No, really. Each post of his is like a tiny lecture by my statistics professor. A tour-de-force on the philosophy of game-making by Brian Ballsun-Stanton would be informative to read.

So come on dude, who's your publisher?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Err... what? Are you serious? \$\endgroup\$ May 2, 2012 at 2:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ LOL! Wow! Has Philip just won rpg.se? \$\endgroup\$ May 2, 2012 at 2:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ lol no book yet. but he is a doctor now :). \$\endgroup\$
    – wax eagle
    May 2, 2012 at 2:38

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No*, I don't, cause I like eating ... and paying rent.

At present, I can't afford to take the month or two to write a book on the philosophy of role-playing. While I just got my doctorate, I'm trying to find a job at various universities. On the other hand, if there's some level of community funding, I'd be willing to start a kickstarter to cover rent and ... whatnot to...

... what? I.. really? ...

A book is 50k-100k. I'll fold in my two papers on RPs for a clean 10k, that leaves us 40k short. Structuring 2-4k per answer for 10 selected answers could work, leaving me to write framework, structure, question and answer amplification, and a lit review of doom. (and yeah, wading through the IJRP.)

I can probably do this in 1-2 months part time. (hahahaha... ::sigh:: I could, actually. I even have editors.)

But I can't afford to right now.

As I said at the start, if there's community support via kickstarter, I'd love to. Or, if you know of any agencies willing to write a grant, I'm more than willing to write.


Doing some simple ** analysis of my RPG.SE posts, I've got 152k words on here. Easily enough to make a book with sufficient editing and framing. Call it a month of work?

my most common 150 words

* Does a thesis count? What about 2 working papers on RPGs? (Here.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Completely serious. A kickstarter is a good idea. When you have a spare month or two, let us know. I could chuck in a couple hundred to get the ball rolling. Any more and I'd have to get approval from the boss. Personally, I wouldn't be in for more than a grand though. While I like your material, I don't like it any more than that. \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip
    May 2, 2012 at 5:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oookay. Well, I'll look into academic publishers and think up a ToC and we'll go from there. \$\endgroup\$ May 2, 2012 at 12:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think we just need to get Brian a job at wizards so he can help keep the games awesome. \$\endgroup\$
    – DForck42
    May 2, 2012 at 13:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @philip on a serious note, are you looking for a collected essays with amplification or philosophy book? \$\endgroup\$ May 2, 2012 at 13:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ A philosophy of game-making and game-running. Honestly, I'm looking for a rant about how things ought to be done. From most people that would be an absolute bore, but you seem to hold yourself to a pretty high standard. (Wasn't aware of your working papers, neat. Haven't had time to sit down with them yet) \$\endgroup\$
    – Philip
    May 2, 2012 at 18:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ One Class Power - Character Level Damage will be my imaginary band name and first album. \$\endgroup\$ May 7, 2012 at 18:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ I would be interested if a kickstarter campaign is started. I'm not about to promise a couple of hundred like philip, but I could contribute the average price for a book in a heartbeat... \$\endgroup\$ May 30, 2012 at 16:20

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