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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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Apr
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comment What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage
Possible duplicate: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/23189/…
Apr
15
revised What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage
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Apr
15
revised How do I support an anxious friend's introduction to Role-Playing?
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Apr
15
revised With Throw Anything, is there any reason to take thrown weapon proficiencies?
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Apr
14
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it possible to produce a bowl-shaped probability curve with dice rolls?
Apr
14
revised Are there no more elemental planes in 4th Edition?
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Apr
13
comment How can I have non-Euclidean dungeons in non-magic settings?
@millimoose please make your comments on Numenera into an answer.
Apr
13
revised How can I have non-Euclidean dungeons in non-magic settings?
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Apr
13
comment Gods; What and How-to
I've flagged this as unclear as what you're asking, since the theology of a world is the function of the world, (sometimes) the system of the world, or a Doctor of Theology degree. Furthermore, the "follow up question" should be asked as a separate question, though as-phrased, it'd be entirely too broad if not restricted to setting or system.
Apr
13
revised Gods; What and How-to
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Apr
12
comment Can ghosts travel to another plane?
We deal very poorly with hypotheticals here. Take a look at our faq. In your game, how did this situation arise where answers to the nature of souls and outsiders in pathfinder becomes important? These details are almost always campaign/setting specific, so we need details there, too.
Apr
12
comment Can ghosts travel to another plane?
What specific problem are you trying to solve in which campaign setting? Are you using libris mortus? Are you using ghostwrack?
Apr
12
comment Can ghosts travel to another plane?
Unfortunately, your question is too broad, as posed. "Ghosts moving onto other planes" is the basis of a decent question, but it begs the question of the particular problem you're facing: ghostly wizards using plane shift, or the transmigration of souls through the various pathfinder afterlives? Your second "question" is a very poor fit for our site, as it's soliciting subjective opinion without a specific problem to solve.
Apr
12
revised Can't get “a hold” of this At-Range Grappling Conundrum
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Apr
12
revised Intellego Imaginem - What feedback do I get from manipulating my sense of touch?
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Apr
12
comment Animate Objects vs Animate Dead - is there anything stopping the Good-aligned 'Necromancer'?
Now burninating comments, as there seems to be extended pointless discussion here.
Apr
12
comment Animate Objects vs Animate Dead - is there anything stopping the Good-aligned 'Necromancer'?
Do not argue in comments, please, as they'll be burninated. This question has produced entirely too many non-productive comments.
Apr
12
comment Essential Reading for New GM/DM
Which game are you planning to run?
Apr
11
awarded  Good Answer
Apr
11
revised Does spellstrike override spell storing for a Magus?
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