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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:


5h
comment Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?
To be clear, are you looking for mechanical penalties? What level of verisimilitude does your group agree is appropriate?
9h
comment faking a spellcaster, while keeping the sneak
Are 3.5 classes allowed?
11h
comment Is there any way to increase the number of spells I can cast per day as a wizard?
Is it worth mentioning reserve spells?
11h
comment How best to include a 4-5 year old in a D&D 5e game
Could you discuss some specifics? It's very hard to see if your statement is true or false.
23h
revised How to avoid arguments with a player about what “should” happen?
edited tags
1d
comment How is character development realised in Mongoose Traveller?
Please do not argue in comments. If you see an opportunity to improve your own answer, do so.
1d
comment Nimble Melee Sorcerer Help
I've refunded your bounty and closed the question barring breaking up into more accessible chunks.
1d
comment Nimble Melee Sorcerer Help
Please break your three questions up into... questions. Practical optimisation is certainly on topic, but it's worth noting that we need Very specific requirements of what that topic is. If you find yourself including "bonus question" in a question, that's a clue that the question is too broad.
Aug
30
comment Artificer with a Defender-y bent
Other traps: Don't play a runepriest. It looks seductive and like it offers these mechanics. Just don't.
Aug
29
comment How viable is a Wizard with 10 levels in Rainbow Servant as a melee combatant?
What's the rest of your party like?
Aug
28
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
28
comment How do I make it absolutely clear that I'm shooting you in the face?
Shining lasers in people's eyes intentionally is a great way to court a lawsuit. All it takes is one person bringing their class 2+ laser from home...
Aug
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
27
revised Nimble Melee Sorcerer Help
added 2 characters in body
Aug
27
revised Is this build a viable melee Sorcerer?
we're not a normal forum.
Aug
26
comment Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?
Edit that in, that's a useful paragraph.
Aug
26
comment Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?
Can you discuss why your homebrew Fate's aspects are insufficient to the task?
Aug
26
comment Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?
What other mechanics/genre are you looking for?
Aug
25
answered How do people swear in Eclipse Phase?