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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.

Papers you may be interested in:


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awarded  Guru
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comment Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?
For discussions of fitness-of-purpose... we need to know what the purpose is. What exactly do you want to compare playing a savage species monster class against and for what purpose?
Jun
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comment Software to make DIY Item Cards
Ping. It looks like your images have broken.
Jun
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awarded  Good Answer
Jun
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awarded  Enlightened
Jun
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comment Is giving players extra HP based on their level going to unbalance my game?
Is it worth mentioning level 1 equivalent damage to push things the other way?
Jun
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
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revised How do I play a quiet, lone wolf character but also engage my group?
added 58 characters in body
Jun
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revised How do I play a quiet, lone wolf character but also engage my group?
added 58 characters in body
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answered How do I play a quiet, lone wolf character but also engage my group?
Jun
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reviewed Leave Closed How can I get the most powerful animal companion in pathfinder?
Jun
25
comment What edition of D&D should I introduce new, role-playing heavy, Argentinian gamers to?
Please address how you've gamed with new players, preferably in a non-english setting, and how this has focused on RP.
Jun
25
reviewed Leave Open Writing a VtR Chronicle
Jun
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reviewed Leave Open How are the Planes in 4e connected?
Jun
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comment What edition of D&D should I introduce new, role-playing heavy, Argentinian gamers to?
I edited your previous comments into your question. More clarification would still be nice.
Jun
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revised What edition of D&D should I introduce new, role-playing heavy, Argentinian gamers to?
added 359 characters in body; edited title
Jun
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comment What edition of D&D should I introduce new, role-playing heavy, Argentinian gamers to?
Can you edit these insights into your question? Beyond that, we also need to know how rules-liking (nomothetic) they are. Would they prefer an anything goes so long as it fits the narrative, a purported simulation of world, or deep tactical play to go along with their narrative? How important is edition language? Would they be interested in other games if they knew about them?
Jun
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comment What edition of D&D should I introduce new, role-playing heavy, Argentinian gamers to?
How locked into the idea of D&D are you? Would this question be better phrased for recommendations of role-play heavy newcomer friendly spanish RPGs?
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awarded  Enlightened
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awarded  Nice Answer