing streaming back, and Kaycee the Sad Cone Dog (@IAmNotOnTwitterIAmADog) is still ridiculous.

May
06

Best Games of 1992

Welcome to the fourth entry of our series on the best games of all time! Since Loresworn has only been around since 2015, but D.M. and T.J. have been having opinions about games much longer than that, we’re embarking on a journey through every year from 1980 to the present, listing our favorite games that came out each year. Every week we’ll be discussing a specific year, listing what we think are the five best games from that year. At the end of this saga, we will look over all the games from each year to create Top 25 Games of All Time lists for each of us, and a grand Top 100 Games of All Time to stand as Loresworn’s final word on the subject!

May
05

Building the Studio

At last, the Order has a proper work studio that is not a third bedroom of an apartment! We are extremely lucky to have found a place with an attached, two-car garage, which has given us enough space for a glorious amount of sawdust, and several cosplays in the works. And of course, Kaycee, the Loredog, gets to hang out and guard against the various bunnies and mice when the door is open.

May
03

Talk Shop 7 – Best Games of 1991!

D.M. (@DMSchmeyer) and T.J. (@AsaTJ) discuss their favorite games of 1991 as part of our recurring feature on the best games of every year from 1980 – Present, culminating in our definitive list of the Best Games of All Time!

Apr
29

Best Games of 1991

Welcome to the third entry of our series on the best games of all time! Since Loresworn has only been around since 2015, but D.M. and T.J. have been having opinions about games much longer than that, we’re embarking on a […]

Apr
26

LSO is Going to PDXCon! – Loresworn Checks In 6

T.J. (@AsaTJ) will be representing the Loresworn Order at PDXCon in May! Follow him on Twitter for updates on how to find him and say hi!

Apr
26

Talk Shop 6 – The Best Games of 1990!

D.M. (@DMSchmeyer) and T.J. (@AsaTJ) discuss their favorite games of 1990 as part of our recurring feature on the best games of every year from 1980 – Present, culminating in our definitive list of the Best Games of All Time!

Apr
22

Best Games of 1990

Welcome to the second entry of our series on the best games of all time! Since Loresworn has only been around since 2015, but D.M. and T.J. have been having opinions about games much longer than that, we’re embarking on a journey through every year from 1980 to the present, listing our favorite games that came out each year. Every week we’ll be discussing a specific year, listing what we think are the five best games from that year. At the end of this saga, we will look over all the games from each year to create Top 25 Games of All Time lists for each of us, and a grand Top 100 Games of All Time to stand as Loresworn’s final word on the subject!

Apr
19

Talk Shop 5 – Best Games of the 1980s!

D.M. (@DMSchmeyer) and T.J. (@AsaTJ) discuss their favorite games of the 1980s as we kick off our recurring feature on the best games of every year from 1980 – Present, culminating in our definitive list of the Best Games of All Time!

Apr
15

Best Games of the 1980s

Welcome to the first entry of our series on the best games of all time! Since Loresworn has only been around since 2015, but D.M. and T.J. have been having opinions about games much longer than that, we’re embarking on a journey through every year from 1980 to the present, listing our favorite games that came out each year. Since we were collectively only alive for four months of the 1980s, and the games industry wasn’t exactly what it is today, we’ve combined the decade into a single, Top 10 list for each of us. Every week from here on, we’ll be discussing a specific year from 1990 – 2014, listing what we think are the five best games from that year. At the end of this saga, we will look over all the games from each year to create Top 25 Games of All Time lists for each of us, and a grand Top 100 Games of All Time to stand as Loresworn’s final word on the subject! We look forward to having you along on this voyage through time. Without further ado, the Best Games of the 1980s!

Apr
12

Spring Break Watch List 2017

Spring is coming! That means plenty of time to lay out with your streaming service of choice and watch new shows to your hearts content. Or if you’re an adult it just means the days are longer and you need a break after work. Either way, here are our top 10 picks for new and new-ish shows to binge this spring.

Apr
12

Talk Shop 4 – Introducing a New Project!

D.M. and T.J. announce our new Best Games of All Time series and go off on a Power Rangers tangent.

Talk Shop is the guys’ new podcast devoted to in-depth discussion on everything they’re into, mainly revolving around the Core Three of Gaming, History, and Fiction. Also, it’s Classy As Fuck.

