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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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May
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answered Cooperative character building?
May
16
comment Non-magical encounter suggestions
@Lechlerfan was my answer at all useful, or is simon's more in the direction you want?
May
15
comment How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game?
Drop by chat and we'll work out the rules and post them here.
May
15
comment Can the ranger choose powers from the scout or hunter list?
Also note that feats exist to fiddle some of the encounter powers.
May
15
comment How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game?
I would love to see some "determine reality" mechanics, maybe built on top of donjon or minimus?
May
15
accepted How do I return enjoyment to self-defeating strategies?
May
15
comment Is there a way to add the “primal” keyword to a power?
-1 Welcome to the site... Aslan. While your approach is certainly novel, it introduces arbitrary house rules with... quite extreme consequences and no care for them. I also don't like your implied insults. However, there are quite a few categories of questions that your approach may be useful for.
May
15
comment How to run an encounter where PCs have different observations of the same events?
Done. I'm not hopeful of good answers.
May
15
revised How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game?
edited title
May
15
asked How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game?
May
14
awarded  Nice Answer
May
14
comment How to run an encounter where PCs have different observations of the same events?
You really want to try rashomon as a RPG?
May
14
revised Helping new players learn a setting on the go
ebberon is not a keyword
May
14
awarded  Enlightened
May
14
revised Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?
deleted 1 characters in body
May
14
awarded  Nice Answer
May
14
revised How to best improve a Drow Warlock to act as a Blaster
edited tags
May
14
revised Optimize at will dpr
edited tags
May
14
revised Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?
edited tags
May
14
revised Can a Revenant Assassin be used where a high-damage striker is needed?
fixed some maths