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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 How can an intelligent magic lance change what type of weapon it is?
What level is the game?
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Please don't argue in comments. If you wish to answer this question with a different acid v. hardness interpretation, I encourage you to do so. If you have confusion over the rules and a real situation to apply them to (as this seems to be firmly qualified by the real) I encourage you to ask a question about that problem. This answer has generated too many bad comments though.
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comment Can magical objects exist in a no mana world?
Please cool it on the comments. They are not for extended discussion or arguments. Post your answer, improve your answer, or not, based on comments. Spend your effort on constructive contribution, not on ephemeral things that will be deleted quickly.
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comment Why all the dice?
This seems like a better question for statistics, as they can answer the statistical differences between dice rolling systems. Here it seems entirely too opinion-based.
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comment Can you cast dominate person on yourself?
Please do not argue or have extended discussions in comments. if you ahve a different position, answer the question.