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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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Mar
18
comment How does a Ghostly Arm (graft) interact with Two-Weapon Fighting?
Could you edit this into a single answer, such that it has a cohesive flow?
Mar
18
comment Should I scale the difficulty after the party recruits a boss?
Always improve your answer with comments. Comments are ephemeral. Feel free to give credit, if you wish.
Mar
18
comment What are the ramifications of waiving the Evil requirement for the assassin class?
Ahem. Take this to Role-playing Games Chat or edit this comments in, please. @Forrestfire if you find yourself needing more than one comment, you need zero comments.
Mar
18
comment Is there any way I can doff armor in a single turn?
How "real" must the armour be?
Mar
17
comment How can I improve the AC of my goliath warblade?
What's the rest of your party like?
Mar
16
comment Can a polymorphed creature use class features that don't require speech or hand gestures?
There is also Way too much discussion on these answers. Take it to Role-playing Games Chat.
Mar
16
comment Techniques for rote-learning a character sheet layout?
Don't answer in comments.
Mar
16
comment Eternal Blade's Blade Guide, and anti-undead or anti-magic effects
Could you edit the question for clarity, please? What specific problem involving this situation did you face?
Mar
16
comment How to deal with DM favoritism?
Do you all use DDI to build your character sheets? What level is the party? Do you know what the purported feat name is?
Mar
15
comment How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?
Cataru, comments are not for extended discussion. You have needed multiple multiple-comment responses on this answer, which suggests a poorly formed question. Comments are for clarification requests. If you feel like chatting with someone, invite them to Role-playing Games Chat.
Mar
15
comment How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?
@CataruMoore Take a look at the XY Problem Focus not on your intended solution but the problem itself. Let us provide solutions.
Mar
14
comment Does Fate or Savage Worlds have a prebuilt, low-magic, gritty, fantasy campaign setting which feature a single big issue?
Are you looking for how to generate these in fate? Or pre-built ones? What issues are you interested in?
Mar
13
comment What effect on the advancement math comes from re-tooling the experience system in 4e?
... you have highly variable levels. Are these reflective of your game or an example?
Mar
13
comment Can you use your own movement separately from your mount's movement?
Please do not argue in comments.
Mar
13
comment What does “10% cumulative chance” mean in the description of a potion of longevity?
Please do not argue in comments. Take it to Role-playing Games Chat if you must.
Mar
11
comment Can an Immovable Rod be carried in a Bag of Holding?
Don't signal edits, mate. Can you clean up your answer?
Mar
11
comment What is the Hardness and Hitpoints of Mage Armor?
Discussion should be in Role-playing Games Chat. Comments are for clarification only. With that said and reviewing the deleted comments, I do believe that you would benefit, twiggy, from discussing your more abstract concerns that do not yet merit questions in chat.
Mar
10
comment How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?
Please don't answer (including frame challenges) in comments.
Mar
8
comment In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?
Both of us are suffering from trying to answer XY problem. Shall we self-delete and vote to close?
Mar
8
comment In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?
Isolate the object, and repeat until the object is haunted. Almost all of these require DM wibbling, and I'm not hugely satisfied with my answer.