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Author Topic: R. Sean Borgstrom: Ryan or Rebecca?  (Read 8368 times)

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« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2008, 05:59:30 pm »
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Oh, come on now.  Why would RSB do this?  It's not like someone's going to say "hey, RSB wrote some cool stuff on cost-benefit analysis, I think I'll hire her to write some overly florid prose about fairy creatures and emotionally stunted adolescents..."


I was thinking it was more like "I am a genius respected analyst whose work is widely respected, therefore you should take my insane crazy game seriously, because I am clearly a serious person."
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« Reply #31 on: July 17, 2008, 06:21:49 pm »
hmm I dont know, ol Ron Edwards has based his whole career reputation on his doctorate....
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« Reply #32 on: July 18, 2008, 04:28:42 am »
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I was thinking it was more like "I am a genius respected analyst whose work is widely respected, therefore you should take my insane crazy game seriously, because I am clearly a serious person."
Well, matters of gender aside, it has been common knowledge for as long as I can remember that Borgstrom graduated from university with a degree in computer science when she was sixteen, and has since then earned a doctorate in the same field. That doesn't have much to do with her game designs, though, except perhaps for a certain tendency to explain them through programming analogues.

Also: "As Carl explained his project, I could not help but feel a growing unease. Summoning and binding demons was a standard sorcerous practice. I could not without hypocrisy condemn it. Using the demons as the underlying hardware for a network of distributed virtual objects, however, unnerved me; it did not properly take into account the heterogeneity of the minions of Hell. Surely, I reasoned, an object would behave differently when in the mental possession of a demon of lust than when in the rarefied mind of a jinn of mathematics? This was the beginning of the rift between Carl and I, and also the beginning of the Open Demon Standard that was to form the major focus of the next decade of my life." --from "INFERNO: INFrastructure for Encantory Remote Networked Objects" by Keiko Takemori (Nobilis, page 172.)
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« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2008, 10:05:59 am »
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Naaah, I just think it's not that important.  Interesting, maybe, in a "Huh!  Whaddaya know?" way.  

I mean, look, I know I'm an internet RPG superstar and all and the fame and the chicks and the tie, but...does anybody really find it that interesting that I like brunettes a lot more than blondes, or that I just can't stand Robert Altman movies?
Well, I find that somewhat interesting, if only because I also can't stand Robert Altman's movies.  Especially MASH.

I do agree however that the OP bears with it more the air of yellow journalism than actual question, as in the latter case the whole investigative reporter schtick would've been rather unnecessary.
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« Reply #34 on: July 18, 2008, 01:03:47 pm »
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It's not like someone's going to say "hey, RSB wrote some cool stuff on cost-benefit analysis, I think I'll hire her to write some overly florid prose about fairy creatures and emotionally stunted adolescents..."

By the way, when has Borgstrom written about "emotionally stunted adolescents" in the first place? Most of her published work features fairy creatures of one sort or another, sure, but even the Fair Folk in Exalted are more emotionally alien than somehow sociopathic (and they aren't entirely her creation, anyway).
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« Reply #35 on: July 18, 2008, 01:09:52 pm »
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By the way, when has Borgstrom written about "emotionally stunted adolescents" in the first place? Most of her published work features fairy creatures of one sort or another, sure, but even the Fair Folk in Exalted are more emotionally alien than somehow sociopathic (and they aren't entirely her creation, anyway).

Perhaps "King of Old School" meant to say FOR emotionally stunted adolescents. They, the terminally ignorant, and pretentious mental defectives are the only ones who could mistake Borgstrom's pathetic verbal diarrhea for some kind of "genius".  It isn't. Its drivel.

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« Reply #36 on: July 18, 2008, 01:12:34 pm »
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Perhaps "King of Old School" meant to say FOR emotionally stunted adolescents.

It still wouldn't make much sense: isn't that what all the hack-and-slash-grr-kill-everything-that-moves games are for?
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« Reply #37 on: July 18, 2008, 03:17:30 pm »
Ok. So this RPG author is also a math type?

That's interesting.

Didn't know she was transgender. Then again, I barely recognized Noblis as a game title.

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« Reply #38 on: July 18, 2008, 03:25:06 pm »
There are different kinds of emotional stuntedness. What some people derisively consider emotionally stunted is nothing more than being childish; there's also the much more adolescent emotional stuntedness of believing that you're incredibly deep and more clever than the "unwashed masses", and that your actually sophomoric tastes are unbelievably intellectual and sophisticated.

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« Reply #39 on: July 18, 2008, 03:27:33 pm »
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Then again, I barely recognized Noblis as a game title.


That's alright, i barely recognised it as a game.

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« Reply #40 on: July 18, 2008, 03:28:13 pm »
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Then again, I barely recognized Noblis as a game title.

There's a lengthy thread about the announced new edition here; and, naturally enough, many more of the same over at RPGnet.
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« Reply #41 on: July 18, 2008, 05:02:53 pm »
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The "GOTCHA!" is implicit in posting the information, as though there should be any public interest in it.


Of course there's public interest in it - she's an RPG author. This is an RPG forum. People ask how to pronounce Siembieda - doesn't mean they're going to call him names. If I'd run across the paper, I'd be curious to and I could call less about what type of private parts she has or why.

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« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2008, 06:34:00 pm »
I had never read about the transgender thing, ever.

But page 351 of the cyberpunk RPG Ex Machina kind of gives it away.

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« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2008, 05:49:52 am »
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But page 351 of the cyberpunk RPG Ex Machina kind of gives it away.

Something in that "IOSHI" chapter which she contributed to the book, you mean? Or is there some sort of an author biography section at the end?
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« Reply #44 on: July 19, 2008, 11:17:55 am »
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Something in that "IOSHI" chapter which she contributed to the book, you mean? Or is there some sort of an author biography section at the end?


There's a picture of each contributing author at the end of the book.