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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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2h
revised Where are the rules about fire damage?
unconstructive ranting isn't useful.
4h
revised Would there be issues with porting the 3.5e Breaking & Entering rules and object tables to 5e?
removed editorialising.
4h
answered A fast rule to replace iterative attacks
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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?
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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
18h
revised Is the old “Linear Fighters Quadratic Wizards” problem still around in 5e Basic?
deleted 12 characters in body
21h
revised Is there some ready-made LARP scenario suitable for complete beginners?
edited tags
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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?
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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
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comment How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting?
Also, are you open to "use a different system" answers?
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comment How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/7991/…
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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?
Jul
24
comment 4E Polearm Specialist Build
We need to know intended level, the rest of your party, and how much of your "striker oriented" damage you're willing to do yourself, as well as any disallowed resources.
Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
And again, closed because it is insufficiently different. The question must be edited to stand alone, and not attract answers that would serve in either.
Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
Please don't answer in comments.
Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
An edit on the above lines will be necessary for this not to be reclosed as dupe. Showing one's research of the history of similar questions is useful.
Jul
23
comment How do I make random adventures relevant to player motivations in a Sandbox Hexcrawl Campaign?
Are you sure this question is tagged correctly? A "low heroic" to "low epic" post-apoc game with paladins.... doesn't seem like a) something the starter set supports easily, and b) tempts the situation outlined in: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/44835/…
Jul
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is There a Swarm Druid in D&D 3.5?