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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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Feb
26
comment Are there any RPGs that a first grade reader can read and learn?
Much better, good edit.
Feb
26
comment Best way to get Guidance of the Avatar on a Factotum?
Also, I suspect that in 3.5 this spell was overhauled as "Divine Insight" (a rather more balanced spell for your purposes, but subject to the same question.) Consider instead the bard/1 spell "Improvisation"
Feb
26
comment Best way to get Guidance of the Avatar on a Factotum?
Are custom magic items allowed in your game?
Feb
25
comment How do I force a party from the Astral Plane?
It's called Banishment And should be accompanied by a bound copy of the grapple rules to increase the DC versus the PCs. See also Githyanki Dismissal (cPsi).
Feb
25
comment Avoiding armor penalty by trait?
Killing argument.
Feb
25
comment How do I force a party from the Astral Plane?
oh dear. Dismissal is single target. So they disappear one by one as they fail their saves...
Feb
24
comment Great classic Shadowrun adventures/campaigns?
Please do not argue in comments. As it stands, this question will remain closed until it can have a single correct answer.
Feb
24
comment Armour rating inside an iron safe
Please don't argue in comments, Uther. Use your comments to improve your answer and delete them.
Feb
24
comment How can I effectively drop clues of corruption in my campaigns?
Flamma, comments are for requests for clarification. If you want to make an answer with your two comments that speaks to the question, it won't be deleted, especially if you can discuss how players can take advantage of corruption.
Feb
24
comment How can I effectively drop clues of corruption in my campaigns?
A word of caution for answerers: while personal experience of corruption makes for a great, if unfortunate answer, make sure you explain how to show that corruption to players, not just tell them about it.
Feb
21
comment How do I benefit from skirmish as a high BAB ranged and melee scout?
Ranged or melee? What level?
Feb
21
comment Good 1st level spell choices for a 1 level Bard (Archaeologist) dip?
What does the rest of your party bring to the table? Are you looking for long-lasting spells to benefit yourself or the rest of the party? Are you allowed access to the Spell Compendium as well? Or only pazio?
Feb
19
comment Free Pathfinder low-level urban adventures?
Related, but not duplicate (as it's not pathfinder specific): rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/9333/…
Feb
19
comment Free Pathfinder low-level urban adventures?
That's a start, and should be edited into your question, but we still need criteria on what kind of adventures. Take a look at our other game recommendation for adventure questions to give you an idea of what to ask.
Feb
19
comment How can I help my players grok Risus?
Again, Brian's brain is checked out today, so please pre-emptively edit or comment if there are bits that simply don't make sense.
Feb
19
comment How can I help my players grok Risus?
Could you expand on "still cannot understand simple concepts like... rolling dice" with some examples? What do they do wrong? What have they done right?
Feb
19
comment How can I help my players grok Risus?
How committed to this one specific RPG are you?
Feb
18
comment Is it possible to run a simulationist sandbox game?
Peteris, have you done this with pathfinder?
Feb
18
comment Is it possible to run a simulationist sandbox game?
Answers that don't include their own personal experience in successfully (or unsuccessfully) running this sort of requested game will be deleted without warning.
Feb
17
comment What equipment should a character start with?
@CarlCravens comments are not for random chatting. They are for requests for clarification. I recommend to chat in Role-playing Games Chat.