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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 Official 3.5 Rule for level adjustment when applying a template?
... this doesn't seem like an answer, mate. Your question, as posed, is: "So my main question is where are the official 3.5 rules on that topic, and in the case they would be unclear, how is it commonly understood?" ... How does rebuilding fit at all? Also, What does "I am waiting for your comments, but I am considering accepting this. " mean? This almost seems like its own poorly phrased question. Beyond that, perhaps we can copy slightly... less... copyrighted content? Excerpt only the bits that matter for the answer you plan to give.
3h
answered How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet
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comment How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet
"It stops traps from ever coming into effect" ... could you give an example of this? Maybe link to the DDI instances of the traps in question?
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comment How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet
It may be worth emphasising the role of passive perception more, as it's nominally designed for situations like this?
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answered Designing a spell to create works of art
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comment How to deal with player MacGyver-ism?
Please don't argue against the question in comments. Instead, turn your set of comments into an answer.
11h
comment Intentionally stopping flying while in midair
Now your answer doesn't answer the question. As it stands, it seems like it would be better as a blog post than an answer-in-search-of-a-question. What specific problem are you trying to solve here?
11h
comment Intentionally stopping flying while in midair
As written, this is a duplicate of your previous question. Could you amplify your question such that it isn't? The "the simulationist view" parenthetical in your title doesn't actually serve to tell us what you want to know.
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comment How can I build a Shardbearer?
I'd be interested to see a workup of the specific build chosen with reasons why as an answer. Specific experience is always useful.
2d
comment What does the code look like to have background music playing at the start of a game?
It was put on hold, by me, seconds after it was asked. No further action is necessary. Questions on hold are automatically converted to closed after time has passed.
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comment What does the code look like to have background music playing at the start of a game?
Mate, this is still off topic. We're about tabletop rpgs, not computer.
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comment How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf
Could you translate your... sketch into something that is legible?
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20
comment How can I build a Shardbearer?
Would your player benefit from more elaboration on the cleric/incarnate build detailed below? If so, starting level and expected length of campaign are desirable information.
Oct
17
awarded  Nice Question
Oct
17
revised How can I build a Shardbearer?
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17
comment Does the Sapphire Hierarch's prereq “Access to the law domain” require actually choosing the domain?
Alternative third reading: the cleric must be a DBMS, or at least support ODBC.
Oct
17
revised Does the Sapphire Hierarch's prereq “Access to the law domain” require actually choosing the domain?
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revised Does the Sapphire Hierarch's prereq “Access to the law domain” require actually choosing the domain?
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asked Does the Sapphire Hierarch's prereq “Access to the law domain” require actually choosing the domain?
Oct
17
reviewed Reviewed Saboteur Alchemist Bore Bomb Discovery