28 episodes

Have you ever wondered what life would be like on a planet different from our own, or how writers create your favorite fictional worlds? Well, wonder no more because we have the facts for you! Every other week, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.

Exolore: facts-based fictional worldbuilding Multitude

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

Have you ever wondered what life would be like on a planet different from our own, or how writers create your favorite fictional worlds? Well, wonder no more because we have the facts for you! Every other week, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.

    Building (Thorny) Games with Kathryn Hymes

    Building (Thorny) Games with Kathryn Hymes

    Game designer and computational linguist Kathryn Hymes joins us to talk about the games she's created and her process for making it happen!
    HOSTED by Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist


    GUEST
    Kathryn Hymes is 50% of the indie studio Thorny Games, where she makes games about language and cryptography. She is a multiple time Indiecade Finalist and Award Winner, has spoken at GDC, and delivered keynote addresses at gaming conferences. She is also a co-host of the http://thegamedesignroundtable.com/ (Game Design Round Table) podcast and a 2016 GenCon Industry Insider. Follow her on twitter at https://twitter.com/chicalashaw (@chicalashaw)


    Search through the https://thornygames.com/ (Thorny Games) website to find Sign and Dialect and to preorder Xenolanguage!


    SPONSOR
    - Be sure to check out https://www.realm.fm/shows/machina (Machina), a new podcast from Realm Studios


    FIND US ONLINE
    - patreon: patreon.com/exolorepod
    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
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    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)
    - subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ExolorePod/ (reddit.com/r/ExolorePod)


    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)
    - Transcript by Iesir Moss


    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.


    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 54 min
    Worldbuilding and My Research

    Worldbuilding and My Research

    In this episode, I explain what plate tectonics, stellar chemistry, and galactic dynamics have to do with habitability AND how I think they can be used in cool worldbuilding.
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist. You can watch Moiya's public talk about her research on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6awE0klwt7wandfeature=youtu.be (YouTube here).
    SPONSORS!
    - Inked Gaming: inkedgaming.com/exolore and use the code EXOLORE for 10% off
    - Listen to Memory Lane wherever you get your podcasts

    FIND US ONLINE
    - patreon: patreon.com/exolorepod
    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
    - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exolorepod/ (instagram.com/exolorepod)
    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)
    - subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ExolorePod/ (reddit.com/r/ExolorePod)
    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (stephenjreisig.com)
    - Transcriptions by Iesir Moss at https://www.exolorepod.com/episodes (exolorepod.com/episodes)


    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.


    Exolore is a member of https://multitude.productions/ (Multitude Productions), an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 52 min
    The World of Migrating Spider-Crocs

    The World of Migrating Spider-Crocs

    What causes seasons on Earth? Our planet's axial tilt! But what might life be like on a world with no tilt at all?
    HOSTED by Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUESTS
    Maureen Kahiu is a Masters student of plant sciences at Penn State with a focus on turf grass pathology. She also has experience working as a https://www.gcmonline.com/course/environment/news/maureen-kahiu (golf course supervisor), a field dominated by men. You can follow Maureen on twitter at https://twitter.com/maureenkahiu (@MaureenKahiu).
    Ferris Jabr is a science writer who has contributed to the New York Times and Scientific American. He's also currently writing a book about the coevolution of Earth and life! You can follow Ferris on twitter at https://twitter.com/ferrisjabr (@ferrisjabr) and learn more about his work at https://ferrisjabr.wordpress.com/ (ferrisjabr.com)
    RAICES
    Learn about the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) at https://www.raicestexas.org/ (raicestexts.org). And you can donate to the Families Together Fund at https://www.raicestexas.org/ways-to-give/families-together-fund/ (raicestexas.org/ways-to-give/families-together-fund).


    FIND US ONLINE
    - patreon: http://patreon.com/goastromo (patreon.com/goastromo)
    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
    - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exolorepod/ (instagram.com/exolorepod)
    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)
    - subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ExolorePod/ (reddit.com/r/ExolorePod)


    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (stephenjreisig.com)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (mischastanton.com)
    - Transcriptions by Iesir Moss at https://www.exolorepod.com/episodes (exolorepod.com/episodes)


    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.


