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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 Anything to ignore weapon damage decrease due to being small?
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reviewed Leave Open As a Sorcerer, how can I improve my reaction melee weapon attack?
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reviewed Leave Open Does a proper Gamist-Narrativist hybrid system exist?
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answered How do I get a player to befriend a Hostile Human NPC?
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comment How do I get a player to befriend a Hostile Human NPC?
You may want to update your question then. Please also include details of which edition this is for, as that can change things significantly.
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comment How do I get a player to befriend a Hostile Human NPC?
What? Are you asking how to signal that a hostile npc only wants to kill the character because of a mistake and that the player shouldn't engage in the standard practice of D&D adventurers without any signal given to the character that this is the case?
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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment How can I get players to fall for this trap?
@HeyICanChan Don't you mean the Gnomish Interstitial Agents National Tunnel Syndicate?
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comment How can I get players to fall for this trap?
Yes, yes I am. It's the very model of a model lawful evil dungeon.
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revised How can I get players to fall for this trap?
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revised How can I get players to fall for this trap?
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answered How can I get players to fall for this trap?
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awarded  Guru
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revised How could towns restrain a magic user?
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comment Attacking with a blade in main hand while holding a bow in off-hand in 4e?
As a helpful tip, hybrid... plus MC tends to be abysmal. As part of Dragon #394 it has guidelines on reflavouring your powers such that you can accomodate your desired narrative without... well... situations described above.