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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.

Papers you may be interested in:


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comment Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?
As a note, it's likely important to specify which player's handbook in your wishlist (to the point of providing an amazon link). "D&D player's handbook" Will map to 5th, 3.5rd, 4th (PHB3), 2nd, and 3rd in that order, since they seldom advertise editions.
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comment How can I build a self-propelled ground vehicle using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition magic rules as written?
There are other supplements which provide for more interesting answers. What character levels are you?
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reviewed Leave Closed How to make D&D-like Alignment work
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reviewed Leave Closed Good system for Jekyll and Hyde games?
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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment Good system for Jekyll and Hyde games?
this... sounds like a better fit for the gamedev stack exchange.
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revised How can you find a balance between effective/optimised characters and creative characters?
added 11 characters in body
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revised How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?
added 8 characters in body
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comment Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?
Do not argue in comments. There have been way too many comments on this answer.
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answered Are there any metamagic feats worth taking for bard?
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comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
If you would like, I can mod-delete this accepted answer when you find a better home for it.
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comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
It's probably worth holding off on this answer, or posing a new question for it. As it stands, this question is unlikely to be reopened. We do not recommend continuing to improve answers on closed questions, as it rewards leaving them closed.
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comment Where does the Sun go at night?
Please integrate these comments into your answer, Joshua.
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revised Banishment in an Area that Prevents Teleportation
rolled back to a previous revision
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comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
Ah. Then yes, unfortunately "DM mind reading" is not a public-facing service offered by this Stack :)
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comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
Mate, it's not a waste of time to improve questions. If there is an established time-travel mechanic you are using that is sharable, we can certainly assess your situation via the rules and our subjective experience.
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reviewed Leave Open Chaotic Neutral Alignment and Greed
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reviewed Close Can a D&D Necromancer be of a good alignment?
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reviewed Reviewed How can I tell if Shillelagh has been cast on a quarterstaff?
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comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
We need to know more about your house rules on time travel.