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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
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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

Jun
01

Whispers from the Void: First Encounter – 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.

May
28

Loresworn Order Podcast #005: Summer Smack-Down

In this episode, we we discuss trolls, pick teams (Iron man or Captain America of course), find out how to #makespacegreatagain and give you the run down of our top summer picks. Check out below for our lists!

May
27

Pre-Action Assessment – 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.

May
18

A Sky Without Wind – 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.

May
08

Stellaris Multiplayer: The Rise and Fall of the Loreswarm

What is victory? A pertinent question I asked the webcam as twilight had come for my warmongering, insectoid empire. By the common sense definition, we were not among the victors in this 20+ player, interstellar brawl taking place at an array of computers in Old Windsor, England – the first of its kind involving players outside of Paradox. As with so many great empires, The Loreswarm had undergone a meteoric rise before collapsing into so much space dust. But as the overmind of the chittering masses, I chose to focus on other standards of victory. The mark we left on the galaxy would not soon be erased.

Apr
26

Galactic Chronicles Preview: The United Global Alliance

“The time has come to make good on the promises of our forebears. John F. Kennedy once said something about doing things not because they are easy, but specifically because they are hard. My father once said that the only things worth doing tend to be tough. That speaks to me. It should speak to you too. What we’re doing isn’t just the next great leap for mankind, for humanity: It’s also the toughest thing we’ve ever undertaken. Putting aside our differences, surviving our conflicts, saving our planet, all those challenges pale in comparison to accessing the final frontier stretched before us. But our future is beyond that event horizon. The future of humanity. It won’t be easy. But that’s why we’re doing it. Mankind has leveled up, and it’s up to us to prove we’re up to a whole new level of challenge. To your posts.”

-Siegfried Hoffman, the first Alliance captain to ever take a crew beyond Sol

Apr
21

Loresworn Order Podcast #004: In Space, No One Can Hear Justice Dawning

In this episode, Chloe and Dylan go head to head on Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. We also discuss our plans for the launch of Stellaris and definitely don’t encourage anything underhanded to get on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Apr
20

Galactic Chronicles Preview: The Athirova

“Beyond today, when this vessel breaks the atmosphere, you are all Yasha. Some have already had this caste placed upon you by the Sa-Raaya for crimes against Harmony. Others of you have chosen to sacrifice your birth caste in service to the Athirova. A Yasha is one who has lost their way. But as beings within whom Harmony and Disharmony forever struggle, you are the only Athirova fit to travel beyond our holy world and face the Disharmony that waits to be quelled between the stars. Outcastes and saviors will you be. Only the impure may purify the galaxy.”

Apr
18

Galactic Chronicles Preview: Our Galaxy

Galactic Chronicles: Stellaris will take place in a procedurally-generated galaxy with many random elements. As such, we can’t yet say exactly what kind of story will emerge, nor what themes will present themselves. Here is what we can reveal so far.

Apr
08

Viking’s Log: February 7 – April 8, 2016

Viking’s Log is T.J.’s ongoing audio blog on Soundcloud. Each episode is between four and ten minutes, and covers topics mainly relating to gaming and pop culture. This batch was recorded between February 7 and April 8, 2016.

Apr
04

Loresworn Order Podcast #003: Alternate Histories

In this Episode We discuss the pros and cons of A Modest Proposal and Zombies, the perils of dating in Japanese occupied America. We then examine key points in the timeline that could be changed to create a delicious alternate […]

Mar
26

Best Stellaris Empire Builds – Updated for Utopia!

Stellaris is still a little over a month away, but the fine folks over at the Stellaris Wiki have compiled everything we know so far about the species traits, government types, and ethos…es? Ethoi? Whatever the plural may be, we’ve used this information to create a list of the most powerful, synergistic, potentially broken empire builds you can borrow or adapt to hit the galaxy running and purge (or befriend, if that’s more your thing) the xenos.

Note: This article will be updated as traits and governments change before, at, and after release.

Mar
15

Loresworn Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

10 Cloverfield Lane is an astoundingly bold and gripping genre movie that exceeded my expectations in just about every area. Its layers run so deep that even being more specific about what genre, exactly, I’m referring to would be a potential spoiler. I’ll do my best to avoid any of those, because this is definitely an experience you owe it to yourself to go into with as little information as possible.

Feb
14

Crusader Kings II turns four – We’re streaming all day and giving away a copy!

