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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 rpg rules system suggestions
you mention Mouse guard's challenges. What aspect of those challenges are you interested in? The "failure creates more adventure?" or just the mechanics of mouse versus environment? Can you tell us why the systems you've specified don't work for what you want?
May
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awarded  Popular Question
May
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awarded  Nice Question
May
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revised How can I use roll for shoes to introduce someone to roleplaying?
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May
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asked How can I use roll for shoes to introduce someone to roleplaying?
May
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comment What are the legal/ethical considerations of republishing old adventures for new editions?
don't signal edits in text. Make your answer a coherent whole
May
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awarded  Guru
May
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revised How much of an issue is “Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards” in 2nd edition AD&D?
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May
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comment How to Make the Math Easier?
It's worth editing in that the "pre-filling" should include all common modifiers per power, since the power specific bonuses and common modifiers can get tedious to remember an add, and making custom power cards (see many other questions on this site) with all variables resolved and worked out for all common effects (for the table, which may include bonuses from other players) is worthwhile.
May
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revised Which of these items should I buy for my Cleric of Mystra?
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May
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comment Which of these items should I buy for my Cleric of Mystra?
Sell it to another player for 50k.
May
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comment As DM, what should I do when players roll perception where there is nothing to be found?
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
May
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answered Which of these items should I buy for my Cleric of Mystra?
May
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comment Which of these items should I buy for my Cleric of Mystra?
And the total value of your items? How much are you "spending" on this? Are you open to "even better choices?" or is this a strict choose between these two?
May
4
comment How to handle Player vs Player in FU rpg?
Also, I've got a massive case of cognitive dissonance with a "freeform" game using a published set of rules. It must be monday.
May
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comment How to handle Player vs Player in FU rpg?
What an unfortunate abbreviation. Do you have a link to this RPG?
May
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revised How do I get started playing Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition by myself?
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May
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revised What collective chat program can feature both the host's webcam AND his screenshare?
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comment What collective chat program can feature both the host's webcam AND his screenshare?
I've found roll20 to be annoying via hangouts, but if you've derived utility from it in this way, I encourage your own answer.
May
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answered What collective chat program can feature both the host's webcam AND his screenshare?