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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:


Nov
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reviewed Leave Open What game systems determine skill levels only through use?
Nov
11
reviewed Leave Open Which creatures in Middle Earth can speak common in the One Ring RPG?
Nov
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reviewed Close Is there a way to salvage print distribution or put it out of its misery?
Nov
11
comment Do I get to choose spells for a Faerie Dragon Familiar?
Do not answer in comments! "Ask your DM" is an answer, please flesh it out.
Nov
11
comment How do you pronounce 'svirfneblin'?
Incorrect method "Snff... snrrrf... those evil gnomes"
Nov
10
comment Which creatures in Middle Earth can speak common in the One Ring RPG?
Common... doesn't seem like a tolkien language.
Nov
10
comment Help building a Battlemage
Can you discuss, in your question, why rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/30825/… isn't a valid answer to your question? I'm going to close this as a duplicate for the time being.
Nov
10
comment Help building a Battlemage
Just as a helpful note, you didn't have to ask for deletion of your prior question. We encourage significant edits to improve questions and to leave an audit trail of improvements.
Nov
10
reviewed Leave Open What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?
Nov
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reviewed Leave Open How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?
Nov
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comment What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?
You may also want to focus on sections, rather than just responses and copy-pastes. Consider that a header should head a paragraph or three, not be a call-response to the question. Copying and pasting tables of contents is singularly unuseful.
Nov
10
revised Is there a genre-agnostic RPG as complex as Aftermath RPG?
edited title
Nov
10
revised Is there a genre-agnostic RPG as complex as Aftermath RPG?
rolled back to a previous revision
Nov
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?
Nov
9
comment An in-print superhero game system which is descriptor-based?
Josh, you should edit expansions into your answer. Comments are for requests for clarification.
Nov
9
revised When a War Caster Wizard carrying a shield casts the spell “Shield” does the AC bonus Stack?
edited title
Nov
9
revised Dislocation enchant, does it stack with Splitting enchant?
deleted 101 characters in body
Nov
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
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awarded  Good Answer
Nov
6
comment Can I use Fabricate to make a Keen weapon?
Remember, Korack, Comments are for requesting clarification, not chatting back to respondents.