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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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revised How do I work out the skill modes for a new Fate game design?
reframing this as a frame challenge, which is acceptable. "extended comments" are not.
Apr
30
comment What to do with the man of few words who can't seem to shut up? (quiet character, talkative player)
It's hard to tell what the problem is here: are any of the other participants expressly not enjoying the de facto "character" of your character? Is it that you're roleplaying wrong in a no-roleplaying campaign? What would the best answer look like, here?
Apr
30
comment Problems to look out for if you are a D&D group who play Fate for the first time?
Specifically, amplifying with your personal experience is always useful, even if you're "repeating" what others have said.
Apr
30
comment Problems to look out for if you are a D&D group who play Fate for the first time?
meta.rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/3326/…
Apr
30
comment Problems to look out for if you are a D&D group who play Fate for the first time?
Please make your answer complete and comprehensive.
Apr
30
comment What happens to the other planes when the Material Plane get destroyed or disappears?
404 - plane not found: abort, retry, ignore?
Apr
30
revised How to execute horror when there is safety in numbers
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Apr
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revised How to execute horror when there is safety in numbers
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Apr
30
answered How to execute horror when there is safety in numbers
Apr
29
comment How to execute horror when there is safety in numbers
Hrmm, call of cthulhu and delta green seem to work against each other in thematic intent. Should it or should it not be possible to punch (or equivalent) the Big Bad Cthonic Guy in the mouth and get away with it?
Apr
29
revised What are the limits to the genesis power?
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Apr
28
comment What are the limits to the genesis power?
I've deleted the specifics as they seem to be too distracting. I'm quite aware of GM fiat. What this is is a literature review question: are there any obscure books or discussions such that the "gm fiat" may be informed by discussion or precedent.
Apr
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revised What are the limits to the genesis power?
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Apr
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
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revised What are the limits to the genesis power?
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Apr
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revised What are the limits to the genesis power?
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Apr
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comment What are the limits to the genesis power?
The related question is absolutely useful as supplementary reference material which helps with other aspects of the silly question. Here I am just interested in if there are hard or "gm discretion" limits.
Apr
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asked What are the limits to the genesis power?
Apr
25
comment What is a decently-powerful, thematically-infernal spell to replace Protection from Good?
Step 1. Read the spell. Step 2, after having done research, ask a new question.
Apr
25
revised What is a decently-powerful, thematically-infernal spell to replace Protection from Good?
querent didn't get the joke