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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 Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
Then, when you're familiar with the rules, create a "control encounter" that seems to be quite fun and challenging, and gradually change one element each run-through. Take notes and see how the combat changes when you change that one thing.
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
How long does each character's turn take? What rules did you know? What rules did you have to look up? Did the combat feel fun? Is a party of composition X and levels Y appropriate and fun against a foe or set of foes Z. What happens in different environments? You can run combats against yourself (since you'll be doing so anyways with your GMPCs) to make sure that turns flow naturally and you're familiar with all the rules.
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
At the very least, practice levelling characters to 20. Practice full combats running every character on every side. (take notes of what you know and don't know. Take notes about what you learn in each combat.) Improve your system mastery skills. Building level 1 characters without any feedback does nothing to improve your capabilities.
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
Given that you're on a computer that blocks this content, it's probably worthwhile either finding a system for which you are allowed to access all of its content or deal with the issue at source. Making level 1 characters is just reinforcing bad habits that will do you no good.
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
Related: How can I convert 3.5 Generic Classes to Pathfinder?
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comment How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?
@doppelgreener edited to make clear. The power text above is much closer to shadow stride than shadow step, despite the edit to change the inspiration. Better?
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Don't answer in comments.
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don't signal edits in text.
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comment How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?
That would be useful when discussing it, yes.
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comment How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?
Point of order, did you choose not to use Shadow Step(Assassin, at-will) for a reason? Also, are you sure this is an encounter power and not at-will?
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Also related: Easy-to-learn GM-less system with flexible group size, for fantasy, urban fantasy, or sci-fi?