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False Dmitri

An American board member from Illinois, formerly known as “Benkarnell” (this is more or less his real name, i. e. Ben Karnell).


Works

Along with Marc Pasquin, he contributed greatly to the growth of the Ill Bethisad worldbuilding project before both of them joined AH.com. Some of his many contributions to IB include the alternate sport Whummlin (a kind of hybrid of curling and chunkey) and the socio-economic concept of aeolification.

On AH.com, he spends much of his time posting flags, roundels, and coats of arms, despite not being a terribly skilled graphic artist.

His one (unfinished) timeline is called Ethelred the Pious, based on the idea of a Viking England. It was first developed on the infamous AH Wikia site, where it continues to find a home to this day.

A long-term leisure project of his is the North American timeline Affiliated States of Boreoamerica.


Shared Worlds projects

He was a member of Map Continuation III before it gradually died.

A gew years ago, he made up his mind to leave AH.com, but was enticed to stay, in turn, by the Rising Empires nations game and the beginnings of a career in politics. He left the former when he found he could not keep up with the pace of the game (which had, by the time he left, already led to the beginning of the era called in-game the “Decline of Genoa”).

In 2012, he participated in the Turtledove Award winning map game Countries of An Alternate World 2*.


AH.com politics

He had become interested in politics in the run-up to the alsace-lorraine_vicariate_estates_election_2009, briefly joining the boring_bureaucrats_party. However, he joined the escutcheonist_party soon thereafter, being named one of its two Members of Parliament for 2009. Known as a “moderate” in Parliament, he resigned from this position as well, during the early stages of the implosion of the political system, though he remained a member of the ESP and a citizen of Lesser Latvia and Lesser Lithuania until both were shut down by Ian. Unfettered from these two time bandits, Benkarnell's activity level has dropped off considerably, but he has not left for good, as he had once planned to do.


Website

Here (mostly conlang stuff).


In AH.com Fiction

In AH.com Enterprise, the eponymous character of False Dmitri is a master artist and Doctor of Vexilology of The Guild of Vexilologists and Iconographers, as well as a crew member of the Guild mothership Texture.


offtopic/benkarnell.txt · Last modified: 2017/03/18 04:55 by petike