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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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Dec
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comment Can you cast spells with a Somatic component if you're holding a two-handed weapon?
Please edit this discussion into your answer and avoid posting duplicate answers.
Dec
10
comment How can simultaneous multi-location events or periods be tracked in Microscope?
SSD, Ben robbins wrote the deleted post (18318). Could you include it in your answer?
Dec
9
comment What is the most widely used safety standard for larp weapons?
For this answer to be better, can you discuss the specific standards involved, and perhaps link to the resources? Also, your previous comment was deleted: insulting other play styles is forbidden.
Dec
9
comment Alternatives to Wisdom to AC
What feats are you getting from the dip? There may be a different way of approaching this problem. Also, to be clear, homebrew is right out yes?
Dec
8
comment Dealing with Argumentative Players
Do not answer in comments.
Dec
8
comment Encounter Budget in D&D 4e after Essentials
What is your intention behind the use of rules-as-written?
Dec
7
comment What prestige classes include the Class Feature of “+1 level of existing class features”?
Hey, @Sandwich now that dndtools is down, can you revise this answer?
Dec
7
comment Merits of vow of poverty in this build
@MichaelHauda Edited, does this answer your comments?
Dec
6
comment Looking for a light hearted system (allowing for a steampunk setting)
Can you discuss why it's appropriate to the requirements? Make sure to follow the requirements of the system-recommendation tag.
Dec
6
comment Are There Weaker Alternatives to Cleric, Wizard, or Druid?
This question could use some clarification to your specific circumstances as posed, or is a duplicate to rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/38201/…
Dec
5
comment Are There Weaker Alternatives to Cleric, Wizard, or Druid?
What is the rest of your group like?
Dec
5
comment How can I undo the physical effects of aging while keeping the mental effects?
Can you discuss reincarnation's effects on mental stats?
Dec
5
comment How can you deal with players asking the wrong questions?
That's worth it's own question, actually.
Dec
5
comment Dealing with difficult male players, when you're a new female player?
Do not answer in comments. Comments here are for clarifying the question only.
Dec
3
comment Are the quotes in the Anima rulebook legit?
Can you include these quotes in your question?
Dec
3
comment How does the nature of a game system impact how in-character knowledge of a rules-based metaphysics impacts gameplay?
A compelling point. Migrating.
Dec
3
comment How does the nature of a game system impact how in-character knowledge of a rules-based metaphysics impacts gameplay?
We also strongly discourage asking new questions that are restatements of closed questions. That's what editing is for.
Dec
3
comment How does the nature of a game system impact how in-character knowledge of a rules-based metaphysics impacts gameplay?
This ... may... be a duplicate of your prior closed question. If it isn't, it's very hard to tell what specific problem you're having that isn't just discussion based.
Dec
2
comment What made clerics so strong in D&D 3.5?
@Ruut, do not argue in comments.
Dec
1
comment RPG system that best balances practical gameplay, meaningful player choices and a deep and open campaign setting
We aggressively delete answers in comments. Don't worry about it, oh querent.