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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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answered How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10
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comment How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10
Again, please focus much more into your results. Polymorphing into what to gain what abilities? Which features do you want to graft? How do you see using your reaction? Right now, it feels like you're trying to shoot flies with a cannon.
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comment Quality of Lecture Commentaries if using Extended book rules from Covenents
Welcome to Academia! Remember, you too can assign shitty readings to your students, just because you wrote them.
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Please refine your question, Scott, such that we can answer to the results of your desires instead of to the means of achieving them.
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comment How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10
Perhaps you want to rephrase the question as to your intended result of shapechange and whatnot, as it is clear that your model-of-game differs significantly from others.
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comment Cthulhu in D&D 3.5
This seems like a simple copy-paste jobby. Which is, itself, copyrighted. The problem is both that you simply reproduce copyrighted content without formatting. If you're merely going to point the querent at pathfinder (despite this being a 3.5 question) discuss why this Cthulhu is appropriate, and what conversion problems may result.
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Closed because vague paladin alignment/code questions tend to explode. Can you please be as specific as you can in your question?
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Please do not argue in comments.
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have you done this with any children?
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