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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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comment Blighter Blightfire range
Don't answer in comments.
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don't signal edits in text.
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comment How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?
That would be useful when discussing it, yes.
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answered How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?
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comment How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?
Point of order, did you choose not to use Shadow Step(Assassin, at-will) for a reason? Also, are you sure this is an encounter power and not at-will?
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revised Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Also related: Easy-to-learn GM-less system with flexible group size, for fantasy, urban fantasy, or sci-fi?
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Related: Implementing the rational magic and world from Harry Potter: Methods of Rationality in a game?
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Possible duplicate: Easy to GM Harry Potter RPG
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Possibly related: Character-driven fantasy adventure with infrequent combat?
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comment Is there a rules light game which supports classless characters, simple and tactical combat, and the game master running a GMPC?
You'll get significantly better answers if you abandon your desire for "please recommend 3.5 to me".
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revised Is there a rules light game which supports classless characters, simple and tactical combat, and the game master running a GMPC?
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comment Is there a rules light game which supports classless characters, simple and tactical combat, and the game master running a GMPC?
Why do you need it to be d20 based gameplay? What kind of stories do you want to tell? Have you read any of the other game rec questions? Also, what do you mean by "simple but tactical combat?" What do you mean by "keep things clear?" Also, what do you mean by "balanced?"
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comment How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series?
It's worth asking a game req question featuring the need for a gmpc and whatever tropes interest them the most and a rule set that you all find interesting. But first I strongly recommend reading Every game-recommendation question to get a sense of what is out there.