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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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Oct
7
comment Attacking with a blade in main hand while holding a bow in off-hand in 4e?
As a helpful tip, hybrid... plus MC tends to be abysmal. As part of Dragon #394 it has guidelines on reflavouring your powers such that you can accomodate your desired narrative without... well... situations described above.
Oct
6
comment How many doses of poison does the Craft (alchemy) skill check produce if completed?
That's probably for the best, there's no need to preserve downvotes. If you could improve the answer, that would, of course, be preferable.
Oct
3
comment Help me buff out an Efreeti
Neither can I, but happily, the "evil-is-dumb-o-meter" can be set to any desired setting. Also, things become far more interesting with his second lieutenant, daughter, etc.. Also, it's a BookBook
Oct
3
comment Would the 1st level Burning Hands wizard spell burn down a wooden house/inn?
What kind of technological era are you emulating in your game? What are the roofs made out of? What is the typical building construction technique?
Oct
2
comment What are the best ways to gain flight?
Is it worth mentioning the ways to discount/ignore the ability damage for the wings?
Sep
24
comment How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil?
Take arguments to meta, please. Beyond that, system and edition are important, as well as setting details if you have any. Alignment debates tend to be pointless on the surface of things without sources to cite.
Sep
9
comment How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10
Again, please focus much more into your results. Polymorphing into what to gain what abilities? Which features do you want to graft? How do you see using your reaction? Right now, it feels like you're trying to shoot flies with a cannon.
Sep
9
comment Quality of Lecture Commentaries if using Extended book rules from Covenents
Welcome to Academia! Remember, you too can assign shitty readings to your students, just because you wrote them.
Sep
9
comment How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10
Please refine your question, Scott, such that we can answer to the results of your desires instead of to the means of achieving them.
Sep
9
comment How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10
Perhaps you want to rephrase the question as to your intended result of shapechange and whatnot, as it is clear that your model-of-game differs significantly from others.
Sep
7
comment Cthulhu in D&D 3.5
This seems like a simple copy-paste jobby. Which is, itself, copyrighted. The problem is both that you simply reproduce copyrighted content without formatting. If you're merely going to point the querent at pathfinder (despite this being a 3.5 question) discuss why this Cthulhu is appropriate, and what conversion problems may result.
Sep
4
comment Can a paladin backstab a demon or such creatures?
Closed because vague paladin alignment/code questions tend to explode. Can you please be as specific as you can in your question?
Sep
4
comment Can Wall of Stone be cast on dirt?
Please do not argue in comments.
Sep
3
comment How to add challenge to a RPG-like experience for a three year old
have you done this with any children?
Sep
3
comment How best to include a 4-5 year old in a D&D 5e game
Yes. let me clarify. I'd like to see the major citations in your answer. That literature that you discussed will greatly improve the quality of your answer.
Sep
3
comment How to add challenge to a RPG-like experience for a three year old
@Miniman please answer in answers. Joe, please edit that into your question.
Sep
3
comment How to add challenge to a RPG-like experience for a three year old
Remember folks, Good Subjective, Bad Subjective. Back up your answers with citations or personal experience.
Sep
3
comment What happens if a Rainbow Servant takes levels in Mystic Theurge?
Could you... introduce paragraphs into this rant?
Sep
3
comment How best to include a 4-5 year old in a D&D 5e game
I'd love to see some citations here, as it sounds like you've done a decent lit review.
Sep
2
comment Are there any penalties for wearing armor all the time?
To be clear, are you looking for mechanical penalties? What level of verisimilitude does your group agree is appropriate?