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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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@HeyICanChan would a section on level appropriate plot hooks and flaws in the system be useful?
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comment What's a good item or spell for creating a magical surveillance state?
It was indeed fun to explore. Was this the direction you were wanting to go in your question? It is calibrated for a very... specific feel. Victorian "spies" are very different.
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Excellent. Could you discuss how each game meets requirements a bit more? Providing the details of sword world, especially when you played it, could be very useful. And a discussion of your experiences with Ryuutama could also be useful.
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Let us continue this discussion in chat.
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Baylee, did you intend to use rules-as-written to simply refer to a rules question? Or are you strictly interested in their wording?
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