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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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Nov
30
comment Why is the soft level-cap set at level 20, specifically?
Speculation will be deleted without warning. As this is a history of gaming question, citing the source of your information (even if it's the conversations you had with $designer) is very very useful.
Nov
28
comment What happens when a creature falls on player-improvised spikes?
Based on the comments below, it looks like you're interested in calculating this damage as part of some attack or another. We require significantly more details about the situation, otherwise we're likely to answer a question you aren't asking.
Nov
28
comment Was Chaosium's founder first to buy a copy of D&D?
Deleted due to significant question changes. Happy to undelete on edit.
Nov
28
comment Was Chaosium's founder first to buy a copy of D&D?
Deleted due to significant question changes. Happy to undelete on edit.
Nov
27
comment How can I build a self-propelled ground vehicle using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition magic rules as written?
Also, how does this square with rules-as-written? You're asking for rules interpretation for a different system...
Nov
27
comment How can I build a self-propelled ground vehicle using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition magic rules as written?
That's rather important data to go into your question, mate.
Nov
27
comment How can I build a self-propelled ground vehicle using the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition magic rules as written?
There are other supplements which provide for more interesting answers. What character levels are you?
Nov
26
comment Good system for Jekyll and Hyde games?
this... sounds like a better fit for the gamedev stack exchange.
Nov
25
comment Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?
Do not argue in comments. There have been way too many comments on this answer.
Nov
25
comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
If you would like, I can mod-delete this accepted answer when you find a better home for it.
Nov
25
comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
It's probably worth holding off on this answer, or posing a new question for it. As it stands, this question is unlikely to be reopened. We do not recommend continuing to improve answers on closed questions, as it rewards leaving them closed.
Nov
25
comment Where does the Sun go at night?
Please integrate these comments into your answer, Joshua.
Nov
25
comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
Ah. Then yes, unfortunately "DM mind reading" is not a public-facing service offered by this Stack :)
Nov
25
comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
Mate, it's not a waste of time to improve questions. If there is an established time-travel mechanic you are using that is sharable, we can certainly assess your situation via the rules and our subjective experience.
Nov
25
comment Would time travel also be considered inter dimensional travel as well?
We need to know more about your house rules on time travel.
Nov
25
comment Chaotic Neutral Alignment and Greed
Discussion is not for comments. As this is a contentious question, comments will be cleaned aggressively.
Nov
24
comment How do I make adventurer-resistant door opening counters?
Why not non loadbearing walls?
Nov
24
comment How do I make adventurer-resistant door opening counters?
If you can annotate your answer in paradigm to show a) how which spells can generate constant current for any useful length of time, and b) why this wouldn't be subject to the normal disarm traps mechanics of the rogue, this would be a much better answer.
Nov
24
comment How can PCs defeat a magical Necrotic Cyst-based surveillance state?
@doppelgreener Better? Any other edits or revisions indicated?
Nov
23
comment How can PCs defeat a magical Necrotic Cyst-based surveillance state?
I take exception to that. It's quite pleasant. By order. :) Being horrified is illegal and wrongthink.