Mar
22

School of Screen Time: STEM Subjects

There is an incredible push across the country to increase the appeal among students for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. These are subjects that will become the backbone of the next generation of innovators across the world. STEM fields also seem to represent a growing percentage of the job opportunities in America: according to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at twice the rate of other occupations. Yet, while opportunities are growing and this need is rising, American students in particular seem to be falling farther and farther behind in these topics. If you ask most school children why, the answer will usually be, “I don’t get it,” or even worse, “It’s boring.”

Mar
21

Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

I went into the 2017 live action Beauty and the Beast with certain expectations, given that the soundtrack of the 1991 animated version lit up my sixth Christmas… and most of the rest of that year. I played that VHS tape on repeat and knew every song by heart. It has a special place in my heart, and I desperately wanted this remake to hold the same magic and wonder. Sadly, it is a pale (if mostly entertaining) replica of a cinematic masterpiece.

Mar
15

Review: Logan

When you go to see a movie based on a comic, like Logan, you always hope that it does the source material justice. But more often than I’d like, fight scenes get added and lines get cut until the movie is an inferior version of the story. Logan is not one of those movies. A beautiful film with a palpable affection for the ink-and-paper original, it draws inspiration from classic westerns while presenting a new storyline that’s slimmed down, but takes care to allow the original’s themes to shine on screen.

Mar
14

Talk Shop MASS EFFECT SPECIAL – Part 2

D.M. and T.J. discuss the Mass Effect trilogy and its lasting impact on them, leading up to the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Talk Shop is the guys’ podcast devoted to in-depth discussion on everything they’re into, mainly revolving around the Core Three of Gaming, History, and Fiction. Also, it’s Classy As Fuck.

Mar
13

Loresworn Checks In – 5 – Thank You 3K Subs! – News – The Lorebratory

Watch for updates, news, and everything else that is happening with the Order! If you have any questions about our upcoming projects, let us know in the comments!

Mar
13

Review – Kong: Skull Island

It’s been a while since I actually hit a movie opening night, and the nerdy glory of Kong: Skull Island made it feel like too long. With set pieces designed by local artist WarWolf Projects and a green screen for Kong selfies provided by PopCulture Classroom*, The Alamo Draft House turned what I expected to be just another movie night into something a little more special.

Mar
08

Talk Shop MASS EFFECT SPECIAL – Part 1

D.M. and T.J. discuss the Mass Effect trilogy and its lasting impact on them, leading up to the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Talk Shop is the guys’ podcast devoted to in-depth discussion on everything they’re into, mainly revolving around the Core Three of Gaming, History, and Fiction. Also, it’s Classy As Fuck.

Feb
28

Review: A Cure for Wellness

When searching for one word to describe the aesthetic of A Cure for Wellness, “gothic” actually seems to fit the best. That was not what I expected going into a film billed as a sci-fi horror/thriller. But the unusual aesthetic choices framed a juicy mystery which left me wanting to watch it again.

Feb
23

Review: The Lego Batman Movie

“Bana nana nana nana – BATMAN!” sings Lego Batman several times through out The Lego Batman Movie. That pretty much sums up the attitude of the film, actually. If you saw The Lego Movie, you have a little bit of an idea what to expect in terms of tone and visuals. The story is simple: We follow the metal-loving, gadget-wielding, fan-enchanting reimagining of Batman who wants to be a superhero 24/7, and nothing else. He runs around saving Gotham, eating lobster thermidor, and refusing to go to bed in a determined attempt to avoid his own back story.

Feb
21

Talk Shop 3 – Conflict, Violence, and Battles in Games and Media

D.M. and T.J. discuss the portrayal of conflict, violence, and battles in media, and how they compare to real life and history.

Talk Shop is the guys’ new podcast devoted to in-depth discussion on everything they’re into, mainly revolving around the Core Three of Gaming, History, and Fiction. Also, it’s Classy As Fuck.

Feb
14

Talk Shop 2 – Superbowl Special and Great Comebacks in Gaming

D.M. and T.J. discuss the recent Superbowl as an intro to the topic of great comebacks in games.

Talk Shop is the guys’ new podcast devoted to in-depth discussion on everything they’re into, mainly revolving around the Core Three of Gaming, History, and Fiction. Also, it’s Classy As Fuck.

Feb
09

Talk Shop Podcast 1 – Pilot

D.M. and T.J. introduce themselves, then dive deep into topics ranging from video games to whiskey and cigars to mixed martial arts to world building. Talk Shop is the guys’ new podcast devoted to in-depth discussion on everything they’re into, mainly revolving around the Core Three of Gaming, History, and Fiction. Also, it’s Classy As Fuck.

