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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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Aug
29
comment How viable is a Wizard with 10 levels in Rainbow Servant as a melee combatant?
What's the rest of your party like?
Aug
28
comment How do I make it absolutely clear that I'm shooting you in the face?
Shining lasers in people's eyes intentionally is a great way to court a lawsuit. All it takes is one person bringing their class 2+ laser from home...
Aug
26
comment Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?
Edit that in, that's a useful paragraph.
Aug
26
comment Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?
Can you discuss why your homebrew Fate's aspects are insufficient to the task?
Aug
26
comment Mechanics that Express Character Personality and Moral Growth?
What other mechanics/genre are you looking for?
Aug
22
comment How do I map a 15' cone to a 1" grid?
Folks, post your own answers please.
Aug
22
comment Should I leave this group or recover it?
Okay, folks. there's way too much chatting going on here. Take it to Role-playing Games Chat.
Aug
20
comment Where do I find how much XP is required to level up in 3.5e?
Just a note for answerers, please give a page reference as the XP chart is one of those firmly "do not reproduce" tables.
Aug
15
comment How many Ability Dependencies is too many? (What is MAD?)
Please don't answer in comments.
Aug
15
comment Occult modern world setting
Can you discuss how you've used this game for this purpose?
Aug
13
comment What's the deal with alignment languages?
I've edited your answer to remove the preformatting and to actually introduce paragraphs. Be careful of space-intending your answers, as that means something very specific in the site's formatting language.
Aug
12
comment Free RPGs that work well on forums
I've reopened this, but I must amplify the post notice. Discussing your subjective experience with the game while playing on a forum is required. Given that there are entire forums dedicated to this, make sure that you speak to every point of the question. Bad answers will be deleted without notice as this question can trivially turn into "present your favourite system" game-req.
Aug
12
comment What book can I read to familiarize myself with D&D 5e's world and lore?
You may also want to mention Jack Vance's novels and, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser novels by Fritz Leiber.
Aug
12
comment How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?
I'll be happy to undelete this when it turns into a full answer. As it stands now, it's not an answer and is gathering downvotes.
Aug
11
comment Why is burying yourself not such a great plan?
Kadu, comments are not for arguing. Please answer the question from your point of view.
Aug
10
comment Shadows vs. Sleeping Characters
Don't answer in comments, please.
Aug
10
comment How many doses of poison does the Craft (alchemy) skill check produce if completed?
Can you discuss how the fabricate spell relates to the craft (alchemy) skill check not used via the spell?
Aug
10
comment Optimizing the single target blast
Perhaps you should wait a while for community answers (and clarification needs) before providing 2 self answers? It's also very very hard to see what your actual question is, your title frames it as a fireball question, your first paragraph posits single target damage, and your last paragraph references "do better than my answers".
Aug
6
comment How can an intelligent magic lance change what type of weapon it is?
What level is the game?
Aug
6
comment How can we protect a ship from magical rain of Acid?
Please don't argue in comments. If you wish to answer this question with a different acid v. hardness interpretation, I encourage you to do so. If you have confusion over the rules and a real situation to apply them to (as this seems to be firmly qualified by the real) I encourage you to ask a question about that problem. This answer has generated too many bad comments though.