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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 What can I do to help a pretty weak Halfling Barbarian?
Which "optimal builds" or "maxing out" were you avoiding? What narrative requirements exist which constrain choices? Does the build fail to accomplish those narrative goals?
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comment Can you use a readied action to act on a different round?
Do not answer in comments.
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comment How do I make a campaign where the players are trapped in a D&D 3.5 world?
What, exactly, do you need help with? We need more details with where your mental process breaks down.
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comment War Caster opportunity attack spell clarifications
Baylee, did you intend to use rules-as-written to simply refer to a rules question? Or are you strictly interested in their wording?
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comment How can I convert the Illithid Savant prestige class to Pathfinder?
Broad questions are bad. What, specific, problem are you having?
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comment RPG system that best balances practical gameplay, meaningful player choices and a deep and open campaign setting
Do not answer in comments.
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comment Can I choose to grant Combat Advantage?
er, @catlord, you didn't fix it. Look at your first paragraph.
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comment Help me manage a Vampire homebrew roleplay issue
@TheNeeoo Do not ask new questions in comments.
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comment Help me manage a Vampire homebrew roleplay issue
Do not reproduce copyrighted content, especially without comment.
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comment Can I throw my hands to spite my enemies?
@Nerdyfool returning should probably be a question, such that BESW can derive benefit from his answer.
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comment How do I play in a system with rules that aren't written down?
Do not argue in comments. Take this to Role-playing Games Chat (or make a dedicated room for this discussion).
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comment What feats should a human rogue take to be stealthy?
As a note, @doubleDragon, we recommend waiting a while (a day or two) to accept answers, no matter how good they are, as marking an answer as accepted tends to discourage other respondents who might have even better answers.
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comment Can I choose to grant Combat Advantage?
This question stands alone. Stop arguing in comments.
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comment Investigation game with secret magic
Do not answer in comments.
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comment Investigation game with secret magic
What genre are you looking for (fantasy/modern/cyberpunk)? How dark? How crunchy?
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comment Creating a Wizard at high levels: How many Spells should he know?
It would be more effective if you formed your thoughts into coherent paragraphs.
Nov
18
comment What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?
Could you discuss what the critical threat range actually is? Answers must stand alone. We're not a normal forum.
Nov
18
comment Impact of Obtenebration on the (Pen)Umbra
Do not argue in comments. Provide a better answer if you object to this one.
Nov
17
comment Death Magic and Vampires
Do not argue in comments. If you have a better answer, provide it.
Nov
17
comment Where does the Sun go at night?
Do not answer in comments.