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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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Apr
15
comment Creating an artifact that the heroes must destroy?
Also related: shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?p=612
Apr
15
comment Creating an artifact that the heroes must destroy?
Related: youtube.com/watch?v=1yqVD0swvWU
Apr
13
comment Looking for viable build for mounted archer on a medium ride
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/56217/760 ... perhaps I could persuade you to an undead chicken mount? ... Also, what level is the character and are there any other requirements on the character?
Apr
10
comment When does a flying creature start and end falling?
Please don't argue in comments.
Apr
9
comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/a/22626/760
Apr
9
comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
Don't think of it as your main campaign. It's fine to tell all your stories in the same world, and knowing about the factions in your world is fine. But don't plan to use the same characters. Start as simple as possible. Learn what you can and cannot do with that simplicity, and iterate. By the time you'll be able to run your main campaign, you won't want to.
Apr
9
comment How can a creature create duplicates of itself?
As a suggestion to you instead of the answer, don't bother planning out a lengthy campaign. Get experience in short and local campaigns first, then gradually let things fall out naturally.
Apr
5
comment Custom Psionic Power
We need our questions to be able to have "single best answers." What would the single best answer look like in your case?
Apr
3
comment How to get spontaneous arcane casting without an armor penalty in pathfinder?
Related (for 3.5): rpg.stackexchange.com/q/18468/760
Apr
1
comment Can multiple conditional bonus attacks activate on the same turn if those multiple conditions are all met?
Can we integrate these comments into the question and answer, respectively, please?
Apr
1
comment Has the 3.5e Samurai been rebuilt for Pathfinder?
@SevenSidedDie turn that into an easy answer. "Yes, here's the link. Here's what they changed.
Mar
28
comment Looking for an RPG portraying dogfights and fighter pilots
Could you discuss your personal experiences in this? what's a dogfight like?
Mar
28
comment How do Templates/monsters stack?
Have you done any research, mate?
Mar
25
comment What options does a Rogue have to tackle Wizard and Cleric party members who are planning betrayal?
We need rather more details here. Generic rogue versus wizard is different from PvP conflict with known capabilities and habits. What is your specific build? What are the wizard and clerics builds? What actions do they habitually do? What norms for PvP conflict exist within your game? Do you still adventure with them, and do they trust you?
Mar
25
comment How to do I show my players it's their own damn fault, without making them feel bad?
Can you reframe this as less of a comment? Leading with your second paragraph will make this answer much stronger.
Mar
25
comment How do I portray a xenophobic, manipulative, evil noble?
Do not answer in comments.
Mar
25
comment How to handle “extra” skill points?
Also, you keep writing class/class. What... do you mean? Are they gestalt characters? Are those choices you're pondering?
Mar
24
comment What tier is The Way Words Work's version of the Truenamer in?
Is there any available literature on the class which discusses or analyses it? Does the homebrew have its own handbook?
Mar
22
comment How can I optimize Chicken Infested?
@obliviousSage Did you get the DM rulings yet? This answer will have to be significantly adjusted if saint isn't allowed.
Mar
22
comment How can low-level PCs avoid death at the hands of a far higher-level foe?
Please do not answer in comments.