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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 D&D 5e personality traits, ideals, bonds and flaws for a Noble Dragonborn Paladin
If you want to edit the question, asking for a methodology of how to generate your character's backstory for 5th ed, abstracting away the specific backstory in question, would make for a decent question.
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comment D&D 5e personality traits, ideals, bonds and flaws for a Noble Dragonborn Paladin
Welcome. Take the tour. We're a poor fit for your question because your question is soliciting discussion. It'd be a better fit for a forum. Here, we need questions that can have a single best answer.
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comment How can a human expand their lifespan in Pathfinder?
What level and control of classes is presumed here? What resources are, in general, available to this character?
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comment How can a human expand their lifespan in Pathfinder?
Please don't answer in comments.
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comment How can a human expand their lifespan in Pathfinder?
Potential duplicate: rpg.stackexchange.com/a/37094/760
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comment Looking for some balancing help for a cat race in 3.5e
Duplicate of: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/22184/760
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comment Looking for some balancing help for a cat race in 3.5e
Welcome to the site. Take the tour. This question is primarily discussion based now. What specific problem can we help you with? What research into other cat races have you done?
Apr
15
comment Creating an artifact that the heroes must destroy?
Also related: shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612
Apr
15
comment Creating an artifact that the heroes must destroy?
Related: youtube.com/watch?v=1yqVD0swvWU
Apr
13
comment Looking for viable build for mounted archer on a medium ride
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/56217/760 ... perhaps I could persuade you to an undead chicken mount? ... Also, what level is the character and are there any other requirements on the character?
Apr
10
comment When does a flying creature start and end falling?
Please don't argue in comments.
Apr
9
comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/a/22626/760
Apr
9
comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
Don't think of it as your main campaign. It's fine to tell all your stories in the same world, and knowing about the factions in your world is fine. But don't plan to use the same characters. Start as simple as possible. Learn what you can and cannot do with that simplicity, and iterate. By the time you'll be able to run your main campaign, you won't want to.
Apr
9
comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
As a suggestion to you instead of the answer, don't bother planning out a lengthy campaign. Get experience in short and local campaigns first, then gradually let things fall out naturally.
Apr
8
comment How can I get better land speed with a warforged?
And are you looking to retrain your adamantine body feat, or is this for future level ups?
Apr
8
comment How can I get better land speed with a warforged?
What class are you? What's your current speed? How much are you willing to invest? How much GP do you have? Does your campaign allow custom magical items?
Apr
7
comment good online dnd place?
Please at least do some cursory research to see if the questions you're asking have already been asked.
Apr
5
comment Custom Psionic Power
We need our questions to be able to have "single best answers." What would the single best answer look like in your case?
Apr
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comment How to get spontaneous arcane casting without an armor penalty in pathfinder?
Related (for 3.5): rpg.stackexchange.com/q/18468/760
Apr
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comment Can multiple conditional bonus attacks activate on the same turn if those multiple conditions are all met?
Can we integrate these comments into the question and answer, respectively, please?