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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
19
comment Is There a Swarm Druid in D&D 3.5?
As we like to call that: "Welcome to Sydney." (which, frankly, is an excellent catch-phrase for a vermin lord druid... type...)
Mar
19
comment Is There a Swarm Druid in D&D 3.5?
You clearly don't live in Australia :)
Mar
19
comment Archivist's Spellcasting
Do not answer in comments.
Mar
17
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a player to play a large creature?
Citation please. I can't tell if you're talking about 4e or 3.5
Mar
17
comment The evasive shulassakar: origin and resources
Point of order: is this better here or on scifi?
Mar
16
comment Any real hard science rpg systems?
Do not answer in comments. If you have a partial answer such that fulfils the game recommendation criteria, you are welcome to post it.
Mar
15
comment Character wealth by level for 4E?
This is still accurate. If you feel that the question deserves more attention, place a bounty on it.
Mar
14
comment Where can I find the “Expedition to the Ancient Academy” podcasts?
This is a duplicate. The correct thing to do is to earn some reputation and to post a bounty asking for a update.
Mar
13
comment Nomenclature (Naming) D&D
Do not answer in comments!
Mar
13
comment Nomenclature (Naming) D&D
This seems like a request for discussion. The first sentence nominally has a question, but the rest seems to be an incitement to discussion.
Mar
12
comment Using mechanics optimization to design a game at a desired power level
Whee, shameless self promotion :)
Mar
12
comment Removing XP as a requirement to level
Please do not answer in comments.
Mar
11
comment What happens when you use Maximize Spell on a Prismatic spell?
Perhaps it's useful to posit other metamagic like (empower) to show if maximize makes sense? (I rolled a 10 on prismatic spray. I spray you with irrigo.
Mar
10
comment How do I make an interesting escape from a fire?
And here, of course, one should be using cinnamon red-hots :)
Mar
9
comment What are the costs of having multiple/alternate spellbooks?
Preemptively protecting because spammers love the keywords you used.
Mar
5
comment Can I choose not to defend against an attack?
Could you explain the exact setup here? It sounds like someone is playing around with edge cases here, perhaps for a power recharge scenario?
Mar
3
comment What are the best enhancements for a rapier?
Exactly how much do you have to spend? What level are you buying for?
Mar
3
comment Reproduction of copyrighted content by website users
Given that this has received attention and significant commenting here. I'll put it on hold here. You're welcome to re-ask it over there and link to this one for reference
Mar
2
comment How does one work a druid into a campaign?
Could you elaborate more, please?
Feb
28
comment Can I have plant allies?
So, Greenbound Summoning seems to be right up your ally, I just can't figure out how to get summon nature's ally on a pure cleric's casting list without... silliness.