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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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Jun
23
comment DND 3.5 Alternate Alignment System
Unfortunately, this question is likely going to be closed as "too broad" as ... you don't discuss which moral system you want to encode.
Jun
22
comment Do Sorcerers need to know a lot of attack spells?
@KRyan There's some good stuff here. Edit it in?
Jun
19
comment Does a GM ever want to kill the player characters?
Take this to meta, folks. Comments are not the place for arguing.
Jun
19
comment Advice and sources for designing a fantasy political campaign?
Can you elaborate on this discussion?
Jun
19
comment Play as a Dragon with Special and Supernatural Abilities
Do you care what you are for levels 1-19? And how important is actually being a dragon, versus getting all the draconic toys?
Jun
18
comment Can a Player Character create and use diseases or traps?
What, exactly do you want from this? There are few general methods, but many specific methods for specific things or equivalents.
Jun
18
comment Why did the D&D devs design spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?
Also, please don't answer in comments.
Jun
17
comment What's a good adventure to begin a level 1 D&D 4E campaign?
What level of system mastery do your players have? Is fourthcore right for you?
Jun
17
comment How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army
Answers should stand alone. Can you amplify your answer to include a suggested build and resources for your simple solution?
Jun
16
comment Can you heal a split black pudding?
Please cite your sources for the interpretation.
Jun
16
comment How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army
@GoBLiN, better?
Jun
15
comment Gestalt character granted the same class feature twice at the same level
It may be worth mentioning the ACF options that replace evasion.
Jun
12
comment Slayer Weapon Specialization with More Weapon Groups
Please do NOT answer in comments.
Jun
12
comment Slayer Weapon Specialization with More Weapon Groups
How important is reach to this build?
Jun
11
comment What is Cold Iron actually?
Please don't answer in comments.
Jun
11
comment Where can I advertise for players for my play-by-post game?
Hi David. We require disclosure of personal affiliation if you're recommending products you're affiliated with.
Jun
11
comment Puzzles vs the Swordsage
What level are you? What classes does the rest of your party have?
Jun
11
comment How can I create a D&D 4e Ranger that never misses ranged attacks?
Could you provide details of your character? Specifically, your to hit and damage when using twin strike (and items and feats contributing to that calculation?)
Jun
10
comment How to easily track combat in Feng Shui?
I recommend uploading your spreadsheet to google docs and linking it in your answer.
Jun
9
comment How to create a Poké Ball-like item?
We don't do "threads" here. Take a look at our tour. I would revise this question, as you already have your previous question as a duplicate of this one. (I recommend deleting that one.) Edit this question such that it asks what you want it to ask. Or, edit this question for "what rituals provide portable companions" and make a simple question of "how to invest a ritual into an item."