Feb
06

Review: Powerless Season 1, Episode 1: Wayne or Lose

Honestly, I can’t make up my mind about Powerless yet. For once, I agree with many of the main line TV critics out there in that the concept is great. Vanessa Hudgens plays the wide-eyed Emily, who’s moved from the country to the big city “to make a difference in the world.” She’s the new development executive at Wayne Securities in Charm City. On her first day, she discovers that she has only been hired to make her boss (Alan Tudyk) look good, and that company owner Bruce Wayne is planning to cut the entire staff. Tudyk’s character is a captial-J Jerk (and quotes a certain over-spray-tanned executive more than once). I’m excited to see the Firefly veteran in a villain role, because everything he does is hilarious.

Feb
06

Review: Sneaky Pete

Sneaky Pete is one of Amazon’s best written shows yet. And, with a producing team that helped bring us Justified, House M.D., NYPD Blue, Breaking Bad, and Horrible Bosses, the quality didn’t come as a surprise. The gritty, almost-dramady-but-mostly-drama is headed by Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) and Eddie (Michael Drayer), brothers who owe the wrong man (Bryan Cranston) too much money. Marius is a con man. He gives you confidence, you give him your money. When he gets out of prison, Marius slips almost effortlessly into the life of his prison roommate Pete in order to buy time to pay back the mounting debts. But he finds that Pete wasn’t as forthcoming about the family business as Marius had assumed.

Feb
03

School of Screen Time: Reading

Even though it’s fundamental to almost all the other academic skills, literacy is one of the first weak links to become apparent in our education outcomes in the Unites States. The US ranked 7th in the world in literacy as of March 2016. Unpacking that number, we find that there is a strong correlation between lack of literacy (functional or actual) and poverty. In addition, according to the Literacy Project Foundation, “To determine how many prison beds will be needed in future years, some states actually base part of their projection on how well current elementary students are performing on reading tests.”

Jan
30

Review: Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)

As a kid, I loved the Lemony Snicket books upon which the new Netflix series is based. Well, I loved and hated them. You see, I was scared of the dark until many years after my age would have excused the phobia. The strange world of the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory sent me to bed with nightmares of oompa loompas turning me into a blueberry. Dramatic irony was not something my overly-sensitive heart could take if I thought someone was actually going to be literally or figuratively hurt.

Jan
17

Loresworn Checks In – 4 – Where are the videos?

Watch for updates, news, and everything else that is happening with the Order! If you have any questions about our upcoming projects, let us know in the comments!

Jan
02

Lorecipes: Easy Orzo Carbonara

Try our easy orzo carbonara – it’s delicious! Here by popular request is the recipe for bacon-flavored veggies from our Hearts of Iron IV video!

Dec
24

Our Most Anticipated Games of 2017

We’re wrapping up Loresworn Games of the Year Week with a countdown of our Most Anticipated Games of 2016! If you’re just now joining us, be sure to check out Games We Didn’t Get To in 2016 (But Wish We Had), and Games of the Year!

Dec
23

Loresworn Games of the Year 2016

It’s Loresworn Games of the Year Week, and the main event is finally here! This is our definitive list of the best games we played in 2016. Something missing that you expected to make the countdown? Chances are, it’s one of our Games We Didn’t Get To in 2016 (But Wish We Had).

And don’t forget to swing back by tomorrow for our Most Anticipated Games of 2017.

Let the countdown begin!

Dec
22

Loresworn Games of the Year: Games We Didn’t Get To in 2016 (But Wish We Had)

It’s Loresworn Games of the Year Week! Today, we run through the games you won’t see on our Games of the Year list tomorrow… but we think probably would have made it if not for the fact that we just didn’t get around to them. 2016 was stuffed to the gills with awesome games, and we wouldn’t have been able to hit all the ones worth playing even if we didn’t have so many other demands on our time. We hope to loop back around and tackle some of these next year.

Dec
01

Hearts of Iron IV Air Unit Stats Guide – War College 302

Hearts of Iron IV Air Unit Stats Guide – The second entry in our HoI4 War College advanced course goes over types of aircraft, and the important stats that concern aircraft and air bases.

Nov
02

Loresworn Checks In – 3 – Moving – News – Chloe Falling

Watch for updates, news, and everything else that is happening with the Order!

Oct
25

Making A Custom Costume Using An Off-The-Shelf Costume As A Template

Many of us have done it – run down to the Halloween store at the last minute to buy something shiny that looks so great in the picture. But as soon as you get it home, out of the bag, and on yourself, it looks like a toddler stapled it together out of neon burlap. Never fear! You can still look fantastic for your costume party by using the of-the-shelf costume to make your own pattern for a custom costume that fits you perfectly!

