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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 What living apex lifeforms are there other than dragons?
@SevenSidedDie Post that on meta, please, just so we can get some constructive commentary?
20h
comment Can you cast dominate person on yourself?
Please do not argue or have extended discussions in comments. if you ahve a different position, answer the question.
21h
awarded  Nice Question
21h
answered Make NPCs hard to interrogate
1d
comment How can I thwart a vampire in the party planning on dominating all of us?
Comments are not for discussion, folks. Feel free to answer the question yourself.
2d
comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
This has 48 deleted comments. I'm going to lock this for a while. If people want to continue this argument, take it to meta.
Jul
28
revised Where are the rules about fire damage?
unconstructive ranting isn't useful.
Jul
28
revised Would there be issues with porting the 3.5e Breaking & Entering rules and object tables to 5e?
removed editorialising.
Jul
28
answered A fast rule to replace iterative attacks
Jul
28
comment Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in pre-CoC D&D?
Unfortunately, we don't like link only answers here. Could you discuss the content of that site such that when the blog decays, the content is still preserved?
Jul
28
revised Is there some ready-made LARP scenario suitable for complete beginners?
removed the request for pregens, as that makes this question entirely too broad
Jul
27
revised Is the old “Linear Fighters Quadratic Wizards” problem still around in 5e Basic?
deleted 12 characters in body
Jul
27
revised Is there some ready-made LARP scenario suitable for complete beginners?
edited tags
Jul
27
comment Are there other RPGs with the phenomenon where the class that is stereotypically the best at something isn't the best at all?
This begs the question of a class-based game that purports to desire balance. There are a huge majority of systems which answer to this question "Mu". What exactly are you looking for in an answer? What problem are you trying to solve?
Jul
27
revised Is the old “Linear Fighters Quadratic Wizards” problem still around in 5e Basic?
No need to bring up the tier system at all, which allows for a more approachable question
Jul
27
comment How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting?
Also, are you open to "use a different system" answers?
Jul
27
comment How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/7991/…
Jul
25
revised 4E Polearm Specialist Build
added 5 characters in body
Jul
25
answered 4E Polearm Specialist Build
Jul
25
answered What are possible ways to deal with a player who frequently switches characters?