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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 model a dice pool with re-rolls mechanic?
How do they choose what to keep? Could you articulate the logic flow here?
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
Then, when you're familiar with the rules, create a "control encounter" that seems to be quite fun and challenging, and gradually change one element each run-through. Take notes and see how the combat changes when you change that one thing.
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
How long does each character's turn take? What rules did you know? What rules did you have to look up? Did the combat feel fun? Is a party of composition X and levels Y appropriate and fun against a foe or set of foes Z. What happens in different environments? You can run combats against yourself (since you'll be doing so anyways with your GMPCs) to make sure that turns flow naturally and you're familiar with all the rules.
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
At the very least, practice levelling characters to 20. Practice full combats running every character on every side. (take notes of what you know and don't know. Take notes about what you learn in each combat.) Improve your system mastery skills. Building level 1 characters without any feedback does nothing to improve your capabilities.
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
Given that you're on a computer that blocks this content, it's probably worthwhile either finding a system for which you are allowed to access all of its content or deal with the issue at source. Making level 1 characters is just reinforcing bad habits that will do you no good.
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comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
Related: How can I convert 3.5 Generic Classes to Pathfinder?
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comment Blighter Blightfire range
Don't answer in comments.
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comment How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?
That would be useful when discussing it, yes.
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comment How to balance a custom Shadow Step power?
Point of order, did you choose not to use Shadow Step(Assassin, at-will) for a reason? Also, are you sure this is an encounter power and not at-will?
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Also related: Easy-to-learn GM-less system with flexible group size, for fantasy, urban fantasy, or sci-fi?
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Related: Implementing the rational magic and world from Harry Potter: Methods of Rationality in a game?
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Possible duplicate: Easy to GM Harry Potter RPG
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comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Possibly related: Character-driven fantasy adventure with infrequent combat?
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comment Is there a rules light game which supports classless characters, simple and tactical combat, and the game master running a GMPC?
You'll get significantly better answers if you abandon your desire for "please recommend 3.5 to me".
May
23
comment Is there a rules light game which supports classless characters, simple and tactical combat, and the game master running a GMPC?
Why do you need it to be d20 based gameplay? What kind of stories do you want to tell? Have you read any of the other game rec questions? Also, what do you mean by "simple but tactical combat?" What do you mean by "keep things clear?" Also, what do you mean by "balanced?"
May
23
comment How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series?
It's worth asking a game req question featuring the need for a gmpc and whatever tropes interest them the most and a rule set that you all find interesting. But first I strongly recommend reading Every game-recommendation question to get a sense of what is out there.
May
23
comment How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series?
For your requirements of Awesome! .. @SevenSidedDie and I would like to recommend RIFTS. It seems to fit the style of over the top game you want to play. Also, look through our game-recommendation games for questions that suit your desired playstyle. 3.5 is not a good starter game for the approach you're taking.
May
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comment How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series?
Also, please please please spend some time looking at other systems. Pathfinder is not appropriate for almost all of the requirements of all of your questions. Also look up the "sunk cost fallacy".
May
22
comment Will Team Martial have trouble with encounters?
Just to be clear, this is a total party of three, yes?
May
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comment What role-playing game tactically simulates basketball?
@HeyICanChan better?