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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 Creating an easily-defeatable dragon
In order for this to be a good answer, please amplify it and discuss how it solves the querent's question, as it stands now, it is an indifferent comment.
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comment Acquiring a spellbook without being a Wizard
The "added what you requested" is a better response than responding in comments, but is also unnecessary. You're getting this attention because the system keeps throwing us mods alerts on your actions. This, by the way, is a bad thing. And still, batch up your edits, and do proper editing passes, like you would for a real editorial/paper.
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comment Acquiring a spellbook without being a Wizard
Khashir, you don't need to alert people to edits. But what you wrote in that comment is a good edit history title, to tell people perusing your edit history about what you did. Also, as a note, you have over 25 minor edits to this answer. Every edit you do bumps this question up to the top of the page. Perhaps you want to do fewer, bigger, edits?
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comment Questions Concerning Hazirawn (Hoard of the Dragon Queen - *Spoilers*)
Please do not answer in comments!
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comment Have I made the Players too Powerful and is this a good solution
How much is absurd gold? What level is the group? How many players in the group? What magical item purchase rules are you using? What does "fully stacked" mean? How optimised are the characters? How much time are you spending building NPCs (especially spellcasters?) Why did you tag this "house rules?"
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comment What happens to a ranger when her alignment changes to CN in 3.5?
I really want to make a punny joke alluding to that horrible joke from storm in the first X-men movie of "the same thing that happens to everything else..."
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comment How could a highly destructive character contribute to gameplay?
Related: How do you deal with a player that's determined to play the game in a way that is detrimental to the advancement of the story?
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comment Finding a system which allows the setting of SWAT / hostage rescue
What kind of dice mechanics are you looking for? What levels of accuracy? (Hollywood, authentic (30% of shots from experienced nearby shooters hit..) ... ) lethality? What time-granularity are you looking for?
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comment It is possible to make Vampires, Night-Elves and Warforged to play along?
It'd require brainstorming ahead of time, but since the DM knows the "modes of play" of any given character, most common interactions can be paradigmised. Then, presuming good will and good improv, stuff should work "well enough." This is not something to try on a group you don't know.
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answered It is possible to make Vampires, Night-Elves and Warforged to play along?
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answered European Medieval Fantasy RPG with less bookkeeping?
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comment Which issue of Dragon magazine had a chart for volleys of arrows?
Dwayne notes: "Dragon #113. might be it not sure thought there was one with 25 50 or 100 attack rolls like this chart in the issue 113, but as was so long ago might be getting mixed up. "
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comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with less bookkeeping?
Strict minimalist seems right? For rules-light, it's not so much a design side, as a "people who I've played with who have identified with that term" side, which is a bit long to be a single word.
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comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with less bookkeeping?
True, but I've normally found "rules light" to translate "Implement some of the rules, some of the time."
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comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with less bookkeeping?
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