Fables Around the Table: Curse – The Ties That Bind

By | July 8th, 2020|Derailed Podcasts, Fiona's Posts|

Disclaimer: The Curse of the House of Rookwood is a tabletop RPG published by Nerdy Pup Games. The following text is supplemental material created by Fiona L.F. Kelly for the podcast Fables Around the Table: Curse, an actual-play podcast that uses the Rookwood system. This is the material distributed to the players about the book [...]

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An Introduction to Fables Around the Table: Curse

By | June 16th, 2020|Announcement, Derailed Podcasts, Fiona's Posts|

Fables Around the Table is a new tabletop RPG anthology podcast from Project Derailed. Each season will be an actual-play mini-campaign featuring tabletop RPG systems in a variety of genres and settings. A revolving cast of players and game masters will bring the games to life. The first season premieres Wednesday, June 17th. Episodes will [...]

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10 Years Later: A ‘Community’ Retrospective

By | January 2nd, 2020|Fiona's Posts, Pop Culture, Television|

"I can't count the reasons I should stay, One by one they all just fade away" -"At Least It Was Here," The 88  Community has been off the air for four years. The show first aired in September of 2009 with a tightly constructed plan: the story was meant to last for six seasons and [...]

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10 Years Later: A ‘Glee’ Retrospective

By | January 2nd, 2020|Fiona's Posts, Pop Culture, Television|

The road to success is not a straight path. This is arguably the message of Glee--a show that, at the time broke boundaries and challenged cultural norms. It starts out like many underdog shows. The first episode of Glee shows us spunky, bright-eyed misunderstood artists, ready to take on high school. Even their teacher, William [...]

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‘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 [...]

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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 [...]

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‘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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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