Two 500-word blog posts form a twenty-piece project.

Project 1:


5 Streaming Historical Fiction Alternatives to Tide You Over Until Outlander Season 6



What Is Droughtlander


Droughtlander is that space between one season of Outlander ending to the new one beginning. And due to the pandemic, this drought has been a long one.



So when will Outlander season 6 air? Well, it’s coming to Starz in early 2022, and it usually premieres on valentines day. But getting through Droughtlander takes forever, and you want something now. So here are five historical fiction alternatives to hold you over until then.




Reign



Reign is a romantic drama series showing the life of Queen Mary Stuart and her subjects during her reign in Scotland from 1542 to 1567.



Mary was sent to France to secure Scotland’s alliance by marrying Prince Francis. But things get complicated when Bash (the king’s favorite son and half-brother to Francis) catches marys’ eye and forms a love triangle.




Reign has an audience score of 85% on rotten tomatoes. And currently, four seasons are streaming from Netflix.



Frontier



Frontier is an action and adventure series focusing on the American fur trade’s power imbalance in the late 1700s. Trappers and entrepreneurs fight for power against the mighty Hudson’s Bay Company, and Declan Harp (The main character played by Jason Momoa) plots to infiltrate the monopoly they’ve built.





Frontier has an audience score of 79% on rotten tomatoes, and you can stream all three seasons from Netflix.




The Great



The Great is a 2020 satire comedy-drama series and follows Catherine The Great as she plots to kill her deadbeat husband, Emperor Peter III. The series takes place in mid-18th-century Russia and makes fantastic points on how ridiculous the time was. And some issues still apply to the present day.





The Great has an audience score of 83% on rotten tomatoes, and the second season plans to air in late November 2021.



Brigerton



Brigerton is a romance drama set in the Regency-era of London in 1813 and shows an alternative part of history where London is racially integrated with people of color (known as the ton). The series shows how the era would be if it were diversified, but at the same time not color blind.




Brigerton has an audience score of 72% on rotten tomatoes and currently has one season released on Netflix with another planned to release sometime in 2022.




Turn: Washington’s Spies



Turn is a war drama between 1776 to 1781 during the era of the American Revolutionary War. The series follows Abraham Woodhull (a farmer from Setauket, New York) and his childhood friends as they become spies and form a group called the Culper Ring. The group eventually helped turn the tide of war in Washington’s favor.



You can stream all four seasons of turn on Netflix or AMC. Turn has an audience score of 97% on rotten tomatoes.



Conclusion


So which show interested you the most? Did we miss anything? What’s your favorite historical fiction show? Please leave your comments below, as we would love to read them, and happy binge-watching.




Project 2:



5 Celebrities Who Have Played LARP Or Dungeons and Dragons


Introduction


Live-action role-play and Dungeons and Dragons are hobbies that society hasn’t properly touched on yet due to a lack of mainstream acceptance.



But, luckily, some stars gave the two hobbies time to shine, and some are even passionate about them. So here are five celebrities, in no particular order, that have played LARP or D&D



Jeff Goldblum




Jeff Goldblum is an American actor and musician starring in Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and Thor: Ragnorok. In 2019 Jeff Goldblum attended a boffer LARP called Twin Mask for his show, on disney+, “The world according to Jeff Goldblum.”





In season one, episode 6, Jeff explores what the world of gaming has to offer. And when he gets to LARP, he learns how to take a hit, properly hit back, and then goes out to battle.

Deborah ann wall



Deborah ann wall is an actress starring in True Blood, Daredevil, The Defenders, and The Punisher. She’s a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons and has been known for roping actors into games during filming.

She’s also the Dungeon Master in the series Relics and Rarities.

Peter Dinklage




Peter Dinklage is a well-known American actor who has played in titles such as Avengers: Infinity-war, Game Of Thrones, and X-men: Days of future past.




In 2013 Peter played Hung in the LARP movie “knights of baddassdom.” The story follows a group of friends participating in the LARP battle of “Nevermore,” when an actual demon invades the game.




During filming, Peter was seen backstage playing a game of LARP while still in costume. So it’s safe to say he enjoyed his time with LARP.


Vin diesel




Mark Sinclair (professionally known as Vin Diesel) is one of the highest-grossing actors in the world, and he has been in movies such as The Iron Giant, Guardians of The Galaxy, and the fast and furious series.




Apart from acting, Vin Diesel is known to be a huge nerd for Dungeons and Dragons and has been playing for 20+ years.




And In 2015, Vin Diesel played D&D on the Youtube channel Geek and Sundry in a 30-minute episode.



Dara O’Briain




Dara O’Briain is an Irish comedian best known in the UK for hosting Mock the Week, Robot Wars, Stargazing Live, and Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure.




In 2007 on his show “Tough Gig,” Dara posted a short 3-part documentary of his first experience as an outsider playing LARP. He stayed at an event with LARPers for two days while learning from them and gathering materials. And in the end, he used what he learned to give LARPers their own comedy show.




Take away

Some big names on this list have given the two hobbies a good nudge towards the mainstream, with D&D being further ahead.



We would love to hear which celebrities on this list you knew in the comment section.