Oct
04

Crusader Kings 2 Laws Guide: Monarch Academy 4

Crusader Kings 2 Laws Guide – The fourth entry in our crash course in being a medieval monarch introduces you to the laws that pertain to your realm and how to change them.

Sep
30

Crusader Kings 2 Council Guide: Monarch Academy 3

Crusader Kings 2 Council Guide – The third entry in our crash course in being a medieval monarch introduces you to the council, what they can do for you, and what they expect from you.

Sep
22

Hearts of Iron IV Supply and Logistics Guide – War College 301

Hearts of Iron IV Supply and Logistics Guide – The first entry in our HoI4 War College advanced course goes over the supply system, supply regions, and supply lines.

Sep
20

Crusader Kings 2 Characters and Traits Guide: Monarch Academy 2

Crusader Kings 2 Characters and Traits Guide – The second entry in our crash course in being a medieval monarch introduces you to the character screen, traits, relationships, and titles.

Sep
11

SEWING A DRESS FORM FABRIC COVER

Brianna (@Ulvogravn) and Chloe (@ChloeLiz05) show you their solutions to sewing fabric onto your DIY ductape dress form!

Sep
10

BASIC SEWING TOOLS

Want to make sure you have all the basic sewing tools to make your Cosplay? Brianna (@Ulvogravn) shows you her suggestions, ideas for finding a used sewing machine, and gives some quick tips on what to look for when getting a used sewing machine.

Sep
07

TOPH BEI FONG COSPLAY: SHOPPING AND FABRIC SELECTION

Brianna and Chloe show the materials purchased for our Toph Bei Fong Cosplay, talk about the decisions with those materials, and go over sustainable fabric options! Look for the following videos for this cosplay about Pattern Modification, Sewing the Clothes, Belt and Accessories, Wig Modification, Shopping for Eye Contact, and the Final Reveal and Photoshoot! Follow Chloe @ChloeLiz05, and Brianna @Ulvogravn. Thanks for watching!

Sep
06

Crusader Kings 2 Beginner Guide: Monarch Academy 1

Crusader Kings 2 Beginner Guide – The very first entry in our crash course in being a medieval monarch introduces you to the basic concepts of Crusader Kings 2 and runs through the various map modes.

Aug
31

FIXING A DIY DRESS FORM

Brianna and Chloe show how to fix your dress form if an explosion occurred! Look for the following video on how to add the final touch of fabric to your dress form!

Aug
25

MAKING A DRESS FORM

Brianna and Chloe show how to make your own dress form without a lot of expensive supplies. Look out for following videos on how to repair dress form damage, and how to add the final touch of fabric to your dress form!

Aug
17

MEET THE LORECRAFTERS!

Meet the LoreCrafters before we dive into our cosplay series! We talk about our skills and backgrounds, our first cosplay for 2016 Denver Comicon, and see what we are cosplaying as next.

Aug
14

Loresworn Checks In – 2 – Thank You 1000 Subscribers!

Watch for updates, news, and everything else that is happening with the Order!

Aug
03

Criminal Law of the Imperium – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered […]

Aug
02

Hearts of Iron IV Specialized Division Design Guide – War College 206

Hearts of Iron IV Specialized Division Design Guide – The sixth and final entry in our HoI4 War College course on division design goes over how to design effective special forces, tank destroyer, and land-based anti-air divisions.

Aug
01

Whispers from the Void: Third Awakening – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jul
28

Loresworn Checks In – 1 – Introduction!

Watch for updates, news, and everything else that is happening with the Order!

Jul
26

Hearts of Iron IV Motorized Division Design Guide – War College 205

Hearts of Iron IV Motorized Division Design Guide – The fifth entry in our HoI4 War College course on division design goes over how to design effective motorized and mechanized divisions.

Jul
22

In The Beginning – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jul
21

Hearts of Iron IV Armored Division Design Guide – War College 204

Hearts of Iron IV Armored Division Design Guide – The fourth entry in our HoI4 War College course on division design goes over how to design effective armored divisions.

Jul
20

Initiates, Part 2 – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jul
19

Hearts of Iron IV Infantry Division Design Guide – War College 203

Hearts of Iron IV Infantry Division Design Guide – The third entry in our HoI4 War College course on division design goes over the different battalions you can use to build divisions and what each one offers.

