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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 Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?
Please edit this discussion into your answer and avoid posting duplicate answers.
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comment How can simultaneous multi-location events or periods be tracked in Microscope?
SSD, Ben robbins wrote the deleted post (18318). Could you include it in your answer?
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revised What can a familiar actually do in 5th edition?
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comment What is the most widely used safety standard for larp weapons?
For this answer to be better, can you discuss the specific standards involved, and perhaps link to the resources? Also, your previous comment was deleted: insulting other play styles is forbidden.
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comment Alternatives to Wisdom to AC
What feats are you getting from the dip? There may be a different way of approaching this problem. Also, to be clear, homebrew is right out yes?
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revised Is there any way to remove/nullify an antimagic field without disjunction?
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answered Is there a prestige class that grants Turn Undead/Rebuke Undead?
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comment Dealing with Argumentative Players
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comment Encounter Budget in D&D 4e after Essentials
What is your intention behind the use of rules-as-written?
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reviewed Approve How can you deal with players asking the wrong questions?
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comment What prestige classes include the Class Feature of “+1 level of existing class features”?
Hey, @Sandwich now that dndtools is down, can you revise this answer?
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comment Merits of vow of poverty in this build
@MichaelHauda Edited, does this answer your comments?
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