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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:


Feb
3
reviewed Approve In D&D 4e What does a letter inside of brackets mean for a hit effect of an attack power?
Feb
3
asked How much damage should a lab explosion do?
Feb
2
revised How do multiple natural attacks work?
deleted 14 characters in body
Feb
2
revised What does it take for a new dragonblood character to know sorcery?
edited title
Feb
2
reviewed Satisfactory How does becoming undead interact with constitution increases?
Feb
2
awarded  Custodian
Feb
2
reviewed Satisfactory What should a DM do if a player wants to do something impossible?
Feb
2
reviewed Excellent How does 'Warp in the Weave' interact with moveable area-effects?
Feb
2
reviewed Satisfactory Looking for survivalist compound materials
Feb
2
revised What level should I start including medium and major magic items randomly rolled loot?
added 3 characters in body; edited title
Feb
2
reviewed Excellent Advantage of Howling Helm in combat
Feb
2
reviewed Satisfactory Are two creatures sharing one square adjacent to each other?
Feb
2
reviewed Needs Improvement Games with mechanics for dreams
Feb
2
reviewed Satisfactory How to factor the xp cost of poison/magic weapons into an encounter
Feb
2
reviewed Satisfactory Technomancer's Dragon Hoard - What to do with all the credits?
Jan
31
comment Forced movement - PUSH
For more thunderwave fun, Paragon Wizards with Arcane Reach can, quite literally, rocketjump. It's fun.
Jan
31
revised Forced movement - PUSH
deleted 7 characters in body
Jan
29
comment How can I create a more serious atmosphere when playing with siblings?
Absolutely, @TimothyAWiseman That's probably worth writing up as an alternate answer.
Jan
29
comment How can I create a more serious atmosphere when playing with siblings?
I'm a GM. The picture is... accurate :)
Jan
29
answered Can a Dancing Weapon be thrown, and does it trigger an Opportunity Attack?