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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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accepted Can an unseen servant hustle?
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accepted Can you heal a split black pudding?
Jun
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accepted What are the “roots” of the Arts that a standard covenant library would have?
May
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accepted How does the flaw limited magic resistance work?
Mar
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accepted How do summa of sound quality achieve a quality of 28-level?
Mar
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accepted Is there a way to quickly generate a library for Ars Magica covenants?
Jan
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accepted How can I optimize a factotum?
Dec
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accepted What happens if I get a skill from my background and class?
Dec
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accepted Is this Candle Magical? (How can I find out without burning a season investigating it?)
Oct
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accepted What is the maximum quality for a summa when designing the covenant?
Sep
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accepted Who wins ties in FATE?
Sep
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accepted How can I make my broomstick fly?
Jun
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accepted Can you teleport 0 squares in a move action?
Jun
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accepted Does a Fey Beast Companion share your actions?
Jun
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accepted In an even fight, how many rounds does a typical monster need to drop a PC?
Jun
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accepted Can a Rogue (Scoundrel) with Sharpshooter Talent and Moonbow Stalker apply the crossbow bonus to her shortbow?
May
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accepted Does a Dread Weapon penalize attacks on a critical?
May
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accepted How do I return enjoyment to self-defeating strategies?
May
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accepted Could you make me a party themed around Office Space? Greaaaaat
May
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accepted Can a thief sneak attack with an implement power?