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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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May
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answered Help Writing an AnyDice Function for a Weird Dice Mechanic
May
18
answered Is Bahamut the same as Paladine?
May
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comment Is Bahamut the same as Paladine?
Can you give us more details of your campaign setting, then?
May
18
comment Is Bahamut the same as Paladine?
Are you asking if the deities on krynn are somehow multiversal? What specific problem exists here?
May
17
revised How much money does a god have, and what equipment does he spend it on?
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May
17
answered How much money does a god have, and what equipment does he spend it on?
May
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answered What RPG system is Dominions based on?
May
14
comment Can I use my familiar as a safety deposit box?
A painting of the familiar saloon and bar.
May
14
comment Looking for rpg rules system suggestions
you mention Mouse guard's challenges. What aspect of those challenges are you interested in? The "failure creates more adventure?" or just the mechanics of mouse versus environment? Can you tell us why the systems you've specified don't work for what you want?
May
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awarded  Popular Question
May
12
awarded  Nice Question
May
12
revised How can I use roll for shoes to introduce someone to roleplaying?
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May
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asked How can I use roll for shoes to introduce someone to roleplaying?
May
12
comment What are the legal/ethical considerations of republishing old adventures for new editions?
don't signal edits in text. Make your answer a coherent whole
May
9
awarded  Guru
May
8
revised How much of an issue is “Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards” in 2nd edition AD&D?
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May
7
comment How to Make the Math Easier?
It's worth editing in that the "pre-filling" should include all common modifiers per power, since the power specific bonuses and common modifiers can get tedious to remember an add, and making custom power cards (see many other questions on this site) with all variables resolved and worked out for all common effects (for the table, which may include bonuses from other players) is worthwhile.
May
5
revised Which of these items should I buy for my Cleric of Mystra?
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May
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comment Which of these items should I buy for my Cleric of Mystra?
Sell it to another player for 50k.
May
5
comment As DM, what should I do when players roll perception where there is nothing to be found?
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