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Mythgard Academy aims to make engaging discussions of fantasy and science fiction literature free and open to everyone. The Mythgard Academy program features live discussions with Dr. Corey Olsen, The Tolkien Professor, and other experts on speculative fiction. Books are nominated and voted on by our supporters, and recordings are available for free via podcast and the Signum University YouTube channel.
 
This spring, the Mythgard Academy explores new frontiers, making its first foray into the genre of science fiction with the much-loved modern classic, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. We will discuss the book in five weekly sessions, and then take a sixth session in which to discuss the recent film adaptation of the book. Like all Mythgard Academy classes, this study is free and open to the public. You can download audio or video recordings of the class sessions here from our website, throu ...
 
Welcome to the "Speaking of Wealth" podcast showcasing profit strategies for speakers, publishers, authors, consultants, and info-marketers. Learn valuable skills to make your business more successful, more passive, more automated, and more scalable. Your host, Jason Hartman interviews top-tier guests, bestselling authors and experts including; Dan Poynter (The Self-Publishing Manual), Harvey Mackay (Swim With The Sharks & Get Your Foot in the Door), Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) ...
 
In the Fall of 2015, the Mythgard Academy and Signum University President Dr. Corey Olsen will be taking an in-depth look at Susanna Clarke’s modern tale of Victorian magic: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Coming off the recent popularity of the BBC miniseries adaptation, this is a great time to delve into a book that has become something of a classic in a relatively short amount of time. First published in 2004, this is by far the most recent book that we’ve looked at in the Mythgard Academy ...
 
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Week 23: Where Dante succumbs to the lure of base arguments and wishes he was merely in a dream. And where a bugle blast messes with Dante’s vision, and towers become giants, and not nice ones either. And Dante’s absolute terror returns and his wish to be anywhere else but the road to Hell. But Virgil trades Dante’s fame card for a ride in Antaeus …
 
Welcome back everyone! A wild balance patch has appeared! As you will quickly discover this is pulled directly from my twitch stream where I spent some time ruminating on the various balance changes. There's a lot to discuss and not much time before the next open so let's get into it.Welcome back everyone! A wild balance patch has appeared! As you …
 
04/20/2021 Episode 183: Council of Elrond Session 59 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. If you have already registered for the online moothub, you will be given the opportunity to upgrade. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https:…
 
Tom Salta has decades of experience composing music for video games, including Killer Instinct Season 3, Halo The Fall of Reach , Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and dozens of other scores. Recently he embarked on a new project to share the expertise he's gained over the years with his Masterclass series of courses that explore the challenges of writing m…
 
League of Legends Wild Rift brings the excitement of Riot Games' long-running Multi Player Online Battle Arena to mobile platforms. The game feels huge though, and composer Bendon Williams supported that big scale with his epic soundtrack. Brendon says his mission with the soundtrack was to incorporate the beloved themes players of League of Legend…
 
A lot of news has dropped recently. More details about the Mythgard tournament circuit as well as a new balance update. Let's jump in.Intro: (0:00)Organized Play: (0:54)Conquest: (3:28)Hysterical Strength: (8:14)Plague Maidens: (14:11)Ramen: (18:56)Thrall of the Trident God: (24:15)Bol'Shoy Constructor: (27:58)War Documentarian: (32:13)Closing: (36…
 
Welcome back everyone! New balance so let's dive in and take a look.twitch: https://twitch.tv/houseofrandomtwitter: https://twitter.com/TheHouseORandomIntro: (0:00​)Journey of Souls: (0:41​)Adorner of Fertility: (2:51​)Automagic Artillery: (4:47)Battleball Kicker: (6:39​)Cradle of Life (8:35)Death Maiden's Eye (10:52)Ghul (13:06)Holcan Assembly Lin…
 
Welcome back everyone! Today we are talking about the boogeyman in Mythgard at the moment, none other than Rebellion Safehouse. Just some quick thoughts on the issue at hand and some potential fixes. https://youtu.be/SHLomm1SPUA - videohttps://twitch.tv/houseofrandomIntro: (0:00)Safehouse Issues: (0:54)Flag of the Resistance: (3:37)Sunrise/Sunset: …
 
04/13/2021 Episode 182: Council of Elrond Session 58 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration for both virtual and in-person tickets are officially open on https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/ In which we discuss the “Orc Problem.” Boromir and Elrond face off c…
 
04/06/2021 Episode 181: Council of Elrond Session 57 Mythmoot 2021 will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are coming this week hopefully, so stay tuned for more info. In which Elrond explains why using the ring is a bad idea. What are the dynamics of ring ownership? …
 
Gareth Coker had the oppportunity to explore authentic music from China's Qin Dynasty in his soundtrack for Immortals Fenyx Rising: Myths of the Eastern Realms, inspired by ancient Chinese myths. Gareth says having the help of the amazing team at Ubisoft Chengdu in China was key to using the correct instruments from the period 221-207 BC. One of th…
 
