The Polybius Conspiracy

Originally aired fall 2017

The Polybius Conspiracy is a seven-part series, originally heard on Showcase, which tells the complex story of two men united by a decades-old urban legend. Polybius, a mysterious arcade game from the '80s whose alleged existence in the Pacific Northwest is fueled by myth and an obsessive online fan base, and which may have factored in the abduction of two teenage boys.

Jon Frechette & Todd Luoto


JON FRECHETTE holds degrees in film production and language arts. As an undergraduate, he was the recipient of the Cinetech Most Promising Filmmaker award. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

TODD LUOTO had the privilege to occupy  roles for Sundance Film Festival, Fox Digital Studio, and Super Deluxe. His creative work has screened at the Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, and AFI Film Festivals, among others.

Music throughout The Polybius Conspiracy is by Anenon, Chris Fitzpatrick, Hrishikesh Hirway, Jon Frechette and Restricted. Episode Artwork is by Jin Lim. Logo design is by Kevin Blanchard. Avatar design is by Jonathan Moura.


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Episode #1 – The Player

In Episode One: The Player, an investigation into the origins of the Polybius legend leads to Bobby, who claims the game was responsible for his abduction as a teenager. In the thirty-five years since, Bobby has remained steadfast with his story, going so far as to organize a for-profit walking tour while obsessively searching for the one person he believes could corroborate his allegations. Local players from the Portland arcade scene cast doubt on Bobby’s story, as do journalists who refute the game as ever having existed.


Bobby Feldstein is the founder of Portland's first and only Polybius walking tour, and claims the game is connected to his abduction as a teenager.

Catherine “Cat” Despira is a journalist and video game historian who debunked the Polybius urban legend in the pages of Retrocade Magazine.

Dylan Reiff is a Portland-based gamer, pinball enthusiast, and creator of immersive games.

Ernest Cline is an author and screenwriter of the bestsellers Ready Player One and Armada.

Joe Streckert is a notable Portland tour guide, podcaster, and lecturer.