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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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May
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Possibly related: Character-driven fantasy adventure with infrequent combat?
May
23
revised Is there a rules light game which supports classless characters, simple and tactical combat, and the game master running a GMPC?
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May
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revised Is there a rules light game which supports classless characters, simple and tactical combat, and the game master running a GMPC?
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May
23
comment How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series?
It's worth asking a game req question featuring the need for a gmpc and whatever tropes interest them the most and a rule set that you all find interesting. But first I strongly recommend reading Every game-recommendation question to get a sense of what is out there.
May
23
comment How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series?
For your requirements of Awesome! .. @SevenSidedDie and I would like to recommend RIFTS. It seems to fit the style of over the top game you want to play. Also, look through our game-recommendation games for questions that suit your desired playstyle. 3.5 is not a good starter game for the approach you're taking.
May
23
comment How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series?
Also, please please please spend some time looking at other systems. Pathfinder is not appropriate for almost all of the requirements of all of your questions. Also look up the "sunk cost fallacy".
May
22
comment Will Team Martial have trouble with encounters?
Just to be clear, this is a total party of three, yes?
May
21
comment What role-playing game tactically simulates basketball?
@HeyICanChan better?
May
21
revised What role-playing game tactically simulates basketball?
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May
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revised Is there a way to play as an actual Arcane Archer in D&D 4e?
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revised What role-playing game tactically simulates basketball?
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answered What role-playing game tactically simulates basketball?
May
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comment What role-playing game tactically simulates basketball?
You may also want to address if you want frozen synapse (the video game) style joint resolution.
May
20
awarded  Nice Answer
May
20
comment Searching for a System for Games with Dark Humour and Absurd Heroism
What specific question can we help you with here? What would the single best answer look like? Asking for opinion isn't a good fit here.
May
19
comment How do I keep the game moving without undermining player agency?
You may want to tone down the personal attacks in this answer. Note well, we embrace a plurality of playstyles and answers that call other play styles "lunatics" are not welcome here.
May
19
comment How do “the masses” address clerics/paladins & other members of the clergy?
what campaign setting? What resources? What clergy?
May
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awarded  Enlightened
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
18
comment Help Writing an AnyDice Function for a Weird Dice Mechanic
Yeah. I had functions all typed up, and then I realised I could do it in a single line. So I did.