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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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revised What encounter features make low CR enemies challenging?
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answered What encounter features make low CR enemies challenging?
May
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awarded  Enlightened
May
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revised Old School Holy Avenger in 4e?
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May
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revised Mehrune's Razor effect in 4e (aka Original Vorpal effect)
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May
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comment Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?
Sources that I can think off off the top of my head: polymorph, monk levels, more items, speed of thought feat.
May
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comment Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?
Oh, that's the initial version. Chuck in his final version exceeds C :) But as a reasonable "hey, how can I go fast" yours looks good. Have you thought about sources of extra actions and spells?
May
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comment Can one multiclass into the same second class twice?
It's also a complete waste of feats. The multiclass feats are not actually all that useful. But you cannot multiclass into your own class.
May
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answered Can one multiclass into the same second class twice?
May
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comment What is a good way to use Allabar for a climactic ending encounter for a 4e campaign?
As one of his PCs, I can attest to some of the methods being very very painful (and entertaining) but mostly painful.
May
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revised What is a good way to use Allabar for a climactic ending encounter for a 4e campaign?
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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revised Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?
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May
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revised Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?
This is so a question of theoretical-optimization...
May
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answered Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?
May
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comment How can a Rogue gets attacks in another player or monsters turn?
Oh, there are some delicious delicious riposte builds, like my Don Bugbear De la Mancha, and various helf abuse of it. See also agile opportunist.
May
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asked Does a Dread Weapon penalize attacks on a critical?
May
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comment If I can just get Fleeting Ghost as a rogue at lvl 2, is there any point to taking Cunning Sneak?
Amusingly, I'm building a character now in chat where I just considered this decision. Excellent timing.
May
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answered If I can just get Fleeting Ghost as a rogue at lvl 2, is there any point to taking Cunning Sneak?
May
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asked Can a Rogue (Scoundrel) with Sharpshooter Talent and Moonbow Stalker apply the crossbow bonus to her shortbow?