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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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Jun
12
comment A game with a combat system based on standard playing cards?
to be clear, is this dice and cards, or pure cards?
Jun
11
comment How much space does housing people take up?
How is the covenant set up in terms of structures it is mimicing? As a manor house or what?
Jun
11
comment How much space does housing people take up?
How many covenfolk are there and what magic (or magic items) is being employed in the upkeep of the covenant? Are there any regios on site?
Jun
9
comment A slave's tongue has been cut out. How can we restore her ability to speak?
It's probably worth adding last breath at level 4. Working out the iconography of "shedding the old body and living in a new, young, hale free one free of all scars and history" would be interesting, but it certainly achieves all of the objectives (with only a tiny itty bitty downside)
Jun
6
comment How do you tell someone you think they are cheating?
Please don't answer in comments.
Jun
4
comment What Role-Playing Game System Works Best for a DM who Hates Reading?
Please do not answer in comments.
Jun
3
comment Looking for a great single level class dip for bard, no spell progression needed
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
Jun
3
comment How can I suggest the DM stop trying to kill us?
It may be worth noting that I've experienced the same level of lethality in the long-running 3rd and 4th ed campaigns I was in.
May
27
comment How do I name a Half-Orc?
Please edit this into your question.
May
27
comment How do I name a Half-Orc?
We need to know what setting you're playing in, and other details of your game (edition, how are half-orcs made, etc).
May
26
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?
May
25
comment Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?
Related: How can I convert 3.5 Generic Classes to Pathfinder?
May
24
comment Blighter Blightfire range
Don't answer in comments.
May
23
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?
May
23
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?
May
23
comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Possible duplicate: Easy to GM Harry Potter RPG
May
23
comment What system is most suited for my Harry Potter game?
Possibly related: Character-driven fantasy adventure with infrequent combat?
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
23
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".