Four years ago today, a little game called Crusader Kings II was released from a relatively unknown group of hardcore strategy wizards, Paradox Development Studio. Since then, it has eaten around 1000 hours of my time and become almost mythical in its countenance. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, we’ll be streaming feudal intrigue and warfare all day! We even have a copy of the game to give away if we reach a certain viewer threshold!

Stream starts at 8 a.m. PST on Twitch.tv/LoreswornOrder

Feb
09

Story Circle: Here There Be Monsters

This story is not like other stories. It is a fable, written by all of us… but with only limited information.

Here’s how our Story Circle works: One of us begins the story, writing a paragraph. Then we send the last sentence of that paragraph to the next person in line, and they write a paragraph. The cycle continues until we feel we are finished. Then we compile the paragraphs into one epic, inevitably disjointed story for your reading amusement. Enjoy!

Jan
30

Crusader Kings II: The Shadow Council All Day on Twitch! – Loresworn LIVE

We’re streaming the latest expansion for Crusader Kings II, Conclave, all day at Twitch.tv/LoreswornOrder! Conclave adds a ruling council to the medieval grand strategy game of warfare, intrigue, and family drama. What our council doesn’t know is that we won’t actually be heeding their advice. Instead we’re turning to… the Internet. Keep an eye on @LoreswornOrder and @AsaTJ on Twitter to vote on the Shadow Council!

Stream starts at 8 a.m. PST!

Jan
28

Totally Towable: A video account of our crazy, cross-country move

In the fall of 2015, we moved from the Bay Area in California to Northern Colorado to establish the home base of the Loresworn Order. This totally-not-emulating-any-famous-British-car-shows presentation is an account of that journey. Enjoy!

Jan
21

Loresworn Order Podcast #002: Year of the Wookiee

D.M., T.J., Chloe, and Brianna returned to the podcast mic over the holidays to discuss Star Wars: The Force Awakens, our favorite stuff of 2015, and… yeah, it’s mostly Star Wars. If you haven’t seen it by now, any and […]

Jan
07

Best Female Characters in Film of 2015

I’m probably the only person eagerly awaiting the Oscar nominations. Yes I’m that film nerd. But this time of year always makes me want to look back over the last year of movies and make sure I didn’t miss anything good. This year was a great year for women in film, in particular. We still have a ways to go—toy makers still leave us out of their franchise sets, and men still dominate casts, production teams and writing rooms. But there were a lot of silver screen stories featuring strong, awesome ladies in the past twelve months. These are my top ten favorite characters brought to life in 2015.

Dec
25

Our Most Anticipated Games of 2016

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 Most Improved Games of the Year, Most Overrated/Underrated Games of the Year, Games We Didn’t Get To in 2015 (But Wish We Had), and Games of the Year!

Dec
24

Loresworn Games of the Year 2015

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 2015. Something missing that you expected to make the countdown? Chances are, it’s one of our Games We Didn’t Get To in 2015 (But Wish We Had).

In case you missed them, check out check out Most Improved Games of the Year and Most Overrated/Underrated Games of the Year!

And don’t forget to swing back by tomorrow for our Most Anticipated Games of 2016.

Let the countdown begin!

Dec
23

Loresworn Games of the Year: Games We Didn’t Get To in 2015 (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. Not everyone can check off every awesome game that comes out in a given year, and we are but a handful of mere mortals with lots of demands on our time. Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to visit these forgotten gems in the new year.

In case you missed them, check out Most Improved Games of the Year and Most Overrated/Underrated Games of the Year!

Thursday: GAME OF THE YEAR

Friday: Most Anticipated Games of 2016

Dec
22

Loresworn Games of the Year: Most Overrated and Underrated Games of 2015

It’s Loresworn Games of the Year Week! Today, T.J. calls out one game from 2015 he felt got a little too much credit, and one he felt got far, far too little.

In case you missed it, check out yesterday’s Most Improved Games of the Year!

Wednesday: Games I Didn’t Get To (But Wish I Had)

Thursday: GAME OF THE YEAR

Friday: Most Anticipated Games of 2016

Dec
21

Loresworn Games of the Year: Most Improved Games of 2015

It’s Loresworn Games of the Year Week! Today, we count down our Most Improved Games of the Year. These are the games that we felt, through expansions, patches, and DLC, exited 2015 as better experiences than they entered it.

Tuesday: Most Overrated/Underrated Game of the Year

Wednesday: Games I Didn’t Get To (But Wish I Had)

Thursday: GAME OF THE YEAR

Friday: Most Anticipated Games of 2016.

The countdown begins after the jump!