The {{blog}} of science-fiction and RPG author [[Creator/CTPhipps C.T Phipps]] (''HaltEvilDoer!'', ''Literature/TheRulesOfSupervillainy'', ''Literature/RedRoom''). ''Blog/TheUnitedFederationOfCharles'' chiefly reviews video games, science fiction novels, and media related to video games. The author is known for writing essays regarding video games' social relevance as well as discussing their subtext. Reviews tend to be positive and have many 10 out of 10 scores, which makes the exceptions all the more glaring.

The blog has gone through a number of changes through the years, now being home to more Cthulhu Mythos, Fantasy, Grimdark, Horror, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and Zombie-related media than Star Trek (which it was originally created to review).

The blog can be read [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/ here]].

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This blog contains examples of:

* AbortedArc: Attempted to read and review every piece of Assassin's Creed media. Got roughly halfway through before having to give up.
* AccentuateTheNegative: Seems to do the opposite as he only likes to review games he enjoys.
* AfterTheEnd: Has reviewed over a hundred books and games which have dealt with this subject. Seems to prefer the more zany, less serious subject matter.
* AllIssuesArePoliticalIssues: You be the judge.
** The social satire of VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity. [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2011/10/social-satire-of-batman-arkham-city.html here]]
*** The sexism in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity.'' [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2011/10/sexism-and-gender-politics-in-arkham.html here]]
** The social satire of ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'' [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-social-satire-of-dead-rising-2.html here]]
** The social satire of ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution.'' [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/03/social-satire-of-deus-ex-human.html here]]
*** The social satire in the DLC. [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/03/social-satire-of-deus-ex-human_27.html here]]
** The role of sexuality in ''{{The Witcher}}'' series. [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/06/sexuality-and-visual-storytelling-in.html here]]
** The social satire of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance.'' [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-social-satire-of-metal-gear-rising.html here]]
** Subverted by an essay on ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and its violence where he just says it's mindless fun. [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2011/11/is-grand-theft-auto-series-too-violent.html here]]
*** Did a sequel about sexuality in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' which was much more serious. [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2014/01/grand-theft-auto-v-women-sexism-and.html Here]]
** Discussed ''Series/TrueDetective'' and Lovecraftian horror. [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2014/06/true-detective-and-lovecraftian-horror.html Here]]
** Did a discussion of ''Franchise/DragonAge'' and Security vs. Freedom with the Mage vs. Templar struggle. [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-social-satire-of-dragon-age-mages.html 1]], [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-social-satire-of-dragon-age-mages_9.html 2]], [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-social-satire-of-dragon-age-mages_75.html 3]]
** A discussion of ''The Politics of the VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' is available here: [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-politics-of-witcher-3-part-i-or.html Part I]], [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-politics-of-witcher-3-part-ii.html Part II]], [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-politics-of-witcher-3-part-iii.html Part III]], [[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-politics-of-witcher-3-part-iv-third.html Part IV]]
* ApologeticAttacker: Seems to be his style for negative reviews.
* ArtifactTitle: Now more about fantasy, grimdark, zombies, horror, and post-apocalyptic fiction than Star Trek.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: A BerserkButton for him. Went into a rant about Cole from LANoir saying the Japanese oil embargo was wrong.
* AscendedFanboy: Used to review a lot of Creator/RagnarokPublications' books, now is a writer for them.
* AuthorAppeal: Grimdark, Zombies, Post-Apocalypse, Noir, HP Lovecraft, Bethesda Games, Creator/RagnarokPublications novels, [[StarTrekExpandedUniverse The Star Trek]] and [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars Expanded Universes]], and [[{{Pirates}} Pirates]].
** Arguably overanalyzing things.
* AuthorFilibuster: Has several of these as seen above.
** ''[[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/05/why-i-love-zombies-musing-on-mindless.html Musings on the Mindless Dead]]''
** ''[[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2014/04/zombies-vs-infected.html How to write a zombie novel]]''
*** Supplemented by ''[[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/05/musing-on-lovecraftian-horror.html Zombies vs. Infected]]''
** ''[[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/05/musing-on-lovecraftian-horror.html Musings on Lovecraftian Horror]]''
** ''[[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2014/07/what-is-post-lovecraftian.html What is Post-Lovecraftian Horror?]]''
** ''[[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2015/07/what-is-grimdark.html What is Grimdark?]]''
* ApologeticAttacker: Does this when he goes into a rant about how much he hates ''Dead Money'' for ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas.''
** Repeats it in his review of ''The Jennifer Morgue'', saying he really does love Literature/TheLaundryFiles by Charles Stross.
* BerserkButton: the review of the VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas DLC ''Dead Money'' is a sharp contrast to his usual style.
** Also seems to have this feeling for people who don't think video games have deep storytelling.
** Has a history of taking points off games he feels are subtextually sexist or racist.
* CapePunk: The trope namer.
* CthulhuMythos: A portion of his blog is devoted to reviewing Cthulhu Mythos pastiches and adaptations.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Is a peppy and cheery site with a ''Star Trek'' logo which primarily reviews dark fantasy, grimdark, post-apocalypse science fiction, and horror.
* ExpandedUniverse: Reviews quite a few books from the Assassins Creed, Dragon Age, Star Wars, Star Trek, and World of Warcraft universes.
* FeministFantasy: Is a fan of these and often brings up important women roles in video games or books as a reason to up a score.
* {{Grimdark}}: Wrote a couple of essays on the subject and reviews many books on the material.
* HighFantasy: Notable in numerous reviews on this despite his taste tending toward the dark and macabre.
* LovecraftLite: Helped codify the term Post-Lovecraftian.
* NiceGuy: His review style. The vast-vast majority of his reviews and essays are positive and talking about what he loved. Even criticisms tend to be framed in terms of how they could have been improved.
* PerkyGoth: Claims to be an ex-one. Given his current reading tastes, you might argue he hasn't moved on.
* TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds: Not the actual blog itself but the author wrote a setting for it.
* RageQuit: Notable for ''FarCry3'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' Dead Money DLC. He eventually came back to ''Far Cry 3.''
* RagnarokPublications: Used to review their books, now is one of their authors. Refuses to review books he doesn't like of theirs.
* ReviewBlog: Does a mid-sized one.
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: Claims this is the basis for his reviews as he is a ''casual gamer who isn't very casual.''
* SelfDeprecation: Numerous reviews indicates he considers his reviews something no one reads. Which is questionable given the visitor counter.
* {{Troper}}: C.T. Phipps is one of these.
* TropeNamer: Post-Lovecraftian.
* SeriousBusiness: Averted or played straight depending on fan.
* UrbanFantasy: What he writes along with Post-Apocalypse Mythos fiction.
* ZombieApocalypse: Reviews a LOT of books relating to this.

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