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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 I have an Electrified Baton, what damage does it do?
You must have a very impressive power source on you. Does your game care about that, or should people start by presuming an "electric fence on a stick with a very long extension cord"?
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comment What are the stand-out features of D&D 5e?
Also please, if you make a playstyle claim, tell us how that play style worked out for you. Much of this reads like press releases that could just as easily be applied to 4e during its initial release.
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comment What are the stand-out features of D&D 5e?
Could you discuss more how the specific examples in your last paragraph are supported by the rules? How do intense political negotiations work as an exemplar of one of the three pillars?
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answered How to optimize this rogue´s knockout combo?
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comment How to optimize this rogue´s knockout combo?
Which target, which level? How wedded to this daily are you?
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asked What are the “rules of hidden club” for D&D 5th edition?
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revised What's a good way to deal with Random Encounters inside Dungeons?
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revised How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?
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revised How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?
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comment How should I lie to the party about my character's race?
Do you want lie to the players or their characters?
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revised Arcane Hierophant Variant: Archivist prestige class creation
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comment How can relatively low-level characters get an idea of what's behind the door?
What level of resources do you want to devote to this?
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comment Why is Magic so hard?
@sukhmel Please post this on meta.
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revised How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?
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comment How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?
You may want to suggest a miracle'd simulacrum for the "dealing with normal people" bits.
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answered How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?
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comment How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?
Divine metamagic isn't allowed. Note the book restriction.