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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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Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
And again, closed because it is insufficiently different. The question must be edited to stand alone, and not attract answers that would serve in either.
Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
Please don't answer in comments.
Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
An edit on the above lines will be necessary for this not to be reclosed as dupe. Showing one's research of the history of similar questions is useful.
Jul
23
comment How do I make random adventures relevant to player motivations in a Sandbox Hexcrawl Campaign?
Are you sure this question is tagged correctly? A "low heroic" to "low epic" post-apoc game with paladins.... doesn't seem like a) something the starter set supports easily, and b) tempts the situation outlined in: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/44835/…
Jul
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is There a Swarm Druid in D&D 3.5?
Jul
21
reviewed Leave Open Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?
Jul
21
reviewed Leave Open How does wizard & cleric spell preparation and casting work?
Jul
21
reviewed Leave Open Can a spell be prepared once and cast multiple times?
Jul
21
comment Creating magic items in 3.5 without spells
Snowpaw, we welcome self-answers discussing how your GM's call worked out for you in game.
Jul
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How can I optimize damage for a ranged ranger from level 1 to 6?
Jul
21
answered How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?
Jul
20
comment Longtooth Shifting as a daily power
Yeah, it's more the argument that "if you reach bloodied in 2 rounds, will regen do you any good?" It also feels like a part of this is "not asking the right question" as my intuition suggests that the party is mis-built...
Jul
20
comment Longtooth Shifting as a daily power
Is it worth discussing regen v. healing word and MM3 expected monster damage?
Jul
19
answered How can I optimize damage for a ranged ranger from level 1 to 6?
Jul
19
answered Ex-wizard that pretends he still is a wizard
Jul
19
comment Ex-wizard that pretends he still is a wizard
Which books have already been haggled for?
Jul
19
comment Ex-wizard that pretends he still is a wizard
What level is the rest of his party? What books are allowed and not allowed?
Jul
19
comment Ex-wizard that pretends he still is a wizard
You ask about "low levels" and "epic". Do you mean low spell levels? What do you mean by core, SRD? Is this character concept intended to be playable? How many levels of "after the wizard" do we have to work with?
Jul
19
answered Where to find lvl 30 items
Jul
18
revised How compatible are D&D 4E core and essentials in terms of hybrid characters?
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