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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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Nov
12
comment Balancing a monk variant with full base attack bonus
@Jeff I see you're still active. How did this work out for you? What solution did you end up with?
Nov
11
comment Do I get to choose spells for a Faerie Dragon Familiar?
Do not answer in comments! "Ask your DM" is an answer, please flesh it out.
Nov
11
comment How do you pronounce 'svirfneblin'?
Incorrect method "Snff... snrrrf... those evil gnomes"
Nov
10
comment Which creatures in Middle Earth can speak common in the One Ring RPG?
Common... doesn't seem like a tolkien language.
Nov
10
comment What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?
You may also want to focus on sections, rather than just responses and copy-pastes. Consider that a header should head a paragraph or three, not be a call-response to the question. Copying and pasting tables of contents is singularly unuseful.
Nov
9
comment An in-print superhero game system which is descriptor-based?
Josh, you should edit expansions into your answer. Comments are for requests for clarification.
Nov
6
comment Can I use Fabricate to make a Keen weapon?
Remember, Korack, Comments are for requesting clarification, not chatting back to respondents.
Nov
6
comment Does Clone spell makes someone effectively immortal?
We applaud self-answering... in an answer. You may want to extract the question bits from the answer bits and get rep for both.
Nov
6
comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?
I still think this fails the unified resolution mechanic, but I'll let the votes determine that.
Nov
6
comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?
Zibbobz, playable elves/dwarves?
Nov
5
comment Is there a way to attack the mental stress track of mortals without violating the Laws of Magic?
@ZRTAssassin, has the character in question completely ruled out using Intimidation (perhaps boosting their own capabilities in that regard?)
Nov
5
comment Shadowrun 5th ed Drones running silent
It's not fine shadow. Please do edit the question down.
Nov
5
comment Is there a fantasy system that has a similar mechanical complexity to Ars Magica, but with a more robust melee system?
are you sure?! Just... as an ars magica gm, Are You Sure?
Nov
5
comment Does the Rules Compendium overrule the core books?
Do not argue or discuss in comments. Please provide your own answer instead.
Nov
4
comment Free-floating magical effects and planetary rotation
@Eiketsu "Discussion" is the taboo word here. We work best on answerable questions, where each answer addresses the question. Perhaps this question would be much better asked on worldbulding.se?
Nov
4
comment Free-floating magical effects and planetary rotation
@Gatherer818 I would urge you to delete this answer until the question has been improved. As you can see, giving an answer to a closed question reduces the willingness of the querent to improve it. If you want to delete it, just flag it for moderator attention and we'll take care of it.
Nov
4
comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?
How do you reconcile Dungeon World with ignorable rules? The rules aren't at all flexible.
Nov
4
comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?
Could you discuss your experiences when playing it, perhaps on your bullets talking about how they helped you with the narrative?
Nov
4
comment How can you safely handle one of the PCs being central to the plot?
DM of the rings is a webcomic where the DM is guilty of exactly this behaviour, and the whole thing is thus used as a reference.
Nov
3
comment Today, War (domain) changes
I've been thinking about this question for a while. If you decided on the domain replacements and asked for appropriate abilities for the domains to replace, based on their typical users, I think it'd be just fine. The problem as it stands is that war can split into 5-10 domains (listed by concept): Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery, Commissioned Officer, Non-commissioned officer. (Nominal soldier can be left to extant domains), Logistics, Operations, etc.. So if you turn this around and give us a set of domains which are possible, it should be answerable.