‘Instant Hotel’ Teams As ‘Vampire: The Masquerade’ Clans

By | August 9th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Lists, Pop Culture, Roleplaying Games, Television|

The question on everyone's mind while watching Netflix and Seven Network's Australian reality series Instant Hotel is, of course, what clan from Vampire: The Masquerade are each of the teams? Fear not, fellow Australian Reality TV fans. The guide to every Instant Hotel team's VtM clan is finally here. Terry & Anita - Assamite This [...]

The Drawbacks Of Positive Fandoms

By | July 23rd, 2019|DnD, Fiona's Posts, Pop Culture|

I have started and stopped writing and deleted this post many times over the past two years. Hopefully I'll make it to the end this time. I started again this time because I've seen increasing numbers of Critters (fans of Critical Role) come forward and say "this community has not welcomed me." There are increasingly [...]

‘Cats’ Will Be The Height Of Cinema

By | July 23rd, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for Cats: The Musical Cancel all other movies. The Cats trailer is out. This trailer is absurd. The cats have unsettling human noses and how cat-like they are is incredibly inconsistent. But still, the trailer is on brand for Cats. For those unaware of the plot of cats, it's about a night where Jellicle [...]

From ‘Game Of Thrones’ To ‘Arrested Development’: “Acceptable” Incest In Media

By | April 22nd, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies, Television|

Warning: discussion of abuse and sexual assault. Spoilers for Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, and The Royal Tenenbaums. Incest is, rightfully, often seen as abusive or repulsive, but the topic is explored in media anyway. Shows like Game of Thrones and Arrested Development have brought the sexual taboo back into cultural discussion. At times, incest [...]

Is ‘The Village’ A LARP Movie?

By | April 17th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Read about other LARP movies here.  LARP movies are an underrepresented genre in fan movies. However, enough exist that a few rules can be followed in terms of structure. The two most popular movies, Knights of Badassdom and Role Models, mirror one another in significant ways. They show full and obsessive immersion into the game [...]

What ‘Varsity Blues’ Says About Regina George

By | April 8th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for Varsity Blues and Mean Girls. Mean Girls is a teen classic that most will recognize. The 2004 movie has kept in the public consciousness through its iconic one liners, merchandise, and even a Broadway musical. One of the titular "mean girls," Regina George (Rachel McAdams), has, arguably, become the most recognizable character from [...]

LARPing As Represented In ‘Knights Of Badassdom’ And ‘Role Models’

By | February 9th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

LARP, live-action roleplaying, is Dungeons and Dragon's less popular sister. At least in the sense of pop culture. While many television shows devote an entire episode to the characters learning about Dungeons and Dragons or referencing a character who has once played the popular tabletop RPG, LARP is demoted to mere visual gags. While a [...]

What Makes A Christmas Movie A Christmas Movie?

By | December 12th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

The holidays bring around a yearly debate: if Die Hard, the 1988 Bruce Willis action movie, is a Christmas movie or not. Classifying films as "a Christmas movie" is not as straightforward as it may seem. While classics like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or A Christmas Prince scream Christmas (it's literally in the name [...]

Eating Vegan and Vegetarian at Origins Game Fair

By | June 13th, 2018|Convention, Fiona's Posts|

Eating at conventions with dietary restrictions is hard. Even the professionals making the food often don't know the logistics of eating vegetarian or vegan. And, in convention settings, there are often slim pickings as it is. Columbus, like many cities, can be difficult to navigate while vegetarian or vegan. Especially in a convention setting, where [...]