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Dr. Brian Ballsun-Stanton is a Philosopher, Information Technologist, and Game Theorist exploring the Philosophy of Data. He has a Ph.D in Philosophy from The University of New South Wales in addition to a MS & BS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

He has developed a new methodology (The Social Data Flow Network) to explore how individuals in the field understand the nature of data. Currently, his research is exploring the social construction of technology, focusing on the user-driven change of technological tools, in addition to his research of data warehouse ETL strategies for disparate data sets.

Beyond philosophy, Dr. Ballsun-Stanton has experience in haptic research, specifically the use of gesture control of human computer interfaces and an abiding interest in robotics as seen in his flying robotic cable-array manta-ray.

His interests include the academic study of Role-Playing games, the exploration of how science fiction literature transforms reality, and the social consequences of a technological world outpacing society's cultural assimilation of its consequences.

He is a long time gamer, having helped to design the indie game Pax Draconis. He has been running an Ars Magica game for the last 6 years and has extensive experience with indie games and both 3.5 and 4e D&D.

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comment Pathfinder wizard creation classes
It's very hard to tell what your problem is, here. Can you refine your question to have a complete paragraph (with punctuation?)
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comment What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
Both. And remember, the accepted check is most useful to you. If a summary is most useful to you, accept it.
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comment What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
Joe, instead of summarising answers in your question, summarise them in an answer with extra detail and discussion, then accept it.
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accepted How can I make a magical photocopier?
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comment How to set up a battle with a God?
If someone asks if you're a god... you say Yes. Players who respond otherwise must be punished.
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revised Is there a playable undead race?
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revised Where can I find free horror-themed stock audio for zombie campaigns?
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revised Where can I find free horror-themed stock audio for zombie campaigns?
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revised Is there a map for the feywild equivalent of Faerûn?
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comment D&D 4e - attack rolls - “level +x vs. defense” - clarification
Could the title of this be improved?
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reviewed Leave Open What parts of D&D 5e's design heritage come from D&D 4e?
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comment Is there any sort of mechanical reason to use a trident over a spear?
Please do not argue in comments.
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comment How do I create a balanced “Glass Cannon” monster?
Comments are not for discussion. Take this to chat.
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revised Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?
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answered What would be the best way to turn the seeker into the Arcane Archer? D&D 4e house-rule
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comment Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?
So you explicitly reject the refluffing allowances built into the system?