Jul
18

Gnasci Imperium – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jul
15

School of Screen Time

This piece is part of a series on the intersection of gaming and education. Be sure to check out the first part, The Case for Screen Time.

The beauty of learning with games is that you learn while having fun. The challenge with making screen time double as learning time is, thus, that you can’t take the fun out of the game. This article is your crash course in turning game time into learning time. Next time, I’ll take these more general principles and begin applying them to specific games, but we’ll start with the basics.

Jul
13

Initiates – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jul
12

Hearts of Iron IV Battalion Guide – War College 202

Hearts of Iron IV Battalion Guide – The second entry in our HoI4 War College course on division design goes over the different battalions you can use to build divisions and what each one offers.

Jul
08

Deception – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jul
07

Hearts of Iron IV Stats Guide – War College 201

Hearts of Iron IV Stats Guide – The first entry in our HoI4 War College course on division design goes over all the important stats and what they actually do.

Jul
04

The First Seeker: Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jul
02

Denver Comic Con

At Denver Comic Con 2016, the Order attended its first big event since Stellaris back in in May. It was miles upon miles of nerdy heaven, from the games, to the panels, to the glorious costumes. But for us, the […]

Jul
01

The Tribunal: Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
29

The Grand Galactic Timeline: Galactic Chronicles

Galactic Chronicles is an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. To help you better navigate the unfolding events of the galaxy, we’ve created the Grand Galactic Timeline, which can be found by scrolling down on the main Chronicles page.

Jun
26

The Case for Screen Time

Games have become an enormous part of the modern day for people of all ages. If you have kids, you probably ask yourself regularly how often they can or should consume this interactive media. But with new, shiny apps being developed daily, and computer, tablet, and phone screens becoming a more and more ubiquitous, how do you make those screens a positive part of their life, rather than a vortex of guilty pleasure? This was one of the big questions that I turned over and over as I attended the Denver Comic Con last weekend.

Jun
24

Wraith Reborn: Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
22

Gods of the Air: Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
20

The Poseidon: Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
18

The Stranger: Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
15

Crystalline Expedition – Galactic Chronicles

This audio log is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
10

Whispers from the Void: Second Horizon – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
08

The Decker Plan – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
07

X-Men Apocalypse review: More Epic than Awful (but still not Awesome)

Some have called X-Men: Apocalypse the most epic X-Men movie yet. And it is an epic, in the sense of the ancient tradition of epic storytelling: long, archetypal tales with tons of characters, a simple plot, and little need for nuanced character development. Don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoyed the movie a great deal. But my low expectations given the mostly repetitive nature of X-Men movie plots weren’t exactly subverted.

Jun
06

Hearts of Iron IV War Planning Guide – War College 106

Hearts of Iron IV War Planning Guide Guide – The sixth entry in our HoI4 War College series concludes our beginner course by helping you prepare for war!!

Jun
05

Hearts of Iron IV Government, Diplomacy, and Trade Guide – War College 105

Hearts of Iron IV Government, Diplomacy, and Trade Guide – The fifth entry in our HoI4 War College series runs you through the interrelated spheres of government, diplomacy, and trade!

Jun
05

Hearts of Iron IV Production and Logistics Guide – War College 104

Hearts of Iron IV Production and Logistics Guide – The fourth entry in our HoI4 War College series immerses you in the complex world of production and logistics!

Jun
04

Hearts of Iron IV National Focus (German Reich) Guide – War College 103

Hearts of Iron IV National Focus (German Reich) Guide – The third entry in our HoI4 War College series teaches you about the national focus trees for the German Reich!

Jun
03

Hearts of Iron IV Technology Guide – War College 102

Hearts of Iron IV Technology Guide – The second entry in our HoI4 War College series teaches you about research and science!

Jun
03

Doctrine – Galactic Chronicles

This short story is part of Galactic Chronicles, an ongoing space opera based on our multiplayer campaign in Paradox’s space grand strategy game, Stellaris. Events and characters, while embellished heavily in some cases, are based on actual events and characters encountered during gameplay. These entries do not have to be experienced in a specific order, but the “Earth Standardized Solar Date” header will indicate where in the galactic timeline a particular entry falls.

Jun
02

Hearts of Iron IV Beginner Guide – War College 101

Hearts of Iron IV Beginner Guide – The first entry in our HoI4 War College series teaches you how to get started with the game!

Jun
02

Hearts of Iron IV: War College Course #1

With Hearts of Iron IV only days away, we created a series of video guides to help you get a handle on one of the most complex strategy releases of the year. Learn about production and logistics, planning a war, politics, and more!