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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 Help me buff out an Efreeti
Neither can I, but happily, the "evil-is-dumb-o-meter" can be set to any desired setting. Also, things become far more interesting with his second lieutenant, daughter, etc.. Also, it's a BookBook
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comment Would the 1st level Burning Hands wizard spell burn down a wooden house/inn?
What kind of technological era are you emulating in your game? What are the roofs made out of? What is the typical building construction technique?
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revised Help me buff out an Efreeti
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comment What are the best ways to gain flight?
Is it worth mentioning the ways to discount/ignore the ability damage for the wings?
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revised How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil?
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comment How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil?
Take arguments to meta, please. Beyond that, system and edition are important, as well as setting details if you have any. Alignment debates tend to be pointless on the surface of things without sources to cite.
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