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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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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
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
3
comment How to get spontaneous arcane casting without an armor penalty in pathfinder?
Related (for 3.5): rpg.stackexchange.com/q/18468/760
Apr
1
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?
Apr
1
comment Has the 3.5e Samurai been rebuilt for Pathfinder?
@SevenSidedDie turn that into an easy answer. "Yes, here's the link. Here's what they changed.
Mar
28
comment Looking for an RPG portraying dogfights and fighter pilots
Could you discuss your personal experiences in this? what's a dogfight like?
Mar
28
comment How do Templates/monsters stack?
Have you done any research, mate?
Mar
25
comment What options does a Rogue have to tackle Wizard and Cleric party members who are planning betrayal?
We need rather more details here. Generic rogue versus wizard is different from PvP conflict with known capabilities and habits. What is your specific build? What are the wizard and clerics builds? What actions do they habitually do? What norms for PvP conflict exist within your game? Do you still adventure with them, and do they trust you?
Mar
25
comment How to do I show my players it's their own damn fault, without making them feel bad?
Can you reframe this as less of a comment? Leading with your second paragraph will make this answer much stronger.
Mar
25
comment How do I portray a xenophobic, manipulative, evil noble?
Do not answer in comments.
Mar
25
comment How to handle “extra” skill points?
Also, you keep writing class/class. What... do you mean? Are they gestalt characters? Are those choices you're pondering?
Mar
24
comment What tier is The Way Words Work's version of the Truenamer in?
Is there any available literature on the class which discusses or analyses it? Does the homebrew have its own handbook?
Mar
22
comment How can I optimize Chicken Infested?
@obliviousSage Did you get the DM rulings yet? This answer will have to be significantly adjusted if saint isn't allowed.
Mar
22
comment How can low-level PCs avoid death at the hands of a far higher-level foe?
Please do not answer in comments.
Mar
21
comment Does the Challenge Rating of a monster assume a party or a single PC?
This fails to approach the question: which is not calculating CR, but whether CR is intended to represent a single party member or a group. If you could edit for clairification, that would be great.
Mar
21
comment Is there a spear that is considered a light weapon?
Also, do you require the weapon to itself be settable for a charge?
Mar
21
comment Is there a spear that is considered a light weapon?
Remember, don't link to websites that will go down.
Mar
20
comment What happens if a wizard uses Command Undead to command an undead to keep fighting even though it has been Turned by a Cleric
This is not a forum. We require answers to directly answer the question, not (usually) refer to other answers. Take a look at our tour. This has also been taged rules-as-written, so answers should be well justified by the rules.
Mar
19
comment List of all core Bard spells in an excel format
We do not allow copyright infringing questions here. Are you interested in SRD only answers?