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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:


Jun
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answered Shadow Hand as a Warblade?
Jun
25
awarded  Revival
Jun
25
answered What abilities can change a class dominant stat in Pathfinder?
Jun
25
reviewed Approve What does Drow Speech sound like?
Jun
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
25
revised How can a D&D 3.5 fighter defeat CR-appropriate challenges without magic weapons?
added 1018 characters in body
Jun
25
revised How can a D&D 3.5 fighter defeat CR-appropriate challenges without magic weapons?
added 269 characters in body
Jun
25
answered How can a D&D 3.5 fighter defeat CR-appropriate challenges without magic weapons?
Jun
24
revised What are the consequences of changing the ratio of XP to GP?
edited title
Jun
23
comment How could I make a giant pc in dnd 4e?
Well, the problem with limiting areas and bursts... is that the race just won't take them. As much as it's against the policy of 4e, I think the best bet here is to impose an accuracy penalty to counteract the large+reach weapon to provide "Average" damage. And under no circumstances grant threatening reach.
Jun
23
revised How would I build a master magic item crafter/blacksmith type character?
deleted 107 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Jun
23
revised Can a grabbed creature stand up from prone?
Made second translation
Jun
23
comment Can a grabbed creature stand up from prone?
Welcome to the site, Matt. We've edited your question to be clearer. Check out our FAQ for some tips.
Jun
22
comment Which classes continue to synergize well for a multi-class character?
Yes, but pathfinder has same caster level mechanics, answered from my personal expertise.
Jun
22
comment Can you teleport 0 squares in a move action?
There are a number of things that trigger on teleport, but I may not want to give up my position. As a pixie, I'd quite like to be able to teleport "within the same square"
Jun
22
comment What does Drow Speech sound like?
Zanath, perhaps you can link them for us?
Jun
21
accepted Can you teleport 0 squares in a move action?
Jun
21
asked Can you teleport 0 squares in a move action?
Jun
21
revised What is the maximum (air speed) velocity of a pixie?
edited tags
Jun
20
answered Which classes continue to synergize well for a multi-class character?