Idle Thumbs

A weekly discussion podcast.

Idle Thumbs is a weekly podcast full of in-depth discussion and absurdity. Between overly-enthusiastic dissections of their latest media experiences and baffling phonological explorations of Jeff Goldblum's name, the cast has managed to find a regular audience of dedicated readers. Scoop up the latest episode and hear us extol the virtues of whatever we've just watched, played, or read—then attempt to answer reader mail before getting sidetracked about robots.

  • Schedule

  • Weekly, publishes Thursdays.
  • Hosts

  • Chris Remo
  • Campo Santo | @chrisremo
  • Jake Rodkin
  • Campo Santo | @ja2ke
  • Nick Breckon
  • Nick Breckon | @nickbreckon

Three Moves Ahead

A podcast about strategy and war games.

Three Moves Ahead is the leading strategy game themed podcast on the internet. Every week a panel of knowledgeable gamers with strong opinions meets to talk about the strategy and war games of the day, design issues and games in the wider world.

  • Schedule

  • Weekly, publishes Wednesdays.
  • Hosts

  • Troy Goodfellow
  • Evolve PR | @troygoodfellow
  • Rob Zacny
  • Freelance Journalist | @RobZacny

The Idle Book Club

A book discussed every month.

A monthly book club podcast conducted by two amateur book lovers. Each month Chris and Sarah discuss a piece of literature they've loved or have been wanting to read, and let the listeners weigh in as well. For January, we're reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Join us!

Idle Weekend

Video game & pop culture talk to cap off your week

Game journalists Danielle Riendeau and Rob Zacny wrap up each week with their different perspectives on video games, the industry, and the pop culture they're currently obsessed by. Kick off your weekend right.

  • Schedule

  • Weekly, publishes Fridays.
  • Hosts

  • Danielle Riendeau
  • Waypoint | @danielleri
  • Rob Zacny
  • Freelance Journalist | @RobZacny

Playscape: Los Angeles

Get to know the L.A. game scene with Teddy Dief.

Join game maker Teddy Dief (Hyper Light Drifter) for a tour through Los Angeles’ vibrant video game scene. Episodes feature one-on-one conversations with developers, actors, writers, hosts—creators from all walks of life discussing their inspirations, lives, and processes.

  • Schedule

  • Publishes every Thursday.
  • Hosts

  • Teddy Dief
  • Heart Machine | @teddydief

Terminal7

A Netrunner podcast.

Nels Anderson of Campo Santo and Jesse Turner of Slick Entertainment have at least two things in common- making video games and playing a lot of Android: Netrunner, Fantasy Flight's superb living card game. Terminal7 is a podcast where they discuss Netrunner, sometimes in the context of video games, sometimes just in terms of strategy, design or anything else fascinating about the game.

  • Schedule

  • Every two or three weeks, publishes Tuesdays.
  • Hosts

  • Nels Anderson
  • Campo Santo | @nelsormensch
  • Jesse Turner
  • Slick Entertainment | @jouste

Designer Notes

A podcast about why we make games

Why do we make games? Every designer has a different and very personal answer to that question. Soren Johnson, founder of Mohawk Games, sits down with noted designers to find out by examining their careers as a whole.

Retired Podcasts

Tone Control

Conversations with Video Game Developers

tone control n. A control device, as on a high-fidelity amplifier, for varying the intensity of high and low frequencies. Alternately, a podcast where Steve Gaynor of The Fullbright Company sits down with noteworthy video game developers for an in-depth conversation about their career and creative process, and the tricky work of establishing and maintaining a cohesive tone in their games.

  • Schedule

  • Season 1 of Tone Control has come to an end. Look out for Season 2, start date TBD.
  • Hosts

  • Steve Gaynor
  • The Fullbright Company | @fullbright

Esports Today

The latest in pro gaming, discussed and explained.

Every week, esports writers and professional journalists Andrew Groen and Rob Zacny bring you up to speed on the latest in competitive gaming, breaking down the week's most crucial news and events. Andrew and Rob help you you follow the world of esports—without making it a full-time job.

  • Schedule

  • Weekly, publishes Tuesdays.
  • Hosts

  • Rob Zacny
  • Freelance Journalist | @RobZacny

Dota Today

A Lords Management Podcast

Dota Today is a regular discussion between a pair of video game developers about their observations, escapades and experiences playing Dota 2, a MOBA developed by Valve.

  • Schedule

  • Publishes sporadically.
  • Hosts

  • Sean Vanaman
  • Campo Santo | @vanaman
  • Nick Breckon
  • Nick Breckon | @nickbreckon

Twin Peaks Rewatch

Revisiting each episode of Twin Peaks, one week at a time.

Whether you're new to Twin Peaks or a longtime fan, join us as we revisit David Lynch and Mark Frost's unsettling murder mystery serial. Each week we'll watch and discuss one episode—send your questions and comments on the current episode to twinpeaks@idlethumbs.net to be part of the conversation!

  • Schedule

  • I'll see you again in 25 years.
  • Hosts

  • Chris Remo
  • Campo Santo | @chrisremo
  • Jake Rodkin
  • Campo Santo | @ja2ke

The End of Mad Men

Watching Mad Men until there's nothing left.

Matthew Weiner's outstanding 60s-era AMC drama is coming to an end. Let's bid it a fond farewell, as we watch and discuss the final seven episodes week by week. Send your questions and comments on each episode to madmen@idlethumbs.net to join our conversation! We're still waiting on final iTunes approval, but in the meantime you can add our show to the podcast app of your choice by manually adding our RSS feed. Thanks!

  • Schedule

  • Concluded.
  • Hosts

  • Chris Remo
  • Campo Santo | @chrisremo
  • Jake Rodkin
  • Campo Santo | @ja2ke
  • Sean Vanaman
  • Campo Santo | @vanaman

True Detective Weekly

A weekly discussion of HBO's crime drama anthology.

Join us every week as we discuss the latest episode of HBO's crime drama anthology, True Detective. We love the promise of a new story and cast every season, and we’ll share our own thoughts as well as comments from listeners and our forums. And after Season 2 concludes, we’ll follow it up with a rewatch of Season 1. Send in your thoughts to questions@truedetectiveweekly.com!

  • Schedule

  • Publishes weekly.
  • Hosts

  • Chris Remo
  • Campo Santo | @chrisremo
  • Jake Rodkin
  • Campo Santo | @ja2ke
  • Sean Vanaman
  • Campo Santo | @vanaman