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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 Looking for viable build for mounted archer on a medium ride
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/56217/760 ... perhaps I could persuade you to an undead chicken mount? ... Also, what level is the character and are there any other requirements on the character?
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comment When does a flying creature start and end falling?
Please don't argue in comments.
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comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/a/22626/760
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comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
Don't think of it as your main campaign. It's fine to tell all your stories in the same world, and knowing about the factions in your world is fine. But don't plan to use the same characters. Start as simple as possible. Learn what you can and cannot do with that simplicity, and iterate. By the time you'll be able to run your main campaign, you won't want to.
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comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
As a suggestion to you instead of the answer, don't bother planning out a lengthy campaign. Get experience in short and local campaigns first, then gradually let things fall out naturally.