The one person you have the most trouble forgiving is yourself. Yet much of the way we think and act was learned before we reached the age of 10. Randy Gage, author of the new book Radical Rebirth, joins Jason Hartman to discuss how we can constantly reinvent ourselves to become the best version we can possibly be. Key Takeaways: [1:30] Randy's on …
 
03/30/2021 Episode 180: Council of Elrond Session 56 Mythmoot will be a hybrid convention this year with both in person and digital options. Dates are June 24-27! Registration updates are pending, so stay tuned for more info. In which a decidedly unelven plan to unmake the ring is proposed by Elrond. Did Elrond always want to destroy the ring after…
 
Week 20: Where we call bologna on Dante’s talent curbing and clearly see the simple summer simile. Where with Ulysses we pass the columns, and the poles, and founder on the shores of Mount Purgatory having found the earth round. Where we hear that one cannot logically be absolved before, or during, the commission of an evil deed or counsel. Sorry, …
 
Marty O'Donnell and his creative partner, Mike Salvatori, had a successful commercial music studio in Chicago in the 1990s. A series of unlikely coincidences led to Marty's discovery of the fledgling Bungie game studio, which was also in Chicago at the time. Marty was so intrigued by the creative possiblities that games offered that he cold-called …
 
\Week 19: A Place Among the Classics In the seventh pocket of the eighth circle, the fraudulent thieves are beset with snakes. Dante calls them all serpents, but some have six legs, and some none; some are caliente, peppercorn serpents, and some are winged, fiery dragons; some are smoking, and some are boring. Later, while describing the transforma…
 
Little Hope is the latest chapter in The Dark Pictures Anthology, created by Super Massive Games. There have been disturbing events in the small Massachusetts town of Little Hope ever since the 17th Century, and the latest people to experience them are college students and their professor who are stranded there when their bus crashes. Jason Graves …
 
Week 17: Now into the second half of the Malebolge, we look back at the closing line of Canto 21 and The Comedy's lack of humor. Then on to Canto 23, where Aesop’s frog and mouse story is called upon to warn Dante against trusting too closely the partnership of Demons. And Virgil luges Dante down the rocky slope, making a quick escape from pocket 5…
 
03/09/2021 177: Council of Elrond Session 53 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we consider why the Valar refuse to help/take the ring. Were the 3 elven rings a mistake? A discussion on how …
 
Sackboy, A Big Aventure is the newest game in the Little Big Planet series. In this launch title created by Sumo Digital for Sony's Play Station 5, Sackboy sets off on a quest to rescue his friends who have been kidnapped by the evil Vex and forced to work on his diabolical Topsy-Turver. Sumo Digital Audio Director and composer Jay Waters and compo…
 
03/02/2021 176: Council of Elrond Session 52 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which Glorfindel points out that hiding the ring only delays the inevitable, even if Bombadil could be trusted with …
 
Jason Hartman talks with the author of 17 great books, Jeffrey Gitomer. Jeffrey's latest book, Go Live!, is a salute to mastering the virtual world and exuding comfort on video. If you don't master virtual and you don't master video, someone else will. Jeffery, the self-branded 'king of sales,' gives top tips from his book on how to be a thought le…
 
Spiritfarer is described by its developer, Thunder Lotus Games, as "a cozy management game about dying." Charon, the legendary ferryman who takes departed souls across the River Styx, gives his duties to young Stella, who collects passengers and does all she can to fulfill their final wishes or long-time desires so they can travel to the afterlife …
 
Week 15: We revisit the Baptistery of San Giovanni and notice the inversions in Dante’s destroying holy furniture to save a life while the popes destroy lives to save holy money for themselves. But what is with all the feet? And do you think Boniface saw the funny side of his little cameo, or would he be depressed in determinism like his predecesso…
 
ELOTR 175: Council of Elrond Session 51 Mythmoot will be June 24-27! Registration for our annual literary conference is now open. For information registration and a list of guests visit https://signumuniversity.org/mythmoot/​ In which we discuss what the “change of days,” is for Tom Bombadil. Chief Councilor, Erestor has a suggestion about leaving …
 
Week 13: At the waterfall edge of the 7th circle Dante gives up his belt to conjure a ride. What is the truth which seems a lie? Poetic allegory of course. For Dante breaks the 4th wall to give his poem a name, Comedy, and to swear that he saw a beast swim in the air up the waterfall. Geryon is the impossible thing, but that’s ok, he’s a fraud. No,…
 
Week 14: True to the nature of Fraud, the 8th circle is an artificial construct of inverted imagery split into 10 concentric pockets, with bridges that look down upon each trench. The first pocket is a gender discriminated container for pimps and seducers, a sex traffic kept moving by demons with whips. The second pocket is an egalitarian circle of…
 
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