    Exolore is a member of https://multitude.productions/ (Multitude Productions), an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Worldbuilding and Tarot Cards with Saint Gibson

    Worldbuilding and Tarot Cards with Saint Gibson

    Author and tarot theologian Saint Gibson joins me to share her creative process. We talk about the importance of setting up an atmosphere for your world and the many ways that tarot can help guide you in your creative journey.
    HOSTED by Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist


    GUEST
    Saint Gibson is an author and self-described tarot theologian. Her latest book, https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781916366930 (A Dowry of Blood) is out now! You can follow Saint on twitter at https://twitter.com/s_t_gibson (@s_t_gibson) and learn about her work on her website, https://stgibson.com/ (stgibson.com). Check out her tarot reading business at https://www.holyrootstarot.com/ (holyrootstarot.com)!


    SPONSOR
    - Shaker and Spoon: get $20 off your first cocktail subscription subscription box at https://my.captivate.fm/shakerandspoon.com/exolore (shakerandspoon.com/exolore)


    FIND US ONLINE
    - patreon: http://patreon.com/goastromo (patreon.com/goastromo)
    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
    - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exolorepod/ (instagram.com/exolorepod)
    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)
    - subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ExolorePod/ (reddit.com/r/ExolorePod)


    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)
    - Transcript by Iesir Moss


    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.


    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The World of Queer Worms

    The World of Queer Worms

    Apparently 99% of animals on Earth reproduce like ~the birds and the bees~ but what would life be like if you could make a baby with ANYONE, even yourself?
    HOSTED by Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUESTS
    Bri Watson is an archivist, historian, and knowledge organizer with a specialty in the history of sexuality. You can follow Bri on twitter at https://twitter.com/brimwats (@brimwats) and learn more about their (truly impressive back catalogue of) work at http://brimwats.com/ (brimwats.com).
    Alison Cerezo is a counseling psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at UC Santa Barbara who focuses on social and mental health disparities among LGBTQ+ communities. You can follow Alison on twitter at https://twitter.com/acerezo (@acerezo) and visit her website, https://www.dralisoncerezo.com/ (dralisoncerezo.com). Nerds (3) can read about Alison's research https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alison_Cerezo (here).
    Jimmy Bernot is a marine and evolutionary biologist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. You can follow Jimmy on twitter at https://twitter.com/JimmyBernot (@JimmyBernot) and read about his research and scicomm work at https://jimmybernot.com/ (jimmybernot.com).


    FIND US ONLINE
    - patreon: http://patreon.com/goastromo (patreon.com/goastromo)
    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
    - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exolorepod/ (instagram.com/exolorepod)
    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)
    - subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ExolorePod/ (reddit.com/r/ExolorePod)


    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)


    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.


    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Worldbuilding in Pokemon

    Worldbuilding in Pokemon

    Eric Silver joins us to answer my burning questions about the Pokemon world, and together we discuss the weirdest and world-breaking-est Pokemon.
    HOSTED by Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Eric Silver is a podcaster, writer, and Head of Creative at Multitude Productions. You can follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/El_Silvero (@El_Silvero) and visit his website: http://www.ericsilver.work/ (ericsilver.work). You can find his article about anti-semitism in DandD here: https://www.heyalma.com/dungeons-dragons-has-an-antisemitism-problem/?fbclid=IwAR0WbHAp3ESkNrVFQwXlIMAJ3CbhbphF_R7mNcjf5F46hT--XUc763ZgtS8 (https://www.heyalma.com/dungeons-dragons-has-an-antisemitism-problem/?fbclid=IwAR0WbHAp3ESkNrVFQwXlIMAJ3CbhbphF_R7mNcjf5F46hT--XUc763ZgtS8)
    SURVEY
    - Share your thoughts about Exolore with me and help shape season 2! Start the survey at https://www.exolorepod.com/survey (exolorepod.com/survey)


    SPONSOR
    - Shaker and Spoon: get $20 off your first cocktail subscription subscription box at shakerandspoon.com/exolore


    FIND US ONLINE
    - patreon: http://patreon.com/goastromo (patreon.com/goastromo)
    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
    - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exolorepod/ (instagram.com/exolorepod)
    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)


    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)


    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.


    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

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Seth

Love everything about it!

Richard KL ,

Joyous Speculation!

This show has the feel of sitting down with a bunch of really smart friends and building something together. Each episode brings a bit of new science knowledge while keeping things high level enough to be entertaining. A ton of fun!

EnEmZee ,

Gets the creative juices flowing!

I discovered Exolore after starting to play D&D with my partner and friends. The interviews and world building exercises inspire me to try new things in games and to search out more approaches to creating environments for others. As an educator and manager, I also find tons of inspiration for my work life in these discussions. I heart this podcast!

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