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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 can I build a Shardbearer?
I'd be interested to see a workup of the specific build chosen with reasons why as an answer. Specific experience is always useful.
15h
comment What does the code look like to have background music playing at the start of a game?
It was put on hold, by me, seconds after it was asked. No further action is necessary. Questions on hold are automatically converted to closed after time has passed.
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comment What does the code look like to have background music playing at the start of a game?
Mate, this is still off topic. We're about tabletop rpgs, not computer.
16h
comment What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw?
Then I recommend deleting it, and undeleting it when you have a full answer. Otherwise they tend to attract downvotes.
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comment How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf
Could you translate your... sketch into something that is legible?
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comment What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw?
Could you generalise from this and provide a complete answer your question?
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comment How can I build a Shardbearer?
Would your player benefit from more elaboration on the cleric/incarnate build detailed below? If so, starting level and expected length of campaign are desirable information.
Oct
17
comment Does the Sapphire Hierarch's prereq “Access to the law domain” require actually choosing the domain?
Alternative third reading: the cleric must be a DBMS, or at least support ODBC.
Oct
17
comment What does a Ideal Sword look like, built with modern technology?
This also wouldn't be a bad one for history, looking for the history of sword development over time.
Oct
17
comment What does a Ideal Sword look like, built with modern technology?
I think this would be a wonderful question for either worldbuilding or a materials engineer.
Oct
16
comment Couple RPG/Two Person Roleplaying?
Please look at our system-recommendation guidelines. As stated, this is entirely too broad.
Oct
16
comment Can you intentionally fail a skill check?
As a note, if a RAW answer is highly desired, then the answer you gave (and I deleted) is forbidden by your question.
Oct
14
comment I have 100,000 gp but can't buy gear. What do I spend it on?
Then I hope some aspect of my answer was of utility to you, since we're now in house-rule territory and we can't answer it without detailed knowledge of your campaign.
Oct
14
comment I have 100,000 gp but can't buy gear. What do I spend it on?
Jonas, that sounds like an excellent answer in its own right.
Oct
14
comment I desperately need help to finish my rogue investigator's background story
If you reworded this question as a "how to flesh out a backstory" rather than "help me have ideas for my character" That would be a question we can answer.
Oct
13
comment How can a level 11 druid have a Dire Tortoise as an animal companion?
Could... you discuss the reasons why you're asking this question? Are you trying to find out how, are you trying to tell one of your players that they can't have it?
Oct
13
comment Is copying Summae really this easy?
It may be worth mentioning the Cow and Calf oath here
Oct
12
comment Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?
We're not a normal forum, Steve. We don't have replies, only answers viewed in a multitiude of different orders. Take a look at our tour. Interesting first answer.
Oct
12
comment How can I build a Shardbearer?
Can folks check my work on the progression? It's been a long while since I've done proper 3.5 builds and I might have missed a bit.
Oct
12
comment How does one dispatch a helpless opponent?
Could you fix the quote formatting? quotes aren't code and shouldn't be treated that way. Also there are some very odd spaces in your "completely legitimate" copy and paste.