Dear Dungeon Masters, No Your Party Didn't Ruin Your Campaign
Hi, I’m C.E. Tidswell and I have a confession to make. When I first started running a dungeons and dragons group as a dungeon master I was a terrible rail roader. Well, I tried to be. Although I did manage to force my party to the ‘correct’ locations, I did ultimately lose control over them, but that is a different story.
Sound As Story
I’ve never been a massive fan of the traditional love story pop song. It’s not that I don’t like them, sometimes nothing beats a catchy, four chord radio tune. It’s just that they’ve never gripped me. When I’m listening to music, I’m usually looking to zone out for a bit, whether just before bed or a long car journey. For that, I need something that really sparks my imagination.
The Origins of Mary Sue
When it comes to critiques of female characters in media, one word we’ve all seen thrown around is Mary Sue. It’s a simple phrase that refers to a perfect, well liked, and often almost completely flawless character, who can be seen as unrealistic and one dimensional. But this phrase wasn’t always as mainstream as it is today. The concept of Mary Sues stemmed from the community built world of fandom. More specifically, it came from the niche little world of parody.
Toy Story, the Black Friday Reel, and the Film That Never Was
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last twenty years, then it’s almost impossible for you have to be missed Pixar’s animated Toy Story franchise. The first film in the now four movie series marked the start of the CGI age of animation, received critical praise and accolades including a British Academy Film Award, and became the 17th highest grossing film domestically at the time of its release. However, the franchise we know and love today almost looked completely different. In fact, there was a time where it seemed like this beloved Pixar classic would never be seen by the public at all.
My Last Date
The last time I went on a date, I was still alive. I when it started, I never intended it to be serious. My previous long-term relationship had knocked most of the enthusiasm for romance out of me and after eighteen months off the market, my friends were starting to bug me. So, a casual fling seemed like the ideal way to get them off my back.
Atlantis Is Real (Sort Of)
In approximately 360 BCE, the tale of the lost civilisation of Atlantis first made an appearance in the Socratic dialogues Timaeus and Critias, written by the well-known Greek philosopher Plato. The story tells of an ancient island located somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. The island was once a mighty and powerful civilisation, until it attempted to wage war on Asia and Europe, where it was promptly defeated by the superior leadership of the Greek civilisation of Athens, and was swallowed by the ocean, never to be seen again.
Five Reasons Why Netflix Should Revive Their Zombie Comedy, Daybreak
In late 2019, me and my housemate found ourselves in a familiar situation. Tired, bored, and half-heartedly scrolling through Netflix in search of something we both might enjoy. Among the shows and films we’d already watched, we spotted a series we’d never seen before. A post-apocalyptic zombie comedy, Daybreak, that had received little advertisement and, as far as we could tell, almost no attention. Intrigued, we started watching. A few days and ten episodes later, we sat thrilled by the finale and eagerly looked up how long we’d have to wait before we got to enjoy season 2, only to find that the show had already been unceremoniously cancelled.
Have You Seen This Man?
Have you seen this man? It’s near certain he’s seen you. It’s said he visits everyone eventually. Maybe only a few times, maybe so often he thinks of you as an old friend, though he knows you don’t view him as such. Rest assured, in the end you will see this man and he will see you straight back in return.