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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 What feats should a human rogue take to be stealthy?
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comment Can I choose to grant Combat Advantage?
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answered What feats should a human rogue take to be stealthy?
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comment Investigation game with secret magic
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comment Investigation game with secret magic
What genre are you looking for (fantasy/modern/cyberpunk)? How dark? How crunchy?
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comment Creating a Wizard at high levels: How many Spells should he know?
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revised How does a Wizard achieve a very cheap spellbook full of spells?
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revised What special materials exist for weapons and armor in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder?
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comment What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?
Could you discuss what the critical threat range actually is? Answers must stand alone. We're not a normal forum.
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answered What Should I Roll to See if a Character Remembers a Face?
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comment Impact of Obtenebration on the (Pen)Umbra
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revised What ways are there to magically enforce an agreement?
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comment Death Magic and Vampires
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comment Where does the Sun go at night?
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