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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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comment Where do I find how much XP is required to level up in 3.5e?
Just a note for answerers, please give a page reference as the XP chart is one of those firmly "do not reproduce" tables.
1d
comment Where and how are you mostly playing
This is also a thoroughly duplicated question. Please explore our online-resources for many options.
Aug
15
comment How many Ability Dependencies is too many? (What is MAD?)
Please don't answer in comments.
Aug
15
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
15
comment Occult modern world setting
Can you discuss how you've used this game for this purpose?
Aug
13
revised What's the deal with alignment languages?
added 502 characters in body
Aug
13
comment What's the deal with alignment languages?
I've edited your answer to remove the preformatting and to actually introduce paragraphs. Be careful of space-intending your answers, as that means something very specific in the site's formatting language.
Aug
12
comment Free RPGs that work well on forums
I've reopened this, but I must amplify the post notice. Discussing your subjective experience with the game while playing on a forum is required. Given that there are entire forums dedicated to this, make sure that you speak to every point of the question. Bad answers will be deleted without notice as this question can trivially turn into "present your favourite system" game-req.
Aug
12
comment What book can I read to familiarize myself with D&D 5e's world and lore?
You may also want to mention Jack Vance's novels and, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser novels by Fritz Leiber.
Aug
12
comment How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?
I'll be happy to undelete this when it turns into a full answer. As it stands now, it's not an answer and is gathering downvotes.
Aug
11
awarded  Good Answer
Aug
11
comment Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?
Kadu, comments are not for arguing. Please answer the question from your point of view.
Aug
10
comment Shadows vs. Sleeping Characters
Don't answer in comments, please.
Aug
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
10
revised Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?
added 750 characters in body
Aug
10
answered Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?
Aug
10
comment How many doses of poison does the Craft (alchemy) skill check produce if completed?
Can you discuss how the fabricate spell relates to the craft (alchemy) skill check not used via the spell?
Aug
10
comment Optimizing the single target blast
Perhaps you should wait a while for community answers (and clarification needs) before providing 2 self answers? It's also very very hard to see what your actual question is, your title frames it as a fireball question, your first paragraph posits single target damage, and your last paragraph references "do better than my answers".
Aug
10
revised Legality of Gaining Mithral's Special Properties on Studded Leather
deleted 118 characters in body
Aug
6
comment How can an intelligent magic lance change what type of weapon it is?
What level is the game?