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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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Question edited to be less grammatically horrible. Does this low-level erudite have access to the spell-to-power web variant?
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The 2nd person tense simply doesn't work with all the rest of the errors.
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Don't argue in comments. Present your opinions in your answer.
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Also a note. Comments are for requests for clarification. To indicate thanks, upvote someone. To chat about the answers, go to Role-playing Games Chat.
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Game recommendation is a very specific tag here. Your question is not a gamerec. I've also edited out the "which edition of D&D to use?" part of your question, as that is a separate question. You are welcome to, once you've integrated the advice from this question, ask a new gamerec question about modelling MOBA.
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