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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 How to add and use a luck stat?
What do you want it to do?
8h
comment Naztharune Rakshasa BaB
We would also benefit from knowing which book your monster is from as well.
9h
comment Naztharune Rakshasa BaB
Which edition are you asking about?
Apr
16
comment What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage
Reshy, we require expert answers. This is a D&D 4e question, which means it should address 4e specific terms. While you can certainly discuss the narrative fluff as part of that (and I encourage you to amplify the discussion of ideas of a glancing blow by talking about the nature of hit points) your answer isn't useful.
Apr
15
comment What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage
Possible duplicate: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/23189/…
Apr
13
comment How can I have non-Euclidean dungeons in non-magic settings?
@millimoose please make your comments on Numenera into an answer.
Apr
13
comment Gods; What and How-to
I've flagged this as unclear as what you're asking, since the theology of a world is the function of the world, (sometimes) the system of the world, or a Doctor of Theology degree. Furthermore, the "follow up question" should be asked as a separate question, though as-phrased, it'd be entirely too broad if not restricted to setting or system.
Apr
12
comment Can ghosts travel to another plane?
We deal very poorly with hypotheticals here. Take a look at our faq. In your game, how did this situation arise where answers to the nature of souls and outsiders in pathfinder becomes important? These details are almost always campaign/setting specific, so we need details there, too.
Apr
12
comment Can ghosts travel to another plane?
What specific problem are you trying to solve in which campaign setting? Are you using libris mortus? Are you using ghostwrack?
Apr
12
comment Can ghosts travel to another plane?
Unfortunately, your question is too broad, as posed. "Ghosts moving onto other planes" is the basis of a decent question, but it begs the question of the particular problem you're facing: ghostly wizards using plane shift, or the transmigration of souls through the various pathfinder afterlives? Your second "question" is a very poor fit for our site, as it's soliciting subjective opinion without a specific problem to solve.
Apr
12
comment Animate Objects vs Animate Dead - is there anything stopping the Good-aligned 'Necromancer'?
Now burninating comments, as there seems to be extended pointless discussion here.
Apr
12
comment Animate Objects vs Animate Dead - is there anything stopping the Good-aligned 'Necromancer'?
Do not argue in comments, please, as they'll be burninated. This question has produced entirely too many non-productive comments.
Apr
12
comment Essential Reading for New GM/DM
Which game are you planning to run?
Apr
11
comment Monster Manual 1 - Is it balanced? Should I balance it?
Hey @PatLudwig Can you edit this into your answer?
Apr
10
comment How can I avoid focusing too much on one player character?
Kerri, take a look at our faq. We're not a forum, and we do strongly desire answers to be well formed grammatically and to be complete answers to the question.
Apr
10
comment What encounter features make low CR enemies challenging?
Kerri, please amplify this into a complete answer. Can you give us examples?
Apr
10
comment Is negative energy (or chanelling it) necessarily evil?
@MatthewNajmon please don't argue in comments. This seems like the start of a very adequate answer.
Apr
10
comment Should rogues play stealth or tank on D&D?
Do not argue in comments.
Apr
10
comment Do critical failures always act as event triggers?
And since we're talking about 3.5 edge cases, nat-1's on saving throws do cause magic items the possibility of taking damage: d20srd.org/srd/magicItems/… ... But I've never heard of that rule being used.
Apr
9
comment How can I efficiently run a morally challenging campaign?
While I admire your use of the trolley problem... how in the world can one apply it to a game of 4e?