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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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Mar
14
revised Does Fate or Savage Worlds have a prebuilt, low-magic, gritty, fantasy campaign setting which feature a single big issue?
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Mar
14
revised Mordenkainen 's disjunction and Mage's disjunction how to protect yourself?
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Mar
14
answered Mordenkainen 's disjunction and Mage's disjunction how to protect yourself?
Mar
13
comment What effect on the advancement math comes from re-tooling the experience system in 4e?
... you have highly variable levels. Are these reflective of your game or an example?
Mar
13
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
13
comment Can you use your own movement separately from your mount's movement?
Please do not argue in comments.
Mar
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
13
comment What does “10% cumulative chance” mean in the description of a potion of longevity?
Please do not argue in comments. Take it to Role-playing Games Chat if you must.
Mar
12
revised Is the omission of a racial +2 to wisdom intentional?
deleted 40 characters in body
Mar
11
comment Can an Immovable Rod be carried in a Bag of Holding?
Don't signal edits, mate. Can you clean up your answer?
Mar
11
comment What is the Hardness and Hitpoints of Mage Armor?
Discussion should be in Role-playing Games Chat. Comments are for clarification only. With that said and reviewing the deleted comments, I do believe that you would benefit, twiggy, from discussing your more abstract concerns that do not yet merit questions in chat.
Mar
10
comment How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?
Please don't answer (including frame challenges) in comments.
Mar
8
comment In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?
Both of us are suffering from trying to answer XY problem. Shall we self-delete and vote to close?
Mar
8
comment In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?
Isolate the object, and repeat until the object is haunted. Almost all of these require DM wibbling, and I'm not hugely satisfied with my answer.
Mar
8
answered In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?
Mar
8
comment In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?
Also, this feels like an XY Problem. What problem are you trying to solve with this door?
Mar
8
comment In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?
What's the campaign's position on undead? If you reanimate a squirrel, are you automatically Evil?
Mar
7
revised I want to teach English with a simple RPG: Which one should I use?
edited title
Mar
6
comment Experience Awards For Role-Playing; Should I keep it?
Comments are not for argument.
Mar
6
comment What can I do to prevent a player from breaking the game?
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.