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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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Jun
18
answered Suggested System/Mechanics/Setting Choices for X-Files/Fringe Inspired Game?
Jun
15
comment How do I make a physical challenge for Dawn-caste Solar Exalted?
@ColinFredericks That should be an answer in its own right. you should be earning rep for good insights like that.
Jun
14
answered Alternative for 4e saves
Jun
14
comment Can a pixie levitate on bootlaces carried by a spirit of salzacas?
But slightly more practical. I've got 2 pixies in my current game and the next real PC I make will most likely be one :)
Jun
14
comment How reliable are dice rolling programs?
Granted. We can't "validate" within our normal space-time. Pragmatically, we can get good-enough results :)
Jun
12
comment Is it possible to play with just 1 player book in a group?
Is this for 4th ed or for all editions of D&D? Do you plan on using character builders? -- hop on chat and we can help you make character sheets that contain power text for everyone.
Jun
12
comment With Arcane Reach, can you Thunderwave yourself?
Self-targetting with attack powers is an interesting question. I urge you to ask that as a proper question.
Jun
12
comment With Arcane Reach, can you Thunderwave yourself?
No, the "target" is not yourself, but you count as a creature such that if a power that would not otherwise target you targets you (via arcane reach) you are a valid target for that power.
Jun
12
comment Does Punishing Eye remove the Line of Sight limitation from Stinking Cloud?
@Ananisapta Very cool. Can you update your answer?
Jun
11
awarded  Constituent
Jun
11
comment What classes excel in ranged combat?
+1, Gets you into the tier level of the majority of the players.
Jun
11
comment Design a New Class. The Confessor (From Legend of the Seeker)
Removed D&D tag. This is a question that can only be answered for one system (3.5).
Jun
11
revised Design a New Class. The Confessor (From Legend of the Seeker)
edited tags
Jun
10
revised How much should I reveal on a successful creature Knowledge check?
edited tags
Jun
9
comment What to bear in mind when I make banded mail?
Could you ask one of them to give some advice here?
Jun
8
awarded  Caucus
Jun
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
7
revised Can a Dungeons and Dragons 4e character take D&D Essentials feats?
rolled back to a previous revision
Jun
7
comment Does the Master at Arms feat work for Shields?
Actually, looking on meta, @SteveC, could you hold to the community standard here?
Jun
7
comment Does the Master at Arms feat work for Shields?
Hey steve, if you're going to backquote game-specific nouns, the DDI compendium is not a game specific noun in context of the other nouns so indicated. Backquoting it just makes things confusing.